Truffles

Fungi are really cool things, and I thought this fact was neat. I always knew truffles had an unusually strong smell compared to most edible fungi, but I did not really consider why that is, until I read this article about fungi dispersal. It really…

Love darts

Love dart is apparently not as romantic as is sounds. You can read more about this in these two articles: The love-darts of land snails: integrating physiology, morphology and behaviour By Monica Lodi, and Joris M. Koene https://academic.oup.com/mollus/article/82/1/1/2460173 A Syringe-Like Love Dart Injects Male Accessory…

Decapitated slug

Read more about this weirdo in this article from ScienceNews, written by Susan Milius: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sea-slug-detached-head-crawl-regenerate-grow-new-body (last accessed on 15.03.2021). This process takes some time, so it is suggested that this is not a mechanism to escape predators, like some lizards do, but rather to escape…

Yay goats!

As my friend and doctor-to-be can attest to, goats are cool animals, and food made from their milk can taste amazing. My food scientist friend has made loads of tasty cheese that I have eaten way too much of 🙂 I am also allergic to…

Grasshopper mouse

I saw a documentary that included these cuties, I think it was Night on earth, where this mouse, after it had kicked scorpion ass, stood on its hind legs and howled! It was adorable and fierce. Read more about the grasshopper mouse here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/131024-grasshopper-mice-scorpion-venom-pain-animals-science (last…

From sugar to energy

There is no way to fit all of the complex processes onto one A4 page, but I wanted to illustrate an overview that shows how these fit together. The electron transport chain got a bit more complex than I intended to. I guess I’m so…

Stem cells

One of the best things about doing FancyFacts, is that I have a good reason to jump back into really old lessons. When people finish university and start working, it is easy to lose a lot of the basics. People usually don’t need everything they…

Thawing food

It sure is tempting to speed up the process, but why risk it? If you want to read more about this topic, I found that WebMD had a very nice and easy-to-read slideshow of what you should and should not do regarding defrosting:) And also,…

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