Even if you didn’t particularly enjoy biology class in school, it’s difficult not to be astounded by biology facts as an adult. Just take a moment to reflect on the capabilities of both the natural world and technology, please.
It’s quite astounding, and chances are you only are aware of a small portion of the fascinating and utterly bizarre information that has been discovered so far by scientists.
Razor blades may be dissolved in the human stomach
Don’t freak out if you ever swallow a razor blade. More than you may imagine, the human body is capable. On a scale of 0 to 14, acids are rated according to their strength; the lower the pH, the stronger the acid.
Normal human stomach acid has a pH of 1.0 to 2.0, which is a very high value. In a study that was published in the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, researchers discovered that after two hours of immersion in stomach acid, the “thickened back of a single-edged blade” disintegrated.
Water may ensnare a laser
When you direct a laser beam onto a stream of moving water, a remarkable phenomenon known as “total internal reflection” takes place. PBS Learning Media published a video in which a laser is placed on one side of a transparent tank of water to illustrate this phenomena.
The heavier water particles slow down the light as it passes through them, essentially “trapping” the laser beam in the water.
The ocean produces all of the oxygen on Earth
Have you ever given any thought to the source of oxygen? Although a rainforest may come to mind, here’s an interesting scientific fact: The National Oceanic Service says that all of the fresh air is a result of marine plant-based creatures.
More than half of the oxygen in the planet is produced by plankton, seaweed, and other photosynthetic organisms.
Animals orient themselves using the Earth’s magnetic field
Sea creatures could be able to return home but lost terrestrial animals might not. There is evidence that some species, including salmon and sea turtles, may detect the Earth’s magnetic field and utilize this sense for navigation, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Almost one million pounds may be found in a cloud
Your childhood fantasies of floating on a weightless cloud could be dashed by the following scientific truth: According to the USGS, a typical cumulus cloud can weigh up to a million pounds.
That weighs nearly the same as the biggest aircraft in the world when it is fully loaded with both cargo and passengers.
Life abounds in the soil
There are more microbes on the globe in a single teaspoon of soil than there are people.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “millions of species and billions of organisms—bacteria, algae, minuscule insects, earthworms, beetles, ants, mites, fungus, and more—represent the largest concentration of biomass anyplace in the world.”
Rats who are tickled chuckle
We underestimate how dynamic these creatures are. When tickled, rats have the ability to “laugh.” In a National Geographic film, rats can be seen responding well to tickling and even engaging in joyful hand-chase behavior with the researcher.
Bananas emit radiation
A little-known truth regarding one of your favorite dishes is as follows: As potassium decays, bananas are mildly radioactive due to their potassium content. But don’t worry; according to Joseph Schwarcz, Ph.D., of McGill University, you would need to consume 10 million bananas at once in order to get radioactively poisoned.
Warm water freezes more quickly than cold water
While it may appear illogical, this phenomenon is known as the Mpemba effect. The reason for this, according to scientists, is that heated water particles have a certain disposition that makes them more prone to freezing.
According to a study from the University of Carlos III de Madrid, this conclusion might also be used for commonplace tasks like cooling down electrical gadgets if confirmed.
Compared to stars in our galaxy, there are more trees on Earth
We bet you didn’t know this interesting truth about space (and about Earth): There may be between 100 billion and 400 billion stars in the Milky Way, according to NASA specialists. Yet, a 2015 study that appeared in the journal Nature found that there are 3.04 trillion more trees in the globe than previously thought.
The genes in humans come from other animals
Our genome contains up to 145 genes that have leaped from bacteria, fungi, other single-celled organisms, and viruses, despite the fact that we tend to think of humans as being superior to other living things, according to a study published in the journal Genome Biology.
Don’t worry, though; humans have a lot of DNA
According to a Nature article, scientists estimate that the human genome has more than 25,000 genes and more than three billion base pairs of DNA. Every one of the 30 to 40 trillion cells in the human body contains a whole copy of that genome.
Diamonds can fall like rain
According to American Scientist, Neptune, Uranus, and Saturn’s atmospheres contain such high pressure that they may crystallize carbon atoms and transform them into diamonds. We learned this scientific truth, but how? To demonstrate that this occurs on Neptune and Uranus, scientists were able to reproduce the necessary circumstances in a lab.
Three states of water can coexist at once
The triple boil, also known as the triple point, is the temperature and pressure at which a substance may exist as a gas, a liquid, and a solid all at once.
According to researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, every material has a unique triple point, which is also the only condition in which all three states of matter may coexist. Water hits its triple point at a pressure of 0.006 atm and a temperature of 0.1 degrees Celsius above absolute zero.
Helium is capable of defying gravity
Helium may become a superfluid, which means it can flow without resistance, when chilled to extremely low temperatures that are only a few degrees above absolute zero (-460 degrees Fahrenheit or -273 degrees Celsius), according to Scientific American.
It has the ability to scale the edges of a glass and spill out through breaches in a container that are only a few molecules across.
Solar flares have enormous power
NASA estimates that the energy released by solar flares is comparable to millions of atomic bombs with a 100-megaton yield detonating simultaneously. It’s fortunate that the atmosphere of the Earth shields us from their radiation.
Burping is not feasible in outer space
When you burp on Earth, gravity slows down the liquids and solids from your recent meal, allowing just the gas to leave your mouth.
Because the gas cannot separate from the liquids and particles in the absence of gravity, burping effectively becomes a puke.
Plastic may eventually become vanilla flavour
A 2021 article published in the journal Green Chemistry claims that scientists have discovered a way to use genetically modified bacteria to convert plastic bottles into vanilla flavor.
The study’s authors say that because vanillin is used in so many different culinary, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, cleaning, and pesticide products, demand for it is “increasing quickly.”
So don’t anticipate enjoying ice cream tasting like plastic bottles any time soon: This study did not address whether this conversion is safe for human consumption; it just showed that it is feasible.
Bacteria make up almost half of your body
According to experts, the human body has 30 trillion human cells and 39 trillion bacteria, or a ratio of around 1:1.3. Researchers formerly believed that we were ten times more like bacteria than humans.
Males are more likely than women to be colorblind
The National Eye Institute states that the X chromosome contains the genes for the most prevalent kind of colorblindness.
Women can still have the genes on one of their two X chromosomes as long as the other X chromosome is working normally. Men will develop colorblindness if they inherit the gene from their lone X chromosome.
The vast majority of the universe’s appearance is unknown to us
According to Space.com, dark matter and dark energy, which is invisible to us, make up around 96% of the universe. According to scientists, the particles that make up these substances do not interact with ordinary matter or light.
Bats are immune to the majority of viruses
Bats may, of course, catch and spread viruses, but research supported by the European Commission indicates that bats also contain many genes that have antiviral activity, protecting them from harm.
Rabies is one exception; however, Thomas Kepler, Ph.D., a professor of microbiology at Boston University, claims that while bats occasionally contract rabies, it seldom results in their demise.
Champagne is twice as bubbly as beer
A 2021 research that was published in the journal ACS Omega found that a half-pint of beer produces roughly two million bubbles, compared to one flute of champagne’s about one million bubbles. So why is this important?
A taste with more bubbles has a more robust flavor. That’s not to claim that beer and champagne taste the same in any way; they were just the options the researchers chose to use as a point of reference for their findings.
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