The remains of diatoms, algae with hard shells, are used in making pet litter, cosmetics, pool filters and tooth polish.

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Leaves have veins that help to carry water and minerals to different parts of each leaf. Sometimes many veins are networked within a single leaf. Click this link to see some leaf veins close up!

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American Roy Sullivan has been struck by lighting a record seven times.

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Bananas are actually herbs. Bananas die after fruiting, like all herbs do.

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The world's tallest grass, which has sometimes grown 130 feet or more, is bamboo.

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Morphine was given its name in 1803 by the discoverer, a 20 year old German pharmacist named Friedrich Saturner. He named it after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.

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Scientists have actually performed brain surgery on cockroaches.

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The ocean accounts for 0.022 percent of the total weight of earth, weighing an estimated 1,450,000,000,000,000,000 short tons (1 short ton = 2,000lbs).

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Soy crayons have been created to replace toxic petroleum-waxCrayon.GIF (2629 bytes) crayons, soy crayons are safer to use, brighter in color, and less expensive to produce.

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There are 109 countries with coral reefs. Reefs in 90 of them are being damaged by cruise ship anchors and sewage, by tourists breaking off chunks of coral, and by commercial harvesting for sale to tourists.

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