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Published:March 18th, 2012 12:44 EST
Some Interesting Facts About Science You Probably Don`t Know

Some Interesting Facts About Science You Probably Don`t Know

By Ron G Anselm

 

I think two of the most interesting things in life are Science and of course Sports. Besides being an avid sports fan I also love science. To me science is life. Everything that makes us function, love, enjoy, and need comes from the world of science. Well, I guess I can say Science would be the interesting part, sports is a passion of mine.

Like watching a tree grow, it starts out a seed when planted and evolves or grows overtime into a large plant full of branches, twigs, and leaves. Science is the same way we are always discovering new and interesting facts about anything and watching or seeing those facts evolve into science information that makes us say Wow!

I was reading on the Internet the other day about some interesting science facts. Science facts make you think and compare of what you may have thought to be true about a fact(s) of science compared to what you just learned to be true about the fact(s) about science. There is a lot of different and interesting fact about science but I took only some of them that stuck out the most.

One fact that goes hand in hand with the old saying, What came first? The Chicken or the Egg?  This fact doesn`t have anything to do with eggs or chickens but has to do with our planet earth and day and night. When we wake up in the morning most of us if you have to be at work at a normal time see that the sun is already sitting in the eastern sky shining brightly on a clear day and we can even see some stars left over from the night before still twinkling in the sky next to the sun as if they were little grains of white snowflakes sitting in an open field on a sunny winters day. Then, as the day goes on we see the sun and those little twinkling stars slide across the sky and sink into the western horizon. This is because the earth revolves around the sun? Or, is it the other way around? The sun revolves around the earth?

Believe it or not, I have heard both hypothesis but which one is correct? Makes you stop and think for a second. And the answer is, the earth orbits the sun in an elliptical orbit and the moon orbits the earth with the same kind of orbit. Looking down from the North Pole, the earth spins in a counterclockwise direction on an imaginary line called its axis once every day. This accounts for the fact that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. The earth`s axis is tilted with respect to the plane of its orbit at an angle of about 23.4 degrees. If we position ourselves high above the North Pole, we would see that the earth orbits the sun in a counterclockwise motion, coming to the same position among the stars every 365.26 earth days. We would also see that the moon also orbits the earth in a counterclockwise motion. (thinkquest.org,2012)

Another fact about science is that microbes are starting to catch-up to us. Microbes are basically infections like the flu or influenza or any disease that can kill or hurt us. Over time science has been able to find cures and vaccination to combat these microbes and keep them from killing or harming us. A good example is when you were a baby you more than likely got vaccinated for polio, the mumps or small pox to defend against these microbes. You had to have otherwise you would have already contracted these diseases and would not be here right now reading my article.

Now, microbes such as various and different strains of the flu are ever-changing and developing. Every year the influenza or flu virus mutates and changes so quickly the vaccination to fight against it is now ineffective and out of date. A good example of this is when the swine flu mutated so fast that swarms of people overwhelmed hospitals and family care physicians to the point that the lines were out the door. I was working in the medical field at that time and remember we were swamped and overwhelmed with business for our product which was used to help combat the effects of the swine flu.

On top of this we see new and developing types of staphylococcus that can spread so fast it could turn a small cut into a life-threatening infection. And we have seen so many new diseases mutate from animals to humans that scientists and doctors have to work lots of overtime to try to come up with a cure and defense against these new and ever-changing microbes. It will turn out to be a challenge in the coming century for science to find the silver bullet to defend against these diseases. So, like trying to catch Reggie Bush from behind before he scores as he sprints for the end-zone down the sideline it is a race against time. Will science be able to catch-up to the ever-changing microbes?

Another fact about science is one that probably never crosses anyone`s mind. This is the fact of science that we normally study when we are reading about dinosaurs and the mass extinctions of dinosaurs. Theories still conflict with one another on how the dinosaurs became extinct. Was it the ice age? A giant meteor impact? Volcanic eruption? Or other reasons the dinosaurs suddenly disappeared and disappeared so quickly in mass numbers.

What people don`t realize is that there have been other mass extinctions of the past few thousand years and we are due for another one according to science. Some of the more recent extinctions involved large animals. As we humans moved from continent to continent giant kangaroos that flourished in Australia disappeared, some of the other species like dwarf elephants that used to migrate in Europe suddenly fell off the face of the earth as-well as other species.

Humans are the driving force behind extinctions. Mass hunting have taken certain species of tigers and other wild animals to numbers so low you could probably count what is left of the animals on one hand. We also destroy various animals habitat by building housing projects and large businesses as-well as polluting waterways to the point of record numbers of fish and animals that live in those waterways and areas are driven from their natural habitat only to have to try to find a new home, adjust but most don`t and end up dying. Even with the way we have destroyed our own environment with pollutants, etc. that have punch holes in our atmosphere and have caused the effects of global warming to come in I wouldn`t be surprised if we kill off our own species (humans).

For all you chef`s pit there, one fact that I have always heard to be true is that anything that taste good is bad for you. Just go to any fast-food restaurant and look at the saturated fat content in just about everything on the menu and yes, everything they sell tastes really good.

Most foods that taste good turns out to be the culprit to many diseases such as of course heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer and other health problems let alone obesity. Eating steak, salty French fries or foods with high sodium can lead to high blood pressure. All foods that taste good aren`t bad for you but those foods are normally in the fruit and vegetable department. Also, lots of different kinds of nuts are good for you and provide essential nutrients such as protein that your body needs. So, the next time you are on your lunch break and pass down fast-food alley maybe consider keep driving and head to the next vegetable or fruit stand even though your taste buds are craving that high saturated fat and sodium.

The next fact of science is an interesting one. Believe it or not your mind is really not your own. In college, I remember a lot of facts about psychology to support these upcoming premises. One premise about own mind is most of or a lot of our behaviors, beliefs, and emotions are driven by factors we are not even aware of.

If you may get up one day and realize you are dancing, singing, and scatting to the sounds of the birds singing outside it is probably a bright and warm sunny spring day. A lot of our happy emotions come from the weather and sunny days play a big part in keeping us in a great and helpful mood.

If you have ever played around and sat in on a taste test and have been one of the judges in that taste test then you probably know that the first sample you tasted (normally blindfolded) you chose that sample to be the winner. It is a fact that the first sample you taste you develop a strong preference for that sample even if you continue to taste the other samples and those other samples are exactly the same as the first sample you tasted.

Another fact of psychology and the science of psychology is that the more you see an object or person the more you tend to like it or them. Sounds sort of like meeting the one special person and going on many dates together and then you end up marrying that person. Boy, after my last divorce I will have to see that one special person for a very long time before I start to develop those strong liking emotions.

Another fact of science and psychology is that your mating decisions are based a lot on smell. Maybe that is why the perfume or cologne industry is like a gold mine. So, the next time you wonder why you may be feeling a certain way or wondering why you may have taken something you just heard out of context just look at you mind and the way science says it works.

The last fact is about our universe. Did you know that scientist only know what about four-percent is out there in our vast universe? The rest comes from the unknown or dark matter which makes up about twenty-three percent of what we don`t know about our universe and the other seventy-three percent comes from the dark stuff that we don`t know is out there lurking in the universe.

Everyone or I would think most everyone knows we have the planets, stars, galaxies, black holes and dust taking up some of the space in our universe but what else is out there besides the stars, planets, black holes, galaxies, and dust? Science is only beginning to discover new information about our ever-growing universe and with the statistical percentages I just mentioned that science knows about the universe there is still lots to discover.

For more information on interesting science facts go to (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-Ten-Most-Disturbing-Scientific-Discoveries.html#ixzz1pOBuIns8)

                                                                            Reference

The Earth, Sun, and Moon, (www.thinkquest.org) Retrieved 2012

 

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