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Look at him! All wrapped up! Listen to his munching! Oh gosh! Oh gosh!Read More
Bananas are a sometimes food, now.
A British zoo has made the executive decision to stop giving its monkeys bananas all the time. But before you object, it's not because British people are against the idea of fun and joy. It's because bananas bred for human consumption are basically the monkey equivalent of cake, and it's adversely affecting the monkeys' health.Read More
You thought you liked bananas just fine, but that's where this dentally challenged coendou has got you beat.Read More
Quick recap if you missed it last week: Henry Gribbohm lost his $2,600 life savings at a carnival game trying to win an Xbox. He did not win the Xbox, but he did win a giant banana. CollegeHumor offered to buy the banana off of him if they got 26,000 Facebook likes on their video. They did. CollegeHumor has purchased the banana from Gribbohm, and even gave him an Xbox. Sigh.Read More
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The Dole Banana Man is seemingly set up to be a superhero, but if his power, which allows him to spawn bananas, is the antithesis of someone, a certain blogger who is allergic to bananas, wouldn't that classify him more as a supervillain than a superhero by which marketing can be created? Whatever side of the alignment chart on which Dole Banana Man falls, we know one thing: Even Dole bananas get turned into anime over in Japan, even if this ad happens to be live action anime.
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For those of us who aren't deathly allergic to all things banana, it turns out they have a use other than being sustenance and screwing up opposing players in Mario Kart. It turns out banana peels actually purify water. A new study shows that banana peels can pull heavy metals, such as copper and lead, from contaminated river water. Water engineers generally use aluminum oxide, cellulose and silica to rid water of heavy metals, but the way they actually work -- removing the heavy metals via the presence of acids -- is potentially toxic. Thus, banana peels (unless you are highly allergic to bananas), can be much safer than a bunch of acid.
Gustavo Castro, a researcher at the Biosciences Institute in Brazil, claims banana peels are not only safer than the regular methods, but are also more effective, which he and his team found through a study in which they ground banana peels and put them into flasks of contaminated water, as well as built water filters out of the peels. They found that the contaminants stuck to the banana peels in both tests. Of course, this doesn't mean one should soak a bunch of banana peels in their water -- especially since the levels of contaminants in the water in our homes are too low to matter -- but could lead to better filtration methods in the future.Read More
A group of German scientists headed by Prof. Klemens Störtkuhl have imparted fruit fly larvae with one of the coolest new genetic traits I've heard of today: Synesthesia. Specifically, these larvae can smell light.
With the goal of learning more about the operations of the neural network, these researchers from Bochum and Göttingen have worked to activate specific receptor neurons in the larvae. All 28 olefactory neurons are capable of producing a protein that can be triggered by light, so the scientists had to choose whether to be cruel or kind. Depending on which neuron was activated, the fly would have a very different response to the light. One cell might trigger an odor that repulsed the fly, while another might trigger an attractive scent.Read More