20 Interesting Science Facts (#4)

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  1. As of November 2011 there have been 118 elements discovered. Out of the 118 only 98 are know to occur in nature.
  2. Liquid oxygen is blue.
  3. Oxygen was the atomic weight standard for the other elements until 1961 when it was replaced by carbon.
  4. Ozone can be produced from lightning strikes.
  5. Copper and gold are the only two non-silvery metals.
  6. Chilly peppers don’t work on birds.They can eat them without feeling any pain.
  7. Hennig Brand was the first person recorded to have discovered a new element.
  8. Technetium was the first element to be made artificially.
  9. About 1% of the sun’s mass is oxygen.
  10. Saturn’s rings are on average only 20 meters thick.
  11. Uranus is the only planet named after a Greek god instead of a Roman one.
  12. The iPhone 5 has more processing power than the Mars  Curiosity rover.
  13. Sir Joseph John Thomson discovered electrons and isotopes. He also invented the mass spectrometer.
  14. Mole day is between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM on October 23rd.
  15. Iodine comes from the greek word iodes, which means violet.
  16. Calcium comes from the Latin word calcis which means lime.
  17. Carbon is the fourth most abundant element in the universe.
  18. Butterflies taste with their feet.
  19. The brain shuts down your vision when you turn your head quickly, to prevent motion blur.
  20. According to NASA, the moon smells like gunpowder.
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About Myles Power (570 Articles)
My name is Myles Power, and I run the educational YouTube channel, powerm1985. I spend what little free time I have sharing my love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest, and angrily ranting at pseudoscience proponents. I am also one of the founding members of the podcast 'The League of Nerds' - which I co-host with James from 'The History of Infection'.

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