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If Homer talks about the dark-wine sea, it seems he also talks about the "blue eyebrows of Poseidon". You can read here about Homer's colorful descriptions that helped orators remember the verses of his poems. κυανό is known to be "blue" for ancient greeks and became "cyan" in english. In this book about Homer writing, κυανό entry represents "smalt, blue ...


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The first claim is based on the research of Berlin and Kay "Basic Color Terms", which posits the hypothesis that languages evolve colour terms in the following order, and therefore that ancient languages did not possess separate terms for blue and green: Stage I: Dark-cool and light-warm Stage II: Red Stage III: Either green or yellow Stage IV: Both green ...


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A summary of recent evidence suggests: In children with initial low calcium intake, an increase in milk/dairy intake is associated with an increase in bone density. In adults, milk/dairy consumption is not or only weakly associated with lower risk of bone fractures. Basic explanation: 90% of peak bone mineral density (the amount of calcium and phosphorus ...


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What do we mean by weaker, or by stronger? "Women really are stronger than men, according to study" Is the title of a BBC article which says A recent academic study has shown that under extreme conditions such as famines, epidemics and enslavement, women are able to survive for longer than men. Across modern populations, women outlive men in ...


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Yes, that's Andre's hand. This image was part of the cover spread for a biographical article "To the Giant among us" in Sports Illustrated in 1981. The full cover spread includes regular-sized hands pouring a beer for comparison: The full article text for To The Giant Among Us is available on sports illustrated's vault.


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It seems that we don't know, but probably not. What we have here is a notable person claiming without a reference that a peer reviewed journal supposedly reported on what many might consider a miracle. This in itself doesn't prove anything, but you are right to be skeptical. According to the Mary Baker Eddy Library, which is an organization affiliated with ...


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No, this is not true. Not even for just India, as Indian cobra (Naja naja) has round pupils and subcaudal (tail) scales are divided. There is also no pit visible. It is venomous species of snake. This answer assumes, that author means venomous snakes instead of poisonous, as this is common mistake. Also, Wikipedia should have enough credibility for this ...


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See Genital Anatomy in Pregnant Adolescents: “Normal” Does Not Mean “Nothing Happened” Pediatrics, January 2004, volume 113, pages e67-e69. METHODS The purpose of this study was to summarize the medical history and genital examination findings in 36 adolescents who were pregnant at the time of, or shortly before, their sexual abuse examination. The medical ...


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No. Here are excerpts from an article written for Psychology Today The Rare Truth About "Tight" and "Loose" Women Post published by Michael Castleman M.A. on Sep 16, 2011 in All About Sex Many women complain that their vaginas are "too tight" or "too loose," and many men raise the issue about lovers. Notions of vaginal tightness and ...


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"Smell" is a sense that is said to be more directly tied to emotional processing in the brain than other senses. But all interpretations of sensory information is subject to subjectivity. And smell is a sense that is easily and quickly dulled. Live in the stink and you get used to it, quickly. That makes it this a No. Smell is not objectively measurable as ...


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This is the study itself if you want to read it. Yes it is a study in mice. It is evidence but not proof that blue filters are counter-productive, at least according to the authors of this single, peer-reviewed study. This is a fairly typical example of media fixating on a single study and making it out to a bigger deal than it actually is. More research is ...


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A “newton” is the international unit of force. A human adult’s maximum biting force ranges from 520-1,178 newtons depending on factors such as age and gender. It requires less than 200 newtons to bite through a raw carrot. This is well within the normal limits of the average person. Biting through a finger requires so much force that attempts often lead to ...


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Here is one clue. Visit the IAAF's page of athletic records and compare the men's and women's, category by category. No woman on record has cracked the 10 second barrier for 100 meters. No woman on record has yet cracked the four minute mile. Male high school students regularly beat the female world record mile run time of just under 4:13. 4 American male ...


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I am not sure where these numbers come from and the answer depends on how you encode the genome data and if you define all the redundancy (unnecessary, repetitive data) as "information". First of all, the humane genome contains somewhere around 3.1 (men) to 3.2 (women) billion base pairs. Since the X chromosome is three times longer than the Y chromosome, ...


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tl;dr: Yes, there is a point at which recovery is not possible without significant medical intervention. Death by starvation is not simply a matter of running out of energy to sustain life, so cannot be treated simply by providing additional energy. Various bodily systems are damaged during the process of starvation and may remain impaired afterward. ...


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Yes. David Blaine was recognized by Guiness as setting the world record for static apnea with O₂ in 2008. He held that record for several months. Blaine set the record on the Oprah Winfrey Show; a video of the last few minutes can be found on the show's site. One can hold one's breath for much longer if one breathes pure oxygen prior to the apnea. The ...


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Data Estimated number of eukaryotic (human) cells in the human body: 1.0×1014 —Wolfram Alpha The haploid human genome (23 chromosomes) is estimated to be about 3.2 billion base pairs long. —Human Genome – Wikipedia The full DNA content of a cell is therefore 6.4 Gbp. Average base pair size: one bp corresponds to approximately 3....


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Ancient Hebrew has the word תכלת for blue (or more specifically, azure), as attested to in the Bible: Numbers 15:38: Speak to the children of Israel and you shall say to them that they shall make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments, throughout their generations, and they shall affix a thread of sky blue [wool] on the fringe of each ...


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No, you do not drink water before you feel thirsty. Source - Mythbusting sports and exercise products, British Medical Journal Bottom line: drinking ahead of thirst General public—Drinking ahead of thirst may worsen performance in endurance exercise and carries a rare but serious risk of hyponatraemia. The body’s internal mechanism for staying hydrated is ...


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I have done some research on the drug. I find the drug extremely scary. The video in the question was of fairly low quality when it came to science, for shock value it was high quality though. Digital Journal That may be why in more recent years, the U.S. State Department issued a warning telling travelers to beware of "criminals in Colombia using ...


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This story is sourced to Tyler Blake, professor CSU Northridge. The story is printed in Advances in Human-computer Interaction (1995) at page 94, and the reference for the story is given as Blake, T. (1985). Introduction to Principles and Techniques for Interface Design Tutorial Notes for CHI'85 tutorial. This corresponds to a tutorial by Tyler Blake ...


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Atoms in tooth enamel are not replaced. As a consequence, the C14 levels found in a person's tooth enamel can be used to estimate the year at which their teeth formed, due to the fact that atmospheric levels of C14 have decreased steadily since the cessation of above-ground nuclear bomb testing in 1964. Details can be found at the link below, along with ...


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Snopes lists it as unproven. http://m.snopes.com/camera-flash-blind-baby/ The Daily Mail pointed to the unreliable People’s Daily Online as the source of this information, who in turn sourced their story from Guangming Daily, who sourced their reporting from QQ.com, who cited DAHE.com, who got their information from Henan TV. At no point in this ...


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Yes they do, or at least kind of do. They move after decapitation in a kind of jumping-running-flapping motion, and can be seen in the videos getting out of containers, or traveling several dozen meters away. Searching for "headless chickens run around" gives a bunch of YouTube videos. All depicting decapitated chickens running around, flapping their wings ...


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Yes, it is possible for one to get a shot off after being shot in the head oneself. Here are two different examples, both involving cab drivers being shot in the head and still returning fire. For the first example, see St. Louis Cab Driver Shot in Head, Returns Fire and Drives to Police Station for Help This was a serious enough head injury that the cab ...


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