I Love Freaking Science – A Vertical Forest & The Saddest Whale in The World!

by on December 25, 2016
 

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Do you like science? Of course you do. Science is what’s gonna allow the human race to continue on living. So let’s give science a big thumbs up and enjoy these cool science facts…. (If you are wondering about the loneliest whale in the world, it’s on the next page, at the end of course).







A vertical forest is expected to be completed this year in Milan. There are two tower apartment complexes which contain a total of 400 residential units. The facade of the buildings will be covered with 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 perennial plants. It is expected to have the same ecological impact as 10,000 square meters of forest. Aside from fighting smog and producing oxygen, the foliage is expected to provide insulation to the residential units.







This is a thorny dragon, an Australian lizard that grows up to about 20 cm in length. The thorny spikes that cover its body are thought to be a defense mechanism against predators, although they may also lend a hand in camouflage. It has another fairly unique defense mechanism – some species of thorny dragons have a vein near their eyes which they are able to intentionally burst when they feel threatened. This is shot at predators as a projectile.







Only around 2% of the human genome actually codes for proteins. The rest is known as non-coding DNA, and much of it seems to be the remnants of evolutionarily defunct genes and viruses that hijacked a ride on our chromosomes. Biologists have long puzzled over this seemingly redundant DNA and many hypothesis have been put forward for why it exists.







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These are the Waitomo glow caves in New Zealand, and they’re named for the glowworms that inhabit them, Arachnocampa luminosa. The glowworms are endemic to New Zealand, and are around the size of an average mosquito. The walls of the caves are covered with a mushroom like fungi related to the genus Pleurotus. Albino cave ants and weta (giant crickets) also inhabit this cave system.







And now researchers have figured out the genetics of how it does this.







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This lightbulb is in Fire Station No. 6 in Livermore, California. It has been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.







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