There are 176068 kg of stuff on the Moon, 22628 kg on Venus and 8403 kg on Mars.
This is not actually science, but, it’s MacGyver! (via scicurious)
- The human brain is so sophisticated it takes nearly 20 years to mature
- In the womb, humans grow 8,000 new brain cells every second
- By the time humans are born they have all the brain cells they will ever need
- The human brain is the “most sophisticated thing” in the known universe
- New-born babies can recognise their mother’s face after just a few hours
- Babies can see in the womb but only in black and white. However their eyes are sensitive enough to detect the dim light passing through their mother’s belly
- Humans blink up to 20 times every minute. Each blink lasts around half a second. But add them together, and humans are living in the dark for more than an hour every day
- Each brain cell will make, on average, 10,000 connections with other brain cells
- Learning to balance and co-ordinate your body is so complex the area of the brain devoted to this task contains as many cells as the rest of the brain put together
- Young divers in Thailand have taught their eyes to focus underwater by making their irises contract rather than dilate. All children can develop this skill if they start at a young enough age
- A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson
- Darwin by Adrian Desmond & James Moore
- DNA: the secret of life by Jim Watson
- Fragile Science: The reality behind the headlines by Robin Baker
- Genome by Matt Ridley
- I wish I’d made you angry earlier by Max Perutz
- Language of the genes by Steve Jones
- Microbes and man by John Postgate
- Oxygen - The molecule that made the world by Nick Lane
- Prometheans in the lab - Chemistry and the meaning of the modern world by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
- Stories of the Invisible - A guided tour of molecules by Philip Bail
- The beak of the finch by Jonathan Weiner
- The common thread - Science, politics, ethics and the human genome by John Sulston & Georgina Ferry
- The double helix by Jim Watson
- The eighth day of creation by Horace Judson
- The man who mistook his wife for a hat by Oliver Sacks
- The rise and fall of the third chimpanzee by Jared Diamond
- The sciences good study guide by Open University Worldwide
- Wonderful life by Stephen J. Gould
- Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
I was looking at the 2011 Time list of the 100 most influenttial people of the world, there are very few scientist:
Who are in your opinion, the most influential scientists of the world in this moment?
Edison “electrocuted an adorable elephant named ‘Topsy’”
Watson is a racist, a sexist, and sometimes even a supporter of eugenetics.
Lavoisier “was a ruthless merchant who didn’t mind making a buck off of poor people.”
Aristotele “may have been more racist than Hitler.”
Geiger was a Nazi.
Franklin “was an insufferable, petty whore of a man whom his peers loathed.”
This is totally a personal (and obviously partial) list, but if you know some good science tumblr you can reply to this post and I’ll add.