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Skin

Here are a few facts you might not know about your skin. . . Skin is your body’s largest organ. Globally, dead skin accounts for about a billion tons (10+09) or 1 trillion pounds (10+12) of dust in the atmosphere. Your skin sheds 50,000 cells every minute— that’s 72,000,000 cells (10+07) each day and 26,280,000,000 [...]

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Miles of Blood Vessels

The average child has over 60,000 miles (10+04) of blood vessels in his or her body, according to The Franklin Institute.  Adults have even more—roughly 100,000 miles (10+05) of blood vessels.  Laid out end to end, they would circle the earth four times and the moon nearly fifteen.

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The Three Gorges Dam

China’s Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is the world’s largest hydroelectric project.  Built from 30 million cubic meters of concrete (10+07), it stands 606 feet tall (10+02) and spans 1.5 miles across. While the Dam’s construction employed 60,000 workers (10+04), it also displaced 1.3 million people (10+06), leveled 1,350 towns (10+03) and destroyed [...]

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H2O

On March 22, 2012, people across the globe celebrated World Water Day.  Below are some interesting water facts from PBS.org and treehugger.com. 2.2 million (10+06) people die every year from diseases related to unsafe drinking water. On average, humans consume 16,000 gallons (10+04) of water in a lifetime–that’s 256,000 8oz glasses (10+05). The surface area [...]

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Powers of Ten Cookies = Love

Recipe for Giada de Laurentiis’ Double Chocolate Chip Cookies: 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, such as Ghiradelli, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces 2 x 10+12 pounds of chocolate is produced worldwide each year. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature According to nutritiondata.com, one tablespoon of butter has 420 kilojules of energy—all from fat.  420 kilojoules is [...]

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Saving the World’s Languages

According to the National Geographic, “Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the 7,000 (10+04) languages spoken on Earth—many of them not yet recorded—may disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, the natural environment, and the human brain.”  How can we attribute a specific Power of [...]

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The Mighty Ant

Check out these intriguing facts about ants from the Science Channel: “Ants [each 10-01 ] move an estimated 50 tons [99,790 or 10+04 pounds] of soil per year in one square mile!” “Ant queens only need to have sex once in their entire lifespan.  The sperm received stays in them for as long as ten [...]

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India’s Push for Solar Power

India has ambitious plans to reduce its dependency on coal-fired power plants by integrating solar power into its energy portfolio.  Azure Power is providing clean, solar-generated electricity to a state-government electric utility.  The city of Khadoda, for example, has blanketed 63-acres of land with 36,000 (10+04) solar panels, each of which must be dusted by [...]

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The Gifted Eye

Thanks to Convery Optometrists for these interesting facts. Our eyes have more than 2 million working parts (10+06). The average person blinks 12 times per minute (10+01), which is about 10,000 times per day (10+04), and roughly 3,650,000 times each year (10+06). Our eyes can process 36,000 bits of information every hour (10+04), 864,000 bits [...]

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Asteroid Flyby

The largest asteroid since 1976 zipped past earth last Tuesday.  NASA says a similar occurrence won’t happen again until 2028. A recent article in The New York Times notes that the asteroid, known as 2005 YU55, headed towards us at 29,000 mph (10+04) and came within 202,000 miles of earth (10+05), which is “…just inside [...]

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