Tuesday 13 January 2015

Fact Hunters: Mites & Vikings

Daniel Joy
Demodex is a genus of tiny parasitic mites that live in or near hair follicles of mammals.
Around 65 species of Demodex are known. Two species living on humans have been identified: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis, both frequently referred to as eyelash mites.

Sophie Adams & Ben Green
Vikings did not wear horned helmets. There is no evidence to suggest that they ever did, apart from in some ritual ceremonies. Having horned helmets would seriously impede your ability to fight effectively in close combat. Viking helmets were in fact conical, made from hard leather with wood and metallic reinforcement, or made in iron with a mask and chain mail.

Aimee Borrell
Did you know that researchers, who tracked the fruit and vegetable consumption of 35 people over a six-week period, found that higher intake was associated with perceptible changes to skin color? As participants ate more fruits and veggies, their skin tone looked healthier!

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