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Oddities News Archive - August 10, 2005

University of Florida engineers have developed a compound that forces clothes in the washer to shed 20 percent more water during the spin cycle than in normal conditions. The result: A load of clothes dries faster in the dryer, saving energy — and reducing homeowners’ electricity bills and time spent in the laundry room.

Around one in 25 dads could unknowingly be raising another man's child, reveals research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

A California judge on Wednesday ordered rock singer Courtney Love to appear in court next week to respond to accusations that she took drugs while on probation.

Researchers at the University of Alberta have isolated a rare condition that prevents some children from recognizing a face they have seen before. They believe this conditions continues into adulthood.

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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