Have you been searching up earthquake facts, facts about animals, stuff about stars, or other bizarre, quirky discoveries on the net? Well, you may be running into the same facts over and over and over again.
We decided to look for some of the more obscure yet equally entertaining scientific facts out there and share them with you. Here are some interesting scientific facts you might not have run across quite yet.
1. There are animals out there that are almost completely transparent. Imagine being able to hold a frog up to eye level and watch its heart beat.
With the Glass Frog of South America, that’s possible. Moreover, many shrimp, insects, and fish that dwell in cave are beautifully translucent, giving anyone who has ever wondered what a heartbeat looks like while it happens a chance to find out. Some fish also have transparent body parts – such as their fins or even their heads. One could say that evolution allows for a certain amount of transparency in its creatures.
2. Some animals that grew up in caves can change color and regain eyesight if they are exposed to sunlight.
It’s true – that subterranean shrimp that you found might end up getting a tan and even his vision back once he starts hanging out above ground. In some cases, the subterranean creatures and the sun-dwelling creature cannot be distinguished from one another if they are both left in the sun for too long. The eyesight can take several generations to accomplish, depending on the species. Still – it’s pretty cool to know how adaptable cave animals can be.
3. The #1 reason for air pollution is exhaust from combustion engines, followed by the use of coal and other fossil fuels.
Fossil fuels and driving cars have really been giving a lot of problems to our planet. Maybe there is something behind conserving fuel? Then again, the flatulence of farm animals and floating fertilizer dust have also been a couple of big contributors to the greenhouse effect, and if you’ve ever smelled a barnyard, you’d probably agree that it’s a source of air pollution.
4. Earth isn’t round – it’s an oblate spheroid! Earth is not a perfect sphere.
It’s more of an oval shape – round, with two sides of it slightly flattened at the poles. So if you think about it, the people of yore were slightly right; the Earth is flat – just at the poles, though.