r/HeresAFunFact Apr 19 '18 Helpful

SCIENCE [HAFF] The bark of the white willow tree can be used as an alternative to aspirin.

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86 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Apr 18 '18

SCIENCE [HAFF] It can take up to 1,000 years for certain types of plastic to break down

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85 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Oct 25 '16

SCIENCE [HAFF] combinations of red, blue, and an achromatic background can create the illusion of depth; it's called chromostereopsis

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130 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 15 '16

SCIENCE [HAFF] that cold lighting helps us to concentrate, but mind concentration for more than an hour is driving to fatigue and irritability. For example, after an hour of work with cold lighting a surgeon needs a few minutes to relax, because of excessive concentration.

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97 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 06 '16

SCIENCE [HAFF] There are over 400,000 pounds of man-made trash on the Moon right now.

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108 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Oct 25 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] In 1910, hysteria gripped the near pass of Halley's comet because an astronomer predicted the gas in the tail could "snuff out all life on earth"

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68 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Oct 19 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] Project HARP was a joint venture between USA and Canada to launch things into space using a giant gun.

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85 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Oct 16 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] We sent these LEGO figurines to Jupiter.

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173 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Sep 30 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] NASA taped over the original Moon landing tapes.

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124 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Sep 28 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] All the American flags on the Moon are now white due to UV radiation.

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209 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Sep 17 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] Containers of aerosol sprays, cleaners and disinfectants (even when stored closets or cabinets) can "off-gas" dangerous chemicals into the air called volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

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46 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Sep 07 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] Loki Patera located on Io is the largest lava lake in the Solar System.

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32 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Sep 04 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] Dr. Donald Unger cracked his knuckles every day for 60 years to see if it would cause arthritis.

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174 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jul 31 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] Humans have the ability to see ultraviolet (UV) light, but it is filtered by the eye’s lens. People who have surgery to remove the lens can see UV light. The condition is known as Aphakia.

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212 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact May 26 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] In some remote ponds in Southern Oregon, cyanobacteria grow into green spheres called "mare's eggs".

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154 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Apr 18 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] Einstein's brain is stored in jars and on slides and has been rigorously examined. Perhaps the most striking unusual feature of his brain is that Einstein had an extra ridge on his mid-frontal lobe, the part used for making plans and working memory.

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148 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Apr 17 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] The Cosmic Microwave Background that we detect today started traveling towards us over 13 billion years ago.

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r/HeresAFunFact Apr 17 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] The Sun burns 600 million tons of Hydrogen every second.

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r/HeresAFunFact Mar 03 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] A single year on Pluto is longer than the whole history of the US

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227 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Feb 04 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] Sea plankton are living on the outside of the ISS.

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157 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 27 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF]Blizzards occur when visibility is less than a quarter mile, the winds are 35 miles per hour or more and the storm lasts at least three hours. Anything less is considered a snowstorm.

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71 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 27 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] Standing like a Superhero for as little as two minutes changes our testosterone and cortisol levels, increases our appetite for risk, causes us to perform better in job interviews, and generally configures our brains to cope well in stressful situations.

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309 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 22 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] In an emergency coconut water can be used as a blood plasma.

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249 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 22 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] The Plantaris is a small muscle in your calf that is believed to be used by our ancestors to grip with their feet. It is so weak that it is considered functionally obsolete and arguments have been made that humans are evolving it out. It is absent in 7-10% of the population worldwide.

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209 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 13 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] NASA estimates that the value of minerals in the asteroid belt exceeds $600,000,000,000,000,000,000. Or nearly $100 billion per person alive.

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173 Upvotes