Science Facts

69 facts tagged with Science Facts

  • 1
    Scientists have developed a microparticle filled with oxygen that can be injected into the blood stream, enabling us to live without breathing.
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    Scientists in China have built a prototype high-speed maglev train that is theoretically capable of reaching speeds of up to 1,800 mph (2,900 km/h).
  • 3
    In the 60s, a scientist gave LSD to dolphins in an attempt to teach them English.
  • 4
    A single speck of dust is half way in size between a subatomic particle and the Earth.
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    In 1963, the US Military created an artificial ring around Earth, similar to that of the planet Saturn. The ring was made of copper needles and was used for worldwide communications in the case that the Soviets disabled all other methods of communication.
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    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.
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    By putting a frog in a bucket of milk, scientists following up on an ancient Russian way of keeping milk from going sour have identified a wealth of new antibiotic substances.
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    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.
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    An international team of astronomers has spotted the farthest known gravitational lens and, as Albert Einstein predicted, it is a galaxy that deflects and intensifies the light of a much further object.
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    MIT has developed a camera that captures the speed of light at a trillion frames per second.
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    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.
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    Future biotechnology could be used to trick a prisoner's mind into thinking they have served a 1,000 year sentence in only eight hours, a group of scientists have claimed.
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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.
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    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.
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    There is a surgical implant being developed that will give you an orgasm at the touch of a button.
  • 16
    Kissing actually has the biological purpose of passing on biological information and chemical signals to assess mating possibilities and status.
  • 17
    Scientists concluded that the chicken came first, not the egg, because the protein which makes the egg shells is only produced by hens.
  • 18
    According to a study by the National Science Foundation, only half of Americans believe in evolution, and one in 4 don't know that the Earth orbits the Sun.
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    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.
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    According to scientists, the color of the cup that we're drinking from can alter our perception of the actual taste of the drink.
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    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.
  • 22
    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.
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    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.
  • 24
    The Rain Man (Laurence Kim Peek) was the only savant known to science who could read two pages of a book simultaneously - one with each eye.
  • 25
    Stephen Hawking once tried to find potential time travellers by throwing a party and only sending out invitations after the party.
  • 26
    Billions of neutrinos pass unnoticed through your body every second.
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    In zero gravity, a candle's flame is round and blue.
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    The US Air Force researched a “Gay Bomb”: A non-lethal bomb containing really strong pheromones that will make the enemy forces attracted to each other. It won the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize.
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    Scientists in Germany have developed a candy that doesn't cause cavities.
  • 30
    Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere around 4 billion years ago
  • 31
    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.
  • 32
    From the nitrogen in our DNA, to the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, to the carbon in our apple pies - all were made in the interiors of collapsing stars; we're all made of stardust.
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    The record for the longest scientifically documented period without sleep is 264.4 hours (eleven days).
  • 34
    Scientists say that a 'zombie apocalypse' is actually possible based on the recent discovery of certain brain parasites. But as of now, these parasites only affect bugs.
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    Scientists are learning from the 1700-year-old Lycurgus Cup, which changes colour thanks to nano particles.
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    Jupiter's magnetosphere is the largest single structure inside the Solar System. If you could see it with your eyes, it would appear larger than our full Moon.
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    On Titan, Saturn's largest moon, the atmosphere is so thick and the gravity so low that humans could fly through it by flapping "wings" attached to their arms.
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    There are more atoms in one teaspoon of water than there are teaspoons of water in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 39
    While filming a guest appearance on Star Trek TNG, Stephen Hawking was taken on a tour of the USS Enterprise set. When he saw the Warp Core, he paused, and said “I’m working on that.”
  • 40
    Scientists have revived a flowering plant from a fruit stored away in permafrost by Arctic ground squirrel 32,000 years ago.
  • 41
    Scientists have developed a 'hangover-free' beer that has electrolytes, making it more hydrating and refreshing.
  • 42
    The force of a suction cup is calculated using F=AP.
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    Pumice is the only rock that floats on water.
  • 44
    When Charles Darwin first discovered the Galapagos Tortoises, he tried to ride them!
  • 45
    The sun puts out more power in 1 second than mankind has ever used within human existence.
  • 46
    Most people notice a distinctive smell in the air after it rains. That smell after rain is caused by bacteria called 'actinomycetes'.
  • 47
    Not only are there rogue planets floating through space completely alone, not orbiting any stars, but it’s possible that these pitch-black lonely planets support life.
  • 48
    Real diamonds do not show up on x-ray.
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    There was a pre-WWII movement called Technocracy, which held that scientists and engineers should take over the government and economy from politicians and economists. The leader of the movement was known as the Great Engineer.
  • 50
    Music has the ability to repair brain damage and return lost memories.
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    Scientists at the Zhejiang University in China have developed an ultra-light material known as carbon aerogel.
  • 52
    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.
  • 53
    If you blowtorch Pepto-Bismol, you would get a hunk of metal.
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    Pure water (H2O) does not conduct electricity on its own.
  • 55
    An unprotected human can survive up to 1.5 minutes in space with no permanent bodily damage.
  • 56
    Daizi Zheng, a Chinese designer, made a Coca-Cola powered cell phone. She designed a battery that uses enzymes to generate electricity from the carbs.
  • 57
    If your DNA was stretched out it would reach to the moon 6,000 times.
  • 58
    Diamonds can be shattered with a hammer.
  • 59
    If Antarctica's ice sheets melted, the worlds oceans would rise by 60 to 65 metres (200 - 210ft) - everywhere
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    It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one's blood pressure!
  • 61
    Sound travels about 4 times faster in water than in air.
  • 62
    Shark corneas are used in eye transplants and shark bone marrow can be used to graft human bones.
  • 63
    Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen make up 90% of the human body.
  • 64
    The human body contains over a billion miles of DNA.
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    If two pieces of metal touch in space, they become permanently stuck together.
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    The light hitting the earth right now is 30 thousand years old.
  • 67
    The density of Saturn is so low that if you were to put it in a giant glass of water it would float.
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    Alligator snapping turtles can live for over 150 years. Scientists know this because some of the turtles had musket balls in their stomachs.
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    Every year your body replaces 98% of your atoms.