Here's a fact that might brighten up your day: There's a good chance that homework is worthless. Two Australian researchers published a new book that claims homework for young primary school kids has little to no value related to academic achievement.
Their studies found that homework isn't beneficial for primary school kids, has very limited benefits for junior high kids and reasonable benefits for senior high school kids.
Here's another nugget: They also found that parents getting too involved and controlling in their kids' homework is also not beneficial. They also found that kids would benefit more from higher quality homework rather than lots of repetitive, drill-style homework.
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That's far from the only strange concoction that humans will make for a booze fix. In England there's a brand of vodka called Skorppio. As you may guess, the company adds a farm-raised scorpion to every bottle.
In China, a baby mouse is drowned in a vat full of wine and then ferments for a year. The wine itself is reportedly nasty, but apparently people there believe that drinking the wine and swallowing the mouse at the end will cure liver problems, skin conditions and even asthma.
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There are many parts of the Amazon forest that have never been explored by humans. However, this hasn't stopped scientists from mapping those areas. In fact, thanks to new 3D scanning technology, they are able to make a detailed inventory of the forest. They can even tell individual trees apart!
NASA built the sensor that allows this. After it's mounted on a plane, it can detect photosynthetic pigment concentration, the water content of leaves, plant's defense compounds and many other characteristics. This means that the device can tell apart from among 200 different tree species!
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The Model T car is often mentioned as a modern marvel. The car that not only made motorized vehicles affordable, it also revolutionized manufacturing via Henry Ford's assembly line innovations.
That doesn't mean it was perfect, though. Take this quirky limitation for example. If you had a Ford Model T and you wanted to drive it through a steep hill, the car would just stop working. This was because the car relied on gravity to feed the fuel carburetor instead of a fuel pump.
When you drove through a steep hill, the fuel would not be able to reach the carburetor and it would be as if the car was out of gas. The solution for this was to climb these steep hills in reverse!
Here's a neat trick if you wanna make easy cash next time: Bet on a spinning penny landing on tales most of the time. The reason for this is very simple: The side with Lincoln's head is just a little bit heavier than the tails side, causing the coin's center of mass to tilt a bit towards heads. It will tend to fall on top of the head 80% of the time.
If you remember, we also mentioned before that the odds of a coin flip aren't even either. However, you might not want to put that much money on that one, as the odds are 51/49 in favor of whatever side was up when the coin was thrown in the air.