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TIL scientists have been able to genetically modify mosquitoes so their sperm can only produce male offspring, decimating test populations in six generations. This inexpensive innovation could prevent the spread of malaria, save millions of lives and won’t have a significant impact on the ecosystem.

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TIL scientists have been able to genetically modify mosquitoes so their sperm can only produce male offspring, decimating test populations in six generations. This inexpensive innovation could prevent the spread of malaria, save millions of lives and won’t have a

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TIL a certain species of jellyfish has been deemed “immortal” by scientists who have observed its ability to, when in crisis, revert its cells to their earliest form and grow anew. That means that these tiny creatures, 4 mm to 5 mm long, potentially have infinite lives.

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TIL a certain species of jellyfish has been deemed “immortal” by scientists who have observed its ability to, when in crisis, revert its cells to their earliest form and grow anew. That means that these tiny creatures, 4 mm to

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TIL that suicide candidates in 18th-century Denmark were afraid to take their own lives because they believed it would send them to hell. Instead, they resorted to killing other people to receive the death penalty and repented before execution, believing that doing so would send them to heaven.

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TIL that suicide candidates in 18th-century Denmark were afraid to take their own lives because they believed it would send them to hell. Instead, they resorted to killing other people to receive the death penalty and repented before execution, believing

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What is the origin of “Quarters” used in science fiction shows on spacecraft when referring to the area where a character lives?

What is the origin of “Quarters” used in science fiction shows on spacecraft when referring to the area where a character lives? submitted by Kubrick_Fan [link] [2 comments] Source: reddit answers: a knowledgebase built on reddit

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What organism lives the deepest under earth?

What organism lives the deepest under earth? Are there (m)any organisms that live deep under earth? 100m? 1km deep? … submitted by krumoksnis [link] [2 comments] Source: reddit answers: a knowledgebase built on reddit

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TIL that there is a Saudi Arabian black metal band called Al-Namrood (“the non-believer”) whose members have to effectively lead double lives and record their music in absolute secrecy since they could face corporal punishment or even death for making “un-Islamic” music.

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TIL that there is a Saudi Arabian black metal band called Al-Namrood (“the non-believer”) whose members have to effectively lead double lives and record their music in absolute secrecy since they could face corporal punishment or even death for making

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YSK about Norman Borlaug, the man who saved a billion lives

YSK about Norman Borlaug, the man who saved a billion lives Quoting from an article in the Huffington Post: Dr. Borlaug is most famous for having launched what came to be known the Green Revolution — the agricultural phenomenon responsible

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TIL minutes before the Halifax Explosion, (one of the largest non-nuclear, man-made explosions) a dispatcher named Vince Coleman returned to his station to send a warning telegram, saving 300 lives at the cost of his own.

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TIL minutes before the Halifax Explosion, (one of the largest non-nuclear, man-made explosions) a dispatcher named Vince Coleman returned to his station to send a warning telegram, saving 300 lives at the cost of his own. submitted by garglemymarbles [link]

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TIL that in Star Wars Tales #19: Han Solo travels through time and crashes on Earth. Han is killed in an attack by Natives, but Chewbacca lives and becomes the Sasquatch. 126 years later, Indiana Jones is tracking down the Sasquatch only to find the crashed Millennium Falcon and the body of Han Solo

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TIL that in Star Wars Tales #19: Han Solo travels through time and crashes on Earth. Han is killed in an attack by Natives, but Chewbacca lives and becomes the Sasquatch. 126 years later, Indiana Jones is tracking down the

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TIL a 2011 Johns Hopkins study gave healthy adults a few sessions of Psilocybin (magic mushrooms). A year later, 94% of the individuals said the experiment was in their top 5 most meaningful experiences of their lives; 39% said it was the single most meaningful experience of their lives.

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TIL a 2011 Johns Hopkins study gave healthy adults a few sessions of Psilocybin (magic mushrooms). A year later, 94% of the individuals said the experiment was in their top 5 most meaningful experiences of their lives; 39% said it

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