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The body of these subterranean African mammals is rich in a substance called hyaluronan, which acts as a lubricant in the body and stops cancers from growing. This discovery could lead to treatments for cancer in the future.
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Something else happens when another person touches you: Your levels of serotonin — a neurotransmitter that basically acts as the body’s natural antidepressant and pain reliever — increase. The cortisol-lowering effect that a hug, massage or other form of touch can have on someone who is sick can also offer healing effects.
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Christopher Nolan, who wrote and directed the movie Inception, said, "I didn't intend to make a film about filmmaking, but it's clear that I gravitated toward the creative process that I know. The way the team works is very analogous to the way the film itself was made. I can't say that was intentional, but it's very clearly there". The major characters in the film Inception represent integral cogs of the filmmaking industry. "The Point Man" (Arthur, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the producer, "The Architect" (Ariadne, played by Elliot Page) is the production designer, "The Forger" (Eames, played by Tom Hardy) is the actor, "The Mark" (Robert, played by Cillian Murphy) is the audience. Then there's Leonardo DiCaprio's character Dom – who is the director.
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As well as their camouflage ability, there are many other panther facts which add up to make this big cat one fearsome predator. Panthers can run at speeds of up to 35 mph, helping them to catch up with fast prey such as deer and antelope. They are also incredibly agile, and are able to leap up to 20 ft. in pursuit of their prey. Another one of the more unique panther facts relates to their climbing ability. Of all the big cats, panthers are some of the very best at climbing. They often use trees to their advantage, whether for hiding in for safety or for watching and ambushing prey. In addition, their strong jaws enable them to drag heavy prey into the branches of trees in order to feed safely.
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The Eiffel Tower grows in the summer and shrinks in the winter. The reason the Eiffel Tower’s length is dependent on changing seasons is that when seasons change, the temperature around the monument changes too. The variation in the length of the Eiffel Tower depends entirely on the variation in the temperature around it. However, the maximum that the Eiffel Tower can grow or shrink is about six inches.
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While it’s not completely understood how long a diamond takes to form underground, we have a good idea of how much heat and pressure is needed. To get the process going, you need about 725,000 pounds (328854.5 kilograms) per square inch of pressure, and temperatures of around 2200°F (1200°C).
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Ridley Scott is best known for directing the science fiction horror film Alien, the neo-noir dystopian film Blade Runner, the road adventure film Thelma & Louise, the historical drama film Gladiator, the war film Black Hawk Down, and the science fiction film The Martian (2015). Beginning his career in advertising, where he honed his filmmaking skills by making inventive mini-films for television commercials, Scott's work is known for its atmospheric and highly concentrated visual style.
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Steve Kroschel, a prolific wildlife filmmaker, runs the Kroschel Wildlife Center in Haines, Alaska. He’s been raising wolverines for 35 years. “To train a wolverine to find a victim in an avalanche is not a big a stretch at all, Kroschel says. “Train them a couple times with a scent from a coat or somebody and they’ll dig it up. They’re excellent diggers—no dog can dig as fast as wolverine.
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Given how much Michael Jordan has achieved in his career, you would think that fear is something that he does not feel. However, his fear of water stems from a tragic incident during his childhood. He saw a good friend of his drown when he got sucked into the undertow, and this understandably scarred him for life. Shortly after, Jordan almost drowned while at baseball camp and he has had a phobia ever since. He has somewhat overcome his fear, but he admits to still feeling uncomfortable when on a small boat or when near big bodies of water.
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McCartney has always claimed he got the titular name from actress Eleanor Bron, who appears in the 1965 Beatles film Help!, and a shop in Bristol, England, called Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers. There’s every reason to believe he’s telling the truth. But the world later learned there’s a gravestone for a woman named Eleanor Rigby in Woolton Cemetery, located near St. Peter’s Church in Liverpool, where Paul first met John Lennon in 1957.
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King was such a gifted student that he skipped grades nine and 12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College, the alma mater of his father and maternal grandfather. Although he was the son, grandson and great-grandson of Baptist ministers, King did not intend to follow the family vocation until Morehouse president Benjamin E. Mays, a noted theologian, convinced him otherwise. King was ordained before graduating college with a degree in sociology.
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Grohl composed a song specifically for the 10-year-old British musical prodigy, Nandi Bushell. Bushel has challenged Grohl to multiple back-ad forth musical challenges though social media. After Grohl noticed the ‘In Bloom’ cover, the frontman responded to a challenge posed by Bushell in August, in which the aspiring rocker challenged the 51-year-old to a drum-off through a video she posted of a cover of Foo Fighters’ hit song ‘Everlong’. Grohl then composed Bushell her own superhero theme, which Bushell then duly responded to, penning Rock and Grohl – The EPIC Battle’.
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In National Treasure, the Knights Templar was started by a group of knights who stumbled upon the hoard of treasure and formed a secret organization to protect it, later morphing into the Freemasons. In truth, the Knights Templar was like a hybrid between a religious and a military order. However, one thing the movie gets wrong is the association between the Templar and Freemasons. In 1307, a few years after the Templar faced accusations of immorality, Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of every member and seized the Templar's property. His vendetta against them ultimately led to the order's downfall. Given that the Freemasons didn't start organizing at a national level until around the 16th century, according to the BBC, the plot that has the Templar becoming the Freemasons seems unlikely — although National Geographic reports that many Freemasons see the Templar members as spiritual predecessors.
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While Hawking believed that developing better technology was imperative for humans’ survival. But he was also very concerned about the pursuit of artificial intelligence, or A.I. saying at one point, “In the future, A.I. could develop a will of its own—a will that is in conflict with ours,” he continued. “The rise of powerful A.I. will be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity. We do not yet know which.”
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When standing in centerfield under the hot sun, a baseball cap doesn’t always do the trick of keeping you cool. During the time Babe Ruth played baseball, uniforms in the Major League were typically made of wool, so standing in the blistering sun would have left players boiling and covered in sweat. But the Babe found an alternative method of keeping himself cool, he would take leaves of cabbage and lay them out over the ice box until they were nice and cold, then lay it over his head while wearing his hat.
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One of Nostradamus’ earliest publications was entitled “Treatise on Cosmetics and Conserves.” In addition to providing instructions on how to make blonde hair dye, laxatives, toothpaste (using ground cuttlefish bone and sea-snail shells, or—if your teeth are really rotten and decayed—blue clay) and a ‘rose pill’ lozenge to treat the plague, the book offered recipes for marzipan paste, candied orange peel, marmalade, cherry jam, pear preserve and quince jelly “fit to set before a king.”
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On the morning of December 7th, 1941, the Wickes-class destroyer USS Ward attacked and sank a Ko-hyoteki-class midget submarine near the entrance to Pearl Harbor, making it not only the first shot fired on that day, but the first official American shots in the War
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One cup of canned pumpkin has less than 100 calories and only half a gram of fat. In comparison, the same serving size of sweet potato has triple the calories. They also have more fiber than kale, more potassium than bananas, and are full of heart-healthy magnesium and iron.
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