Robert Millikan disliked Einstein's results about light consisting of particles (photons) and carefully designed experiments to disprove them, but ended up confirming the particle nature of light, and earned a Nobel Prize for that. scienceblogs.com/principl…
Snow globes were accidentally invented by a medical tool repair man. He was trying to make a brighter light bulb for operating rooms, so he tried using a water filled glass with reflective particles to do this. The effect looked like snow to him which is how he got the idea for snow globes. goworldtravel.com/snow-gl…
Gold can grow on Eucalyptus trees. In its search for water, the Eucalyptus tree absorbs gold particles dissolved in the water deep underground, then storing the gold in the leaves of the tree. This is a cheap and effective way to discover new gold deposits in Australia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Aurora Borealis occur when electrically charged particles from the sun collide with oxygen & nitrogen particles in the air. Their energy is partially converted into light. Depending on the height at which the particles collide, it glows red, green or blue-violet. theconversation.com/curio…
In 2005, scientists discovered a planet 63 light years from Earth which they named HD 189733b. The daytime temperatures reach 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, and it rains molten glass and silicone particles sideways at speeds of up to 5,400 miles per hour abc.net.au/news/2013-07-1…
A teaspoon of a neutron star weighs over six billion tons. The pressure in this star's core is so high that most of the charged particles, electrons and protons, merge resulting in a star composed of mostly uncharged particles called neutrons. nasa.gov/mission_pages/ch…
If we lost all the empty space inside our atoms (between nucleus and electrons), we would each be able to fit into a particle of dust, and the entire human race would fit into the volume of a sugar cube. businessinsider.in/scienc…
Physicist Anton Zeilinger routinely teleports particles from Tenerife to La Palma. businessinsider.com/how-t…
Today I learned of cranberry glass, which owes its red colour to particles of gold suspended in the glass matrix. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Smoke, Jelly, Styrofoam, and Whipped Cream are all considered colloids and are classified based on the phase (state of matter) of the suspended particles and the medium. For example, Smoke is a Solid aerosol as solid particles are suspended in the air (gas). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Commerical Flight Attendants and Pilots are 4x more likely to get cancer in their lifetime, because of the time they spend flying, with a thinner atmosphere and more solar particles. They recive 3x more radiation a year than a nuclear plant employee ehjournal.biomedcentral.c…
The Roman philosopher Lucretius used the random movement of dust particles in air (later known as Brownian motion) to deduce the existence of the atom in 60 BC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
J.J. Thomson won the Nobel in Physics in 1906 when he showed electrons were particles. His son G. P. Thomson won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1937 for showing that electrons are waves. chemistryworld.com/cultur…
It's possible to objectively define left/right sides - based on a particle physics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned about contronyms, single words that have contradictory meanings like dust (to add particles, or to remove particles) dailywritingtips.com/75-c…
In 1978, a Soviet scientist named Anatoli Bugorski stuck his head in a particle accelerator that sent a beam of protons traveling at nearly the speed of light straight through his head. He survived with half his face paralysed & deafness in one ear, completing his doctorate shortly after. amusingplanet.com/2020/02…
The temperature in the higher most layers of the atmosphere (Thermosphere and Exosphere) is actually much higher than the lowest layer (Troposphere) but since there are so few air particles in the higher layers, it feels blistering cold. windows2universe.org/eart…
The boson, which is often referred to in the U.S. popular media's the "god-particle" is named after Satyenda Nath Bose, who was not only a contemporary of Einstein, but was also his collaborator in developing Bose-Einstein statistics and the theory of the Bose-Einstein condensate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights are incredible light shows that caused by collisions between electrically charged particles and Earth’s atmosphere. They occur mostly in high altitudes near the poles. These events inspire stories from prehistoric times nineplanets.org/aurora-bo…
If the universe had one dimension of space and three dimensions of time instead of the other way around, the speed of light would be the LOWER limit of speed instead of the upper limit. Thus, everything would be made of tachyons - theoretical faster-than-light particles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
All raindrops have a speck of dirt inside them. Raindrops can only form when they have something to condense on to, thus the need for a particle of dirt. pmm.nasa.gov/education/vi…
Fine sugar particles are extremely flammable. So much that they caught a silo on fire in Georgia, 2008. The fire reached about 4000 degrees Fahrenheit. slate.com/news-and-politi…
In particle physics there are 3 generations of elementary particles. Between generations, particles differ by their flavour quantum number and mass, but their interactions are identical, and the reason for this currently remains an unsolved problem of physics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Some lab employees at CERN, the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, carried out a β€œprank” where they staged a human sacrifice in front of their statue of shiva en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CER…
The hottest known substance in the universe is actually created on Earth at the Large Hadron Collider. When gold particles are smashed together, for a split second temperatures can reach up to 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit, which is hotter than a supernova. futurism.com/what-is-the-…
The size and number of holes in Swiss cheese, also known as "eyes", can be controlled by adjusting the number of hay particles in milk used to make cheese. scientificamerican.com/ar…
In WW1, glow worms were gathered and used in lamps to light the trenches. Also, due to their extreme ability to detect particles in the air, slugs were used to detect gas attacks. If the slugs closed their breathing spires and contracted, troops would know to put on their gas masks taskandpurpose.com/histor…
Many snow globes are made with antifreeze in the globe to help slow down fake snowflake particles while they float. whiskerdocs.com/toxins/sn…
The name "quark" for subatomic particles was inspired by the book Finnegans Wake. Physicist Murray Gell-Mann coined the term after seeing the following passage in the book: β€˜Three quarks for Muster Mark!’. sciencefriday.com/article…
Mice with vision enhanced by nanotechnology can see both infrared and visible light. A single injection of nano-particles in the mice's eyes gave them infrared vision for around 10 weeks with minimal side effects. phys.org/news/2019-02-nan…
Legos last up to 1300 years, clogging up the earth’s oceans. Along with garbage such as plastic bottles and bags, ocean surfaces contain more of these plastic particles than larval fish. In commercial fishing seas, fishing nets collect over 10,000 pieces of plastic in an average 5 minute tow. sciencedirect.com/science…
Quebec engineering students invented a giant vacuum to clean up microplastics from beaches. At about 3 gallons/minute, it sucks sand into a tank which then separates particles by weight, so plastic can be filtered out. fastcompany.com/90366838/…
Today I learned of Project Valkyrie: a theorized lightweight interstellar spacecraft that could attain 92% lightspeed. Components are tethered, with the crew 10 km away from the antimatter engine. A system would spray liquid droplets in front of the craft to shield against interstellar dust particles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned about Virophages, small virus-like particles that hijack the reproductive process of larger viruses for their own reproduction, and in the process sometimes deactivate the larger virus and help fight infections en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Robert Millikan disliked Einstein's results about light consisting of particles (photons) and carefully designed experiments to disprove them, but ended up confirming the particle nature of light, and earned a Nobel Prize for that. scienceblogs.com/principl…
Today I learned of heat death, where the universe will eventually turn into a cold void with no interactions between particles, its ultimate death realclearscience.com/blog…
The N 'N95' means Not resistant to oil. Used when oil particulates are not present. There are other masks R (Resistant to oil) and P (oil Proof). The 95 means it filters out at least 95% of airborne particles including large and small particles wikipedia.org/wiki/NIOSH_…
Baader Planetarium in Germany manufactures a filter film for safe viewing of the sun. This precision film was made in laboratories for nuclear and particle physic and its reflective property reduces intensity of sunlight by over 99.999%. The Sun appears in its real color - neutral white agenaastro.com/baader-ast…
You shouldn't pre-wash dishes before putting them in the dishwasher; modern detergent is designed with enzymes that bind to food particles, so it works best against dirtier dishware. While you should remove large pieces of food, those who pre-wash dishes waste up to 6,000 gallons per year. goodhousekeeping.com/home…
The cameras onboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft can still be turned back on, but it is not a priority for its Interstellar Mission. The cameras were turned off to save power and memory for the instruments expected to detect the new charged particle environment of interstellar space. voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/freq…
Slugs have around 27,000 microscopic teeth. These teeth are known as radula and grate/scrape food particles whilst the slug’s jaw cuts off larger pieces of food- like a leaf to be rasped by the radula. nhm.org/stories/microscop…
A photosensitive drum, charged by a corona wire, inside a photocopier machine, carries an electrical shadow of the letters to be copied towards the toner, where the toner particles stick to the shadow and then transfered to white blank paper. youtu.be/Sy5PPaxaBCI
Gravity is the only fundamental force that does not have a clear explanation at the quantum level. Sub-atomic particles like electrons can be used to explain the other three forces. The existence of a graviton particle is theorized but has yet to be proven. space.com/quantum-gravity…
There is an optical phenomena called Halo that's basically a colorful ring around things like the sun and the moon, and it's caused for an specifically type of cloud with a certain organization of its particles britannica.com/science/ha…
N95 masks work like spider webs by using inter-molecular forces and electrostatic attraction to stick particles to the fibers. youtube.com/watch?v=eAdan…
Today I learned about the Oh-My-God Particle, a proton traveling at about 99.99999999999999999999951% the speed of light. It is the fastest moving object ever recorded and as it hit the atmosphere it carried the kinetic energy equivalent to a baseball traveling at 50MPH, all in one particle. phys.org/news/2011-06-oh-…
The HEPA filter was conceived during WWII to guard soldiers and scientists, especially those working on the Manhattan Project, from radioactive particles. cooperhewitt.org/2018/12/…
A theoretical particle called a tachyon exists, it has many theoretical properties such as moving faster than light and the ability to go back in time. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned that "went" used to be the past tense of "wend" not go. Go's past particle was gaed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_…
The Murchison meteorite's silicon carbide particles are 7 billion years old, 2.5 billion years older than the 4.54 billion years age of the Earth and the solar system, and the oldest material found on Earth to date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…

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