Friday, July 22, 2011

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• Women with a Ph.D. are twice as likely to be interested in a one-night stand as those with only a bachelor's degree.

• Caltech researchers say the power output of wind-farms can be increased tenfold if vertical turbines (they look like eggbeaters) are used instead of the conventional propeller type.

• Several Italian seismologists are being tried for manslaughter for failing to alert the public to the risk of an earthquake that killed about 300 people.

• According to a Pew Research survey, about 53% of Americans say that the United States is one of the greatest countries in the world. 38% say that the U.S. stands above all other countries. 8% think there are other countries that are better than the U.S.

• This year could be well on its way toward a record melt of Arctic sea ice. In the first half of July, an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania melted into the sea every 24 hours.

• The bikini is 65.
How about that?

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