Weird Facts About Christopher Walken

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“Actor Christopher Walken is best known for portraying dark, sinister characters who maintain their cool in spite of circumstances that engulf them… Since then, Walken has gone on to enjoy a very lucrative career in Hollywood, appearing in iconic films from The Deer Hunter to Pulp Fiction; his dozens of movies combined have grossed nearly $2 billion at the box office. And while that is certainly impressive, DoYouRemember decided to celebrate the actor’s 71st birthday on March 31st with a rundown of some lesser-known odd facts about Christopher Walken and his work.” w/ photos

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How Global Warming Will Affect Your Beer

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“The aspiring plant bioengineer worked with a team of scientists to test how not getting enough water altered the quality of barley grains. In a small pilot study, the scientists found that the starches inside barley grains grown with too little water are different from starches found inside nicely-watered barley grains. The dryness-stressed barley had longer-chain starch grains and more protein than normally grown barley. From there, Gous made an interesting conjecture about the future—one we’ve never thought of.” w/ photos

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Born To Learn

“Born to Learn is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how humans learn! Narrated by Damian Lewis. We are happy for our videos to be shared and translated, either in audio or text format, and we ask that appropriate accreditation/links are given to this channel and/or website.” — BTL

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How Tiny Microbes Changed Life On Earth Forever

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“This is the microbes’ world — we just live in it. Throughout the history of Earth, microbes have radically reshaped life on the planet, from creating the very air we breath to wiping out almost all life on Earth. Don’t underestimate the power of tiny, tiny microbes populating the Earth trillions of times over. Here are some of the ways microbes have done what humans are doing now: geoengineering the climate.” w/ photos

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The Man Who Started Throwback Thursday

“The wave of nostalgic photos and embarrassing moments that flood social media every Thursday, come courtesy of the wildly popular hashtag ‘Throwback Thursday.’ The creator of the catchy phrase liked the sound of the two words together.” — AP

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How An Electronic Cigarette Works

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“Last year, a study from an international group of scientists showed that the toxins in e-cigarette vapor are 9 to 450 times lower than in tobacco smoke. The Food and Drug Administration is still determining its regulatory stance. It’s sponsoring more research while sorting out its position… Here’s how they work…” w/ photos

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Is Salt Really That Bad For You?

“We’ve been told that our salt intake is dangerously high, especially here in America. While respectable organizations, like the Center for Disease Control, back this statement, is there any truth to it? Tara Long joins DNews to look at an interesting new study saying that Americans are actually eating a healthy amount of salt!” — DNews

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Holy Grail Of Commercial Graphene Production?

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“Basically, they start with a normal silicon wafer. They coat the wafer in a layer of germanium (Ge), and then dip the wafer in dilute hydrofluoric (HF) acid, which strips off the native (naturally forming) germanium oxide groups, leaving a ‘sea’ of hydrogen atoms that are bonded to the germanium underneath (H-terminated germanium, in chemistry speak). The wafer is then placed into furnace, where fairly normal chemical vapour deposition (CVD) is used to deposit a layer of graphene on top of the H-terminated Ge. Finally, after a bit more baking, and cooling under vacuum, the graphene is ready to be peeled off and used in the fabrication of graphene transistors and other such devices.” w/ photos

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Anti-Aliasing Explained In 60 Seconds

“I originally started this video as a class project, but it turned into an excuse to teach myself After Effects, which was used to make the entirety of this video. There are many problems with this video, but for a first attempt I guess I can’t expect much.” — Lange

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