Mosquitoes survive collisions with raindrops because they’re tiny – latimes.com

Mosquitoes thrive in rainy climates, even though a typical raindrop can weigh up to 50 times as much as the insect. Scientists have thus long pondered how mosquitoes can fly through a rainstorm without getting killed by such collisions, the impact of which is comparable to a human being hit by a bus. The short answer is that the mosquitoes are so light that they simply hitch a ride on the raindrop without any significant force being transferred to them.

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Bagel + Fancy Knife Skills = BAGEL-CHAIN – Mental Floss

George Hart shows us how to cut a bagel such that it ends up as two linked bagel-rings. His knife follows the surface of a two-twist Möbius strip, making use of the initial bagel’s ring shape to tease the second ring out of it. Hart then proceeds to show us how to toast it, and asks the tantalizing question: how much more cream cheese can you get on this cut bagel, versus a traditional cut? Not being a mathemagician, I’ll let y’all talk that one through in the comments.

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What the World Eats – Amazing Photos Reveal Diets Across the Globe

What do you and your family eat each week? You may be shocked to see the significant variation even between relatively ‘similar’ nations when it comes to diet. While many families within the United States and Mexico include fast food and soda into the core of their nutritional program, families from nations like Bhutan survive off of traditional base food items like vegetables and grains. It is easy to see why disease rates are skyrocketing in many developed countries, where nutrition is not held to a very high regard. There is a huge difference in what the world eats, referring to different nations across the globe.

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Why A Cold Shower Is More Beneficial For Your Health Than a Warm One

Most people cringe at the thought of a cold shower. Just a glance at the many polar bear clubs dipping themselves into freezing water can make even those resistant to cold turn their heads away. However, the sporadic research that has been done suggests that regular exposure to cold water (via showers, baths or swims) may have some incredible health benefits.

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