by Linda von WartburgThe name insulin comes from the Latin insula, for islands. It refers to the pancreatic islets of Langerhans that contain the beta cells. The Islets of Langerhans The pancreas contains one to three million islets of Langerhans, but the islets account for only 2 percent of the total mass of the pancreas. The rest of the pancreas secretes a juice containing digestive enzymes that break down food. Within the islets of Langerhans,…"Bla Bla Things About Insulin"
1. Picasso’s Full Name Has 23 WordsPicasso was baptized Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso. He was named after various saints and relatives. The “Picasso” is actually from his mother, Maria Picasso y Lopez. His father is named Jose Ruiz Blasco. 2. When He Was Born, The Midwife Thought He Was StillbornPicasso had such a difficult birth and…"Bla Bla Things About Pablo Picasso"
Sleep… Everybody needs sleep, but as people get older they need less sleep. Newborn babies sleep 17 to 18 hours a day. Dogs sleep, cats sleep, and you sleep. All mammals and birds sleep. Scientists are not sure if fish, reptiles, and insects sleep. Big animals sleep less, and small animals sleep more. Elephants and giraffes sleep only 2 to 4 hours a day. Bats, opossums, and armadillos sleep 18 hours a day or more!…"Bla Bla Things About Sleeping and Dreaming"
Human Hair: This highly magnified photograph shows the surface of individual strands of human hair. Hair is one of the things unique to the mammal world. Dogs, cats, lions, squirrels, and seals—they all have hair. So do humans. Hair grows only on mammals. WHAT IS HAIR? Hair is an extension of your skin. It’s made up of old skin cells that are filled with a protein called keratin. Pack a lot of these cells in…"Unusual and Bla Bla facts about a hair"
1. Mars is actually pretty small. You might think that Mars is a near-twin of Earth, but it has a diameter of about half the Earth, measuring only 6,800 km across. With the smaller size comes an even smaller mass. The total mass of Mars is only about 10% the mass of Earth. The surface gravity is only 37% what you would experience on Earth. In other words, you would be able to jump 3…"10 Bla Bla facts about MARS"
The official name of Mexico is Estados Unidos Mexicanos (United Mexican States). A Mexican tamale called the zacahuil is three feet long and weighs about 150 pounds. Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world. Mexico is home to a very rare rabbit called the volcano rabbit which lives near Mexican volcanoes. The largest wildcat in North America is the jaguar, which can be found in Mexico’s southern jungles. The first printing press in…"30 Bla Bla Facts about Mexico"