Bones, stop growing after puberty and muscle and fat cells also stop dividing. But cartilage – that’s the plastic-like stuff in ears and noses – cartilage continues to grow until the day you die. Not only does cartilage grow, but the earlobes elongate from gravity. And that makes ears look even larger.
When you stand on the ground and look at the stars, about 100% of the Earth’s atmosphere is above your head, so the light from stars has to pass through the turbulent air of the troposphere, where it is refracted, giving it a twinkling appearance. From an aircraft, this same thing happens with city lights.
The Alps are growing just as quickly in height as they are shrinking. This paradoxical result comes from a new study by a group of German and Swiss geoscientists. Due to glaciers and rivers, about exactly the same amount of material is eroded from the slopes of the Alps as is regenerated from the deep Earth’s crust.