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A collection of wonderful and weird things about life on planet earth.
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Macho Men May Not Have Survival Advantage in War

Macho Men May Not Have Survival Advantage in War | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
High testosterone didn't save soldiers in World War II.

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Saudi dies at 120; leaves behind 447 progeny

Saudi dies at 120; leaves behind 447 progeny | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
Tribe chief leaves behind 447 children and grand children…

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brian bailey's comment, May 2, 2013 2:12 AM
obviously didn't watch much telly.
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Scientists Engineer Extreme Microorganisms To Make Fuel From At | Australian Popular Science

Scientists Engineer Extreme Microorganisms To Make Fuel From At | Australian Popular Science | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
To find a way of fending off global warming, scientists sometimes look to nature. Plants, after all, use photosynthesis to...
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Speed Of Light In Vacuum Is Not Actually Constant, Study Finds

Speed Of Light In Vacuum Is Not Actually Constant, Study Finds | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
Can you trust nothing in life? A new physics paper suggests that the speed of light in a vacuum may not be constant, and that a vacuum isn't actually

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Man Returns Overdue Book 69 Years Late, Blames WWII

Man Returns Overdue Book 69 Years Late, Blames WWII | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
TALLINN, Estonia -- An Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly blaming a World War II aerial bombing that damaged the library for the late return.

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Better late than never!

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Lindsey Sorrell's curator insight, March 29, 2013 8:29 AM
Better late than never :)
Pagina Uno's curator insight, March 29, 2013 10:11 AM
Libro restituito con 69 anni di ritardo all'Estonia Biblioteca...
Donald McClendon's curator insight, April 11, 2013 2:30 PM

Hate to see his bill. But better late than never!

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Ancient Chinese coin found on Kenyan island

Ancient Chinese coin found on Kenyan island | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
Scientists have unearthed a 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda that shows trade existed between China and east Africa decades before European explorers set sail and changed the map of the world.

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Randy Treibel's comment, March 18, 2013 3:51 AM
What evidence is there that this wasn't lost/brought over in the past few hundred years?
Cam's comment, March 19, 2013 2:47 AM
Soil layers, usually. Not sure in this case.
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The effect of sine waves on water

Check out the amazing way the right sine waves effect flowing water! Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uENITui5_jU&sns=em
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Sine waves at 24hz with a 24fps camera create an amazing effect.
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Dude Has 75 Percent of His Skull Replaced By 3D-Printed Replica

Dude Has 75 Percent of His Skull Replaced By 3D-Printed Replica | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
A man has had the first ever 3D-printed skull-replacement fitted, swapping out a whole 75 per cent of the bone in his head for a man-made replacement.
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Distant, Gargantuan Black Hole Spins At Almost The Speed Of Light

Distant, Gargantuan Black Hole Spins At Almost The Speed Of Light | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
Nothing can escape a black hole, even light, because to wrench away from its titanic gravitational pull, you’d have to move faster than light is capable

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The Amazing Story Of The $300 Glasses That Correct Colorblindness

About 10 years ago, Mark Changizi started to develop research on human vision and how it could see changes

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Male Guppies Hang With Their Ugliest Friends to Improve Their Own Chances of Getting Some

Male Guppies Hang With Their Ugliest Friends to Improve Their Own Chances of Getting Some | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
With Valentine's Day around the corner, plenty of us are getting our annual harsh reminder that finding love can be really, really hard.

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Klara Akvo's comment, February 14, 2013 9:16 AM
Sort of the same way twenty something girls do at the bar in order to get the hottie?
Randy Treibel's comment, February 15, 2013 2:24 PM
Except it's not the ugly one, it's the fat one.
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Moving Atoms: Making The World's Smallest Movie (3 Videos)

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"This is the kind of story that just boggles my mind. IBM just released a Guinness World Record-setting movie called “A Boy and His Atom,” made by moving atoms using an IBM-invented scanning tunneling microscope. It weighs two tons, operates at a temperature of negative 268 degrees Celsius and magnifies the atomic surface over 100 million times. IBM researchers used the microscope to control a super-sharp needle along a copper surface to “feel” atoms. Only 1 nanometer away from the surface, which is a billionth of a meter in distance, the needle can physically attract atoms and molecules on the surface and thus pull them to a precisely specified location on the surface. The moving atom makes a unique sound that is critical feedback in determining how many positions it’s actually moved."

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Mr Branson's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:49 AM

Can you imagine fuill scale HDTV production movies from yourr office or home? http://www.infogurushop.com/business-video-links-a-z/ I can.

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This Anamorphic Portrait by Bernard Pras is Made From an Entire Room of Objects | Colossal

This Anamorphic Portrait by Bernard Pras is Made From an Entire Room of Objects | Colossal | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
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Man flies from Robben Island to Cape Town using helium balloons

Man flies from Robben Island to Cape Town using helium balloons | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
A South African man has become the first person to float from Robben Island to Cape Town using only helium balloons.

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Danielle Schaeffer's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:48 AM

I so want to do this myself.

womo.co.za's comment, August 28, 2013 9:31 AM
must have been inspired by the movie Up
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Hagfish slime: The clothing of the future?

Hagfish slime: The clothing of the future? | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
The hagfish is a primitive creature that lives at the bottom of the ocean and dates back as far as 500 million years - but it exudes a very special slime.

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F1 Deals's comment, April 2, 2013 12:42 AM
Yaha sure i want this.
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Store Combats Showrooming With $5 'Just Looking' Fee

Store Combats Showrooming With $5 'Just Looking' Fee | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
While some bricks-and-mortar chains are trying to curb showrooming -- using a retailer to check out an item in person before buying it online -- with price-matching or store-exclusive brands, one b...

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Good luck with that!

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Donald McClendon's comment, April 11, 2013 2:34 PM
Gives "window shopping" a black eye.
Donald McClendon's curator insight, April 11, 2013 2:35 PM

Gives the term "Window Shopping" a black eye.

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New results indicate that new particle is a Higgs boson | CERN

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New Pope. Now, new 'God'?
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Nanoparticles Made From Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Nanoparticles Made From Bee Venom Can Kill HIV | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
Earlier this week we reported on the remarkable news that a Mississippi-born baby was cured of HIV. Now, as if to show the disease that its days are truly numbered, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St.
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Genetic Mutations Let Ozzy Osbourne Party Hard - ABC News

Is Ozzy one of the first of many super-humans?
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'Super-humans like the X-Men will exist in 30 years'

'Super-humans like the X-Men will exist in 30 years' | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
LONDON: The iconic X-Men superheroes may soon spring out of comic books and become a reality! Genetic experiments will create a superior race within 30 years, giving rise to super-humans like the...

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Coming soon: Super-humans!

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Crash uncovers 1902 'time capsule'

Crash uncovers 1902 'time capsule' | Our Weird & Wonderful World | Scoop.it
A time capsule in the form of a blue bottle is found among the damage at a Tudor house in Ipswich after a car drove into it.

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