101 spectacular science specifics

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Spectacular Science Specifics

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One possible way of controlling cockroaches being explored in the USA is to release parasitic worms which will kill the roaches but don't harm people.

62.
Our blood is red because it uses an iron compound to carry oxygen – some spiders have blue blood because theirs uses a copper compound instead.

63.
People on the Pacific island of Chuuk use a love potion made from centipede's teeth and stingray tails.

64.
People used to use white lead powder to make their skin look white and beautiful, but it gave them lead poisoning and slowly killed them. As their skin looked worse once the poison took effect, they used more white lead to cover up the damage.

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Police scientists investigating a murder can work out how long a body has been dead by looking at the kinds of maggots, worms and insects that are eating it.

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Potatoes, aubergines, tomatoes and peppers all belong to the same family of plants as deadly nightshade!

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Railway workers in France in the 1800s claimed to have freed a Pterodactyl trapped in rock.They said it flapped, squawked and died. Reports of frogs and other animals trapped in solid rock are quite common, but not scientifically proven.

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Rats trained to look for landmines are so light that they don't trigger the mechanism if they tread on one. Instead, they scratch and bite at the ground when they smell explosives, and the handler deals with the mine.

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Romans dressed small wounds with spider webs soaked in vinegar.

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Scientists are working on a microscopic robotic tadpole to deliver medicines – the tadpole would ‘swim' through the patient's blood vessels to take the medicine where it's needed.



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