Mites Living on Our Faces Are Slowly Merging with Humans — And It Might Be Good for Your Skin

Have you ever felt desperately lonely? Well, don’t — there’s always someone there with you. That’s not a religious statement or anything. There are literally dozens of creatures who are with you at all hours of the day, wherever you go. Meet Demodex folliculorum, otherwise known as the skin mite. It’s a microscopic mite that …

The History of Nuclear Power in Fun Facts: Part One

Fossil fuels are killing us, when it comes to our pocketbooks especially. But is nuclear power the answer? Here’s the history, so you tell me. 10% of the world’s electricity comes from nuclear power. The leading country being France, getting 70% of their power from nuclear. Radioactive waste is a huge problem resulting from nuclear …

Octopus Mothers Mutilate and Cannibalize Themselves — And We Now Know Why

Does your mother dearest have a habit of reminding you how difficult parenthood is? Tell her what it’s like for an octopus mother and she just might stop. We’ve written quite a lot about strange and unusual reproductive habits animals engage in. But even in this crowd, the octopus takes things to a whole another …

Scallop Disco: Scientists Accidentally Find Groovy and Sustainable Fishing Method

There’s a disease spreading amongst scallops in the depths of the oceans. But this isn’t some deadly new virus or anything of the sort. It’s just an outbreak of disco fever. It turns out that scallops are attracted to flashing lights just as a ‘70s boogie fanatic is attracted to the disco ball. The discovery …

The Oddest Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Planet Earth: Part 2

Did you read The Oddest Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Planet Earth: Part One? Because this is part two, and a whole bunch of additional odd Earth facts. Two Moons The Earth once had two moons. Planetary scientologist Erik Asphaug along with postdoctoral researcher Martin Jutzi, at the University of California Santa Cruz, conducted …