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Sound travels about 4 times faster in water than in air.
Scientists aren't sure what color dinosaurs were.
0.3% of solar energy from the Sahara is enough to power the whole of Europe.
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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Scientists have developed a microparticle filled with oxygen that can be injected into the blood stream, enabling us to live without breathing.
A coal power station puts 100 times more radiation into the air than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.
In Arizona, a solar wind energy tower has been proposed that would generate as much energy as the Hoover Dam.
In the 60s, a scientist gave LSD to dolphins in an attempt to teach them English.
A single speck of dust is half way in size between a subatomic particle and the Earth.
Termites are being researched as a possible renewable energy source as they can produce up to 2 litres of hydrogen from ingesting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet’s most efficient bioreactors.
There are more than 270 people cryogenically frozen in the hope that one day the technology will exist that can revive them and extend their lives.
During photosynthesis, plants emit light humans can’t see, but NASA can see that light from space - and they've even made maps of it!
For a high school science fair project, 17-year-old Michio Kaku built a particle accelerator in his parent's garage that was able to generate a magnetic field 20,000 times greater than the Earth's and produce collisions powerful enough to create antimatter.
MIT has developed a camera that captures the speed of light at a trillion frames per second.
Columbia University has developed an artificial tree that passively soaks up carbon dioxide from the air using "leaves" that are 1,000 times more efficient than true leaves that use photosynthesis.
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.
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