49 Top Science Facts
1. Alfred Nobel invented dynamite in 1866.
2. The first standardized system of measurement was created around 2700BC in Mesopotamia.
3. A typical lightning bolt is 50,000 degrees F, which is hotter than the surface of the sun.
4. The thermometer was invented in 1607 by Galileo.
5. The modern safety match was invented in Sweden in 1855 by J.E. Lundstrom. It works because one of the chemicals needed to start the fire is in the striking surface.
6. Smart college majors, e.g. Physical Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and Biological Sciences are picked by smart students.
7. On average women say 7,000 words per day. Men manage just over 2000.
8. People who like 'Thunderstorms,' 'The Colbert Report,' 'Science,' and 'Curly Fries,' on Facebook are more likely to be intelligent.
9. When the weather changes, people google global warming.
10. One million, million, million, million, millionth of a second after the Big Bang the Universe was the size of a pea.
11. The Dalai Lama said that, if science proves an aspect of Buddhism is wrong, Buddhism will change.
12. There are between 100,000,000,000 and 1,000,000,000,000 stars in a normal galaxy.
13. Bill Nye was a stand-up comedian before he became the "Science Guy" on TV.
14. Forensic scientists estimate that 40% of the science potrayed on crime shows like "CSI" does not exist in real life.
15. Before Bill Nye became "The Science Guy," he was a stand-up comedian.
16. In Beijing, you can buy your subway tickets by recycling plastic bottles in designated vending machines.
17. The National Science Foundation spent more than $3 million over the course of a decade studying shrimp on treadmills.
18. A baby echidna is called a puggle.
19. You can make a clock work using a copper wire, a penny and a lemon or potato.
20. The only letter not appearing on the Periodic Table is the letter 'J'.
21. Water expands before it freezes.
22. Gabriel Fahrenheit invented the mercury thermometer in 1714.
23. The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second.
24. Benjamin Franklin began his research into electricity in 1746.
25. Laser stands for 'Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation'.
26. Nobody knows how big the universe is.
27. An increase in math and science rigor has been linked to greater dropout rates.
28. DNA was first discovered in 1869 by Swiss Friedrich Mieschler.
29. The machine to win the first flying prize in 1901 was an airship.
30. In February 2001 it was announced that the human genome contains not 100,000 genes as originally expected, but only 30,000.
31. BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: Posting photos of your food to Instagram before eating it, makes it taste better.
32. Only 1% of crimes have been solved by DNA evidence.
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34. Until 1990, the deadly poison mercury was used in about 30% of latex paints.
35. Sound travels about 4 times faster in water than in air.
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37. The first woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science in the United States also earned a Masters in Math & Physics. She was a Catholic nun.
38. According to an old English system of time units, a moment is one and a half minutes.
39. The molecular structure of DNA was first determined by Watson and Crick in 1953.
40. Englishman Roger Bacon invented the magnifying glass in 1250.
41. Isaac Newton published his 'Principia' explaining the laws of gravity in 1687.
42. Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study.
43. The first laser was constructed in 1960 by Theodore H. Maiman of the United States using a rod of ruby.
44. Scientists have discovered over 20 planets outside our solar system.
45. GZA of Wu Tang Clan is writing a series of albums dealing with science so as to get more people hooked on science.
46. You can submit your DNA and see where you came from and what your personality is.
47. Floyd Mayweather won.
48. Floyd Mayweather will make $83,000 per second during the fight.
49. Bill Nye the Science Guy was a student of Carl Sagan at Cornell.
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