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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On July 9, 2014 @ 5:38 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

extinct pelagornis bird

1. The extinct pelagornis bird had a wingspan as wide as 24 feet.  (Learn more at International Business Times)

2. The Nazi’s “perfect Aryan” poster child was Jewish. (Learn more at The Telegraph)

Nazi propaganda

Hessy Taft and the Nazi magazine featuring her baby photograph on the front cover
Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg, Yedioth Ahoronot

3. A computer chip that delivers a contraceptive hormone can be turned off when a woman wants to get pregnant. (Learn more at CNET)

chip-drug-delivery-cropped

4. Scientists know where an on-off switch for consciousness is located in the brain. (Learn more at New Scientist)

consciousness on-off switch

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5. New apps connect people who have leftover food and those who want it. (Learn more at  Washington Post)

Leftover food app

6. : – ) or :)? Whether or not your smiley face emoticons have a nose says a lot about you. (Learn more at The New Republic )

smilies emoticons

7. Your face can predict how long you’ll live. (Learn more at AARP)

Predict age by face technology

8. New self-service machines at the Minnesota Twins’ ballpark let fans draw as much beer as they want – at 38 to 40 cents an ounce. (Learn more at ESPN)

self-serve beer station

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9. When a chimp stomps both feet, it means “let’s play.” (Learn more at Huffington Post)

A chimpanzee with lovely feet

10. A blood test to predict Alzheimer’s disease might be available within two years. (Learn more at AARP)

11. Pakistanis spend about 48 percent of their household cash on food; Japanese about 14 percent; and Americans about 7 percent. (Learn more at Vox)

How much countries spend on food

 

Bonus video: Do you wish you’d had a better seat for July 4th? Watch this drone’s-eye-view of a Florida display:

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Images -  Pelagornis Bird: Liz Bradford/courtesy of Bruce Museum; Drug delivery microchip illustration: courtesy of MicroCHIPS/Lexington, Mass.  (cropped); Brain cross section: Adapted from Gray’s Anatomy/Wikipedia; Piqniq app: courtesy of company website; Emoticons: AARP; Smoking man: David Robert Bliwas/Flickr; Beer machines: Courtesy Delaware North Sportservice/Target Field; Chimp: mycheesegrits/Flickr.

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