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21 Fun-Filled Science Facts

1. It takes 8 minutes, 17 seconds for light to travel from the surface of the sun to earth.
2. 10% of all humans ever born are alive today.
3. If you could drive your car straight up, you would arrive in space in just over an hour.
4. The air at the summit of Mount Everett, 29,029 feet, is only a third as thick as the air at sea level.
5. The speed of light is generally rounded off to 186,00 miles per second. In exact terms it is, 299,792,428 m/s (equal to 186,287.49 miles per second).
6. The earth spins at 1,000 miles per hour, it travels through space at 67,000 miles per hour.
7. Every year, over one million earthquakes occur.
8. Every second, about 100 lightning bolts strike the earth.
9. When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it’s force was so great, it was heard 4,800 kilometers away in Australia.
10. The Ebola virus kills 4 out of 5 people infected.
11. In October 1999, an iceberg the size the of London, broke free from the Antarctic ice shelf.
12. The earth is 4.56 billion years old – the same age as the sun and the moon.
13. Human tapeworms can grow up to 22.9m.
14. The tallest tree ever was an Australian eucalyptus. In 1872 it was measured at 435 feet tall.
15. Females black widow spiders eat their males, after mating.
16. If our sun was just an inch in diameter, the nearest star would be 445 miles away.
17. Every year, lightning kills 1,000 people.
18. DNA was first discovered by Swiss Friedrich Mieschler.
19. The first synthetic human chromosome was first constructed by US scientists in 1997.
20. Alfred Nobel invented dynamite in 1866.
21. Giraffes often sleep for only 20 minutes in a 24 hour period.

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