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Name a random science fact!

Postby g0ld3n88 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:33 am

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.
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Postby biohazard » Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:48 am

(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.
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Re: Name a random science fact!

Postby dlambert » Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:30 pm

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.
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Postby g0ld3n88 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:36 pm

- 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.
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Postby g0ld3n88 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:38 pm

biohazard wrote:(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.
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Postby mith » Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:38 am

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.
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Postby Darby » Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:41 am

...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.
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Postby biohazard » Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:55 am

Darby wrote:...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.
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Postby dlambert » Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:08 pm

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. "
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Postby g0ld3n88 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:42 am

dlambert wrote: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.
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Re: Name a random science fact!

Postby Chroma » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:56 pm

-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...
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Re: Name a random science fact!

Postby TheVirus » Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:35 am

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.
”It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
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