Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Neon Light Burned "Uninterrupted" For 77 Years

Neon Light Burned Uninterrupted For 77 Years
They're not kidding when they say they'll leave the light on for you.
A long-forgotten neon lamp that was switched on during the Great Depression and left burning for about 77 years has been discovered hidden behind a dusty partition at Clifton's Cafeteria.
The find was made amid an extensive renovation of the downtown eatery, according to the building's owner, Andrew Meieran.
The neon fixture is believed to have been installed in 1935 when Clifford Clinton purchased the lease to Boos Bros. Cafeteria on Broadway and 7th Street and converted the place into a forest-themed restaurant.

Monday, October 26, 2015

How many insects are there on Earth?

How many insects are there on Earth?
Whether you're talking about a swarm ofbees buzzing about, a cluster ofbutterflies sucking down nectar or a nest of cockroaches hidden in a corner of your house, insects are plentiful. Really plentiful.

Scientifically speaking, the term "insect" denotes a member of the class Insecta. For brevity's sake, if you have a head, a thorax, an abdomen, three sets of legs protruding from your body and often a pair or two of wings, perhaps for making a quick getaway, then you're most likely an insect. So how many are there?
It seems like an impossible question for good reason: We don't even know how many different insect species there are, which makes it difficult to perform an all-inclusive worldwide insect census, according to David Hogg, an entomology professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison specializing in population ecology and pest management.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Longest Ever Recorded Sniper Kill

Craig Harrison (born November 1974) is a former Corporal of Horse (CoH) in the Blues and Royals, a cavalry regiment of the British Army, and as of November 2009 holds the record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in combat, at a range of 2,475 m (2,707 yd). This exceeds the previous record of 2,430 m (2,657 yd) set by Rob Furlong in 2002. This record was certified by Guinness World Records.

Recycling Fast Facts

Recycling Fast Facts

It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%. These savings far outweigh the energy created as by-products of incineration and landfilling.

Every ton of newsprint or mixed paper recycled is the equivalent of 12 trees. Every ton of office paper recycled is the equivalent of 24 trees!

Hands-free Wheelchair


By Madhumita Murgia
Invented by engineer Kevin Halsall for his paralysed best friend, the wheelchair is for disabled people with active lifestylesA Segway rebuilt into a hands-free electric wheelchair with a top speed of 20km per hour is on the verge of mass production. The Ogo, built in a shed in New Zealand by Kevin Halsall, is based on Segway technology that enables the user to move intuitively, more precisely and hands-free.
Mr Halsall began designing the prototype when his best friend Marcus Thompson was left paraplegic after a skiing accident and

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Playing Tetris Can Ease Addictions to Sex, Drugs And Food

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Plymouth (Devon, UK) has shown the videogame Tetris can assist in beating addictions. According to the study, playing Tetris for just three minutes at a time can significantly reduce cravings for drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, coffee, and even sex and sleeping.

In the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Addictive Behaviors, the authors wrote that playing the game could help people to manage their cravings. They recommend additional research.

Accidental orange peel discovery could save lives

Scientists stumble over cheap material that can suck deadly mercury out of oceans.

Max Worthington and Justin Chalker
who found the material.
Australian researchers have accidentally discovered a way to remove mercury from water using a material made from industrial waste and orange peel.
Developers Max Worthington and Justin Chalker, from South Australia’s Flinders University, said until now there had been no such method.
It’s a huge step for the pair, with mercury being a dangerous pollutant that can damage food and water supplies, affect the human nervous system and was especially poisonous for children.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Don't Cut Off Your Pinky Finger !

The little finger, often called the pinky in American English, pinkie in Scottish English (from the Dutch word pink, "little finger"), or fifth digit in medicine, is the most ulnar and usually smallest finger of the human hand, opposite the thumb, next to the ring finger.
To pinky swear, or make a pinky promise, is the entwining of the little fingers ("pinkies") of two people to signify that a promise has been made. It is often seen in anime,

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Structure of an enzyme complex that plays a vital role in cancer development determined

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have deciphered the long-sought atomic structure of PRC2, an enzyme complex that plays a key role in the development of several types of cancer, in particular blood cancer.
PRC2, or polycomb repressive complex 2, is a key regulator of human development and controls gene expression patterns by altering the structure of chromatin, a complex formed by protein and DNA. As an enzyme complex, PRC2 modifies a protein in chromatin, resulting in key changes in chromatin structure that silence certain genes. Abnormal regulation of PRC2 function, often caused by mutations in the PRC2 gene, has been linked to cancers such as lymphoma, leukemia, brain tumors, and other diseases, including Weaver syndrome, a rare congenital disorder associated with rapid growth, skeletal abnormalities, and delayed development.

Adidas Doesn’t Want Players Who Practice Scientology!!!

The few people who do practice Scientology think of it as a religion, but it is considered a cult in many parts of the world, including Germany, which is why Adidas, a German sports clothing manufacturer, willcancel any sponsorship deal they have with a player if it turns out he has anything to do with the teachings and ideas of Ron L. Hubbard.

    Der Spiegel, got hold of a contract between a Bayern Munich footballer and Adidas from 2008, in which it is mentioned that the player had to assure he has nothing to do with any organization or associations which represents the teachings of Ron L. Hubbard.

Why Do Japanese Students Take Off Their Shoes in School ?

Japanese school shoe lockers
Japanese students take their shoes off to keep the school clean. The reasons and significance for this have to do with teaching students responsibility and respect. To this end, Japanese public schools do not employ janitors or custodians. Keeping the school clean is the students' responsibility.
     It's common knowledge that Japanese people remove their shoes before entering a home in order to protect the bamboo floor mats, or tatami, from soil and wear. What is less commonly known is that they follow the same custom when entering certain public buildings, even though such buildings may have no tatami flooring. When entering a public school, everyone -- students, teachers, employees and visitors -- take off their shoes just inside the