Henrietta Lacks died in 1951. The tumor that killed her has been alive and growing to this day. The tumor is immortal and was used to progress the Polio vaccine and is the jumping point for most human cell research to this day. Scientists have grown some 20 tons of her cells.
In 2011 researchers let 100 paper planes go 23 miles above Germany. Some have since been found in Canada, USA, Australia and South Africa.
In 2009 scientists brought an extinct species back to life through cloning. The clone lived for seven minutes before dying of a lung defect.
The people of Denmark were justifiably proud when one of their own, Niels Bohr, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. The famous Carlsberg brewery marked the occasion by giving him a house and piping fresh beer into it continuously, straight from the brewery.
Louis Pasteur, a French microbiologist from the 1800’s, kept a loaded gun in his laboratory while working on a vaccine for rabies; if he or one of his lab assistants got infected, they were to be shot in the head.
Scientists aren’t really sure why we require sleep. According to one researcher with 50 years of experience in the field, “As far as I know, the only reason we need to sleep that is really, really solid is because we get sleepy.”
The first animal launched into orbit, Laika, was found as a stray wandering the streets of Moscow. Soviet scientists assumed that such animals had already learned to endure conditions of extreme cold and hunger.
A fleet of 29000 rubber ducks has been navigating its way around the worlds oceans for the last 20 years after being dumped in the middle of the Pacific. Scientists have been tracking the ducks movements to learn more about ocean currents.
To prove that stomach ulcers were caused by bacteria and not stress, a scientist drank a beaker of the bacterium. He both developed stomach ulcers and won the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
If a set of identical twin women married a set of identical twin men and subsequently had kids, their children would genetically be siblings.