TIL that the Mythbusters once tested a combination of common materials that made an extremely powerful explosive. They deleted the tapes and swore to never release the information, then contacted DARPA and warned them about the possibility of misuse from the combination.
TIL horses can communicate with humans by pointing to symbols. Researchers trained the horses to understand 3 symbols which meant “blanket on,” “blanket off,” and “no change.” After training they were tested in different weather conditions and researchers found the choices matched the weather.
Game Over For Coal: Scientists Nail Down Pesky Perovksite Solar Cell Problem - “The research team successfully tested a perovskite solar cell in ambient conditions without protection for 1,000 hours, and it retained 94% of its conversion efficiency.”
In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sunspot battles with three Sentinels exhibiting powers of mutants not seen in the film - Rockslide, Emma Frost, and Lady Deathstrike - signifying they were likely tested on and killed prior to the events of the movie
Wildlife species are being exposed to high levels of rat poison in northwest California, with illegal marijuana farms the most likely source point. Study found 7 of the 10 northern spotted owls and 40% of the 84 barred owls collected tested positive for rat poison.
TIL a nurse wanted to know if her farts were contaminating equipment in the lab. The doctor and a microbiologist tested the hypothesis by having a colleague fart clothed then naked onto two Petri dishes. The conclusion was that clothing acts as a filter, but naked farts can cause contamination.
The 'impossible' EM Drive is about to be tested in space - It uses electromagnetic waves as 'fuel', creating thrust by bouncing microwave photons back and forth inside a cone-shaped closed metal cavity.
I tested the 'facebook uses your mic to direct ads at you' experiment and it had beyond creepy results.. ads with the specific make and model of things I was talking about... is there anyway to disable apps/websites from using my mic?
TIL A 9,000 Year Old Skeleton Was Found in a Cave in Cheddar, England Known As Cheddar Man. When CM's DNA was tested a Living Relative Was Found Teaching School Half a Mile Away, Linking Back 300 Generations
TIL the company that makes Listerine marketed it as a cure for gonorrhea in the late 1800s; however, no one scientifically tested this claim until now. Lab studies show Listerine inhibits bacterial growth and that infected men are less likely to test positive for gonorrhea after gargling with it.
ULPT: If you are being arrested for drunk driving, go limp and lightly hit your head on the floor, any head injury that happens in the field must be taken to hospital before a station, giving you time to sober up [Tried and tested UK]
The Tsar Bomba was the biggest nuclear weapon ever tested - the equivalent of 10 times all the munitions expended in World War II. But it's detonation may have been more political than anything - it was a bomb too big to use in anger.
TIL when scientists first realized that American gay men and Africans in France were both suffering from the same disease (AIDS), French researchers sent over a sample to be tested. But a scientist with a grudge against the French institute switched out the sample, setting research back years.
Like the horse of Troy, scientists have developed a way to sneak synthetic cells right into tumor tissue, where they then begin producing cancer-fighting proteins from the inside. The technique was tested in both cell cultures and in mice, and found to be an effective treatment in both cases.
"First picture of SpaceX spacesuit. More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function. Easy to do either separately."
IBM's Watson was tested on 1,000 cancer diagnoses made by human experts. In 30 percent of the cases, Watson found a treatment option the human doctors missed. Some treatments were based on research papers that the doctors had not read. More than 160,000 cancer research papers are published a year.
TIL Stockholm, Sweden tested a "Speed Camera Lottery" where speed limit-abiding drivers were automatically entered into a drawing to win a prize pool funded out of fines paid by speeders.
Matt Ryan after the Falcons 26-13 win over the Rams: "We're a battle tested group, we're a tough group of guys. We've been through some ups, downs, and we're better for it. It's gonna serve us well moving forward."
TIL in 1996 and 1997, Emily Rosa, 9, tested 21 therapeutic touch practitioners whether their claims to detect "human energy fields" were true. After finding they were right only 44% of the time, she published the results on 1998, becoming the youngest person to have a research paper published.
TIL on a mission to the International Space Station in January 2015, scientists tested the regenerative properties of planarian worms in zero gravity. One specimen actually grew a second head through spontaneous regeneration and when researchers tried amputating it, both heads grew back.
Friend (25M) of ours got diagnosed with HIV. I (23F) know that my other friend (24F) cheated on her boyfriend with him. She doesn't know that I know. Both parties refuse to admit that they had sex, and my friend refuses to get tested and is in complete denial.
Gegard Mousasi: I have a say in Bellator. I can say Reebok sucks or I want this sponsorship or I want this guy to be drug tested or I want to fight at light heavyweight... the opportunity to go do some boxing... In the UFC, it’s no, you do what we tell you to do.
TIL due to a miscalculation, the largest nuclear bomb ever tested by the United States was accidentally three times stronger than expected. This resulted in most of the test equipment being destroyed or vaporized rendering the experiment a failure.
LPT: If you think you have a sexually transmitted disease but can't afford/don't want to get tested. Have sex with someone and tell them they should get tested afterwards. If they are clean then you're good to go!
TIL Aspartame -- a common artificial sweeter in soft drinks -- is one of the most rigorously tested food ingredients to date. Scientists have found no link between regular Aspartame consumption and cancer.
TIL a guy once tested Major League Baseball's copyright disclaimer by asking for "expressed written consent" to show an old playoff game at a party. MLB Headquarters responded with a letter granting him permission.
Study participants subjected to Taser shocks and then tested for cognitive impairment showed short-term declines in brain functioning -- dysfunction on par with dementia. It calls into question the legitimacy of police questioning in the immediate aftermath of an arrest involving the use of a Taser.