Part 2: I Don’t Think You’re Ready For This Jelly

Fact: You can get glow-in-the-dark ice cream. You might have heard somewhere that Tonic water glows under UV light, but the story of the glow-in-the-dark ice cream takes all that one step further. Its jellyfish flavoured. Using the same principles described last week, animals can produce light by a phenomenon called bioluminescence – they produce proteins which absorb…

Part 1: VK or G&T?

Fact: A Gin and Tonic glows bright blue under UV light. Or more accurately, tonic water glows blue (gin optional). Tonic water contains the molecule Quinine, which is found in the bark of willow trees and is the ingredient that gives tonic water its characteristic bitter taste. Quinine has plenty of tricks up its sleeve – it’s been used…

Do You Even Lift?

Fact: The strongest living thing on the planet is gonorrhea. Neisseria gonorrhoeae (the bacterium that causes gonorrhea) is a force to be reckoned with, given it can pull with a force over 100,000 times its own body weight. For a human to compete, you’d have to shift over ten million kilos, which weighs in at just over 50 blue whales. The…

The Key To Immortality

Fact: There is a jellyfish that can live forever.  Turritopsis dohrnii, a small blob floating in the sea off Japan, has been classified as the world’s only immortal organism, since it can develop to adulthood, reproduce and then go backwards in time to an earlier stage in its life cycle and start the whole process again….