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Sound travels about 4 times faster in water than in air.
0.3% of solar energy from the Sahara is enough to power the whole of Europe.
Scientists aren't sure what color dinosaurs were.
Oak trees produce 2,200 acorns in a season, but each acorn only has a 1 in 10,000 chance of becoming an oak tree.
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In 2005, a portion of T-Rex bone was dissolved in acid, it revealed soft tissue with sections of possible DNA.
Scientists are attempting to create a synthetic brain by reverse-engineering the mammalian brain down to the molecular level. A cellular human brain is predicted possible by 2023. It hopes to shed light on consciousness.
There is a surgical implant being developed that will give you an orgasm at the touch of a button.
Kissing actually has the biological purpose of passing on biological information and chemical signals to assess mating possibilities and status.
Scientists concluded that the chicken came first, not the egg, because the protein which makes the egg shells is only produced by hens.
Every day, plants convert sunlight into energy equivalent to six times the entire power consumption of human civilization.
The idea of left brain (logical) and right brain (creative) has no basis in neuroscience and is in fact a myth.
Scientists are working on a portable spray-on-skin that can heal severe wounds in just a few minutes.The spray mainly contains important proteins that can reprogram the injured cells to become stem cells, and back to young uniformed skin cells. So far they were able to accelerate healing process from 12 weeks to 21 days with a similar approach.
Brass doorknobs automatically disinfect themselves in about 8 hours.
According to scientists, the color of the cup that we're drinking from can alter our perception of the actual taste of the drink.
The gas that gives rotten eggs their distinctive foul smell may slow ageing and block damaging chemical reactions inside cells, according to scientists in China.
In the 1950s, the US government placed beer next to an atomic bomb blast to determine if it was still drinkable. The result: in the event of a nuclear war, beer is safe to drink!
It takes a photon 170,000 years to travel from the core of the Sun to the surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to Earth.
At 15 years old, Jack Andraka invented a method of diagnosing pancreatic cancer, thus helping to save the lives of millions of people around the world. It is 168 times faster, 26,000 times cheaper, 400 times more sensitive, and has a 99% success rate.
Stephen Hawking once tried to find potential time travellers by throwing a party and only sending out invitations after the party.
Billions of neutrinos pass unnoticed through your body every second.
In zero gravity, a candle's flame is round and blue.
Scientists in Germany have developed a candy that doesn't cause cavities.
The Manchineel Tree is so poisonous, rainwater dripping off it’s leaves will burn your skin.
Galalith is a type of plastic that can be made from milk. It is odourless, insoluble in water, biodegradable, anti-allergenic, antistatic, and virtually non-flammable.
Scientists are learning from the 1700-year-old Lycurgus Cup, which changes colour thanks to nano particles.
Nuclear power prevented an average of over 1.8 million deaths between 1971-2009 as a result of lower air pollution from reduced coal usage according to NASA.
There are more atoms in one teaspoon of water than there are teaspoons of water in the Atlantic Ocean.
The inventor of the Super Soaker squirt gun was a NASA Scientist who also helped develop the Stealth Bomber and the Galileo mission to Jupiter.
The most expensive material on the planet is antimatter - worth $62.5 trillion per gram.
Scientists have revived a flowering plant from a fruit stored away in permafrost by Arctic ground squirrel 32,000 years ago.
Iron weighs more after it rusts.
The force of a suction cup is calculated using F=AP.
Only 12,000 years ago there was a species closely related to modern humans called Homo floresiensis that had been living on an Indonesian Island. They used fire and rather advanced tools, yet were only about 3 feet tall and weighed around 25kg.
Pumice is the only rock that floats on water.
The smell of freshly cut grass is actually a plant distress call.
The use of emoticons affects our corresponding brain areas and can actually trigger emotions.
The left ear is more responsive to words of love and emotion whispered into it than the right.
Scientists at the Zhejiang University in China have developed an ultra-light material known as carbon aerogel.
Dr.Jonas Salk, the man who came up with the cure for polio, didn’t patent the drug. This made the drug more affordable to the general public, and he lost out an an estimated $7 billion dollars for himself.
Rafflesia Arnoldii is the largest flower in the world and can grow as big as an umbrella.
Blue eyes are a genetic mutation. Before the mutation occured, all humans had brown eyes.
Optical illusions occur when what the eyes see conflicts with what the brain expects.
Hot water can freeze faster than cold water.
If you blowtorch Pepto-Bismol, you would get a hunk of metal.
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