That’s No Fruit

Fact: Grapefruits were invented by humans. If you’re on an ‘all natural’ caveman diet, then you’d better cut our grapefruit: they’re man-made, so cavemen would never have tasted one. Grapefruits are actually a hybrid between two other citrus fruit species (a sweet orange and a pomelo) which were accidentally crossed together in Barbados in the 17th…

A Leap of Faith

Fact: You can keep your milk fresh by putting frogs in it. It sounds like I’ve lost my marbles, I know, but if your fridge breaks down and you need to keep your milk fresh, dunking a few frogs in it could be your best bet. Milk goes off because bacteria eat the sugar in…

Wingardium Leviosa

Fact: Everything on the planet is floating – including you. A book on a coffee table, a car on the road and your arse on an office chair – everything on our planet is actually floating a tiny, tiny distance above the ground but never touching it. Everything we see around us is ‘matter’, which…

Cosmic Cocktails

Fact: The centre of our galaxy tastes like raspberries and smells like rum. If you could taste the space dust right the centre of the Milky Way, you might be pleasantly surprised – there’s a good chance it would have the sharp tang of fresh raspberries and the boozy aroma of rum. (As a quick…

Your Own Worst Enemy

Fact: The most likely person to kill you is you. The logic behind this one is simple: in the UK, suicide rates are far higher than murder rates. If someone is going to kill you, odds are its going to be you. With murder lagging well behind suicide in the rankings, it doesn’t look like…

Absolute Zero

Fact: The coldest place in the universe is right here on Earth. As we now know, space is actually really hot – or, more correctly, it has a very high temperature. So it may not surprise you that the lowest temperature ever recorded isn’t in some far-flung supernova or at the centre of a black…

You’re Hot Then You’re Cold

Fact: Space is really hot, but you’ll still freeze. Let’s get pedantic: if you really consider the definition of temperature, then space is really really hot, even though it’s really quite cold. Before we tackle temperature, we need to define heat. Rather than thinking about how warm or cold something is, we need to think of heat…

Sensory Overload

Fact: You’ve got a lot more than 5 senses. As a kid I nailed the 5 senses: sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. As an adult, I realised I was lied to yet again. What we call a ‘sense’ is a way of your body collecting information about the environment and passing it to your…

UK Blog Awards Finalist!

Fact: Mr Shaunak’s Little Bites of Science has been shortlisted as a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2018! Fact: We will be up for the ‘Best Education Blog’ Award. The awards are in mid-April so I’ll keep you posted. Fact: I couldn’t have done it without you so a massive thank you to everyone…

Grams of Science

Finding ‘Bites of Science’ a bit of a mouthful sometimes? Try the lighter, lower-calorie ‘Grams of Science‘ – a new Instagram feed pairing short and snappy science facts with my amateur photography and signature chat.

Respect Your Elders

Fact: Greenland sharks can live to 400 years old. Elephants might have beaten cancer, but Greenland sharks have gone one step further and solved the problem of ageing. Living by the maxim “live slow die old” they can reach an impressive 400 years, although its a quiet life – females aren’t ready to reproduce until…

Tinsel Inferno

Fact: You should always burn your Christmas tree. Setting fire to things feels inherently bad for the environment, but it turns out that its actually one of the most eco-friendly ways to dispose of your Christmas tree. As we know, global warming is caused by excessive greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The most famous of…