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The Love Competition

Radiolab Blogland recently introduced a short documentary called The Love Competition by Brent Hoff.  The film features seven strangers who each spend five minutes in an fMRI machine with a single, abstract task at hand: to “love someone as hard as they can.”  The person who exhibits the highest level of activity in the regions [...]

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Exaggerating Facts by Powers of Ten

Last night’s Presidential Debate at the University of Denver led to a flurry of discussion about which of President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney’s statements were true, which were false, and which were simply exaggerated. The information below, from FactCheck.org, offers the break down on how Obama and Romney’s claims hold up.  FactCheck.org [...]

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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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Honey Bees

Honey bees collect nectar and store it as honey to give them energy and keep their hives warm.  In the hottest months, a healthy hive has anywhere from 40,000 to 80,000 bees (10+04).  Most bee colonies have one breeding female, the ‘queen’, a few thousand males, known as ‘drones’, and thousands and thousands of sterile [...]

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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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Liar Liar

Consider this scenario: as you leave work one day, an annoying co-worker corners you and asks you out on a date.  As quickly as possible, you have to come up with an excuse for why you can’t go.  What would you say?  How quickly could you make up a story?  How convincing would it be?  [...]

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Hyperinflation

Due to hyperinflation in the 1920s, one dollar was the equivalent of one trillion (10+12) German marks.  Learn more at pbs.org.

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(8.23E+) 38 (cubic kilometers)

Photo from FotoSearch On How Stuff Works website, the following question has been presented and answered… “How many teaspoons are there in a cubic light year? “This is such a great question because it really makes you think about the scale of the universe! Let’s take a look. “A good starting point is the teaspoon. [...]

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76 (dB)

Making noise!  Decibels (or dBs) are how sounds are measured usually on a range from 0 dBs to 120 dBs. A whisper would be about 30 dBs. 75 -80 dBs would be the sound that an air conditioner or vacuum cleaner would make.  A  subway train would be about 100 dBs. Exposure to sound levels [...]

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