Bad hair day?

Karl Nessler hair dryer

Having a bad hair day? Spare some thought for your great-grandparents because in their time it took about 10 hours to complete the process of waving hair to withstand washing, weather and time.

The advent of electricity sparked a major change in the concept of hairdressing when in London in 1906 the hairdresser Karl Nessler – who was called Charles Nestlé – invented the permanent-wave machine. Read more…

It’s time to regulate the gig economy

Technology is used to monitor workers doing platform-based work. It can also be used to regulate work and protect workers.

Over a century ago, labor laws began to be instituted in diverse countries throughout the world. These laws were intended to provide protection to workers in what was recognized as an unequal relationship of exchange, but it also gave authority to managers to organize and direct their employees’ work. Read more…

New stem cell method produces millions of human brain and muscle cells in days

Scientists at the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have created a new technique that simplifies the production of human brain and muscle cells – allowing millions of functional cells to be generated in just a few days.

Human pluripotent stem cells are ‘master cells’ that have the ability to develop into almost any type of tissue, including brain cells. They hold huge potential for studying human development and the impact of diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease. Read more…

TV vs Video – in numbers

The faster the internet gets – for the web and mobile – the more mind-blowing the video viewing statistics. Every day more than 20 billion videos are viewed on YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook, meaning each visitor to those sites watches more than 10 videos per day.

Add other video sharing services like Vine, Vimeo, Twitter, Twitch, Snapchat, Photobucket, LiveLeak, Flickr, DailyMotion, etc. plus streaming video platforms such as Viewster, Netflix, Amazon, etc. and the online video viewing numbers are astronomical. Read more…

How the Ouija board got its sinister reputation

The Ouija board didn’t always have a sinister reputation. In fact, the Ouija board developed out of Spiritualism, a movement known for its optimistic views about the future and the afterlife.

By now, most have vague notions of the Ouija board horror narrative, in which demonic spirits communicate with – even possess – kids.

Director Mike Flanagan furthers this trope in his film “Ouija: Origin of Evil.” Read more…

5 very spooky places in the USA

43% of people in the USA and 52% of Britons believe in ghosts. 18% of Americans say that they’ve actually seen a ghost and 27% claim to have experienced something “paranormal.”*

There are hundreds of haunted places around the world with more than 200 spooky places reported in the United States.

If you are interested in the mysterious and have a taste that trends towards the macabre then these following 5 spooky places will give you the goosebumps you crave. Read more…

The amazing toughness of spider silk

Spider silk strands are more uniform in diameter that most man-made artifacts. Per same diameter and weight, spider silk is 5 times stronger than steel and tougher than Kevlar.

It is one of the most elastic substances on earth. It does not break even if stretched to 4 times the original length.

Spider silk is extremely lightweight. The length of a silk strand weighing only 18 oz (500 grams) can circle the Earth. Read more…

You may also like -

« Previous facts | Next facts »