A list of incredible scientific discoveries


    A list of incredible scientific discoveries

  • 1 Number of bacteria inside humans

    The human body contains more bacteria than cells. We have 750 billion cells and 10 times more bacteria. We are, in fact, 90% bacteria.

  • 2 Plants can communicate

    Trees, such as acacia, the maple or the poplar are able to use volatile organic compounds to warn others of the presence of an herbivore so that they can release toxins in their foliage.

  • 3 Viruses can get sick too

    A virus can be infected. Mamavirus, for example, can get infected by another virus named Sputnik virophage.

  • 4 Life on human skin

    There is 100 times more life on human skin than humans on Earth. Numerous bacteria live on our skin.

  • 5 Animals and death

    Animals are conscious of death. Elephants and some monkey species are frequently observed grieving.

  • 6 Many, many earthworms

    The total mass of all earthworms on Earth is twice the mass of all the other living beings.

  • 7 Inventor of tools

    Humans didn't invent tools first. Animals such as otters, monkeys, elephants and some birds have been using them for quite some time.

  • 8 Extinction of dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs didn't become extinct. They're still around us looking different, evolved into birds. Scientists are now trying to activate birds' dinosaur genes in their effort to get them back.

  • 9 Shared genes

    Humans share 98% of their genetics with chimpanzees and 35% with daffodils.

  • 10 Generations

    5 to 10% of humans that have ever lived are alive today.

  • 11 Sahara the Green

    6,000 years ago, Sahara's desert was all green. The transformation took place nearly simultaneously across the continent's northern half, a new study finds.

  • 12 Water sources

    75% of all the fresh water resources are solid in the form of ice.

  • 13 Number of genes

    Our 46 genes are packed in a concentrated form, but if stretched, they could cover 26,000 times the distance between the Earth and Moon. At the same time, we only have half the amount of genes rice has.

  • 14 Big Bang

    The Big Bang was not an explosion, but an expansion that is most likely still happening today.

  • 15 Life on Mars

    There are one billion living beings on Mars right now. They are the bacteria that survived the trip from Earth to Mars when we started sending probes starting 1971.

  • 16 Earth's mass increases

    Earth's mass is increasing each year by 40,000 tons - all of these coming from asteroids and meteors that end up on our planet.

  • 17 The moon goes away

    The moon is receding away from us at a rate of 3,82 cm per year. The speed at which the Moon is moving away from Earth could affect life on the planet, but this could take billions of years to happen.

  • 18 Black holes misnamed

    Black holes are the brightest objects of the universe, as all the matter falling inside turns them into wells of light whose brightness easily outshines that of stars. As they get older, they lose the brightness and become black.