Kiwi Chinese gooseberry – Most often cultivated Actinidia deliciosa

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Kiwi Chinese gooseberry – Most often cultivated Actinidia deliciosa

Kiwi Chinese gooseberry – With over 50 species of kiwi, the most popular is Actindia deliciosa. In China, the fruits of woody Actinidia vines with a green jelly-like flesh in a rough skin have been eaten for a long time. With time, this Chinese gooseberry was cultivated in New Zealand. There, American soldiers stomped on it, stationed on the island during World War II. In the 1960s, farmers introduced these fruits to their export offer. But to increase their market attractiveness, they changed their name to kiwi. Today, New Zealand is one of the largest kiwi exporters in the world, and its symbol is the non-flying kiwi birds.

Algae Chlamydomonas – Different colors of snow

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Algae Chlamydomonas – Different colors of snow

Algae Chlamydomonas – Freshly fallen snow seems pure white, although the snowflakes are transparent. This is because they reflect white sunlight evenly. We found 100 species of plants that live in the snow, coloring it in green, brown, purple and even blood-red. The last color is represented by monocellular algae from the Chlamydomonas species living in the colonies behind the Arctic Circle. Because they absorb more solar heat than the surroundings, so the snow around them melts, and the algae sink into the pits that cover the ice layer from above. In such micro – greenhouses a constant temperature of around 0 ° C prevails.

We like aggressive music – Strong, sad, full of emotions

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We like aggressive music – Strong, sad, full of emotions

We like aggressive music – Strong, sad, full of emotions – We are more willing to choose sad, troubling and full of anger songs. This phenomenon was observed by analysts from Lawrence Technological University. They used an automated system to evaluate the lyrics of the most popular songs listed on the Billboard Hot 100 list from the end of the 1950s until the end of 2016. In total, about 6,000 works were examined. The algorithm assigned each emotional value, and then the average for the whole year.
As Kathleen Napier and Lior Shamir, who analyzed this data, observed, the most optimistic, joyful songs are the oldest ones. From that time on, anger, fear and sadness began to take over to reach the apogee in 2015. Only the middle of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s breaks from this trend.
As the researchers emphasize, it does not mean that the music itself has changed

Increasing aggression in the text layer does not mean growing aggression of the creators. This is a sign that the tastes of music consumers have changed

– says Lior Shamir. –

We just want to listen such things.

World journalists – Committee to Protect Journalists alarm

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World journalists – Committee to Protect Journalists alarm

World journalists – At the end of 2018, 251 journalists were held in prisons in relation to their work. Most of them are serving judgments for anti-state activities, such as belonging to groups considered to be terrorist in a given country. As many as 28 have been punished for allegedly spreading fake news. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an international non-governmental organization claiming the rights of representatives of this profession. Alarms that independent journalists are exposed to legal sanctions. The situation in Turkey, China and Egypt since 2016 is tragic. Only these three countries are responsible for more than half of the cases of detention of media workers.

Sans Forgetica – Font that improves memory

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Sans Forgetica – Font that improves memory

Sans Forgetica – Font that streamlines memory – Australian researchers from the RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) have found that our brain reads the fonts that it already knows more quickly, such as Arial or Times New Roman. By which, however, it remembers less content contained in a given text. Therefore, in collaboration with ethologists, psychologists and professor of typography, they have developed a font that is harder to read. Sans Forgetica called it – which in translation means more or less “without forgetting”.
The letters have gaps, are slightly tilted to the left and are in contradiction with the typical way of reading. Deciphering them requires more effort from the brain. Which activates the gray cells and forces you to stop at each word for a little longer. It improves memory and allows you to learn about 7% more information!

Carousel for stars – At the heart of Milky Way

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Carousel for stars – At the heart of Milky Way

Carousel for stars – At the heart of the Milky Way. Among the hundreds of thousands of stars, there is Sagittarius A*. Around this supermassive black hole, matter circulates at a speed of 360 million km / h. However, this process takes place in the Sagittarius A* event horizon. So in the border area of space-time. This prevents observation of spinning stars.

Long ago forbidden – Today completely normal

Long ago forbidden – Today completely normal

Long ago forbidden – Today something completely normal:
 
 

Long ago forbidden - Football - icon

1. Football: 4 bln fans

In the XIV century England men have to train archery,
and do not waste time on games. Effect: banning football.
 
 
 

Long ago forbidden - Christmas in art

2. Christmas

England, between 1644 and 1660: the Puritans forbid festivities in days
winter solstice – already celebrated by pagans.
 
 
 

Long ago forbidden - Chess

3. Chess

Year 1254: King of France Louis IX considers this strategy game
too boring and useless, so it is forbidden to think about it.
 
 
 

Long ago forbidden - Popcorn

4. Popcorn

In the era of silent film popcorn is considered a cheap snack of the street people,
therefore it is banished from the “luxury” cinemas.
 
 
 

Long ago forbidden - Bowling game

5. Bowling game

In the years 1366-1477 in England only aristocrats can play bowling.
You have to pay 100 pounds for running the bowling alley.
 
 
 

Long ago forbidden - Trousers for women

6. Trousers for women

For 214 years law prohibits Parisiennes wearing trousers.
The law finally disappears in 2013.
 
 
 

Long ago forbidden - Credit card - front

7. Credit cards for women

Until 1974, American women can get a credit card,
only with the consent of her husband.
 
 
 

Long ago forbidden - Coffee - Antoccino Espresso

8. Coffee shops

In 1675, King of England Charles II tries to forbid coffee shops – from fear
that his critics could plan a rebellion there.
 
 
 

Long ago forbidden - Swimsuit

9. Swimsuits

In the early XX century, American cities issue regulations
with a minimum length of swimsuits.
 
 
 

Long ago forbidden - Scrabble

10. Scrabble

Communist dictator of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu,
forbids this game as “over-intellectualized”.