A freshwater lake in Canada is one of only a few lakes in the world to contain living coral reef like structures believed to resemble early life on earth or life on other planets. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Covered bridges are designed with roofs to protect and preserve the wooden structure from the elements. Uncovered wooden bridges typically have a lifespan of only 20 years because of the effects of rain and sun, but a covered bridge could last 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cov…
I learned that Owls can't move their eyes at all - they can only look straight ahead. To compensate, they use their long, flexible necks to move their eyes through 270 degrees of rotation. Their eye 'structures' provide fantastic vision and account for up to five percent of their body weight. animalquestions.org/birds…
The penis of a male Damselfly is equipped with a spoon-like structure to remove any sperm left by other males while depositing his own sperm inside of the female Damselfly. It is the only known animal to have this function. science.sciencemag.org/co…
Due to the structure of Planet Earth, there are actually subterranean mountains some 410 miles down below the surface, with some being taller than Mount Everest. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Reactor 4 at Chernobyl received a new so called "cover" that has been in planning and construction for 20years. It is now complete with cleanup on the old underlining structure still being done en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Scientists improved the intelligence of old mice, by infusing them with blood from young humans. Young blood led to improved brain function and reversed symptoms of ageing. It helped reduce memory loss; and slowed the decline in muscle function, metabolism and bone structure. nature.com/news/young-hum…
Potential Beginning of Life Simulated in Lab. Scientists at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) have substantiated their theory that life could have begun deep in the Earth's crust. In their experiments, structures that were inanimate developed survival strategies within a short time. uni-due.de/cenide/news_on…
One of the great results of the 'Cassini' mission was the finding that the beautiful Saturn rings are a transient structure. In about a hundred million years, the ring will disappear, leaving behind a depleted version of Jupiter with less shimmering colors. needforscience.com/astron…
Gilbert N. Lewis, an American scientist who was widely known for the discovery of the covalent bond, electron pair, Lewis dot structure and other seminal contributions, was nominated 41 times for Nobel Prize in Chemistry but he never won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
Today I learned about Stone Man's Syndrome, a disabling disorder with no cure or treatment in which the body repairs damaged connective tissue with bone structure. Surgical removal of the extra bone growths has been shown to cause the body to "repair" the affected area with even more bone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fib…
Tomatoes contain similar protein structures to grass pollen, and thus can cause mouth irritation for hay-fever sufferers verywellhealth.com/tomato…
Researchers have observed that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years. The rotation axes of these quasars tend to be aligned with the vast structures in the cosmic web. eso.org/public/usa/news/e…
Some flying insects have an organs called halteres that function like vibrating structure gyroscopes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
There is a "World’s Smallest Target Store" in Marathon, Texas. An unknown person painted a bullseye and the word Target on the side of a former railroad structure and turned it into an art installation. texashillcountry.com/smal…
The current record holder for the tallest pure timber structure in the world is The MjΓΈstΓ₯rnet Building, located in Norway. It stands at 85.4 m (280 feet) tall. Buildings having mostly timber structure are called plyscrapers although they are not as tall as steel or concrete skyscrapers. youtu.be/ySVHZmwmUbI
While the Romans used concrete extensively in building their structures, the recipe was lost after the Fall of the Roman Empire, partially contributing to the Dark Ages. It wasn't reinvented until the late 19th century. sciencewithkids.com/scien…
Carnivorous pitcher plants’ orifice features a prolonged concave structure which acts as a multidirectional ultrasound reflecting bats’ echolocation calls cell.com/current-biology/…
In 1794, the world's tallest structure, the Strasbourg Cathedral spire, was saved by a hat. Revolutionaries wanted to tear down the spire, as it stood against equality. The citizens of Strasbourg crowned it with a giant tin Phrygian cap, a symbol of liberty commonly worn by revolutionaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
There was a proposal to make Ottawa's Rideau Street enclosed in a continuous glass-and-steel structure. The heated mall was expected to allow pedestrians to shop in comfort year-round. However, the downside was that it attracted large numbers of vagrants and late-night drinkers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rid…
Vindaloo (curry) originated from Portuguese sailors, carne de vinha d'alhos ("meat in garlic wine marinade"). The basic structure of the dish was "preserved" raw ingredients, packed in wooden barrels of layers of pork & garlic, soaked in red wine. This was "Indianized" by the local Goan cooks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Before antibiotics, patients with Tuberculosis were sent to Colorado Springs as it was believed dry air and sunshine helped in the treatment. TB sanatoriums, or small hut-like structures with ventilation, still litter backyards and properties around the city. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
At the age of 25, William Lawrence Braggβ€”along with his fatherβ€”were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their efforts in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays. He remains the youngest person ever to receive it in a scientific field, as Malala Yousafzai is the youngest bibalex.org/SCIplanet/en/…
There's a genre of music called Breakcore that utilizes traditional elements of hardcore, breakbeat, and drum n bass but at insane tempos and in non-traditional song structures and time signatures usually through manipulating samples. Venetian Snares is an example of one such artist. wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakc…
The longest echo in a man-made structure is produced in an abandoned oil depot in Scotland, the Inchindown Oil Tanks. The echo lasts for 112 seconds. atlasobscura.com/places/i…
Today I learned about the largest known structure in the observable universe - Hercules–Corona Borealis Great Wall. It's approximately 10 billion light years in length, more than double the previous record holder, or 9.3% of the observable universe's diameter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
In 2014, James D. Watson, who shared a 1962 Nobel Prize for describing the double-helix structure of DNA, sold his Nobel Prize Medal for $4.1M USD. In doing so, he became the first living Nobelist to sell his medal. theguardian.com/science/2…
We breathe (mostly) out of only one nostril at a time, alternating (on average) every 2.5 hours. This is controlled via turbinates--small structures inside the nose which consist of bony projections covered by erectile tissue--filling one side with blood, while shunting blood away in the other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nas…
When the Australian crash test organisation ANCAP tested the 1st generation Kia Sportage, not only did the vehicle structure collapse, but there also was a seatbelt failure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kia…
The Greek word for β€œCarpenter” more accurately translates as β€œhome builder” and since Judea built structures primarily out of stone, Jesus was probably a stone mason. leadership.lifeway.com/20…
, cheetah unlike the other big cats have claws like dogs which isn't fully retractable. Their feet structure is maximized for speedy chases on prey, leopard & lion can't achieve. ypte.org.uk/factsheets/ch…
Neanderthals are responsible for the earliest known hominid-made structures, which are about 176,500 years old, consisting of 400 pieces of broken stalagmites arranged into 2 rings that are several metres across, deep inside a cave in France. theatlantic.com/science/a…
An Ohio company including a physicist & biomimicry expert is developing a football helmet liner based on the shock-absorbing pelt of hedgehog quills. They've mimicked the structure of a hedgehog quill with a polymer which lets it bend but not break & mimicked the spacing & angle of each quill. radio.wosu.org/post/desig…
Today I learned about the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings, located in the American Southwest, was the home of a pueblo people who, between 1000-1100 AD built more than 600 structures into the cliff faces. These were only discovered in 1888. khanacademy.org/humanitie…
In 1940 40 Wall street was worth less than its elevators had cost. The structure as a whole was worth $1.25 million, less than the 43 elevators in the building.40 Wall Street had opened following the Wall Street Crash of 1929, and so suffered from lack of tenants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/40_…
Today I learned about how we test toxic chemicals without using animals: instead, we use data mining software to mathematically predict toxic effects based on the molecule's structure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
Today I learned about ATLAS-I, aka Trestle, the world's largest structure made entirely of wood, glue laminate, wooden bolts/nuts and sufficient to support a fully loaded B-52 bomber (for elevated EMP testing) 1,000 ft long, 125 ft (about 12 stories) tall, and constructed of 6.5 million board-feet of lumber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATL…
Today I learned about Fort Jefferson, abandoned since 1906, a huge hexagonal fort occupying nearly an entire island in the Dry Tortugas off Florida; though never finished, it is the largest brick masonry structure in the Americas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned of the Dingo Fence- A 5614 km (3488 mile) fence built in the 1880s to keep Dingos out of South East Australia. The fence is one of the longest structure in the world and is still up today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
Today I learned of the 1988 Armenian Earthquake. The initial more powerful quake lasted approximately 20 seconds and anywhere from 25-50 thousand people were killed with over half a million structures destroyed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
An unknown species of spider constructs Stonehenge-like structures out of silk nationalgeographic.com/ne…
There is an β€œEaster Island of Micronesia” dating back to 100 AD with 39 megalithic structures. Some weighing up to 5 tons with carved faces, not originating from the island. Legend says they were built by the gods as a meeting house for thousands of people. ancient.eu/image/10440/st…
Today I learned about the BOKA Vanguard, is the world’s largest semi-submersible heavy lift ship and is typically used to lift offshore oil and gas structures. These pictures have to be seen to be believed as she β€œpicks up” the cruise ship, Carnival Vista. gcaptain.com/photos-boka-…
Nan Madol, β€œGhost City of the Pacific”, megalithic basalt stone structures weighing 800,000 tons, standing 25 feet high and 17 feet thick covering 200 acres built on the coral reef 1,000 years ago in Pohnpei, Micronesia. share.america.gov/protect…
After 13 years of trying to find the structure of a protein, scientists created an online competitive game that asked gamers to try and solve it. The structure was found in 3 weeks. theguardian.com
Today I learned about half of the Lincoln Memorial is hidden underground. The 43,800-square-foot basement was built with dozens of concrete columns to support the weight of the marble structure. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
The ancient Egyptians had structures marked with cubit scalesβ€”now called "nilometers"β€”to measure the Nile River's water level during the annual flood (the foundation of their civilization), to predict how much it would fertilize their cropland and whether the flood would be destructive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nil…
Birds' beaks are not a solid, exposed bone, but instead are a bony structure covered in translucent living tissue that can change color at different times of the year, when they are breeding, or based on their diet/health. birdwatchingdaily.com/bir…
Spiders make Stonehenge like structures with their webs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The Great Pyramid of Giza built around 2560 BC was the tallest man made structure in the world for over 3,000 years until the building of the Lincoln Cathedral in 1311 AD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The first fire brigade was created by Marcus Licinius Crassus, but the firefighters will only help if the owner sells the burning building. If the owner agreed to sell the property, his men would put out the fire, if the owner refused, then they would simply let the structure burn to the ground. wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor…
Although they have genes, Viruses do not have a cellular structure, which is often seen as the basic unit of life. They have been described as "organisms at the edge of life". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Females insects are the only ones that can sting. This is because the stinger is actually a modified egg ovipositor (an egg laying structure). seeds.ca/sw8/web/pollinat…
Nerve cells can't reproduce (like for example skin cells) because their structure is too complicated and they use too much energy to serve their tasks to perform MITOSIS like other cells scienceline.ucsb.edu/getk…
Ice is a mineral just as much as Quartz is. Ice is a naturally occurring compound with a defined chemical formula and crystal structure, thus making it a legitimate mineral. Its only limitation, in comparison to all other minerals, is that it is not stable at room temperature. geology.com/articles/wate…
You have drastically less time to escape a fire in a newer house than an older house (due to newer furniture and structures burning faster). today.com/home/newer-home…
Between 1933 and 1935, Germany had a dual flag arrangement to reflect the structure of the government. One flag was the Nazi party’s swastika, and the other was a version of the old tricolour of the former German Empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Today I learned of the Giant Pyrosome; a β€œfree-floating, colonial tunicate that is made of thousands of identical clones, together forming a hollow cylindrical structure that can be 60 feet (18 m) long and wide enough for a person to enter” oceana.org/marine-life/co…
Chernobyl has been safe to visit since 2011 and that most of the danger is not from radiation but from unmaintained structures. independent.co.uk/travel/…
A growing number of buildings in Toronto's downtown core are heated and cooled with water from Lake Ontario, and a new structure being built will be cooled without any traditional A/C units cbc.ca/news/business/clim…
Leeds castle is in Kent, England and is over 240 miles away from the city of Leeds in Yorkshire. It's named for a Saxon chief named Led or Leed, who built a wooden structure on the site in the 9th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee…
Lake Pontachartrain Causeway, New Orleans was challenged as the "longest bridge over water" in 2011 by the Jiaozhou Bridge, China. As that new bridge had aggregate structures and tunnels, the Guinness Book of Records clarified New Orleans has the β€œlongest bridge over water (continuous)”. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
The One World Trade Center in New York is 1,776 feet (541 m) tall. This symbolizes the year the USA Declaration of Independence was signed 1776. It’s the 6th tallest skyscraper in the world, the world's tallest all office building, and 2nd tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Wo…
Scientists use TGEV pig virus as a surrogate for Coronovirus for experiments. It has no human infection risk but share the same physical structures (enveloped, positive-stranded RNA type viruses) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The Lincoln Cathedral in England was, upon completion in 1311, the first and only structure in the world built taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza, which had held the record since the 2560s BC. The Cathedral lost its record in 1548 because the top fell off from wind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Israeli researchers have made a 3D-printed heart by converting fatty tissue from human patients to form "bioink" which built the heart layer by layer. Around the size of a rabbit heart, it contains cells, blood vessels, chambers, and other structures a heart needs to function normally. nbcnews.com/mach/science/…
A hypha is a branching filamentous structure of a fungus, oomycete, or actinobacterium. Mycorrhizal networks are underground hyphal networks created by mycorrhizal fungi that connect individual plants/trees/forests together and transfer water, carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients and minerals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myc…
Pregnancy physically changes a woman's brain structure. Grey matter volume is decreased in certain areas, giving mothers a higher capacity for empathy to help better understand their baby. theguardian.com/science/2…
Theo Jansen has been creating strandbeesten, which are moving kinetic structures, sometimes wind-propelled, that resemble walking animals. All of his models are based on a system of triangles and connecting links which convert the rotation of an axle into a stepping motion of six or more legs. youtu.be/LewVEF2B_pM
Today I learned about the Spider-Tailed Horned Viper, a venomous snake native to Western Iran that has a bulb-like structure on its tail, surrounded by long, dropping scales, that looks exactly like a spider. The viper uses this unique tail to lure in insect-eating birds. youtube.com/watch?v=XFjoq…
In April of 2018, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes in California completely erased Alzheimer’s disease damage in human cells by changing the structure of one protein. drugdevelopment-technolog…
There is some mutual intelligibility between the Wuhanese dialect and standard putonghua Mandarin, which has an almost-identical sentence structure. The pronunciation of the rising second tone is far more frequent, giving Wuhanese speakers the appearance of being permanently curious or amazed theworldofchinese.com/201…
Gilbert Lewis, the mind behind the Lewis structure and covalent bonds mentored multiple Nobel Prize winners and was nominated for the Nobel Prize 41 times himself, but never won due to a feud he had with Walther Nernst. The mind behind the Nernst equation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
The naked mole-rat is the first mammal discovered to exhibit eusociality. This eusocial structure is similar to that found in ants, termites, and some bees and wasps. Only one female (the queen) and one to three males reproduce, while the rest of the members of the colony function as workers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
Today I learned of Spite houses, spite fences and spite walls. Structures built or modified to irritate neighbors or any party with land stakes. Spite houses may create obstructions, such as blocking out light or blocking access to neighboring buildings, or can be flagrant symbols of defiance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
There is a new state of matter that exists and it is known as time crystals. These lab-created time crystals are structures that repeat periodically in time rather than space. vice.com/en_us/article/mg…
University of Tehran modeled its structure and curricula after American universities. Many colleges and faculties were either assisted or directly led by US institutions. The "Faculty of Agriculture" was largely expanded with the assistance of the University of Utah en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Tori Amos, at age 2, could reproduce pieces of music on piano she had only heard once. At 3 years old, she was composing her own songs on piano. She has described seeing music as structures of light since early childhood, an experience consistent with chromesthesia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Animals with blue pigments are extremely rare in the wild, and animals that are blue, unlike other colors which are caused by pigments, appear so because of structures in their bodies that reflect blue light. northernwoodlands.org/out…
Teotihuacan was the largest city anywhere in the Western Hemisphere before the 1400s. It had thousands of residential compounds and scores of pyramid-temples, comparable to the largest pyramids of Egypt. It contains a massive central road and buildings but oddly, no military structures nationalgeographic.com/ar…
Today I learned about the Richat Structure of Mauritania. Observable from space and measuring nearly 50 kilometers in diameter (30 miles) it is referred to as the Eye of Africa earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Dry stone is a building method by which structures are constructed from stones without any mortar to bind them together. Dry stone structures are stable in their unique construction method, which is characterized by the presence of a load-bearing faΓ§ade of carefully selected interlocking stones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
Up to 95% of the historic structures in the city of Mecca have been demolished over the last three decades. Many of the sites were over 1000 years old and many were connected to the life and times of the prophet Muhammad and his companions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mec…
Today I learned about Incel, a company based in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Founded in 1954, it was a major conglomerate employing up to 6,500 workers at its height. The 150-meter tall Incel chimney is still one of the tallest structures in Bosnia & Herzegovina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
The fourth tallest structure in the world is a TV mast in North Dakota en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVL…
The iconic oval structure where Roman gladiators fought is called the Flavian Amphitheatre. It is frequently and erroneously called The Coliseum (Colosseum) because at one point a colossal statue of Nero once stood nearby. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Westminster Abbey has been rebuilt 4 times, the original structure was built in 960 and finally rebuilt in 1517, for comparison the original predates Machu Picchu built C. 1450 by nearly 500 years, yet the final build was completed less than 60 years after. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
In 1891 Chicago issued a challenge to all engineers to build a structure that would surpass The Eiffel Tower. The engineer who won proposed a giant rotating wheel that will lift visitors high above the city. The inventor of this giant wheel's name was George Ferris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Getting goosebumps from music is a rare condition that actually implies different brain structure. People who experience goosebumps from music have more fibers connecting their auditory cortex and areas associated with emotional processing, meaning the two areas can communicate better. academic.oup.com/scan/art…
Terrence Howard thinks 1x1 = 2, has a secret system called 'Terryology' and spends 17 hours a day making nameless plastic structures independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Today I learned of tree pod dining. In Thailand, there exists a unique resort restaurant where diners dine on top of a wooden pod structure 36 feet on top of trees while their meals are delivered by servers using zip lines. The meals are locally sourced and the pods offer extraordinary views of the forests. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
The second tallest structure ever built was a radio mast in Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Olmec are largely viewed as the mother culture of Aztecs and Maya but left no written works on their belief structures. Archaeologists believe the Olmecs used entheogens because of burials of Bufo toads with priests, use of entheogens in later cultures, and sculptures of animal-shamans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
In the old Stonehenge carpark, and over twice as old as Stonehenge itself, there are some 1m wide Mesolithic pine post holes, which means that something had been there for 5,000 years before the familiar stone structure was completed. silentearth.org/10000-yea…
The first Roman fire brigade was created to be very lucrative. Arriving at the scene the fire fighters did nothing while a price was negotiated. Failing to reach a deal, the structure was allowed to burn to the ground after which an offer was made to purchase it for a fraction of its value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The German organic chemist August KekulΓ© described the eureka moment when he realized the circular structure of benzene, after he saw a vision of Ouroboros, a snake biting its own tail. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ourobo…
Sacha Baron Cohen left the Freddie Mercury biopic over creative differences with Queen; he was told Mercury died in the middle of the film. Impressed, he thought they meant a non-linear story structure like Pulp Fiction but realized the second half would be how the band β€œcarried on.” rollingstone.com/movies/n…
The Bell Tower of St. James Cathedral was one of four structures to survive the burned district of the Great Chicago Fire. Although the main structure has been rebuilt, the bell tower survived with its soot coated stones around the top still visible today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
Brain Sand (Corpora Arenacea) is the name for the calcified structures in the pineal gland/choroid plexus which are visible on imaging as one ages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…

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