Play Your Cards Right

Fact: If you shuffle a deck of cards, that precise order of cards has probably never happened before.  Actually, if every single person on earth (all 7 billion of us) had shuffled one deck of cards every second since the start of the universe – 13.7 billion years ago – we still wouldn’t even be close to having…

Mankind is a Virus

Fact: We contains more DNA that makes viruses than DNA that makes humans. No, this isn’t talking about Mr Smith’s famous quote about how humans are more like viruses than mammals. 5-8% of all human DNA contains genes that make virus proteins, while only ~1.5% of human DNA contains genes that make human proteins. This is because viruses…

When I was Three, I Wanted To Be…

Fact: A 10-year old girl discovered a new molecule in her chemistry lesson. Anyone who did chemistry at school will remember those ball-and-stick molecule toys that teachers used to try and get everyone enthusiastic about covalent bonding. But 10 year old Clara Lazen decided she knew more than her teacher. Clara managed to arrange black,…

When is a Year Not a Year?

Fact: On Venus, a day is longer than a year. Yes, on Venus you would be celebrating your birthday every day, since a day on our sister planet lasts longer than a year. Of course this all comes down to definitions – a day is the time taken for a planet to spin once on its…