Time for another week of Twitter #weirdscifacts! This week I wrapped up some facts about the North Carolina Museum for Natural Sciences and started some facts gleaned from Discovery Place’s “Mummies of the World” exhibit! We also have a bonus fact!
683. Jan 25: #weirdscifacts via @naturalsciences: Longleaf pines undergo a growth spurt to “get above” brush fires. These pines depend on brush fires to survive, but must grow rapidly to escape the fire-susceptible sapling stage.
684. Jan 26: The Russian “water computer” of 1936! This computer was built to solve partial differential equations; if the technique had persisted for long enough, we might be referring to “computer bugs” instead as “computer clogs”. (h/t @jenlucpiquant)
685. Jan 27: #weirdscifacts via @naturalsciences: Female tree bats mate in fall, but don’t fertilize eggs until after hibernation, in spring! It requires a lot of energy in order to hibernate with an actual baby on the way, so the female bat simply stores the male’s semen until spring.
686. Jan 28: Final #weirdscifacts via @naturalsciences: the hellbender salamander, which “breathes” through its skin! The salamander has lungs, but it spends most of its time underwater and breathing through its skin.
687. Jan 29: Why swim when you can walk? The odd locomotion of the handfish. Unlike mudskippers, which use their fins to walk on land, the handfish seem to “walk” underwater.