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Here’s a fact about the Murchison meteorite, which fell to earth in 1969. It contained high levels of organic compounds, came from a parent body that had liquid water, and the amino acids it contained could not have been synthesized on earth because they consisted of both left- and right- isomers.

Murchison meteorite The Murchison meteorite is a large meteorite that fell to earth near Murchison, Victoria, in Australia, in 1969. It is one of the most studied meteorites due to its mass (>100 kg (220 lb)), the fact that it was an observed fall, and that it belongs to a group of meteorites rich in …

Here’s a fact about the Murchison meteorite, which fell to earth in 1969. It contained high levels of organic compounds, came from a parent body that had liquid water, and the amino acids it contained could not have been synthesized on earth because they consisted of both left- and right- isomers. Read More »

The common black garden ant queen has an average lifespan of 15 years, with some living up to around 30. And while under laboratory conditions, workers can live at least 4 years. Watch your step!

Black garden ant Black garden ant with a spider’s mandibles The black garden ant (Lasius niger), also known as the common black ant, is a formicine ant, the type species of the subgenus Lasius, found all over Europe and in some parts of North America, South America, Australia, Asia and Australasia. The European species was …

The common black garden ant queen has an average lifespan of 15 years, with some living up to around 30. And while under laboratory conditions, workers can live at least 4 years. Watch your step! Read More »

Japan proposed an amendment to the Treaty of Versailles that outlawed all racial discrimination. Despite receiving a majority vote for it to be added to the treaty Woodrow Wilson personally vetoed the measure and as a comprise let Japan claim a number of islands in the Pacific.

Racial Equality Proposal The Racial Equality Proposal (Japanese: 人種的差別撤廃提案 Hepburn: Jinshutekisabetsu teppai teian, lit. “Proposal to abolish racial discrimination”) was an amendment to the treaty under consideration at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference offered by Japan. The racial equality proposal was never intended to have any universal implications, although one was attached to it anyway, …

Japan proposed an amendment to the Treaty of Versailles that outlawed all racial discrimination. Despite receiving a majority vote for it to be added to the treaty Woodrow Wilson personally vetoed the measure and as a comprise let Japan claim a number of islands in the Pacific. Read More »

The term “rooster” originated in the United States as a puritan euphemism to avoid the sexual connotation of the original English word “cock”.

Rooster For other uses, see Rooster (disambiguation). “Cockadoodledoo” and “Cocka-doodle-doo” redirect here. For the nursery rhyme, see Cock a doodle doo. Wild rooster on the Hawaiian island of Kauai A rooster, also known as a cockerel or cock, is a male gallinaceous bird, with cockerel being younger and rooster being an adult male chicken (Gallus …

The term “rooster” originated in the United States as a puritan euphemism to avoid the sexual connotation of the original English word “cock”. Read More »

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is being eaten alive by millions of venomous sea stars known as crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS). Scientist have developed a new robot to hunt and kill these sea stars—a murderous, autonomous underwater vehicle called RangerBot. It kills with a single shot of bile

RangerBot: Programmed to Kill Australia’s Great Barrier Reef can’t catch a break: on top of contending with pollution, hurricanes, and back-to-back-to-back bouts of coral bleaching, the world’s most iconic reef is being eaten alive by millions of prickly, venomous sea stars known as crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS). But in a matchup befitting a sci-fi movie, scientists …

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is being eaten alive by millions of venomous sea stars known as crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS). Scientist have developed a new robot to hunt and kill these sea stars—a murderous, autonomous underwater vehicle called RangerBot. It kills with a single shot of bile Read More »

Male black-widow spiders tend to select their mates by determining if the female has eaten already to avoid being eaten themselves.

Latrodectus is a broadly distributed genus of spiders, which is composed of both black widow spiders and brown widow spiders.[3][4][5][6] A member of the Theridiidae family, this genus contains 31 species,[2] including the North American black widows (L. Female widow spiders are typically dark brown or a shiny black in colour when they are full …

Male black-widow spiders tend to select their mates by determining if the female has eaten already to avoid being eaten themselves. Read More »

A section of the budget of the movie “Blues Brothers” was set aside for purchases of cocaine during night shooting.

The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis.[4] It stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from “The Blues Brothers” recurring musical sketch on the NBC variety series Saturday Night Live. It features musical numbers by rhythm and blues (R&B), soul, and …

A section of the budget of the movie “Blues Brothers” was set aside for purchases of cocaine during night shooting. Read More »

Following Kobain’s death, Dave Grohl started Foo Fighters as a small side project. When asked later about the name, he responded “Had I actually considered this to be a career, I probably would have called it something else, because it’s the stupidest fucking band name in the world.”

Prior to the release of Foo Fighters’ 1995 debut album Foo Fighters, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear to complete the lineup. Foo Fighters released its sixth album, Echoes, …

Following Kobain’s death, Dave Grohl started Foo Fighters as a small side project. When asked later about the name, he responded “Had I actually considered this to be a career, I probably would have called it something else, because it’s the stupidest fucking band name in the world.” Read More »

When Michael Jackson granted Weird Al Yankovic permission to do “Fat” (a parody of “Bad”), Jackson allowed him to use the same set built for his own “Badder” video from the Moonwalker film. Yankovic said that Jackson’s support helped to gain approval from other artists he wanted to parody.

Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic (/ˈjæŋkəvɪk/ YANG-kə-vik;[1] born October 23, 1959)[2] is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, satirist, film producer, and author. Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007),[3] recorded more than 150 parody and original songs,[4][5][6] and performed more than 1,000 live shows.[7] …

When Michael Jackson granted Weird Al Yankovic permission to do “Fat” (a parody of “Bad”), Jackson allowed him to use the same set built for his own “Badder” video from the Moonwalker film. Yankovic said that Jackson’s support helped to gain approval from other artists he wanted to parody. Read More »

Van Halen stipulated in their performance contracts that a bowl of M&M’s, with all of the brown M&M’s removed, was to be placed in their dressing room. They didn’t do this to be jerks, but as a simple test to see if more important safety and quality specifications were attended to as well.

From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.[7] Former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone was quickly recruited as lead singer to replace Hagar, and Van Halen III was released in 1998. Van Halen went on hiatus until 2003 when they …

Van Halen stipulated in their performance contracts that a bowl of M&M’s, with all of the brown M&M’s removed, was to be placed in their dressing room. They didn’t do this to be jerks, but as a simple test to see if more important safety and quality specifications were attended to as well. Read More »