100 Interesting Science Facts

1/ The speed of light is generally rounded down to 186,000 miles per second. In exact terms it is 299,792,458 m/s (metres per second – that is equal to 186,287.49 miles per second).

2/ It takes 8 minutes 17 seconds for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to the Earth.

3/ October 12th, 1999 was declared “The Day of Six Billion” based on United Nations projections.

4/ 10 percent of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment.

5/ The Earth spins at 1,000 mph but it travels through space at an incredible 67,000 mph.

6/ Every year over one million earthquakes shake the Earth.

7/ When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, its force was so great it could be heard 4,800 kilometres away in Australia.

8/ The largest ever hailstone weighed over 1kg and fell in Bangladesh in 1986.

9/ Every second around 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth.

10/ Every year lightning kills 1000 people.

11/ In October 1999 an Iceberg the size of London broke free from the Antarctic ice shelf .

12/ If you could drive your car straight up you would arrive in space in just over an hour.

13/ Human tapeworms can grow up to 22.9m.

14/ The Earth is 4.56 billion years old…the same age as the Moon and the Sun.

15/ The dinosaurs became extinct before the Rockies or the Alps were formed.

16/ Female black widow spiders eat their males after mating.

17/ When a flea jumps, the rate of acceleration is 20 times that of the space shuttle during launch.

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19/ If our Sun were just inch in diameter, the nearest star would be 445 miles away.

20/ The Australian billygoat plum contains 100 times more vitamin C than an orange.

21/ Astronauts cannot belch – there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.

22/ The air at the summit of Mount Everest, 29,029 feet is only a third as thick as the air at sea level.

23/ One million, million, million, million, millionth of a second after the Big Bang the Universe was the size of a …pea.

24/ DNA was first discovered in 1869 by Swiss Friedrich Mieschler.

25/ The molecular structure of DNA was first determined by Watson and Crick in 1953.

26/ The first synthetic human chromosome was constructed by US scientists in 1997.

27/ The thermometer was invented in 1607 by Galileo.

28/ Englishman Roger Bacon invented the magnifying glass in 1250.

29/ Alfred Nobel invented dynamite in 1866.

30/ Wilhelm Rontgen won the first Nobel Prize for physics for discovering X-rays in 1895.

31/ The tallest tree ever was an Australian eucalyptus – In 1872 it was measured at 435 feet tall.

32/ Christian Barnard performed the first heart transplant in 1967 – the patient lived for 18 days.

33/ The wingspan of a Boeing 747 is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.

34/ An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.

35/ ‘Wireless’ communications took a giant leap forward in 1962 with the launch of Telstar, the first satellite capable of relaying telephone and satellite TV signals.

36/ The earliest wine makers lived in Egypt around 2300 BC.

37/ The Ebola virus kills 4 out of every 5 humans it infects.

38/ In 5 billion years the Sun will run out of fuel and turn into a Red Giant.

39/ Giraffes often sleep for only 20 minutes in any 24 hours. They may sleep up to 2 hours (in spurts – not all at once), but this is rare. They never lie down.

40/ A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

41/ Without its lining of mucus your stomach would digest itself.

42/ Humans have 46 chromosomes, peas have 14 and crayfish have 200.

43/ There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.

44/ An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.

45/ Utopia ia a large, smooth lying area of Mars.

46/ On the day that Alexander Graham Bell was buried the entire US telephone system was shut down for 1 minute in tribute.

47/ The low frequency call of the humpback whale is the loudest noise made by a living creature.

48/ The call of the humpback whale is louder than Concorde and can be heard from 500 miles away.

49/ A quarter of the world’s plants are threatened with extinction by the year 2010.

50/ Each person sheds 40lbs of skin in his or her lifetime.

51/ At 15 inches the eyes of giant squids are the largest on the planet.

52/ The largest galexies contain a million, million stars.

53/ The Universe contains over 100 billion galaxies.

54/ Wounds infested with maggots heal quickly and without spread of gangrene or other infection.

55/ More germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing.

56/ The longest glacier in Antarctica, the Almbert glacier, is 250 miles long and 40 miles wide.

57/ The fastest speed a falling raindrop can hit you is 18mph.

58/ A healthy person has 6,000 million, million, million haemoglobin molecules.

59/ A salmon-rich, low cholesterol diet means that Inuits rarely suffer from heart disease.

60/ Inbreeding causes 3 out of every 10 Dalmation dogs to suffer from hearing disability.

61/ The world’s smallest winged insect, the Tanzanian parasitic wasp, is smaller than the eye of a housefly.

62/ If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and the Earth would be as small as a pea.

63/ It would take over an hour for a heavy object to sink 6.7 miles down to the deepest part of the ocean.

64/ There are more living organisms on the skin of each human than there are humans on the surface of the earth.

65/ The grey whale migrates 12,500 miles from the Artic to Mexico and back every year.

66/ Each rubber molecule is made of 65,000 individual atoms.

67/ Around a million, billion neutrinos from the Sun will pass through your body while you read this sentence.

68/…and now they are already past the Moon.

69/ Quasars emit more energy than 100 giant galaxies.

70/ Quasars are the most distant objects in the Universe.

71/ The saturn V rocket which carried man to the Moon develops power equivalent to fifty 747 jumbo jets.

72/ Koalas sleep an average of 22 hours a day, two hours more than the sloth.

73/ Light would take .13 seconds to travel around the Earth.

74/ Males produce one thousand sperm cells each second – 86 million each day.

75/ Neutron stars are so dense that a teaspoonful would weigh more than all the people on Earth.

76/ One in every 2000 babies is born with a tooth.

77/ Every hour the Universe expands by a billion miles in all directions.

78/ Somewhere in the flicker of a badly tuned TV set is the background radiation from the Big Bang.

79/ Even travelling at the speed of light it would take 2 million years to reach the nearest large galaxy, Andromeda.

80/ The temperature in Antarctica plummets as low as -35 degrees celsius.

81/ At over 2000 kilometres long The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth.

82/ A thimbleful of a neutron star would weigh over 100 million tons.

83/ The risk of being struck by a falling meteorite for a human is one occurence every 9,300 years.

84/ The driest inhabited place in the world is Aswan, Egypt where the annual average rainfall is .02 inches.

85/ The deepest part of any ocean in the world is the Mariana trench in the Pacific with a depth of 35,797 feet.

86/ The largest meteorite craters in the world are in Sudbury, Ontario, canada and in Vredefort, South Africa.

87/ The largest desert in the world, the Sahara, is 3,500,000 square miles.

88/ The largest dinosaur ever discovered was Seismosaurus who was over 100 feet long and weighed up to 80 tonnes.

89/ The African Elephant gestates for 22 months.

90/ The short-nosed Bandicoot has a gestation period of only 12 days.

91/ The mortality rate if bitten by a Black Mamba snake is over 95%.

92/ In the 14th century the Black Death killed 75,000,000 people. It was carried by fleas on the black rat.

93/ A dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 times more sensitive than a humans.

94/ A typical hurricane produces the nergy equivalent to 8,000 one megaton bombs.

95/ 90% of those who die from hurricanes die from drowning.

96/ To escape the Earth’s gravity a rocket need to travel at 7 miles a second.

97/ If every star in the Milky Way was a grain of salt they would fill an Olympic sized swimming pool.

98/ Microbial life can survive on the cooling rods of a nuclear reactor.

99/ Micro-organisms have been brought back to life after being frozen in perma-frost for three million years.

100/ Our oldest radio broadcasts of the 1930s have already travelled past 100,000 stars.

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  • Math
  • April 5, 2010, 11:59 am
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    Can't argue with that....
    fuckinscience - 100 interesting science facts

    Yes, you can. Especially when one is wrong.

    87/ The largest desert in the world, the Sahara, is 3,500,000 square miles.

    By definition of "desert", Antarctica is, in fact, the largest desert in the world.
    - LaMountain May 12, 2011, 3:50 pm
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    And how sexist it was too. None-the-less, why franklin was messing with x-rays and not in the kitchen fuelling Watson and crick with endless supplies of sandwiches escapes me...

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    18 is my favourite

    • Jozzoh
    • April 6, 2010, 3:29 pm
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    Watson and Crick didnt do any of there own research for DNA

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    They did, they just used a few other people's work as well as their own. Not saying they're any better though, they took all the credit. Franklin (the x-ray woman) died of cancer with next to no recognition. Bastards.

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    100/ Our oldest radio broadcasts of the 1930s have already traveled past 100,000 stars.
    If space was a void then it would be correct. But there is matter in space that stops radio waves. our radio waves don't last forever and new theories say they probably don't even get our of our solar system.

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    Radio waves can travel through space, gamma rays were made in the big bang, they are still travelling accross the universe...

    • Luke8D
    • July 21, 2010, 10:12 am
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    I saw it on the history channel that they originally thought this to be true but they discovered that the radio waves dissipated over time and didn't just go on forever like originally believed.

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    i think thats where i saw it too.

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    I know this will probably spark a lot of debate, but I'm getting really tired of "facts" about the Big Bang. To be a FACT scientifically, I'm pretty sure it has to be observable and repeatable in a lab. I looked up the definition of "scientific fact", and everything I found went something like: "an observation that has been confirmed repeatedly". Last I checked, the Big Bang is impossible to observe or repeat. Now, I'm not saying it's not what happened. What I am saying is by science's own definition, it cannot be a fact.

    exactly right. It is only a theory.
    - Jofus1992 October 29, 2010, 6:26 am
    A theory built around facts. Just like every other theory. The fact of microwave background radiation, the fact of the expanding universe, the fact of e=mc^2, etc. The facts themselves are observable and can be repeatedly tested, and the theory itself explains these facts perfectly. Remember, a theory is the highest status a scientific explanation can achieve. The phrase "just a theory" is meaningless. Germ theory, the theory of gravity, genetic theory... All "just theories."
    - Logos385 October 29, 2010, 7:26 am
    I'm not disagreeing with you. I just hate when it is stated as a irrefutable fact because tomorrow some scientist could come up with some new theory that will catch on.

    And long time no see btw.
    - Jofus1992 October 29, 2010, 7:57 am
    True that some things that scientists say point toward a "big bang", although these statements are inherently based on the bias that the Big Bang is a fact, are observable and repeatable in a lab; but is "fact" number 23 - "One million, million, million, million, millionth of a second after the Big Bang the Universe was the size of a …pea."? No, it is not. So it should not be on a "fact" list.
    - downer3498 November 6, 2010, 4:20 pm
    Oh! One more thing about the expanding universe. Unless I am not current (which is quite possible), the last observation was that the rate of expansion of the universe is increasing. In other words, it's accelerating. If the Big Bang theory is true, the universe should be expanding at a constant or decreasing rate, should it not? Where is the extra energy and force coming from?
    - downer3498 November 6, 2010, 4:23 pm
    I am pretty sure that the universe wouldn't decrease it's expansion speed because there isn't anything to slow it down ( no friction resistance in space), and I think that in an explosion, there is a period of time where all the mass in an onject is increasing speed. I could be totally wrong, but whatever...
    - drakengard85 November 6, 2010, 6:22 pm
    It's more of a fact than some bearded bloke creating it in seven days. At the start how would he have known the duration of 1 day? Mmmmmm
    - Math November 6, 2010, 6:29 pm
    The statements scientists make with regards to the Big Bang are not based on the Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang Theory was borne from the evidence. It fostered after the Steady State Theory had a "war" with it in the scientific community. The Big Bang Theory most certainly is not a circular argument.

    And, it is a fact- the fact that you mentioned. This is a fact in the same way that the speed of light is a fact. Although we are never 100% sure of anything ever, including that reality is reality, we still call things "Facts" because otherwise that word would be meaningless.
    - Logos385 November 7, 2010, 11:31 am
    Since space itself is expanding, there is nothing to provide friction, even though there is frictional resistance in space itself. There is no friction to slow down spatial expansion. That would be impossible.
    - Logos385 November 7, 2010, 11:33 am
    The speed of light is a fact because it is observable, and a number of controlled experiments have verified it.
    The Big Bang Theory is not a fact because is has not and cannot be duplicated under controlled conditions. The point I was making the that "fact" 23 again has not and cannot be duplicated under controlled conditions, and therefore is not scientifically a fact. It also assumes the Big Bang happened, which again cannot be scientifically proven, so there's no way it can be a fact.
    And "evidence" (in the scientific world) is just someone's interpretation. It is someone extrapolating (a fancy way of saying guessing) causes based on observations. I'm not saying all evidence is wrong. What I am saying is that there is plenty of room for extreme bias.
    If "we" are never 100% sure of anything, why does the scientific community fight so hard to assert the truth of the Big Bang? It may be the best guess we have right now, but that doesn't make it any less of a guess.
    - downer3498 December 12, 2010, 8:12 pm
    You are correct! There is nothing to slow it down, and in an explosion there is a period of time where all the mass in an object is increasing speed. But isn't that time over? What I'm trying to say is that unless the Big Bang is still happening, the speed the universe is expanding should be constant, not accelerating.
    - downer3498 December 12, 2010, 8:19 pm
    See my comment below from a month ago : P
    - Logos385 December 19, 2010, 6:06 am
    I'm not saying the Big Bang Theory is a fact- that's not what the post asserts. It is a very substantiated scientific theory. As I explained before.

    It's not necessarily assuming the Big Bang's accuracy. Although it would be a sound assumption, it really is just using such as a temporal reference.

    Facts do not require duplication. Otherwise the field of History would not exist.

    Evidence is most certainly NOT someone's interpretation- if that were true it would undermine the entirety of the scientific method. Science is much more than guessing at causation, it is a laborious process of elimination that takes a great deal of work, thought, and planning to execute.

    There would be plenty of room for extreme bias if the peer review process did not exist. But, thankfully, it does.

    No one is fighting to assert the truth of the Big Bang. It's a completely accepted scientific theory. There is no one in the scientific community left to convince. No one credible anyway. It's MUCH more than a guess. Unless you have a mountain of experimental evidence you have been piling up for decades, ready to unleash to completely overturn the entire foundation of modern cosmology.... there's no reason you should be calling the Big Bang a "guess."
    - Logos385 December 19, 2010, 6:12 am
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    I checked some of the stuff found a few different answers, would have been nice to some sources but still cool.

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    It shows how competitive the scientific world really is.

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    Some of the numbers were a bit weird ("6,000 million" to be exact) but mostly it was some pretty good stuff

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    You sir deserve an award

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    most radio waves sent from this planet don't even make it out of the solar system due to space junk. go look it up.

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    wat happen to 18?

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    GSCE science all this year mate, i know ;)

    • Luke8D
    • July 21, 2010, 11:28 am
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    I think it got sucked into the black hole caused by someone finding and writing down these facts.

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    that makes sense

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    I tend to make sence sometimes... others... you just dont wanna know... *shudders*

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    :D haha

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    my biology teacher went on a giant feminist tangent over this.

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    correct!! its only a theory sumized by some people who did ALOT of math equations (that were probably flawed due to using our "time scale" which is INCORRECT... i mean explain February 29th.. POOF here is 24 hours for free ;) ).

    The time it takes for the earth to circle the sun is in fact 365 and 1/4 days, so every 4 years we have a leap year to "catch up".
    - Math October 29, 2010, 3:39 am
    - Logos385 November 10, 2010, 4:46 am
    Cheers, although I thought everyone knew that.
    - Math November 10, 2010, 8:33 am
    I did too. Which is why the straight, succinct explanation was so appropriate and win-worthy : P
    - Logos385 November 10, 2010, 10:27 am
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    The one about 10% of the people ever been born are alive right now makes sense because population has increased exponentially so there are about 7 billion on the planet now compared with 100,000 years ago when there were less than 5000? i dont know the exact figure but you get my point.

    • Polygon
    • October 29, 2010, 4:06 am
    I get ya!
    - Math October 29, 2010, 6:48 am
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    I'm not disagreeing

    • peace
    • April 5, 2010, 12:12 pm
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