Jan 18th, 2006 by ravi
Trivia from Divia, Part 1

Yeah, bad pun on that title…

Some fun bits (at least if you are as much of a geek as I am) from Divya (I am not sure what her sources are, so no attribution):

  • Animals can digest only molecules with one orientation (in an Organic Chemistry sense) though both exist in nature.
  • Mitochondria, now part of our cellular makeup, were once free living bacteria. Did you know that they are passed down only the maternal genetic line? (Findings of an underappreciated female biologist: Lynn Margulis)
  • Cockroaches can live for 2 weeks without their heads since they have their brains in their legs, but they will eventually die of starvation.
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