FACTS OF THE DAY

28 September 2017

75% of the world’s food comes from just 12 crops and five animal species.

theguardian.com

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Scientists at the University of Columbia say that 70% of US electricity needs could be met by harnessing the power of the evaporation of water.

newatlas.com

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Scientists at the University of Exeter have spent a month frightening guppies to find out whether fish have personalities.

washingtonpost.com

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A 47-year-old man with a persistent cough and a suspected tumour has had a Playmobil traffic cone removed from his lung. He inhaled it on his 7th birthday.

bbc.co.uk

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Boeing has put up $2 million to fund a competition to design and build a personal flying machine.

newatlas.com

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In the 1880s, telephone lines in the American West were made of barbed wire.

atlasobscura.com