Science Facts

Science can explain a lot of things, from our behaviour to things regarding galaxies and the seas. Sometimes we might think that science is a hard business and we are right, it actually is a hard business. But the things that science explains are actually amazing and some of them can be really fun, amazing and can help you with your small talk these holidays. We gathered fifty of these incredible science facts, from bacteria to animal species facts, from our body to very distant planets and galaxies. Take a look at these 50 amazing science facts that you probably didn't know.

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OXYGEN FROM THE WATER

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Half of the Earth's oxygen actually comes from the Oceans, not from trees. In the surface of the sea you can find tiny little plants called Phytoplankton (this thing that looks like a cool wallpaper), and they do what plants do: oxygen.

AFTER DEATH FARTS

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You fart after you die. Have you seen the movie "Swiss Army Man"? If you didn't, don't do it. It was just an example of how muscles relax after death and generates all kind of noises and farts.

BACTERIA

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According to the University of Idaho, there's more bacterial cells than actual human cells in our bodies. Don't worry and don't run, that's actually good and doesn't turn us into a big walking bacteria.

IMMUNE

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Europeans have a long running history of plagues, such as the Black Death and Pox. Scientist say that this generated a mutation in the genes that made 10% of all europeans immune to a lot of things, like HIV.

CONIFER OILS

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Conifers (a group of tree species, like pines) segregates an oil that has a compound called Alpha-Pinene, that is pretty beneficial for your health, since it has anti-inflammatory powers. It is already used as treatment for a lot of diseases.

PLAYING VIDEO GAMES

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Playing video games (in a healthy dose and not addictive dose) can actually be really good for you! It improves your motor and multitasking skills, increases coordination and reduces stress.

GREEN BLOOD

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There's a medicine called Sumatriptan that is prescribed for migraines and taken in big doses can turn your blood green. That's not really a good thing, so if it happens to you, run to the doctor!

YOU CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY

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According to the Carnegie Mellon University, human mind tends to avoid information that can be hurtful and that threatens their happiness. So we surround ourselves with things we agree with, but sometimes that information that we consider bad can help us judge better.

LUNA MOTHS

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Luna Moths only live for sex. They are born without mouths, and they spend their whole life (that is actually seven days long) looking for a partner to mate. They starve to death.

COFFEE

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When someone says that he really needs a cup of coffee or that he is grumpy in the morning before having his coffee he is not kidding. Coffee is addictive, one of the world's most popular recreational drug and has similar effects to Cocaine.

TEARS

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Tears contain a hormone that is a natural painkiller. That means that when we cry, our body is giving us a tool to ease our pains. Next time let those tears flow.

HOT AND COLD

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Our ears are prepared to distinguish the sound of hot and cold water. That's because water changes some of its form when it experiences a temperature change. And that's why coffee sounds so good.

IMMORTAL

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Some creatures can live forever. That doesn't mean that they don't die, but they do it due to disease or injury, because they don't actually age in terms of degeneration. Some examples of this are jellyfish and lobsters.

GRASS

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Have you ever smelled that incredible aroma of recently cut grass? You'll probably think differently about it from now on. The grass releases that smell because it is in danger, is an actual cry for help!

VELOCIRAPTORS

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You might remember that in the Jurassic Park movies they say that velociraptors are like giant turkeys. Velociraptors were actually the size of turkeys. That specie that we see in the movies are not actually velociraptors.

HONEY

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Honey can be edible forever. If it's perfectly sealed, it doesn't rot. If you don't believe me, there's some jars of honey found in ancient egyptian tombs that are still edible.

SUNFLOWERS

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Sunflowers are used to clean nuclear waste, since they absorb the radioactivity from the soil. That also means that sunflowers can get really weird and even glow in the dark.

EARTHQUAKES

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Hundred of earthquakes happen every day in our planet. Some of them are too small that we don't notice them and some of them happen in the middle of the ocean.

FIVE SENSES

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We are told at school that we have five senses (sight, touch, smell, taste and sound) but we actually have over twenty. For example, there's one called Equilibrioception, that is basically your sense of balance.

CLOUD WEIGHT

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Did you think that clouds were as light as air? They are not. The average cloud can weight as much as a million pound. That's the equivalent to a hundred elephants.

PREGNANT FROG

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Not too long ago they used female frogs to know if a human woman was pregnant. They used to inject urine in the frog, and if it laid eggs the next day, the human lady was expecting a baby.

OCTOPUS

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Octopus have nine brains and three hearts. They have one central brain and one in every arm, one central heart and two hearts especially for the gills. They also have blue blood.

ELEPHANTS PREGNANCY

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Female elephants carry their babies in their wombs for as long as twenty two months, being it a total record among mammals. There's animals like sharks that bare their babies for almost three years, but they are not mammals.

STRONGEST CREATURE

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The strongest creature on earth is actually a type of bacteria. And not just any bacteria: the one that causes gonorrhea. It can pull up to 100,000 times its body weight.

TRIPLE POINT

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When you take it to a certain point of temperature and pressure, water can be boiled and frozen at the same time. It is called Triple Point, and it is when the substance is in all three different phases (liquid, solid and gas) at the same time.

NEW HORIZONS

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When you hear that it takes up to eight months to get to Mars you may think that spacecrafts are very slow. But that's wrong. New Horizons, for example, a spacecraft that flew past Pluto, can reach a speed of 36000 miles per hour. That is 66 times the speed of a Boeing 747. That shows how big the space is.

HANDMADE GLASSES

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If you forgot your lenses at home you can try this trick that is quite uncomfortable but can help you. Make a pinhole with your hand and look through the hole. Won't give you perfect vision but it actually works!

SOLAR FLARES

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Solar flares happen all the time on the surface of the Sun. They are flashes of increased brightness, and they can be as powerful as a million atomic bombs. Did I mention that there are solar flares ALL THE TIME?

FEMALE SHARKS

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Female sharks have thicker skin than male sharks. It is an evolution issue, since male sharks tend to bite their couples violently when they are mating. Females don't like to be around males, and we get why.

OCEAN DEEP

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On average, ocean is about 12 thousand feet deep (3,600 meters), which is the equivalent of eight Empire States one on top of the other. The deepest part of the ocean, however, is 25 Empire States deep.

BONES

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The human adult body has two hundred and six bones. We emphasize on the word "Adult" because babies are born with two hundred and seventy bones that fuse together when they grow up.

YOUR WEIGHT ON THE MOON

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Gravity on the moon is six times the gravity on earth. That means that someone who weighs 150 pounds (68 kilos) on Earth weighs only 25 pounds (11 kilos) on Earth.

CAMELS

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Camels can drink up to 113 liters (30 gallons) of water in a few minutes. But, contrary to what we might think, that water is not stored in their lumps, it is stored in the Camel's bloodstream.

A REALLY LONG TONGUE

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A kind of salamander called Bolitoglossa Dofleini, that lives in Central America, can extend its tongue to about half its body length and fifty times faster than an eye blink.

HOT

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On September 13, 1922 the temperature in El Azizia in Libya, reached 136 degrees fahrenheit (57.8 degrees celsius). That is the highest temperature ever recorded on earth and very close to the temperature that human beings can handle.

AWAKE

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Have you ever wondered how much time you can stay awake without dying? The longest time recorded is 11 days. It was tested by a 17 years old student in 1965.

RECOGNIZE ME?

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Prosopagnosia is a disease that makes it hard for you to recognize faces, even the faces of your love ones. Our brain has a special area that is meant for recognizing faces only, and it can get hurt because of developmental problems and injuries.

MANTIS SHRIMP

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You shouldn't mess with Mantis Shrimps.They are only ten centimeters long but they have claws that strike you at a speed of 74 feet per second and with 200 pounds of force.

SCALLOPS

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Scallops can be very bizarre when you look at them with macro lenses. Do you see those blue dots? They are eyes. Scallops have over 100 of them, frequently blue.

NAKED CHIMPANZEE

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The muscles of the chimpanzees are so similar to ours that if you shave a chimpanzee and look at it from neck down you won't notice if you are looking at a human or at a monkey.

AT HAND

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Nine out of ten people in the world are left handed. But the actual amazing fact about this is that we still don't know why we have a dominant hand, Why don't we have two equally working hands? There are a few theories but none of them definitive.

HUMAN BREASTS

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Like all other mammal species, human breasts fill with milk when they have a baby to feed. But human breasts are the only ones that are bloated all the time. Scientists don't agree on the cause of this, but they think that it is probably a mating resource: Men might consider that big breast means a big feeder for their babies.

SUNFISH

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Sunfishes are the heaviest bony fishes in the world. They can grow up to 10 feet (three meters) long, and have an average weight of 1,000 pounds. But the one you see in this picture is actually the heaviest fish ever found, weighing 5,000 pounds.

DNA

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There's enough DNA in a single person's body to stretch from the sun to Pluto about seventeen times. That means 102 million miles. It would take you more than 100 years to travel that distance by car.

TOO MUCH WATER

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According to the United States Geological Survey, there are 332,519,000 cubic miles of water on earth, and 321,002,271 cubic miles are in the ocean. That's enough water to fill 352,670,000,000,000,000,000 gallon sized milk containers.

WALK!

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An average person walks about 125,000 miles in a lifetime (200,000 kilometers). The earth is 25,000 miles round, that means that you can walk around it five times.

A LOT OF NUMBERS

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The known universe is made of 50,000,000,000 galaxies. There are between 100,000,000,000 and 1,000,000,000,000 stars in a normal galaxy. In the Milky Way alone there might be as many 100 billion Earth-like planets.

FLEA

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Fleas have a size of about two millimeters. They can jump 130 times it's size, which means a jump of 26 centimeters. In human terms, is a 23,000 meters tall jump.

BLUE WHALES SOUND

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The blue whale can produce sounds up to 188 decibels. This is the loudest sound produced by a living animal and has been detected as far away as 530 miles.

SKYLAB

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Skylab was the first american space station. It was built in 1973 and fell to the earth in thousands of pieces in 1979. Thankfully most over the ocean. The astronauts that lived in Skylab grew a few inches due to zero gravity.


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