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Fun Facts

Jun. 29 2022

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Drinking water

It is scientifically possible to die from drinking too much water.
It’s important to stay hydrated to keep our bodies functioning well. However, too much water can also be fatal. When a dehydrated person drinks too much water without the accompanying electrolytes, they can die from water intoxication and hyponatremia.

Molecule

A 5th-grader accidentally created a new molecule in 2012.
During a class activity, 10-year-old Clara Lazen presented her teacher with a randomly constructed molecule diagram. Instead of dismissing it, Mr. Kenneth Boer took a photo and sent it to a chemist for analysis. Turns out, it was a new, explosive molecule called Tetranitratoxycarbon.

Tungsten

Tungsten is the hardest metal.
Metals vary in structure and properties. For example, aluminum is lightweight and malleable, while mercury is liquid in form. However, tungsten is the hardest metal known to man. It is used for heavy-duty industries such as space travel and ballistics.

Diamond

It can rain diamonds on other planets.
The atmospheres in Neptune, Uranus, and Saturn have such extreme pressure that they can crystallize carbon atoms and turn them into diamonds, American Scientist reports. How do we know this science fact? Researchers were able to create the correct conditions in a lab to prove this occurs on Neptune and Uranus. Separately, other researchers speculate that it may rain as much as 2.2 million pounds of diamonds on parts of Saturn every year.