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Monday, January 8
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Time to expand your mind (and have a little fun) with this crop of sites I've come across recently. The first is "The Universe within 1 billion Light Years: The Neighbouring Superclusters", available at //www.anzwers.org/free/universe/superc.html - and you can zoom in and scan around! Very cool, even if you're not a big space nut.

The second site is YouTubeIndir.com, a site which culls content from the YouTube site without any of the clutter, allowing you to browse and download the content directly (in its Flash Video (FLV) format, so you will need a FLV viewer/converter) without having to be offended by the actual YT site. Another site in a similar vein is tinytube.net, formatted for mobile devices, which culls videos and content from six other sites (they did do YouTube until they were kindly sent a Cease & Desist from them), which is one of those great little bookmarks for your smartphone if you have one.

And here's an interesting factlet from Popular Science:

Q: Why do I get a headache when I eat ice cream too quickly?

A: “Brain freeze” or an “ice cream headache” hits when a cold substance makes contact with nerve endings in the roof of your mouth. A particular nerve in the back of your throat (impress your friends by calling it the sphenopalatine ganglion) stimulates the trigeminal nerve, the largest of the sensory nerves that lead from your face to your brain. The result is that characteristic stabbing pain, centered in the midfrontal part of the brain. Migraine sufferers are typically susceptible to cold-induced headaches, and a 10- or 20-second brain freeze can often be a trigger for a longer, more severe migraine attack. There’s really no way to avoid such headaches if you insist on wolfing down your icy dessert, says Seymour Diamond, founder and director of the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago. Next time you sip a Slurpee, just remember to take it slow.

I never knew it was the nerves in the top of my mouth! I'll have to melt ice cream and drink it with a straw next time ;)

Right, time to pack up my stuff and head back to Birmingham, it's time for a new Uni term to begin. In a bit...

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