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Interesting Facts about Science.
Science can be defined as the study of the physical and natural world. Good science is performed by systematic observation and supportive evidence resulting from experiment,
Any scientific hypothesis or theory can be falsified at any time when new evidence positively emerges which is counter to the original theory. For example Darwinâs theory (now almost factual!) of evolution would be completely falsified by the unlikely event of a fossilized rabbit turning up in Cambrian rock.
Having got that out of the way lets take a closer examination of some interesting facts about science.
1. In accordance with the theories of Albert Einstein any object cannot travel faster than the speed of light currently accepted as being 186,000 miles per second. (A more exact figure is available). However this fact may be in dispute since the strange quantum behavior involving superposition and entanglement need to be explained in such terms.
2. Equally in the field of quantum mechanics the uncertainty principle reveals as a fundamental fact, that for any sub atomic particle its exact position and exact momentum cannot be ascertained simultaneously. Applied on a macroscopic scale this means that you might no exactly where you are but you cannot know where you are going.
3. As you sit in your comfortable chair watching TV you might feel at rest and experience no movement. Your senses are beguiling you since in fact you are revolving with the Earthâs rotation at about 1,000 miles per hour while at the same time traveling around the sun at a speed of about 67,000 miles per hour, so take care when you stand up.
4. You may think that the American space shuttle launch vehicle had an incredible amount of acceleration. But consider the common jumping flea which in its act of jumping in fact exerts an acceleration of about twenty times the amount.
5. Every school child who has a smattering of knowledge is aware that the dinosaurs became extinct as a species about 65 million years ago. But their jaw line would drop if they realized that at that time neither the Rocky Mountain range of mountains, nor the Swiss Alps had been formed on the Earthâs surface.
6. Although the DNA molecule was first discovered in 1869 by a man named Friedrich Mieschler, the actual structure of the DNA molecule was not unraveled until 1953. The work is always attributed to the young scientists Francis Crick and his colleague James Watson. It should not be forgotten that they were both ably assisted in their work by Maurice Wilkins and the x-ray crystallographer Rosalyn Franklin who later died. Crick, Watson, and Maurice were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work, but the award cannot be awarded posthumously.