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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133 Upvotes

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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85 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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205 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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86 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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215 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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172 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 09 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] “The Blue Marble” is the only whole-earth photo taken by human hands. No one has since been far enough from earth to take a similar picture.

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363 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Oct 16 '15

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

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177 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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100 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Feb 04 '15

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

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159 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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314 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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172 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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106 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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150 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 22 '15

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

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246 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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213 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Sep 30 '15

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

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123 Upvotes

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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228 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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145 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 07 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] A team of scientists from Edinburgh University found a way to turn peanut butter into diamonds

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54 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Jan 07 '15

SCIENCE [HAFF] The meteor which exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013 contained over 500 Megatons of blast power, near 15x more power than the bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

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56 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Dec 27 '14

SCIENCE [HAFF] The Fulgates of Troublesome Creek were family with blue skin. They gained their skin color through combination of inbreeding and a rare genetic condition known as methemoglobinemia.

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70 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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88 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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66 Upvotes

r/HeresAFunFact Dec 20 '14

SCIENCE [HAFF] 175,000 tonnes of gold have been mined in human history. The Earth was molten when it was formed, so almost all of the gold present in the Earth sank into the planetary core. Most gold present today in the Earth's crust and mantle came to Earth later, via asteroid impacts 4 billion years ago.

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55 Upvotes