Name a random science fact!

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    • #12443
      g0ld3n88
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      Name a random science fact, that we all can learn from. Hopefully it’s useful =D
      It can be theoretical.

      Here’s some:
      – Around 3/4 of the oxygen we breathe in comes from algae.
      – There are 20 types of amino acids that are found in natural things.
      – Venus is hotter than Mercury even though it is further away because it has a dense gas atmosphere which traps heat.
      – A phospholipid is a lipid made up of 2 fatty acids to one glycerol.

    • #95727
      biohazard
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      (I once read this from a science magazine, but I don’t know how reliable this "fact" is. But anyway it’s quite interesting, so here it goes:)

      – There are so many nematodes living in the soil that if all other matter from the earth was removed (i.e. the whole earth was removed and only the worms would remain in place), the continents could still be seen from the moon.

    • #95736
      dlambert
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      I don’t know if it is true, but it would be awesome if it were

      A notch in a tree will remain the same distance from the ground as the tree grows.

    • #95740
      g0ld3n88
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      – There are more stars than grains for sand in the world.

      – A neutron star is so dense that a teaspoon of it would weigh 10 million tonnes.
      Source: http://www.google.com.au/webhp?hl=en#hl … aabfa6a492

      – Normal pens don’t work out of space because of the gravity.

      – 50,000 – 100,000 L of water is required overall to be used just for 1kg of beef.
      Source: http://www.clw.csiro.au/issues/water/wa … _food.html

      – Some worms can grow up to 1m

      – Theoretically speaking if you were to run you would be aging slower than not running because you are increasing your speed closer to the speed of light, hence time goes slower.

    • #95741
      g0ld3n88
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      quote biohazard:

      (I once read this from a science magazine, but I don’t know how reliable this “fact” is. But anyway it’s quite interesting, so here it goes:)

      – There are so many nematodes living in the soil that if all other matter from the earth was removed (i.e. the whole earth was removed and only the worms would remain in place), the continents could still be seen from the moon.

      That is quite an interesting and amazing [fact]. Thanks.

    • #95750
      mith
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      One of the scientists working on radar(top secret at the time) met his PhD advisor at MIT and had to "prove" that he wasn’t working on radar by claiming it doesn’t work.

    • #95752
      Darby
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      …And since virtually every animal and plant above the tiny-sized ones carry nematodes, you could tell where all of the organisms had been.

      Not sure of the continents, though, since the ocean sediments are full of roundworms too – hard to distinguish.

    • #95758
      biohazard
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      quote Darby:

      …And since virtually every animal and plant above the tiny-sized ones carry nematodes, you could tell where all of the organisms had been.

      Not sure of the continents, though, since the ocean sediments are full of roundworms too – hard to distinguish.

      Maybe deep sea sediments have fewer worms and thus you can distinquish the continents? I don’t remember what the original wording was in the article, it might have been something like "the earth’s crust" instead of "continents" anyway.

    • #95775
      dlambert
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      Animals can naturally explode

      "Natural animal explosions can occur for a variety of reasons. On 2004, a buildup of gas inside a decomposing sperm whale, measuring 17 meters (56 ft.) long and weighing 50 tons, caused it to burst in Taiwan.

      The explosion was reported to have splattered blood and whale entrails over surrounding shop-fronts, bystanders, and cars.

      A significant population of toads in Germany and Denmark were exploding in April 2005 in an act described as a self-defence mechanism that failed, as it consisted of puffing up to look bigger while under attack by crows. "

    • #95780
      g0ld3n88
      Participant
      quote dlambert:

      Animals can naturally explode

      “Natural animal explosions can occur for a variety of reasons. On 2004, a buildup of gas inside a decomposing sperm whale, measuring 17 meters (56 ft.) long and weighing 50 tons, caused it to burst in Taiwan.

      The explosion was reported to have splattered blood and whale entrails over surrounding shop-fronts, bystanders, and cars.

      A significant population of toads in Germany and Denmark were exploding in April 2005 in an act described as a self-defence mechanism that failed, as it consisted of puffing up to look bigger while under attack by crows. “

      Just out of curiosity, can some animals explode at will? It seems that all of the events mentioned above was not fully out of will. Interesting fact though.

    • #95830
      Chroma
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      -Every time you drink a glass of water, the odds are good that you imbibe at least one molecule that passed through the bladder of Oliver Cromwell. It’s just elementary probability theory. The number of molecules per glassful is hugely greater then the number of glassfuls in the world. -Dawkins

      (nothing special about Cromwel, anyone who lived to a decent age would also work)

      this one always amazed me and I think finally impressed me about just how tiny a single atom is…

    • #96316
      TheVirus
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      This is actually a quote, but i guess it is a fact:
      -If our brain was so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we wouldn’t be able to understand it.

    • #96776
      CorwinPrinceOfAmber
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      quote Chroma:

      -Every time you drink a glass of water, the odds are good that you imbibe at least one molecule that passed through the bladder of Oliver Cromwell. It’s just elementary probability theory. The number of molecules per glassful is hugely greater then the number of glassfuls in the world. -Dawkins

      the same goes for breathing air. With every inhilation, it is highly probable that you are inhaling an atom of Caesars dying breath.

      Time Travel is plausible, but not possible, as the time machine would have to have the same density as a neutron star to make an ‘impact’ in many more dimentions that we can see. If it did have that mass, the world and solar system would collapse.

      Doctor Who… I’m on to you…

      Also, birds can’t travel in space or they’ll die of starvation, as they require gravity to eat because they have no swallowing mechanism 🙂

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