If you happen to be one of those people whose craving for knowledge is always on rise, this compilation of interesting facts about science is meant for you.
Did you know that the largest volcano in the Solar System, which is located on planet Mars, is even bigger than the Mount Everest? Were you aware of the fact that it would take us 2 million years to travel to Andromeda―the galaxy which is nearest to us―and that too, in the fastest spacecraft in the world? What about the fact that the King Cobra is the only snake which makes its nest on the ground to lay eggs. You knew that? There are millions of such facts which you must have never heard before, each more amazing than the other.
Some Interesting Science Facts
Science is a broad concept which encompasses several disciplines, so compiling a list of interesting facts on this subject is no easy job. Not many people know that Venus is the only planet in the Solar System which rotates in clockwise direction, or that we have 300 bones at the time of our birth, which eventually fuse to become 206. Given below is a list of some interesting facts that you must have never heard before.
- The tallest mountain in the world is Mount Everest with a height of 8,842 meters. In contrast, the deepest part of the ocean is the Mariana trench with a depth 11,033 meters.
- The human brain can continue to live without oxygen supply for 4 – 6 minutes, after which it slowly starts dying.
- Lake Baikal in Russia has the distinction of being the deepest lake in the world with an average depth of 2,442 feet and the deepest point of 5,387 feet.
- When an astronaut returns from the space you can see a difference of up to 2 inches in his height, as the cartilage disks in our spine tend to expand where there is no gravity.
- The first picture of planet Earth from the outer space was taken by the US satellite Explorer 6 in 1959, 2 years before Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin became the first person to see the planet from the outer space.
- As of today, the hottest temperature on the planet has been recorded in Libya (136 °F in 1922), while the coldest has been recorded in Antarctica (-128.6 °F in 1983).
- Every single year, millions of earthquakes occur on the planet. However, most of them are too mild for us to sense, so we are not aware of them.
- Have you ever tried to tickle yourself? It’s impossible to do so, because even before we think about doing it, our brain gets programmed to feel it.
- Of all the natural substances found on the planet, the diamond has the highest melting point.
- The Earth travels at a speed of 67,000 mph in the space.
Amazing Facts about Animals
Have you ever watched a cheetah chasing a gazelle? The speed at which these animals take off is quite amazing, isn’t it? But did you know that the cheetah is not the fastest animal on the planet? Well, it is the fastest animal on land, but the fastest animal on the Earth is the Peregrine falcon, which can clock a speed of 200 mph in air. Given below is a compilation of more of such interesting facts about various members of kingdom Animalia.
- The Arctic tern covers a distance of around 20,000 miles during its seasonal migration from Arctic to Antarctica and back.
- A wolf’s howl doesn’t produce an echo even if the animal howls right in the middle of a valley surrounded by large mountains.
- The strategically placed head of a praying mantis allows it to rotate its head 360°, thus making it the only insect with the ability to turn its head.
- A cockroach doesn’t die even if you separate its head from its body, as it brain is located in its body. (However, without a head and mouth it can’t feed and that eventually causes his death).
- The white-tailed deer native to North America is considered the most harmful animal for humans in the United States, owing to the large number of accidents that it is involved in.
- The blue whale can produce a sound which clocks 188 points on the decibel scale; that makes it the loudest animal on the planet.
- A woodpecker slams its beak into wood at the rate of 20 pecks per second, while a hummingbird flaps its wings 55 – 75 times per second when it is stationary in the air.
- The hummingbird also has the distinction of being the only bird in the world with the ability to fly backwards.
- The rhinoceros beetle has the ability to lift weight that is 800 times than its own weight; that’s definitely a gold medal performance in kingdom Animalia.
- True to its name, the female black widow spider has the tendency to eat its male after mating.
Science as a subject goes well beyond our textbooks, with so many interesting things about it. If going through these facts didn’t make you feel science is fascinating, which is highly unlikely, perhaps nothing will.