10 Scientific Facts That Will Give You Perspective

  1. There are more Earth sized planets in The Milky Way than there are grains of sand on the planet – at least 46 billion. And according to certain astrophysicists, there are probably more than 100 billion galaxies like The Milky Way in the universe.
  2. Sharks are older than trees. Modern humans have been on Earth for about 200,000 years, trees first popped up 350 million years ago, but sharks appeared in our oceans over 400 million years ago. sharks
  3. The most powerful “artificial neural network” (big ‘ole computer) has 11 billion connections, which is impressive until you realise that the “human neural network” (our big ‘ole brain) has around 100 trillion. Remember that the next time you feel a bit slow.
  4. The human body is made up of around 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms. That’s 27 zeros, which is apparently called an octillion. Yikes.atom quote gif
  5. There’s enough carbon in the human body to make the graphite for around 9,000 pencils. Brings a whole new meaning to the term “the pencil is an extension of your hand”. It kind of almost literally is, dude.
  6. The oldest living tree is over 5,000 years old – older than Christianity.
  7. More than enough sunlight hits the Earth every hour to power the entire planet for a year. Solar panels anyone?
  8. The Tyrannosaurus Rex lived closer to the present day than to that of the Stegosaurus. Despite many Jurassic Park-themed fantasies, they never even came close to meeting each other, separated by around 83 million years. t-rex chips
  9. The Blue Whale is likely to be the biggest creature that has ever existed. It’s heart is roughly the size of a car, with some arteries wide enough for a person to swim through.
  10. We are all made of stardust. Every being in existence is formed of the same matter that exploded out of the death of the star that caused the big bang.space pic




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