Most humans take the top-downward approach, which seems logical enough - yank on the stem until the peel splits, revealing the edible fruit beneath. Sometimes this doesn’t work, but we’re liable to blame the banana and not our own flawed method of peeling.
For a drastically more effective technique, we need to look no further than our much hairier primate relative, the monkey. Monkeys open their bananas in a way that likely appears upside down to most people. To clarify: by ‘upside down’, we mean ‘from the bottom’ - that is, from the side without a stem.
Confused yet? Watch the following video and receive total consciousness:
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Aimi Eguchi is actually a computer-generated composite character made by mapping out the facial features of some of AKB48’s other band members and combining them together. Fans were skeptical of the new star’s authenticity after she began appearing in commercials (something that only the tried and tested veterans of the nearly 60-member group are able to accomplish after rising through the ranks). In addition to doing commercials, she has her own profile on the band’s webpage, and she has appeared in a magazine photoshoot.
This may come off as a little odd, but on the other hand, Westerners have been listening to Gorillaz for over 10 years, and even as early as the 1960s Americans were listening to pop music from cartoon characters.
The uterus will also undergo a dramatic increase in weight, from around an ounce or two to a couple of pounds! This organ’s remarkable ability to stretch is partially made possible because it is anchored to the pelvis by a number of strong ligaments. These round ligaments attach to the sides of the pelvis and are able to stretch accordingly as the uterus grows. After the elastic female structure has finished ballooning to house a fetus, it will return to back to its prepregnancy size and weight.
This odd bit of irony might be a practical joke, or could merely be the natural result of getting a lot of media exposure. When Google launched, a lot of the lucky early invitees noticed that head of rival company Facebook had his own profile. Zuck assured everyone that he’s there because he wants to be familiar with the competition, but news stories picked it up anyway, and people started seeing as a sign that Google will soon replace Facebook. Since then, tens of thousands of people have added Zuckerberg on Google . As of early this week he had roughly 30,000 followers, more than the founders of Google!
The gum, called MALiVA, contains magnetic nanoparticles tipped with antibodies that attracts molecules created by the malaria virus. When you’re done with the gum, you spit it out onto a paper strip. The chemicals picked up by the gum will leave behind a thin line on the strip of paper, indicating that you tested positive for malaria.
This would be a useful form of malaria testing in areas were the standard equipment for detecting malaria, like microscopes or an antigen test, are hard to acquire, or where simple procedures like drawing blood is considered taboo. The idea behind MALiVA is that signs of malaria show up in saliva as well, so there’s no need to draw blood!
Sadly, the gum was still a work in progress when this news story first appeared, and there hasn't been much more information coming out about it since. To learn more about the engineers behind the projet click here.