The phrase "cool as a cucumber" is based on science. The inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 cooler than ambient temperature. health.howstuffworks.com/…
Today I learned about the hooded pitohui, one of the only known birds to be toxic. We all know about poison dart frogs - this bird’s feathers contain one of the most potent neurotoxins known to science – here’s their story. australiangeographic.com.…
With Aliens (1986), Sigourney Weaver received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and although she did not win, it was considered a landmark nomination for an actress to be considered for a science-fiction/horror film, a genre which previously was given little recognition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about "University of the People", a tuition-free, American-accredited online University providing Bachelor, Masters and Associate degrees in Computer science, Business, Health science and Education uopeople.edu/
In 2014 the National Science Foundation surveyed 2,200 people in the United States and found that 25% of them think the sun orbits around the Earth and not the other way around. time.com/7809/1-in-4-amer…
300 years ago, Robert Boyle wrote down a 'wish list' of inventions he hoped science would one day accomplish. We're over half way there. irishphilosophy.com/2014/…
Today I learned about the moon landing’s β€˜Human Computers’. Who were a group of women, who held math and science degrees, and were responsible for managing the moon landing’s incredibly complex calculations. They also did it real-time, by written hand, and were faster than any technology available before 1970. wehackthemoon.com/people/…
Donating a loved ones body to science is a free way to get cremated remain back. crossroadshospice.com/hos…
United States has the highest amount of Nobel Prize winners of any country. Most of the winners are in fields of science, particularly physics worldatlas.com/articles/t…
Last year, researchers in the US and UK found that countries with an existing culture of gender equality have an even smaller proportion of women taking degrees in science, technology and mathematics (STEM). bbc.com/worklife/article/…
For his PhD thesis, Ilya Bobvroskiy took a helicopter to a remote Russian bear infested ravine, rappelled down. Found fossils from the edicarian, & analysed cholesterol preserved in the ancient rocks. Science named his work amongst the top 10 breakthroughs of 2018. reporter.anu.edu.au/holy-…
The term "does not compute" originated as a catch phrase on the 1964 science fiction sitcom "My Living Doll" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Because of Marie curie's affair with Paul Langevin, Swedish Academy of Sciences tried to dissuade her from coming to Stockholm to receive her Nobel prize(1911) so that the "adulteress" should not shake hands with the Swedish king. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
The Far Side's cartoonist, Gary Larson, has three species of of insects, one a chewing louse, named after him to thank him for the celebration of science in the comic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. His most famous work was a six volume memoir about WW2, but he also wrote a science fiction alternate history story about the US Civil War. sf-encyclopedia.com/entry…
Spielburg thought the 5 notes used to communicate with the aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind was a science fiction version of "When you wish upon a star" and included that song in the end credits, which was pulled when test audiences reacted poorly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Tom Holland, who played the eponymous character in Spider-Man: Homecoming, actually attended The Bronx High School of Science, which Peter Parker's school was based on, for a few days to prepare for his role as Spider-Man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The last Salem Witch Trial actually took place as late as 1878 - it was a civil court case in which Lucretia Brown accused Daniel Spofford of using mesmeric mental powers to harm her. Both followed the Christian Science religion, which includes a belief in mesmerism. The case was dismissed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Someone anonymously donated over $200 million to Berkeley for their Data Science program. It was the largest donation in the UC campus’s history. news.berkeley.edu/2020/02…
Daft Punk produced Interstella 5555 which is a 2003 adult animated musical science fiction film and the visual realization of Discovery youtu.be/3Qxe-QOp_-s
When David Lynch signed up for Dune (1984) he agreed to direct and write the screenplay, though he had not read the book, known the story, or even been interested in science fiction. Lynch worked on the script for six months yielding two drafts & subsequently worked on five more drafts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
Today I learned about the sci-fi novel "Across the Zodiac" by Percy Greg published in 1880, notable for being the first instance of an alien language in an English novel, the first recorded instance of "astronaut", and the progenitor of the "sword-and-planet" genre of science fiction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The first expedition by two members of the French Academy of Sciences to determine the circumference of the Earth (and thereby the length of the meter) was hampered by the French Revolution, and the second one by the Napoleonic wars historyofinformation.com/…
Science, medicine and technology has finally joined forces to create actual human mind driven Cyborgs. This exoskeletal robotic suit give movement back to those who have suffered physical paralysis. edition.cnn.com/2019/09/1…
Nearly 40% of Americans expressed a negative opinion of "Wisian-Americans"β€”a fictitious groupβ€”in a survey about social attitudes that was conducted by the General Social Survey, a project of the National Science Foundation. tampabay.com/archive/1992…
The shape of bagels came from Europe centuries ago. One theory is that Jews in 13th century Poland were allowed to boil (but not bake) bread, and the shape distinguished the bread. But that's not the whole story, modern food science proves the shape increases cooking surface area and chewiness. mashed.com/151894/the-rea…
Japanese Emperor Hirohito published several scientific papers on marine biology from his laboratory at the Imperial Palace. His contributions included descriptions of several species of hydrozoa new to science. catalog.hathitrust.org/Re…
Some Louisiana Science Textbooks Used in Louisiana Schools Say That Scientists Think Dragons (Fire-Breathing Dinosaurs, technically) May Have Existed and That Humans Lived Alongside Dinosaurs huffpost.com/entry/christ…
Arthur Conan Doyle loosely based Sherlock Holmes on Dr Joseph Bell, a Scottish surgeon who was known for his skills in observation. Dr Bell would often pick a stranger, and by observing him, deduce his occupation and recent activities. He was considered a pioneer in forensic science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Today I learned about the Finkbeiner Test, which is used avoid gender bias in science related journalism by asking the author to avoid mentioning a female scientist's child care arrangements, her husband's job and other topics not germane to the article. archives.cjr.org/the_obse…
Thomas Dolby (of "She blinded me with Science!" Founded a Sound technology company called Beatnik, which created the Nokia tone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
That, as well as being the UK's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher was also the first Prime Minister to hold a science degree. She had trained as a chemist at Oxford. lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v35/n…
Today I learned about Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, a nun who is one of the two people to first receive a doctorate in computer science and helped invent BASIC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Buckminster Fuller was a renaissance man -- expert in architecture, design, engineering, science, cartography and education. Self-described 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist ' generating ideas and artifacts that cross boundaries and defy normality pushfestival.ca/ten-surpr…
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate from MIT, and the second in the US to earn a doctorate in physics. She was also made an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012 and awarded the National Medal of Science in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
In the movie Twister, the Dorothy unit shown in the film was not complete science fiction but based on NOAA's real TOTO unit, and the film props are now displayed with the real device at the National Weather Center. noaa.gov/stories/noaa-tor…
Embodied cognition. A counterintuitive concept in cognitive science, which says that not only is the mind and body interconnected but that the body actively influences the mind thereby shaping how we process our surroundings and environment. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Alan Turing, WW2 codebreaker and father of modern computer science, was also a world-class distance runner of his time. He ran a 2:46 marathon in 1949 (2:36 won an olympic gold in 1948). His local running club discovered him when he overtook them repeatedly while out running alone for relaxation www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.…
Today I learned of U-505, a Type IXC U-boat, that was attacked and successfully captured by a Hunter-Killer task group in 1944. Towed to Bermuda, the submarine was brought to Chicago, Illinois where it was restored and placed on display in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.org/explore/wh…
The 1998 science fiction film "Soldier" starring Kurt Russell was meant to share a universe with "Blade Runner" and has oblique references to it and stories by Philip K. Dick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Today I learned of Planet Nine - A hypothetical, 10x Earth-sized planet within our solar system that orbits around the sun every 15k years. This hypothesis is currently supported by Jim Green, director of NASA's Science Mission Directorate and professor Tom Levenson of MIT. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
The chicken nugget was invented in the 1950s by Robert C. Baker, a food science professor at Cornell University, and published as unpatented academic work. Dr. Baker's innovations made it possible to form chicken nuggets in any shape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
While American mathematician David Blackwell was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, he was prevented from attending lectures at Princeton University because of his race. In 1965 was the first African American named to the National Academy of Sciences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The Fiji crested iguana was discovered after herpetologist Dr. John Gibbons watched the 1980 movie "The Blue Lagoon," which is set on a remote island in Fiji. Gibbons traveled to the island and was able to identify the animal as a distinct species new to science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fij…
The Mecha genre of science fiction was founded in Japan. The first depiction of Mecha Super Robots being piloted by a user from within a cockpit was introduced in the manga and anime series Mazinger Z by Go Nagai in 1972. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mec…
The final science exam for 8th grade students in Ketchikan Alaska is a 2 night survival trip on an uninhabited island. theatlantic.com/education…
Up until the early 1900s, German used to be the dominant language of international science. "The story of the 20th Century is not so much the rise of English as the serial collapse of German as the up-and-coming language of scientific communication". bbc.com/news/magazine-295…
That, in 2009, the National Academy of Sciences found only DNA analysis could rigorously and consistently match evidence to a single person/source with high confidence. Other methods, especially pattern matching (fingerprints, handwriting, bite marks, footprints, hair, fibers, etc.), could not. ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/g…
Today I learned of Aleksandr Karelin who dominated Greco-Roman wrestling with a devastating reverse body lift, a Phd in Sports Science and an 888-1 record. In the 2000 Olympics, he faced Rulon Gardner, an US dairy farmer who wrestled cows. Gardner was so heavy, Karelin was unable to lift him and lost. youtube.com/watch?v=yJ4qh…
Today I learned about the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab science kit, arguably the most dangerous toy, which included four small jars of uranium spectrum.ieee.org/tech-hi…
National Reconnaissance Office donated two Hubble-class telescopes to The National Science Foundation, because they were only gathering dust in a warehouse. NRO is the agency in charge of USA's spy satellities, the donation was prompted by the two telescopes becoming obsolete for spying. content.time.com/time/hea…
"This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours" - Is the message NASA launched as a record into space in 1977 attached to Voyager 1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
Following an immensely popular TED talk about the benefits of power poses, many politicians adopted wide-legged stances in photos. But 11 further studies on power posing failed to replicate the original findings. There is no science to it at all. theguardian.com/science/h…
Today I learned about "Star Jelly", a strange jelly or slime that sometime appears on earth in the morning before disappearing or dissolving. Science has not explanation of this phenomenon. (Fixed link) futurism.com/strange-unex…
The common fitness target of 10,000 steps/day came from a Japanese pedometer company who gave their product a name that means "the 10,000-step meter” because the Japanese character for β€œ10,000” resembles a person walking: δΈ‡. There is no known science behind a goal of 10,000 steps theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The cornerstone of the US Atomic Energy Commission headquarters contains a time capsule. Inside the capsule are (among other items) scraps of linen from the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were authenticated by carbon-dating & included as evidence of atomic science's non-violent benefits to society public-blog.nrc-gateway.g…
China has often complained that Nobel science prize selection boards have long favored Chinese winners only when they aren’t citizens. Chinese born Yang Chen Ning and Andrew Yao shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1957 but established their careers in the US sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Joel Bartsch, owner of the pro softball team Scrap Yard Dawgs, allegedly used his position as the head of the Houston Museum of Natural Science to fund the sport's first $1M contract. sports.yahoo.com/national…
54 oenology (wine science) students were secretly given white wine dyed with tasteless red food coloring and they overwhelmingly described the flavors as if it were red wine. realclearscience.com/blog…
Only three sciences get Nobel awards: chemistry, physics and physiology. Mathematics is ignored, as are computing, robotics and artificial intelligence as well as environmental sciences. Modern science is also a group affair, rather than the genius of a few scientists theguardian.com/science/2…
Today I learned about Xia Peisu, β€œThe Mother of Computer Science in China.” With the country isolated from the rest of the world, she managed to develop the first indigenous PC, the Model 107, and to create the first schools in computer science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xia…
Today I learned about Lysenkoism, an agricultural practice that rejected "bourgeois science" and caused multiple famines in China and the Soviet Union. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
Today I learned of Mr. Skygack, from Mars. Running from 1907 to 1911, it is considered to be the first science-fiction comic, featuring the first extraterrestrial character in comics history. It also inspired the first cosplay, where a man wore a Mr. Skygack costume to a masquerade in 1908. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
A statistician spent years writing a science fiction novel to teach university statistics. Even though he didn't know anything about writing fiction, he got an illustrator to create graphic novel strips for his story which contained the equivalent of 60 research papers discoveringstatistics.com…
The idea that walking 10,000 steps a day is best for your health has no basis in science, but instead started as a marketing campaign for a Japanese pedometer (Manpo-kei, "10,000 step meter"), released after the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. The 10,000 number was selected because it sounded good. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Troy, a talking cube from the syndicated 80s science fiction sitcom "Out Of This World" was voiced by Burt Reynolds uncredited, with the item being credit as playing "himself". syfy.com/syfywire/chosen-…
Before 1995, anyone who wanted a domain name could register it FREE OF CHARGE. That all changed when the National Science Foundation awarded tech consulting company Network Solutions the ability to charge for registration. Domain prices began at $100 for a two-year registration. mashable.com/2014/03/10/d…
The basic rules for turn-based strategy games (both tabletop and videogames) were originally invented in 1913 by science fiction writer HG Wells kotaku.com/hg-wells-pract…
Science shows that the Egg came first, not the Chicken. 1. The first egg was laid by a bird that was not a chicken. 2. The first amniotic (hard-shelled) egg laid on land was around 312 million years ago. Chickens are domesticated descendants of red junglefowl from at most 8000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences couldn't legally attend college, so she did it illegally, going to what was known as the 'Flying University', a secret organization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
There is a Scottish tartan designed for Mars exploration. It was officially registered in 2016 to be worn during Mars science, exploration and outreach activities. cnet.com/google-amp/news/…
Isaac Newton at height of his career gave up science to run the mint in London, where he spent the rest of his life chasing counterfeiters and dabbling in alchemy and mysticism. He died in 1727 at age 84, apparently a virgin. nytimes.com/1971/09/23/ar…
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences used to give out an Academy Juvenile Award, complete with a miniature statue. Shirley Temple was the first and youngest to win the award at the age of 6 in 1934. Mickey Rooney was the oldest to win at 18. Hayley Mills was the last to win in 1960. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aca…
In 1972 the US Congress established the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), to provide policy-makers with a better means of understanding complex science, and the many technology concerns of the day. It was dismantled in 1995 for being biased and unnecessary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
Quaker Oats fed radioactive milk and oatmeal to unsuspecting special needs kids under the guise of a science club in order to find out how beneficial certain nutrients were in their oats. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Marie SkΕ‚odowska Curie changed the world not once but twice. She founded the new science of radioactivity – even the word was invented by her – and her discoveries launched effective cures for cancer. She is the 1st woman to win a Nobel Prize, and 1st person to win a second Nobel prize. biography.com/scientist/m…
The extremely famous Fibonacci series predates Fibonacci by over 1400 years !! It was first noted in Indian texts ~ 200 BC. The series is one of the most popular introductions to recursive programming for students of computer science. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fib…
As a child, Einstein's Uncle Jakob introduced him to algebra and called it "a merry science". He compared algebra to hunting a little animal. You didn't know the name of the animal, so you called it "x". When you finally caught the animal you gave it the correct name mathematics-monster.com/a…
In recent years, fruits like avocados have been lasting way longer in the fridge (severs weeks vs days) because there’s an invisible plant based coating applied by a company called Apeel Sciences delish.com/food-news/a291…
Douglas Adams' BBC radio play for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy included "The Total Perspective Vortex", some of the earliest concepts for Virtual Reality that ever appeared in science fiction. hitchhikers.fandom.com/wi…
Today I learned of the actions of Bob Hawke and Michel Rocard. Because of them, Antarctica has been protected from all drilling and mining since 1991. This protection banned these practices for fifty years, establishing Antarctica as a "natural reserve, devoted to peace and science." smh.com.au/national/nsw/b…
The first ever science fiction novel, 'A True Story' was written in the second century AD. The novel includes travel to the outer space, flying to the Moon, alien lifeforms, interplanetary warfare and continents across the ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_T…
There's a 1971 essay written by science fiction author Larry Niven where he explains, in great detail, why having sex with Superman would almost certainly kill Lois. This essay is believed to inspire certain scenes in the infamous comic series, "The Boys" syfy.com/syfywire/the-boy…
When Max Planck began his studies in Munich in 1874, his physics professor told him to not study physics because it was a mostly fully figured out field of science with little prospect of development and only two unsolved problems.These problems ended up being radioactivity and quantum physics. ccl.net/cgi-bin/ccl/messa…
In Computer Science a famous standard test image, a picture of Swedish model Lena SΓΆderberg, was banned in 2018 by Nature for being degrading to women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
The words Shit, Science, Ski and Schizophrenia (along with many more) all come from the same Proto-Indo-European root - *skey - which means "to split" arrantpedantry.com/2019/0…
Unlike most other science fictions shows, the space scenes in the show β€˜Firefly’ were done silently, because sound cannot be transmitted in the vacuum of space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Composer Danny Elfman was in a band called Oingo Boingo and he sang the song 'Weird Science' from the movie of the same name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wei…
Nazi physicists rejected Einstein's theory of relativity as "Jewish science" scientificamerican.com/ar…
The leader of "Happy Science," one of Japan's most popular new religions, claims to be the reincarnation of Buddha, various mythical kings, the Greek god Hermes, and Jesus unseenjapan.com/happy-sci…
The twins Igor and Grichka Bogdanov, hosts of science-themed TV shows in France, became the center of academic controversy when it was suggested they had obtained PhDs on nonsense work: a theory for what happened at and *before* the Big Bang. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bog…
Louis Pasteur was the head of the science program at a French school during the mid 1800's. He once told students that anyone caught smoking would be expelled. Seventy-three of the school's 80 students resigned. peoplepill.com/people/lou…
The Guinness Book of World Records has vehemently refused to validate any attempt at the world record for the longest time spent awake, believing that it's dangerous to human health. The current record is 264 hours or around 11 days, which was set by a high school student as a science project bbc.com/future/story/2018…
David Quinn, a former host of the PBS children's science series 3-2-1 Contact is one of the co-founders of allrecipes.com. He's also a high school teacher, entrepenuer, filmmaker, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The 1950s are known as "The Golden Age of Science Fiction Films," although many of these films are known today as β€œB” rated movies. They are riddled with corny dialogue, poor screenplays, bad acting, and amateurish production values vocal.media/futurism/top-…
Diabetes UK, one of the major UK diabetes charities, was founded by science fiction writer HG Wells. diabetes.org.uk/About_us/…
Today I learned of Mae C. Jemison. Not only is she the first African-American woman to go to space; she also served in the Peace Corps, appeared on Star Trek, is a dancer, and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters and the humanities biography.com/people/mae-…
A Sixth-grader's science fair project discovered that Truvia sweetener is a insecticide drexel.edu/now/archive/20…
Today I learned about blood rain caused by aerial spores of green microalgae. It gave people quite the scare before science. wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_…
That, in order to become an astronaut, you need to know stuff like survival skills, robotics, how to fly an airplane, and both english and Russian. You also need a bachelor's degree in a nature science. space.com/37110-becoming-…

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