Above pictures: red blood cells (left); black-crested macaque - taken in Indonesia (Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 - right)
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12 reasons to be interested in science ......
1. There are 62,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body – laid end to end they would circle the earth 2.5 times
2. At over 2000 kilometres long, The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth
3. The risk of being struck by a falling meteorite for a human is one occurrence every 9,300 years
4. A table spoon full of a neutron star would weigh over 100 million tons
5. A typical hurricane produces the energy equivalent of 8,000 one megaton bombs
6. Blood sucking hookworms inhabit 700 million people worldwide
7. The highest speed ever achieved on a bicycle is 166.94 mph, by Fred Rompelberg
8. The oceans contain enough salt to cover all the continents to a depth of nearly 500 feet
9. Polar Bears can run at 25 miles an hour and jump over 6 feet in the air
10. The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year of their life
11. The evaporation from a large oak or beech tree is from ten to twenty-five gallons in twenty-four hours
12. Butterflies taste with their hind feet, and their taste sensation works on touch – this allows them to determine whether a leaf is edible
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