Amazing Scientific Facts
I’ve always been somewhat of a science freak. Not the kind that would be seen in a laboratory but I’ve been fascinated with our wonderful world and the macro and micro universe. I just found out that we call our ‘world’, the universe because it means one sentence (“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”). Anyway, the planets, sharks, thunderstorms all caught my attention when I was a kid.
I thought I might share with you guys some of the facts that science has learned me. I know, I said learned on purpose. I meant taught. Have fun with this. I promise, no test. Feel free to add anything you know that I have left off.
1. The speed of light is exactly 186,287.49 miles per second or 299,792,458 meters per second.
2. It takes 8 minutes 17 seconds for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to the Earth.
3. 10 percent of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment.
4. The Earth spins at 1,000 mph but it travels through space at an incredible 67,000 mph.
5. Every year over one million earthquakes shake the Earth.
6. When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, its force was so great it could be heard 3000 miles away in Australia.
7. The largest hailstone measured weighed over two pounds and fell in Bangladesh in 1986.
8. Every second around 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth.
9. Every year lightning kills 1000 people.
10. On February 20, 2010 an Iceberg the size of Rhode island broke free from the Antarctic ice shelf (see clickable image below).
11. If you could drive your car straight up you would arrive in space in just over an hour.
12. The air at the summit of Mount Everest, 29,029 feet is only a third as thick as the air at sea level.
13. DNA was first discovered in 1869 by Swiss Friedrich Mieschler.
14. The molecular structure of DNA was first determined by Watson and Crick in 1953.
15. The first synthetic human chromosome was constructed by US scientists in 1997.
16. The thermometer was invented in 1607 by Galileo.
17. Englishman Roger Bacon invented the magnifying glass in 1250.
18. Alfred Nobel invented dynamite in 1866.
19. The tallest tree ever was an Australian eucalyptus – In 1872 it was measured at 435 feet tall.
20. Christian Barnard performed the first heart transplant in 1967 – the patient lived for 18 days.
21. The wingspan of a Boeing 747 is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.
22. An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.
23. ‘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.
24. The earliest wine makers lived in Egypt around 2300 BC.
25. The Ebola virus kills 4 out of every 5 humans it infects.
For some more Amazing Scientific Facts, check out Tom’s blog posting.