FACTS OF THE DAY

February 15th 2018

In about 30 years, the Sun will lose 7% of its power. The last time this happened, in 1645, the Thames and the Baltic froze over, and it lasted for 70 years.

bigthink.com

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A national science photography competition has been won by a photo of a single strontium atom held in an electric field.

epsrc.ac.uk

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Iolanthe, the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta now playing at the Coliseum, was the first theatre show to have electric light, at the Savoy theatre in 1882.

theguardian.com

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Iceland is projected to use more energy in 2018 mining bitcoin than powering homes.

qz.com

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At the Winter Olympics, eight robotics teams have been competing for a $10,000 prize in the Ski Robot Challenge.

reuters.com

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Extreme masturbation – using asphyxiation, chains, Christmas tree lights and cheese – kills 100 Germans a year.

mirror.co.uk

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