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Monday, May 27, 2013

Headless Chicken lives for 18 months

This is a real story of a Headless chicken which lived for 18 months after its head was removed by a  farmer.  Mike the Headless Chicken also known as Miracle Mike was a chicken which lived for 18 months after his head was removed.  

On 10th September, 1945, the farmer LLoyd Olsen of Colorado in USA wanted to cut a chicken for the dinner.  So he went to the yard and chosen a 5 month old chicken named Mike  The axe missed the main Jugular vein leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact.  

Even then Mike was able to balance and walk and the bird did not die.  So Mr., Olsen was surprised and decided to continue to take care of the chicken for ever.  He started feeding the chicken with milk and water via an eye dropper and also small grains of corn.  

Mike was able to jump to highest perches without falling.  His crowing was something like gargling sound made in his throat.  Mike spent his time attempting to search for food with his neck.

In March 1947 at a hotel in Phoenix while traveling back home from tour, Mike started choking in the middle of night.  Mr. Olsen left his feeding and cleaning syringes at home, he could not save Mike.   People say that the chicken could not take enough air properly to be able to breathe; and so choked to death in the hotel.

 In the Post Mortem, it was found that the axe had missed the carotid artery and a clot prevented Mike from bleeding to death.  Even though most of his head was removed, most of his brain stem and one ear were left on his body.  As the basic functions like breathing, heart rate etc. are controlled by the brain stem, Mike was able to remain healthy.

The scientist concluded that Mike had no problem by losing his head aside from loss of sensory input from tongue and eyes.  The farmer missed an ear as well as brain stem.  So Mike could hear also.

Here is a documentary on Mike, the headless Chicken


Monday, May 13, 2013

Amazing Facts about Solar Energy

Here are some of the most interesting facts about Solar Energy.  You can read some interesting facts about solar energy and sun related information.

  • Solar Energy is very good for environment than the traditional forms of energy
  • There are many uses of solar energy like producing electricity and heating water
  • Solar energy can be used for heating swimming pools, powering cars and also for calculators.  
  • It is possible to cook food with solar energy
  • Solar energy is measured in Kilowatt-hours.   
  • 1 Kilo watt hour = the amount of energy required to burn a 100 watt light bulb for 10 hours
  • According to the US Department of Energy, an average American household used approximately 866-kilowatt hours per month in 1999 costing them $70.68.
  • About 30% of the total energy consumption by us is used for heating water 
  • A solar system for homes typically contains solar panels on roof top, a charge controller unit, an inverter, wiring and support structure
  • It takes about 2 days to install a 1 Kilowatt home solar system and costs around Rs.5,00,000 ( US $10,000) and it can vary greatly
  • A 1 KW home solar system contains about 10 solar panels of 100 Watts each  and may need a space of 100 square feet for installation  
  • A 1 KW home solar power system generates nearly 1,600 Kilowatt hours per year in a sunny climate ( receiving 5 hours of sun shine per day) and nearly 750 Kilowatt hours in a cloudy climate ( 2.5 hours of sun shine per day) 
  • You can prevent nearly 77 Kgs. of coal from burning, 135 Kg of CO2 being released into atmosphere and 105 gallons of water from consumed each month by using a 1 KW home solar system
  • Around 40 solar cells are usually combined into a single solar panel and 10 to 12 panels are mounted in an array facing due north for receiving maximum sun shine.
  • Solar panels come in various colors
  • Solar energy can be collected and stored in batteries, which can provide electricity 24x7 even on cloudy days and at night
  • The amount of sun light that falls on earth in one hour is more than what is being used by entire world population in one year.
  • In the year 1990, a solar powered air craft flew 4060 Kms. across USA using no fuel.  This was the world record.
  • About 2 billion people in the world are without electricity at present.
  • The third world countries with abundant quantity of sun light and most population are currently without electricity represent the fastest growing market for solar energy. 
        Read more articles about solar energy and solar panels.