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Wrinkled Fingers Are Better For Picking Up Wet Objects
2013-01-10 05:25:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of life's great pleasures is a long soak in a hot tub of water which often leads to wrinkly fingers and toes. A new study from Newcastle University suggests the reason for this wrinkling is to improve our grip on objects underwater. "If wrinkled fingers were just the result of the skin swelling as it took up water, it could still have a function but it wouldn't need to," said Dr Tom Smulders, from Newcastle's Centre for Behavior...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.