101 spectacular science specifics

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Spectacular Science Specifics

There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
If you fell into a black hole you would be stretched into an incredibly long, thin string in a process called ‘spaghettification'.

If you flush the toilet without putting the seat down, a fine aerosol spray of urine and faeces flies into the air of the bathroom – and some lands on your toothbrush.

In 1822, Dr. William Beaumont studied human digestion as it happened, through a hole in the side and stomach of a patient who had been shot. The hole did not heal, allowing Dr. Beaumont to study, but also allowing food and drink to ooze out if it was not covered up.

In 1999, an artist in Chicago, USA, announced his plan to grow a glow-in-the-dark dog by adding a gene from jellyfish to it.

In an attempt to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes, an American scientist built towers to attract bats. He enticed them in with fabric covered with bat droppings, and played music near the bats' old homes to drive them out.After a few years, malaria infection dropped from 89 percent of the population to zero.

In an emergency, coconut milk can be used as substitute for the watery part of blood in a blood transfusion.

In England in the 1500s, horse urine was rubbed into the scalp as a cure for baldness.

In the 1600s, spiders rolled in butter were recommended as a cure for malaria.

In the late 1800s, the Egyptian railways were fuelled by burning ancient mummies because they were more plentiful than coal and wood.

It can take a hundred years for the body of a whale at the bottom of the sea to disappear completely, as it is slowly eaten away by different animals, plants and microbes.

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