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Humans could fly on Saturn’s moon Titan by flapping attached wings.

Titan, the moon of Saturn, is one of a few candidates for a human colony in the future. The surface gravity on Titan is 0.14g, which is slightly less than the gravity on the Moon. Such low gravity would obviously have long term effects on human health, and would probably be an ongoing issue of high significance. 

Long exposure to low gravity can cause a loss in bone density, muscle density, and a weakened immune system. Similar things have happened to astronauts who have remained in space for long periods of time. Still, the best countermeasure to this is frequent exercise. 

It’s been hypothesized that children born on Titan would adapt to the low gravity atmosphere and therefore would not be able to live a normal life on Earth. The atmospheric pressure on Titan is also one and a half times that of Earth. That means crafts would have a much easier time landing compared to bodies like Mars or the Moon. Titan’s atmosphere, however, contains hydrogen cyanide, which isn’t too good for humans to breathe. In this respect it would require severe terraforming. 

But because of the gravity and atmospheric pressure, the wingspan needed for a craft to fly is much smaller. In fact, it’s so much smaller that a human could, in theory, strap on wings and fly through the air with ease. 


The magazine Kids Discover doesn’t have any ads in their issues, because they don’t believe in marketing to minors!

Kids Discover magazine is an award winning magazine and curriculum supplement for ages 7 to 12. Each issue has a single, nonfiction topic in the natural and social sciences. The goal of the magazine is to stimulate the minds of children and expand their worldviews. They work to provoke the child’s imagination. They depict science and social studies topics in fun and fact-packed formats. 

The magazine is now used by thousands of educators across the country in schools. The magazine was founded in 1991 and strives to promote learning and literacy in children. 

They believe that kids are bombarded with media and marketing images entirely too much and that it is unhealthy. Therefore, they don’t place one single advertisement in their magazine issues. Yes, all their issues are advertisement free and information packed. It is rare to find anything that doesn’t market towards children these days. Any other child magazine or TV channel utilizes advertisements geared towards kids.


There is no such thing as a beer gut or a beer belly. Scientists have completely disproved it!

The idea of a "beer gut" has maintained a threatening status for many image conscious young adults coming of age since beer has been around. Some might be surprised and relieved to know that there is, in fact, no consistent correlation between the consumption of alcohol and the circumference of our bellies.

A selection of over 1000 randomly selected Czech men and women were invited to take part in a study of the relationship between those who drink beer or other wine and spirits and the size of their stomach. Subjects were asked to fill out a series of questions about their alcohol consumption and daily habits, then their body proportions and fat ratios were measured during a brief medical exam. The results concluded that the previously conceived idea of the calorie count in beer increasing the size of one's stomach in and of itself was, in fact, false.

While initial results based on age showed positive relation in waist-hip ratio, the scientists quickly invalidated the evidence by pointing out several other factors (such as age) that played into the widening of waist lines at older or younger ages.


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The Flintstones was originally intended for adults! Good thing, because their sponsor was definitely not kid-friendly

Barbera and Hanna created the ever-popular cartoon The Flintstones after they had been labeled as "kids only" producers. They wanted to expand their demographic and concentrate on a show for just adults.

At this time, TV was becoming more and more popular and children were able to watch TV shows by themselves, meaning that shows didn't need to be made to appeal to both children and their families. This left room for The Flintstones, a sitcom for adults. The cartoon features Fred who is a working class man just trying to provide for his family during the Stone Age. The show had very similar humor to the hit show, 'The Honeymooners,' making it a success. The Flintstones actually were so similar to The Honeymooners that Jackie Gleason considered suing Barbera and Hanna, but later pulled out due to how many people loved the cartoon.

For the first 2 years of the show, Winston Cigarettes was a co-sponsor for The Flintstones. Cartoon stars, Fred and his wife, Wilma were featured in black and white commercials for Winston cigarettes. The commercials show Fred and Wilma smoking cigarettes in their living room and looking very happy.

At this time, most of the American population smoked cigarettes and this helped to make The Flintstones a classic cartoon that eventually was popular with all age groups.


There's a dying star zipping through our universe shedding its matter

Mira exists 200-400 light years away from Earth in the constellation Cetus. It actually consists of two stars, the red giant Mira A and the white dwarf Mira B. Both combine to create a dying star. Mira is also a variable star, which means that it's surface oscillates increasing and decreasing it's brightness.

Mira is moving through space at an extremely quick speed--291,000 miles per hour to be exact. NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer has done studies of Mira and found that the star is leaving a trail of matter behind it as it goes. This tail of matter is 13 light years in length.



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