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Jellyfish Aequorea Victoria contributed to the Nobel Prize

Jellyfish Aequorea Victoria contributed to the Nobel Prize

  JELLYFISH, despite their names, aren’t actually fish they are in­vertebrates, or animal without back­bones related to corals and anemo­nes. There are about 2,000 different jellyfish that have been identified. An ocean full of jellyfish is a prob­able future, considering problems that ocean face at present. Chang­ing ocean temperatures and ocean acidification has caused a […]

Lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport

  THE French Fencing Fed­eration officially recog­nized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport. The physicality of lightsaber com­bat is part of why the French Fencing Federation threw its support behind the sport and is now equipping fencing clubs with lightsabers and training would-be lightsaber instructors. “With young people today, it’s a real public health is­sue. […]

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Electric eels, one of the most dangerous fish

  DESPITE the name, it is not an eel, but rather a knife fish, and is more closely related to catfish and carp than to other eel families. They have long, narrow bodies with long dorsal and anal fins. A full-grown electric eel (1.5 m to 2m) can generate about 600 volts of electricity. They […]

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200-year-old account of electric eels

  ALEXANDER von Hum­boldt (1769-1859) was a notable German geographer, explorer, and naturalist. He is widely recognized for his works on botanical geography which laid the foundation for biogeography. To this day, he is known as one of the most significant contributors to the earth sciences. In March 1800, while he was exploring the Orinoco […]

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Encourage men to use parasols

  THE word “parasol” is ac­tually derived from “para” (defense against) and “sol” (sun). Parasols in Europe were originally used by state­ly ladies adapting Asian-style umbrellas to secure stylish, and mobile shade. Parasols existed long before modern rain umbrellas. Officials in Japan have urged men to carry parasols to protect themselves from scorching summer tempera­ture. […]

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Vertical farming in Singapore

  IN Singapore, more than 5.5 million people live in a small area of 720Km2. As more and more towering apartment buildings are built, what little land was available for farming was disappeared fast. Only seven percent of Sin­gapore’s food is grown locally. The country imports most of its fresh vegetables and fruits dai­ly from […]

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