Objects & Places from A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson
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Object Descriptions

The Universe - This was created in a single eruption from a singularity much smaller than an atom.

The Earth - Life here might be because of the object's molten core, which spews energy into the atmosphere and distributes heavier elements.

Atoms - These objects are eternal; when a person dies, these objects are released into the ecosphere through decomposition and used to form other organisms.

Paired Electrons - Swiss scientists proved the validity of quantum physics by isolating these objects seven miles apart and observing their behavior after causing one to spin.

Stellar's Sea Cow - This was about 30 feet long and weighed about 10 tons; just 27 years, after it was identified, it was extinct.

Tubeworms - In 1977, scientists found colonies of these living on and near deep-sea vents off Galapagos.

Alvinellid Worm - This lives in the margins of vents, with its head in water 140 degrees...

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