- African buffalo herds make decisions by voting
Democracy isn’t limited to humanity. As the African buffalo herds choose the direction they’ll travel by voting. The adult females of the herd will stand up one by one, stare in a particular direction, and then lay back down. Whichever direction gets the maximum looks is almost always where the herd travels. If voting is strongly divided, the herd will often split up temporarily.
Red deer and several kinds of monkeys show similar behavior.
- Bats save us billions of dollars
Bats are so good at keeping pests away from food crops as they gobble up lots of problematic insects. Every year they save at least $3.7 billion of U.S farmers on pesticides. So bats are an important factor in our agricultural economy.
- Our brains are shrinking
Fossil research shows that, over the past 10,000 years, the average human brain has shrunk about the size of a tennis ball. But that doesn’t indicate we’re any less intelligent. Smaller brains are probably more efficient and productive. So there’s no need to worry too much; your brain is probably just fine.
- Many male giraffes are gay than straight
Studies say that homosexual activity among male giraffes is more common than heterosexual activity. According to one study from Tanzania published in Biological Exuberance, 94 percent of all observed mounting activity was same-sex.
- You’ll grow nearly 600 miles of hair in your lifetime
According to The Express, the average person will grow 590 miles of hair in their lifetime. Probably this is a total of each hair on your body laid end to end. Nose hair alone contributes 6.5 feet of the total.
- Our galaxy is set to collide with the Andromeda galaxy
Our galaxy the Milky Way is on an inevitable collision course with our nearest neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy. Stars, including Sun, will smash into one another and orbits will fly out of whack. The chaos will go on for some time, but eventually, everything will settle down and the two galaxies will merge into one huge elliptical galaxy.
Don’t be tensed over this eventuality, though—it won’t happen for another 3.75 billion years.
- Dementors exist in nature
Scientists in Thailand discovered a new species of a wasp with a horrifying method of killing their prey.
The wasps inject venom into cockroaches to paralyze them so that they can drag the roach back to their lair and begin to feast. To discover a name for this wasp, the scientists looked to the Harry Potter universe, in which dementors punish their victims by sucking the souls out of their still-living bodies. And thus, the wasp was born.
- The King’s holly plant reproduces by cloning
Most of the plants reproduce by mixing the genetic matter of two or more plants. But that’s not true in the case of a lomatia plant called King’s holly.
To reproduce, the lomatia plant simply drops its branch, which will create its root system and become its plant, but with identical DNA to the parent plant.
It’s difficult for these plants to form protection against diseases and predators without mixing genetic material. So, as a result, King’s holly, which exists only in Tasmania, is endangered.
- Saturn could float on water
The size of anything doesn’t depend upon buoyancy. Gas has a substantially lower density than liquid, including water. So, even though Saturn is the second biggest planet in the solar system because it’s made up almost entirely of gas and ice, the planet could float in water.
- The Low’s pitcher-plant is a toilet and food source all in one
Have you ever heard of carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap? The Nepenthes lowii (or the Low’s pitcher-plant) has moved away from eating animals, instead of feasting on what they leave behind.
The plant secretes white, sugary nectar that both birds and shrews like. But to access it, they must perch their rear ends over the mouth of the Low’s pitcher-plant. “It’s a toilet complete with a feeding station,” explained one researcher at Royal Roads.
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