• Question: what is the most interesting fact you know???

    Asked by cloudy on 12 Jun 2019.
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      Shobhana Nagraj answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      I love this question! My most interesting fact(s) relates to Naked mole rats – they are pretty awesome and weird too – they don’t get cancer and they don’t really age ….and they can survive with very little oxygen…I think we could learn a lot from studying them for the medical field! Also they have very strange mating habits – with a “queen” naked mole rat, who releases a substance, that makes the other females infertile, so she gets all the male attention!

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      Ettie Unwin answered on 12 Jun 2019:


      Despite Ebola usually being transmitted through direct contact with blood (or other bodily fluid) it can also be sexually transmitted. The virus has been found in men’s sperm 2.5 years after infection, which is quite worrying.

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      That a ‘molecular clock’ exists in every cell in the body (including cells of the brain), and that even if you take cells out of the body and culture them in a dish the lab without any external timing cues, their ‘clock’ will still cycle with a frequency of around 24 h. We’re still not exactly sure how this works, but we know it’s very important to cellular health, and ultimately, the health of the organ (and organism) those cells came from.

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      Matthew Bareford answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      Everyone has a unique tongue print, just like fingerprints.

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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      If you were to throw a tennis ball about 100 meters in the air (quite high) so you’d just be able to see it, that patch of sky that the tennis ball is now covering is the area of sky that the first Voyager space craft (launched more than 40 years ago and is now out of our solar system) took a picture. Now, scientists thought that it was an empty patch of sky, containing maybe only stars and gas. What they found was an image that contained OVER 3000 GALAXIES. That’s pretty cool and makes you wonder about life on other planets and solar systems.

      Have a look at the Voyagers on the NASA website: https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/

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      Marianne King answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      If you measured the surface area of our small intestine it would be around the size of a tennis court!

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      David Wilson answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      Here’s a science fact to ponder. A raspberry has only 8 percent as much DNA as you or I. That’s expected; raspberries aren’t too smart or complex. But an onion isn’t very complex either, and it has more than 12 times as much DNA as the smartest person you can think of!

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      Alex Blenkinsop answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      Statisticians at Oxford University did some analysis of previous contestants of Love Island and found that someone who applied for the show this year only had a 1 in 35,000 chance of finding love, meaning they are more likely to win an Oscar!

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      Anabel Martinez Lyons answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      Here are two because I couldn’t help myself:
      1) Octupuses have 3 hearts, 2/3rds of their neurons are in their arms and they have iron-based blood (as opposed to our copper-based blood). Pretty incredible creatures!
      2) One of your red blood cells makes a full circuit of your blood stream back to your heart every 60 seconds!

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      Rebecca Moon answered on 13 Jun 2019:


      The most interesting fact I know is that I’m rubbish at remember random facts! 😂😂😂😂😂

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