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If you collapse an underwater bubble with a soundwave, light is produced, and nobody knows why.

It’s a phenomenon called sonoluminescence. Sonoluminescence is a physical occurrence by which sound turns into light. Scientists have been trying for 70 years to explain it, but have had no success. No one has managed to explain how a bubble of air in water can focus sound to cause light, but it happens. 

Some minor revelations have surfaced, however. At first, physicists thought friction was to blame, but in the late 1980s, they discovered that a sound wave’s path expanded bubbles and heated the gas inside them to temperatures hotter than the sun’s surface. That collapse with the heat, they thought, created a glowing plasma. Thirty years later, that is still the going theory. 

However, researchers have suggested that different physical mechanisms must be at work and that there must be multiple kinds of sonoluminescence. What’s been concretely determined so far, though, is that it has to do with the size of the bubble as well as the OH emission from the bubble when it bursts. 

If the science goes much further, it could be possible that some day sound and gas could be used to light underwater areas, exceeding the limitations of conventional lights. 


A crash reversed a paralympian’s paralysis!

Monique van der Vorst, a 27-year-old from the Netherlands, was formerly a paralympian athlete as a hand cyclist. After a collision, when a bike hit van der Vorst, she ended up in the hospital and began to feel a tingling sensation in her legs. Slowly, she began regaining movement in her legs, and after many months of rehabilitation, she gained the ability to stand and walk for the first time in more than a decade! 

Van der Vorst had been paralyzed since the age of 13. Before the accident that restored her ability to walk, van der Vorst was training to be a part of the 2012 Paralympics in London. Because she can now walk, she can no longer compete in the Paralympics as she had been training for, a career she misses. 

Able-bodied, van der Vorst has worked hard to relearn how to ride a traditional bike. She has joined the Rabobank cycling team and is working hard to catch up to the other athletes on the team. It’s her goal to compete in the 2016 Olympics. 

Eyepatches can help you see in the dark.

Here’s how it works:

You wear an eyepatch over one eye all day whenever you are out in the sun or in a well-lit area. The eyepatch should always be over the same eye whenever you are in the light. Then, whenever it’s dark, switch the eyepatch to the other eye. Your eyes take time to adjust to different light conditions. If one eye is only ever exposed to darkness, and the other one only ever exposed to light, your eyes will never have to adjust. Switching from day-vision to night-vision is as easy as switching your eyepatch to a different eye.

It has been speculated that pirates wore their trademark eyepatches to make it easier to transition from being above deck on a ship to going below deck where it’s darker. Of course, eyepatches have many uses, from covering up injuries, to treating “lazy eye”. For all we know, a lot of pirates could have had lazy eye.

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If Japan had waited to bomb Pearl Harbor a new stated would've been born!

The State of Jefferson is a proposed U.S. State that spans the contiguous, mostly rural area of southern Oregon and northern California.The area has made several attempts to secede from Oregon and California.

This region on the Pacific Coast is the most famous of several that have sought to adopt the name of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.

In 1941, the area became really close to becoming a state. They elected a governor, created a declaration of independence that they gave out to tourists and were making front covers in newspapers nation wide.

On December 8, 1941, a newsreel was scheduled to begin running nationwide describing the efforts. Most people think that Jefferson would've been successful in their statehood attempt. That is, until Japan attacked the US on December 7 of that same year.

If Japan had waited about a week to bomb Pearl Harbor, this state could’ve been born in the mountainous region of Northern California and Southern Oregon!

People in Jefferson and the nation focused their efforts on the war rather than the new state, and hence this crippled the movement.


During WWII a man saved 8000 Jews by faking a typhus epidemic!

Eugene Lazowski's generosity under the threat of execution is another reminder that not all human beings are terrible.

Like many others, Eugene's actions during World War II helped save thousands of Jews that would have most certainly been executed in a concentration camp by the Nazi's.

Eugene Lazowski was born and raised in a small town in Poland. When World War II came rolling around, Eugene, like many other brave young men around the world decided to enlist in the army.

First, he was a second lieutenant on a Red Cross train, later becoming a medical doctor in the Polish resistance.

Eugene Lazowski, with the help of his friend Dr Stanislaw Mateluwicz, created a fake Typhus disease and secretely spread it amongst all the civilians in the town.

The fake Typhus epidemic wasn't lethal, but to the Nazi doctors, it appeared as if almost the entire population of the city had Typhus! As a result, the Nazi's quarantined the city and around 8,000 Jewish people avoided going to concentration camps as a result!

Eugene Lazowski passed away in 2006.



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