A scientist from Utah used his obituary to confess that not only had he never graduated from college or got a Ph.D, but that he never even learned what Ph.D stood for.
By following up on an ancient Russian way of keeping milk from going sour — by putting a frog in the bucket of milk — scientists have identified a wealth of new antibiotic substances.
When the Big Bang theory was first presented, most scientists rejected it for sounding too religious.
Hans Larsson is a scientist who is trying to reactivate dormant dinosaur traits that linger in unexpressed bird genes. So far, he has managed to create chicken embryos that have teeth and long reptilian tails.
Researchers in Tokyo have developed a mirror that tweaks the viewer’s reflection in real-time to make it look like they’re smiling. The projected application for this tech is for use in shopping mall bathrooms, in hopes that happier shoppers will buy more.
There is a surgical implant being developed that will give you an orgasm at the touch of a button.
When asked what his IQ was, Stephen Hawking said “I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers”.
A man in 1938 agreed to have himself monitored on a electrocardiogram as he was executed to see the effects on his heart.
In 1669, Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus by boiling down urine and heating the residue to very high temperatures. He was trying to make gold though, and he hoped that the yellow color of urine meant there was gold in it.
A team of Czech and German researchers found out that dogs actually align themselves with the Earth’s magnetic field when they poop. The researchers measured the direction of the body axis of 70 dogs from 37 breeds during 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations over the course of two years, and found that dogs “prefer to excrete with the body being aligned along the North-south axis under calm magnetic field conditions”.
Scientists still don’t really know how bicycles work.
Ancient Greek scientist Eratosthenes used nothing more than shadows, geometry, and a guy he hired to pace out the distance between two cities to determine that the earth was curved, and roughly 40 thousand kilometers in circumference, and he was right.
A UCSD scientist used physics to get himself out of a $400 traffic ticket. He was issued a traffic ticket for failing to completely stop at a stop sign. Instead of paying the ticket, the physicist fought the citation by writing a four-page paper explaining how the ticket he was given defies physics. The paper explained how what the officer “thought” he saw, he didn’t really see, according to the laws of physics.
Researchers have calculated that DNA has a 521 year half-life, meaning the oldest clone-able samples of DNA could be no more than 2 million years old, ruling out any possibility of ever replicating dinosaurs, as the youngest dinosaurs were around more than 65 million years ago.