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Friday Coffee Break: Peecycling, Star Swallowing, and Other Marvelous Feats of Science

August 26, 2011

Bits and pieces (largely but not always entirely related to life science) to muse over–or check out and save for later–while enjoying a well-deserved Friday coffee. Or tea. Enjoy!

WORLD’S FIRST FINGERNAILS
The world’s oldest and smallest known fingernails belonged to a primate that lived about 55.8 million years ago.
PEECYCLING: HOW TO MAKE PHOSPHORUS FROM YOUR OWN PEE
Grab a few disposable jars, fill your bladder, and make your own home-grown glow-in-the-dark phosphorus!
CHARGE YOUR PHONE WITH YOUR FEET
Scientists are developing a device that might eventually use human footfalls to power small electronics.
WATCH A BLACK HOLE SWALLOW A STAR
For the first time, a black hole has been caught in the act of tearing apart and swallowing a star that got too close.
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