Friday, January 6, 2012

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• Vying for the affections of an eligible bachelor tends to bring out the worst in women. A University of Ottawa study found that women gossip about a sexily-dressed rival’s level of promiscuity, ridicule her appearance, roll their eyes, stare her up and down, and show anger.

• Men's clothes have buttons on the right because it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Women's clothes have buttons on the left because early buttons were expensive and wealthy women were dressed by maids, so dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right.

• Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have developed glass that cleans itself. Eyeglasses and windshields are among the applications that will benefit.

• Nearly half of the 130,000 cancers diagnosed in the UK each year are caused by avoidable lifestyle choices like smoking, drinking, and eating the wrong things, a review by Cancer Research UK reveals.

• Batteries for phones and laptops could soon recharge ten times faster and hold a charge ten times larger thanks to a change that involves poking millions of minuscule holes in lithium-ion batteries.

• China has plans to step up its rain-making endeavours and increase precipitation by 10% during the next four years.
How about that?

No comments:

Post a Comment