Page 2 - Science Facts

There's a drug so effective at burning fat that it can cook you to death!

DNP , was first used as a weight loss drug in the 1920's. As a result, the drug's use became incredibly popular because of the incredible results that it could produce!

However, in 1938, the drug was banned by the Food and Drug Association because of the number of deaths that the drug was leading to! The drug is now used to kill fungus, but among bodybuilders, the drug is showing it's ugly face once more as a weight loss supplement.

The way DNP works, is that it blocks your body from producing triphosphate, which helps your body produce energy. As a result, your body starts to burn body fat in an emergency attempt to gain energy.

Your body tries to change it's metabolism so quickly, that if you take too much DNP, your body temperature will rise and you will begin to sweat profusely. Furthermore, your internal body temperature can reach 106 degrees Fahrenheit - and you will have literally cooked your insides, and you will die.


How does a Mars rover celebrate its first birthday? By singing, of course! Yes, robots can sing...

Everyone's had that one sad birthday, driving around town alone looking for anything that might be fun to celebrate. Friends are busy, family is far away, and the whole world just seems to have forgotten your special day.

Well, buck up! At least you aren't stuck on Mars!

NASA's Mars exploration rover, Curiosity, landed on the martian surface on August 5, 2012, making that its birthday (since it was technically "born" on Mars, not necessarily built that day). But what's a lonely robot to do once it reaches its first birthday? Sing happy birthday to itself, of course!

Scientists programmed Curiosity to "sing" the famous birthday song using the Sample Analysis on Mars (or SAM), a really fancy, sophisticated chemistry lab sent along on the rover. The SAM is programmed to resonate at different frequencies to filter fine pieces of martian dust through it. Using this tool, they managed to resonate the song that could be audibly heard in the thin Mars atmosphere.

Unfortunately, no cake, presents, or little green men were there to help celebrate.


Sapphires and rubies are the same stone. They only look different due to slight impurities!

Sapphires and rubies look quite different. While both precious stones, sapphires are known to be deep blue and rubies are red. However, they are actually the same stone. Corundum is a crystalline form of aluminum oxide. It is naturally clear but can be different colors when it has impurities.

If corundum is red, it is known as ruby. If it is pink-orange, it’s called padparadscha. All other colors are referred to as sapphire. So sapphires can actually be other colors besides blue. For example, there are green sapphires.

Apart from its beauty, corundum is known for it's hardness (it can scratch almost every other mineral) and it's high density. It is mined in Russia, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and India.


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Ever heard that the Great Wall can be seen from the moon? It's FALSE and the myth started in 1754!

This is one of those weird rumors that refuses to die. It's become part of pop culture. In fact, when you search Google for "Great Wall of China seen from the moon," you get over 4 million results. The most interesting part is that it's a fake fact that got started way before humanity dreamt about going to the moon. 

A man named William Stukeley has the first known appearance of this myth. One of his letters written in 1754 says that " the Chinese Wall, […] makes a considerable figure upon the terrestrial globe, and may be discerned at the moon." 

This fake fact even appeared in a Ripley's Believe it or Not strop, and the Second Book of marvels. In fact, in order for the Great Wall to be seen from the mone, it would have to be over 70 miles in diameter, and have to have significant contrast with the areas surrounding it. The Great Wall is at most 30 feet wide, and of similar color to the soil around it. 

To put it in context, the width of the Great Wall as seen from the moon would appear the same as if you viewed a human hair from 2 miles away. That means you would have to be able to see 17,000 times better than a 20/20 vision!


Albert Einstein was told by a colleague to "stop telling God what to do". Here's is what Einstein told God:

In 1905, Albert Einstein left his mark in the world of quantum physics. He observed that light does not pass in a continuous stream, but rather in “packets” of energy. These packets or particles are forever changing the state in which they are in. Due to a less concrete idea of how light passes, Einstein felt frustrated that there was no real way to tell what the physical state the light or any other particles are in. In other words, it is constantly changing and cannot be determined until it has been observed.

Einstein’s colleagues were able to conduct a mathematical explanation, discussing that in quantum physics, things are probable and not certain. One of the physicists that created this explanation was Niels Bohr. Einstein needed certainty as a scientist and told Bohr, “God does not play dice” in which Bohr’s replied, “Einstein, stop telling God what to do.”

Einstein never came to terms with the fact that not everything in science has certain, concrete answers and refused to accept the quantum theory during the rest of his studies until his death in 1955.



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