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How Good Are TV Doctors?

You may be surprised that fictional hospitals on TV do not have a very good track record compared to real life. According to research by Amir Hetsroni, an Israeli professor of communications, your chances of survival are pretty slim if you are a patient on a medical drama. From Freakanomics …

Palm Trees Are Not Actually Trees

Listening to the podcast 99% Invisible I learned that palm trees are not actually trees. They are kind of a super grass, according to Jared Farmer who wrote Trees in Paradise: A California History. From the podcast, “palm trees don’t make bark or branches. If you cut them down you …

Super Animals – Tardigrades!

The animal world has it’s own super hero, Tardigrades a.k.a water bears! Just like Superman, they are able to withstand extreme temperatures, radiation, extreme pressures! According to wikipedia they “can survive in extreme environments. For example, they can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling …

World’s Largest Cave Video Fly Through

Ran across this video of a quad copter tour of the large sinkhole part of the Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam. Imagine the size of the room this area made before the roof collapsed! I realized I read the National Geographic article a few years ago, it has better …

Infect me!

In our modern obsession of cleanliness and ubiquitous anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, we may have upset the unseen balance in our bodies. Is it possible to be TOO clean? Have we inadvertently scrubbed away the GOOD bacteria that make us healthy. This NY Times article covers research into the …