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50 Incredibly Weird Facts About the Human Body

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900-Year-Old Viking Message Solved! Photo by Jonas Nordby via For the past several years researchers have been trying to crack a Viking rune alphabet known as Jötunvillur, a perplexing code dating back to the 11th or 12th century that’s been found in some 80 inscriptions including the scratched piece of wood found above. Recently runologist (!) For the jötunvillur code, one would replace the original runic character with the last sound of the rune name. The act of coding secret messages appears to have been a leisure activity amongst the Vikings, as some of the other translated inscriptions turned out to be playful taunts at the person doing the decoding. Update: Ida Kvittingen wrote to clarify several aspects of this piece that appears to have been lost in translation from the original article in The inscription “kiss me” is NOT written using the jötunvillur code. For further information you can see more the article in an English version on ScienceNordic.

The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss - Official Site News - Magnetic bacteria may help build future bio-computers 7 May 2012Last updated at 05:40 ET Tiny magnets form inside magnetic bacteria Magnet-making bacteria may be building biological computers of the future, researchers have said. A team from the UK's University of Leeds and Japan's Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology have used microbes that eat iron. As they ingest the iron, the microbes create tiny magnets inside themselves, similar to those in PC hard drives. The research may lead to the creation of much faster hard drives, the team of scientists say. The study appears in the journal Small. As technology progresses and computer components get smaller and smaller, it becomes harder to produce electronics on a nano-scale. So researchers are now turning to nature - and getting microbes involved. Magnetic bacteria In the current study, the scientists used the bacterium Magnetospirilllum magneticum. These naturally magnetic microorganisms usually live in aquatic environments such as ponds and lakes, below the surface where oxygen is scarce.

Baileys® Chocolate Pots de Creme Recipe Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Thursday, 23rd September 2010 I’ve been a little under the weather lately (chest cold, sore throat, fever, chills, ugh!). It’s not right to be sick when the weather is so nice outside, but to make matters worse, it seems like forever since I’ve felt good enough to bake anything. Baking is my passion, so I am thinking about renaming my blog to “Grace’s Sad Life”. A close friend told me to forget that idea and instead gave me her favourite remedy to cure any cold. That’s when I noticed the Baileys® in the pantry. I thought to myself, “Mmm, hot chocolate with a little shot of Baileys® might just do the trick”. Yes, I talk to myself a lot (whether I’m sick or not). I immediately started assembling the ingredients for my hot tottie; milk, chocolate and Baileys® and that’s when I had a vision (talking to myself and hallucinations? Can you say three words? Did it help with the cold? Makes 6 6-ounce servings Custard can be made up to 2 days ahead of time.

Mark Twain Gives Nine Tips for Living an Extraordinary Life by Henrik Edberg Is truth stranger than fiction? Perhaps. In this great article written by Henrik Edberg, we find that Mark Twain had expressed in his writings over the years an entire philosophy for living. If he were around today, it seems he would be on the lecture circuit with the likes of Eckhart Tolle or Wayne Dyer. Below are Mark Twain's Nine tips for living a "kick ass" life: “Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” “When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.” You may know Mark Twain for some of his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Twain is known for his many – and often funny – quotes. 1. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” If you don’t approve of yourself, of your behaviour and actions then you’ll probably walk around most of the day with a sort of uncomfortable feeling. 2. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. 4.

Completely Useless, Yet Interesting, Facts Collection This is a web site of all the useless facts, cool trivia, and interesting information that have been collected from various sources over the past few years. True to its name, most of the facts are useless, but many of them may actually help you in the future. Random Facts Giraffes are the only animals born with horns. Both males and females are born with bony knobs on the forehead. An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing. Golf was banned in England in 1457 because it was considered a distraction from the serious pursuit of archery. When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. The only insect that can turn its head 360 degrees is the praying mantis. The short-term memory capacity for most people is between five and nine items or digits. Richard Milhouse Nixon was the first US President whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal".

6 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Google Some of the tips below are effortless to implement and save you a lot of time and energy when dealing with these issues. Let’s start with the first proof of the awesomeness of Google… 1. Create unlimited disposable email addresses with Gmail If you add dots (.) between the letters of your Gmail username, sending an message to the new username will get forwarded to your original email (which is without or with only 1 dot.) For example: It doesn’t matter how many dots you’ll add between your username, all of the emails sent will go to your original email. Gmail doesn’t recognize dots as characters within usernames, you can add or remove the dots from a Gmail address without changing the actual destination address; they’ll all go to your inbox, and only yours. = = = All these addresses belong to the same person. Why is this helpful? 2. Results:

Tooth decay to be a thing of the past? Enzyme responsible for dental plaque sticking to teeth deciphered The Groningen professors Bauke Dijkstra and Lubbert Dijkhuizen have deciphered the structure and functional mechanism of the glucansucrase enzyme that is responsible for dental plaque sticking to teeth. This knowledge will stimulate the identification of substances that inhibit the enzyme. Just add that substance to toothpaste, or even sweets, and caries will be a thing of the past. The results of the research have been published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The University of Groningen researchers analysed glucansucrase from the lactic acid bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri, which is present in the human mouth and digestive tract. Three dimensional structure Using protein crystallography, the researchers were able to elucidate the three dimensional (3D) structure of the enzyme. Functional mechanism The unravelling of the 3D structure provided the researchers with detailed insight into the functional mechanism of the enzyme. Inhibitors

Video: Creepily Realistic Robot Hand Kyoto-based Squse has developed the so-called Robot Hand H-Type [JP], a creepily realistic (but very cool) robotic hand. The hand’s “bones” are made of polycarbonate, while the skin is silicon rubber. It weighs 340g and can lift up and move objects weighing up to 1.5kg. The secret lies in its 16 joints and 22 actuators. Needless to say, the Robot Hand H-Type will be used mainly for industrial applications (for “pick and place” actions). Here’s a demo video: Via Nikkan [JP]

Mental Math Tricks to Impress Your Friends One thing that fascinates me is performing mental math. Being able to quickly perform additions, subtraction, multiplications etc is a good way to impress your friends. The problem is, I’m not a math genius, and I don’t know much behind simple arithmetic. If you’re anything like me, but you’d still like to learn some basic math tricks, I hope you’ll find this list useful. Simple tricks How to multiply any two digits number by 11 Let’s say that you want to find the product of 36 and 11. Example: What happens if the sum of the two numbers is bigger than 9? Square any two digits number that ends with 5 Calculating the square of a number below 100 is extremely simple. Multiply any two digits numbers with the same first digit and the second digit that sums up to 10 Let’s say that you want to multiply 42 and 48 together. Note that if the product of the second digits is below ten, you have to add a 0 in front of it. Multiply by 9 Quickly find percentages Addition Left to right approach Subtraction ie.

List of common misconceptions From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Each entry on this list of common misconceptions is worded as a correction; the misconceptions themselves are implied rather than stated. These entries are concise summaries; the main subject articles can be consulted for more detail. A common misconception is a viewpoint or factoid that is often accepted as true but which is actually false. They generally arise from conventional wisdom (such as old wives' tales), stereotypes, superstitions, fallacies, a misunderstanding of science, or the popularization of pseudoscience. Some common misconceptions are also considered to be urban legends, and they are sometimes involved in moral panics. Arts and culture[edit] Business[edit] Federal legal tender laws in the United States do not require that private businesses, persons, or organizations accept cash for payment, though it must be treated as valid payment for debts when tendered to a creditor.[1] Food and cooking[edit] Food and drink history[edit] Music[edit]