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Game of Knowns

Science Is Coming ....

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Coco Chanel "At 20 we have the face God gave us. At 50 we have the one we deserve."

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If you take sugar with your alcohol, your body processes the sugar "food" first and delays absorption of the alcohol. So a diet coke and rum will make you drunker than a rum and standard coke.

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Periodic cicadas emerge at 7, 13 or 17 year intervals. It's no coincidence that these are all prime numbers. If cicadas came out every 12 years, then they would fall to predators with a 1, 2, 4 or 6 year cycle. But the prime number coincides with just one predator emergence each time, and the huge numbers quickly overwhelm the appetite of all the predators.

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Underachievers usually don't recognize how stupid they are, unless given a course in basic logic. They then become a lot more realistic. As Confucius said "The real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance" and Charles Darwin's "Ignorance more frequently begats confidence than does knowledge."

2006 a Dutch musician, Melchior Reitveldt, was commissioned to write a piece of music for a film festival. The contract said clearly that it was a one-off use licence. But when he bought a Harry Potter CD in 2007 he found his music being used in the Anti-Piracy ad at the beginning. He had to go to court to get the group to pay him royalties.

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The '8 glasses of water a day' myth traces back to a 1945 Food and Nutrition guide put out by US Govt which said "a suitable allowance for adults is 2.5 litres daily .... most of this is contained in prepared food."

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We have added iodine to salt to successfully reduce goiter, Vit D to milk to prevent rickets, and foliate to bread for spinal bifida. But that's about all the additives that are worth having. And food manufacturers know they'll be in legal trouble. So they employ creative writers to serve up half truths like "Oatmeal helps reduce cholesterol" - well yes, if you eat 3 bowls of it, without milk, just with water. Or "a study showed kids who had XYZ for breakfast improved their attentiveness by 20%" turned out to have been commissioned by Kellogs, and didn't mention that they compared kids with ones who just got water for breakfast.

Our sun is one of 400 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. We have no idea how many galaxies there are, but estimate anything from 100 to 500 billion galaxies.

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Psychopaths and top athletes have much in common - cool under pressure, can focus intently on task at hand (ignoring both physical pain and any demands from family), are ruthless and will finish the job under almost any circumstances, are mentally tough and can come back from crushing defeats or setbacks, have a Vulnerability radar that can sense weakness in opponents, and have great charm and charisma.

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