From Fish Bladder Beer to Hurricane Hacks: This Week’s Curios


Every day of the year, CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners everywhere. This is a weekly digest.

Last week’s Curios covered why fish bladders are in your Guinness beer, tropical islands made of parrotfish poop, and the debate over “geohacking” hurricanes.

Curio #881 | Hacking hurricanes
Climate change isn’t just warming the planet. It’s almost certainly causing more frequent and intense hurricanes, thanks to warmer oceans. Some scientists are worried deadly storms could get very bad very soon. Possibly presenting a greater threat to human survival than the longer term effects of climate change, like rising sea levels. So these same scientists have been kicking around “geohacks” that could reduce hurricane frequency. One such “geohack” idea is to… keep reading.

Curio #880 | That white sand beach is made of parrotfish poop
The Maldives is an archipelago of over one thousand coral reef islands in the Indian Ocean. Covered with pure white sand and surrounded by clear blue water, it’s considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. But the existence of the islands is owed entirely to parrotfish poop. The islands in the Maldives are known as reef islands, meaning they have been built up from… keep reading.

Curio #879 | A new living, breathing… fabric
Your next performance jacket could be alive. A new “smart” fabric called BioLogic contains living bacteria. This allows the clothing to react to conditions in the real world, and help regulate temperature during a workout, for example. Developed in a Lab at MIT, BioLogic is essentially bio-skin. Our skin naturally sheds excessive heat via sweat to cool down our bodies. But traditional clothing hampers this process. Researchers, in conjunction with clothing designers from New —> Read More