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Maybe You Should Drive…

Although fuel consumption varies not only by type of aircraft but by factors like speed, headwinds, and cargo weight, a 747 jet uses about 1 gallon of fuel every SECOND.  However, the plane can carry so many people that really … Continue reading

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Yeah, Showers Won’t Help Much…

The average square centimeter of your skin is home to about 50,000,000 bacteria.  I know, I know…ew.  Fortunately, most of them can’t hurt us.  Want to know what’s even more gross?  Other microorganisms, like mites and lice, make their homes … Continue reading

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Not the Beatles, the Beetles

Beetles make up about 40% of known insects, with approximately 400,000 species.  Some scientists estimate that the known species may be as small as 5% of all actual existing species.  New ones are being discovered all the time!  Beetles are … Continue reading

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60,000 Miles of Vessels

60,000 miles?  That’s a lot of blood vessels!  Of course, the exact length would vary according to the size of the person.  Think about how far our blood must travel through these blood vessels, day after day!  Your body has … Continue reading

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What Time Is It?

Louis Cartier invented the first men’s wristwatch in 1904.  An earlier version of a wristwatch had been created for women, but they were not used in mainstream society.  Cartier’s wristwatch came about because of a pilot friend who needed an … Continue reading

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Energy Consumers

Yes, the U.S. uses about 1/4 of the world’s power, which is kind of sad, considering we have less than 5% of the world’s population.  No wonder we need to explore renewable energy sources!  Most people get the majority of … Continue reading

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A Cricket Thermometer

How can a mating ritual tell you the temperature?  Ask a cricket! The timing of cricket chirps can tell you the outside temperature, and they are fairly accurate until it’s below around 55 degrees (crickets aren’t really active when it’s … Continue reading

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