The Soviets realised that the Americans and British were developing an atomic bomb when they noticed that Western scientists had ceased publishing papers on nuclear science. Correctly guessing that nuclear science had been made a state secret, they began their own programโ€ฆ
The Meyers-Briggs personality test was developed by a mother and daughter team, neither of whom had any formal psychology education. They studied agriculture and political science respectively.โ€ฆ
A study was conducted in an Australian University in 2008 found that "male science nerds" are most likely to be virgins and that female art majors were the most sexually active, but have little knowledge of what chlamydia is. The study was prompted by rapidly increasing cases of chlamydia.โ€ฆ
The Nobel Prize in Economics isn't a "real" Nobel prize and wasn't created by Alfred Nobel. It was created in 1968 by the Sveriges Riksbank and is officially called the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.โ€ฆ
Sir David Attenborough is a member of the โ€œOrder of Merit,โ€ in 2015. It recognizes distinguished service in the armed forces, science, art, literature, or for the promotion of culture. Only 24 (living) people can be a member at a given timeโ€ฆ
In 2011, a 61 year old British taxi driver donated his body to science in order to be mummifiedโ€”to help scientists learn more about the process. It was a great success and Alan the mummy now lies in the Gordon Museum of Pathology at Kingโ€™s College London.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Pataphysics, a โ€œphilosophyโ€ of science that โ€œexamines imaginary phenomena that exist in a world beyond metaphysicsโ€. The College of Pataphysics in Paris is permanently headed by Dr. Faustroll, a fictional character, and their Vice-Curator position was previously held by a crocodile.โ€ฆ
Ursula K. LeGuin quit her membership to the Science Fiction Writers of America and refused a Nebula award nomination in protest after they revoked the honorary membership of Stanislaw Lem.โ€ฆ
The first person killed on 9/11 was computer science expert Daniel Lewin. Levin was stabbed to death by hijackers on American Airlines Flight 11. The company he founded, Akamai Technologies, is now worth almost $3 billion.โ€ฆ
Alan Turing didn't invent the first computer. When the first computer models were being designed in the 1940s, scientists didn't yet understand the relevance of his work to computer science. It can be argued that Turing only founded computer science retroactively.โ€ฆ
"Plan 9 From Outer Space," sometimes called "the worst movie of all time," was funded by the Baptist Church of Beverly Hills. The plan was to make a cheap science-fiction movie then invest the profits in a religious film.โ€ฆ
According to a study out of the London School of Economics and Political Science, watching shows like โ€œKeeping Up With the Kardashiansโ€ can make you less sympathetic to the plight of the poorโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Matthew Effect in science, whereby prominent scientists get most of the credit for group achievements, leading to an escalating concentration of acclaimโ€ฆ
The 1999 film "The Iron Giant" is based on a 1968 science fiction novel by poet Ted Hughes, written to comfort his children after the suicide of their mother, fellow poet and his wife Sylvia Plath.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about computational trinitarianism, the idea that a proof of a proposition (in logic), a program with output of some type (in type theory and computer science), and a generalized element of an object (in category theory) are all equivalent.โ€ฆ
A 2012 study swabbed 60 belly buttons and identified a total of 2,368 species of bacteria 1,458 of which were 'New to Science'โ€ฆ
Before 1995, anyone who wanted a domain name could register it free of charge. This changed when the National Science Foundation awarded consulting company 'Network Solutions' the ability to charge for registration.โ€ฆ
Peter Tabichi, a science teacher from rural Kenya who donated 80% of his salary to help poorer students, was crowned the world's best teacher of 2019, and was awarded with a 1M prize, beating 10000 other nominees from 179 countries.โ€ฆ
The phrase "cool as a cucumber" is based on science. The inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 cooler than ambient temperature.โ€ฆ
Cartoonist Bill Watterson named the main characters of his popular cartoon series Calvin and Hobbes after the 16th-century theologian John Calvin and the 17th-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes allegedly as a "tip of the hat" to the political science department at Kenyon.โ€ฆ
, Greg Graffin , founder, frontman and lead singer for the hardcore punk band Bad Religion obtained his PhD in zoology at Cornell University and has lectured courses in natural sciences and evolution at both UCLA and at Cornell University.โ€ฆ
Nikola Tesla's childhood cat, Macak, played a role in his famous contribution to science. Reflecting upon the experience of static electricity after he stroked his cat, he wrote, "Is Nature a gigantic cat? If so, who strokes its back? Day after day I have asked myself, what is electricity?" animals.howstuffworks.comโ€ฆ
Ursula K. Le Guin was a famous science fiction writer and poet. Her father was A. L. Kroeber, a cultural anthropologist, who studied Native Americans in California. One of his most recognized works involved a man that he had named Ishi, the last surviving member of the Yahi people.โ€ฆ
Peter I had his mistress executed and later gave a lecture on the anatomy of her head, kissed it and threw it away. The head was preserved by the Russian Academy of Sciences for many years.โ€ฆ
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 recognitionโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the hooded pitohui, one of the only known birds to be toxic. We all know about poison dart frogs - this birdโ€™s feathers contain one of the most potent neurotoxins known to science โ€“ hereโ€™s their story.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
Kubrick built an artificial gravity wheel for 2001: A Space Odyssey . The prop cost $750,000 (equal to $5 million today) and took six months for Vickers Engineering Group to build. Kubrick hired former NASA space scientist Frederick Ordway to serve as his science adviser.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of a phenomenon known in science as โ€œmultiple discoveriesโ€ where separate groups/individuals will simultaneously make discoveries while working independently.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of "The Father of Soil Science", Edmund Ruffin, who pioneered the study of soil acidity, depletion, and conservation. He was also a passionate pro-slavery activist who killed himself when the Confederacy was defeated.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Looking Backward: 2000-1887, an 1888 science fiction novel by Edward Bellamy that predicted debit cards, streaming music and CostCo. The bestseller was so popular that a network of 'Bellamy Clubs' sprung up to make Bellamy's vision a reality.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the moon landingโ€™s โ€˜Human Computersโ€™. Who were a group of women, who held math and science degrees, and were responsible for managing the moon landingโ€™s incredibly complex calculations. They also did it real-time, by written hand, and were faster than any technology available before 1970.โ€ฆ
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
A 2012 study found 1,458 โ€œnew to scienceโ€ bacteria species in our belly buttons. Peopleโ€™s bacterial profiles are unique, like fingerprints, and can be used in the same way. One person had a bacterium only ever found in Japanese soil," where he had never been.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of French inventor Charles Cros, who came up with the idea for the phonograph and described it in a letter to the Academy of Sciences in April 1877 -- about 9 months before Thomas Edison patented his design. Apparently the two never knew of each others' work in advance.โ€ฆ
Donating a loved ones body to science is a free way to get cremated remain back.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
In Kubrick's science fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, the satellite craft shown in space immediately following "The Dawn of Man" sequence, were originally conceived as orbiting nuclear weapons. You can still see "power" nation flags on their detailing.โ€ฆ
A Belgian Catholic priest and professor of physics named Georges Lemaรฎtre proposed the "hypothesis of the primeval atom" in 1927, it was published in the December 1932 issue of Popular Science, and then in 1949 astronomer Fred Hoyle coined it the "Big Bang Theory" on a BBC Radio broadcast.โ€ฆ
In early 1900s an italian radiologist Alessandro Vallebona invented the tomography imaging technique which is the basis for CT ,MRI and PET scans, and it's is also used fields of archaeology, biology, atmospheric science, geophysics, materials science, astrophysics .โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Jack Parsons, one of the fathers of rocketry that was involved in an occultist church Thelema, and believed that magic was science that hadn't been understood yet.โ€ฆ
United States has the highest amount of Nobel Prize winners of any country. Most of the winners are in fields of science, particularly physicsโ€ฆ
Battlefield Earth, a 1982 science fiction novel written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, has been praised by numerous fantasy and science fiction authors, among them Neil Gaiman, Frederik Pohl, and Kevin J. Andersonโ€ฆ
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 relaxationโ€ฆ
The final science exam for 8th grade students in Ketchikan Alaska is a 2 night survival trip on an uninhabited island.โ€ฆ
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).โ€ฆ
Someone anonymously donated over $200 million to Berkeley for their Data Science program. It was the largest donation in the UC campusโ€™s history.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ

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