Beautifully Simple

Fact: 111,111,111 × 111,111,111 = 12345678987654321 Sometimes the world needs no explanation. Also I have finals. ‘Another one of Mr Shaunak’s Little Bites of Science’ Image under Creative Commons Liscence Advertisements

Part 2: An Apeeling Concept

Fact: You can get vaccinated by eating a banana.  Needle-fearers rejoice – genetic engineering has gone beyond creating weird hybrid animals to invent bananas that, when eaten, deliver life saving vaccines (and taste delicious). The idea was championed by Dr. Charles Arntzen as a way to increase vaccine coverage and delivery to young children in developing…

Part 1: Web Of Lies

Fact: Goats spin spider’s webs.  OK, slight embellishment. Science can make goats that produce spider silk in their milk. Obviously having a few goats minding their own business is better than having millions of spiders in a farm all viciously tearing each other’s heads off – which is exactly what happened during the initial efforts to…

Two Frogs On A Bench

Fact: You can win $1,000,000 if you have ‘supernatural abilities’. The “Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge” is offered to anyone who can demonstrate a supernatural ability under agreed-upon scientific testing criteria. In 40 years, despite over 1000 applicants, no one ever won. The prize was offered by James Randi, a famous magician, escape artist and debunker of pseudoscience and the…