Weird science facts, March 23 — March 29

Here are the Twitter #weirdscifacts for the past week!

375. Mar 23: What do walruses use their tusks for?  Pulling their chubby selves out of the water onto ice, for one.

376. Mar 24: Non-Newtonian fluids — solid or liquid, depending on how hard you hit them! (post by @JenLucPiquant!)

377. Mar 25: Squid have mirror eyeballs — dielectric mirror eyeballs! (h/t @hectocotyli)

378. Mar 26:  Gut bacteria may influence thoughts and behavior! O_o  “You are what helps you eat”?

379. Mar 27: The fanwing — a third type of powered lift for aircraft?

380. Mar 28: The 1755 Lisbon earthquake influenced the philosophy of thinkers such as Kant, Rousseau and Voltaire.

381. Mar 29: Giraffes they have a sponge-like collection of veins and arteries in the neck which regulates the flow of blood when they dip their heads to drink. (h/t @anthinpractice)  This collection is called the rete mirabile (“wonderful net”).

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One Response to Weird science facts, March 23 — March 29

  1. Roger Wetmore says:

    I wonder is this fanwing the same effect as the counter rotating wing, which you can emulate by throwing a yardstick, spinning it sideways? I saw a model demonstration once of a kite using this.

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