Friday, August 12, 2011

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• Highways made from garbage, and that incorporate solar panels, are being developed. They have the potential to power the entire world, say the inventors.

• There are more members of U.S. military marching bands than there are members of the State Department's Foreign Service, according to former defence secretary Robert Gates. The Marine Corps alone spends $50 million on its 13 bands. Based on this, total Defense Department spending on bands could be $500 million or more annually.

• Tenants in a Chinese apartment building awoke to find their bedrooms full of scorpions, allegedly released by their landlord who wants them out to make way for a construction project.

• People who live to 95 or older are no more virtuous than the rest of us in terms of their diet, exercise routine or smoking and drinking habits, according to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

New research finds that after seven weeks into a pregnancy, tests that analyze the mother's blood for fetal DNA can correctly identify a male fetus 95.4 percent of the time and a female fetus 98.6 percent of the time.

• A whale's penis is called a dork.
How about that?

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