Pulse Rate June 2014

It was not for early medieval monk and scholar alcuin of york an this is how modern writing might look, (he invented capitalization and spaces between words).

Want to revisit prehistoric Europe? Head to Białowieża Forest, on the border of Poland and Belarus. It is one of the last unspoiled sections of the vast primeval forest that once stretched across the continent from Spain to Russia.

A gram of antimatter would cost $62.5 trillion to produce with current technology. Around five tons would be required for a basic unmanned, one-way interstellar flight. And you thought you got bad gas mileage.

History’s highest paid athlete lived in the 2nd century AD. Roman charioteer Gaius Appuleius Diocles raked in the equivalent of $15 billion in his career.

If one animator did all the work in producing a 100-minute Pixar film, it would take the unlucky sap about 500 years.

Evidence points to at least two more planets in our solar system past Pluto: A Mars-sized object within the Kuiper asteroid belt as well as a gas giant far bigger than Jupiter altering the orbits of comets.

The name for the Yucatán Peninsula could be Mayan for, “I don’t know what you’re saying,” a term often uttered by bewildered natives to Spanish explorers.

Your retina, the eye’s light receptor, has a download time of 8.75 megabits per second. this is about the same as the world’s average mobile download speed.

Slime molds are good at math and are able to calculate the most efficient pathways to food.

Mummy brown was a paint pigment made from white pitch, myrrh and ground-up bits of real mummies. It was used most famously by Martin Drölling, a French painter.

It’s completely true: Pee- pee-powered cell phones are being developed. The urine is broken down by bacteria, a reaction that causes an electric charge.

After being severed, the newly-grown head of the Planarian flatworm retains the same memories as the old head. As they only have about 8,000 neurons in their brains (humans have around 86 billion), they probably don’t remember much.

Aquafarmers can get mollusks “in the mood” (and thus increase their numbers), by adding Prozac to the water.

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michael isenbek

Michael Isenbek, Associate Editor, dabbles in both fiction and nonfiction writing, coordinates the Pulse event listings and writes the text for "Zoom," among other editorial tasks. He has a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Journalism from SUNY Empire State College.