FACTS OF THE DAY

February 8th 2018

Scientists in Vienna have simulated the entire brain of a worm on a computer, so that the virtual worm behaves exactly like a real one.

newatlas.com

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Japanese scientists have filmed bombardier beetles being swallowed by toads, causing toxic explosions in their stomachs and being vomited out again alive.

theguardian.com

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The new Ecuadorean Olympic ski team is a single man who practices using roller skis on tarmac. Nigeria, Eritrea, Singapore and Malaysia also have new ski teams.

qz.com

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A New Hampshire woman who won $560 million on the lottery cannot collect it because the rules say she must waive her anonymity, which she refuses to do.

washingtonpost.com

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Half of New Orleans is below sea level due to human engineering projects. In the late 1800s, all of it was above sea level.

theatlantic.com

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Some cosmologists are now leaning away from the Big Bang theory in favour of the Big Bounce, where the universe goes in and out like a breathing lung.

theatlantic.com

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