Category Archive: Quotes

#SciFact

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Just a quick post to say that there is plenty more from Unpopular Science coming very soon (we went a little bit quiet over the holidays). But, in the meantime, have you follwed us on twitter? We’re looking to create a buzzing online community for science buffs and nerdy nature geeks alike! So, get connected and, if you want to send us any spectacular scientific facts you happen to stumble across, that would be fantastic! Just tweet us with @Unpopsci or use #SciFacts and we’ll be certain to share them for you. Below are a list of some of the crazy ones we’ve found so far:   An adult human is comprised of roughly 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) atoms #SciFact The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette. In 1963, the French blasted her into outer space and she returned alive #SciFact An adult Giant Pondskater is astoundingly large; it has a body 5 cm in length and a …

Twitter Q and A: David Bradley

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This week the wonderful Feed My Reads hosted a Twitter Q and A with renowned science journalist and author, David Bradley. Using #DBQuestions, twitter users were able to ask David absolutely anything they wanted. This seemed like so much fun that Unpopular Science just had to get involved! So, below are the fiendish questions users asked, as well as David’s insightful answers. @HenryGeeBooks: What gets you up in the morning? DB: Usually, a dig in the ribs from my wife expecting a cup of tea and the dulcet tones of Humphrys et al with the news headlines on the radio. And, of course, the urge to share the scientific discoveries I come across in as informative and entertaining way as I can. Oh, and our labrador always needs her breakfast and an exit to her morning constitutional. @Charli_TAW: Have you always wanted to be writer? DB: Hah, not at all. I always wanted to be a marine biologist and then a physicist, and then a guitar god …

I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes.

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This brilliant lesson comes from one of Britain’s greatest scientists; Humphry Davy. Not content with discoverering only one chemical element, Davy actually discovered six (potassium, sodium, barium, strontium, calcium and magnesium). He was given a knighthood in 1812, was made president of the famous Royal Society in 1820, and to top it all off invented a really cool lamp. Despite all his great achievements  the man realised very well how he got to his position of greatness. No one is born great. No painter paints a masterpiece on their first attempt. No musician writes a number 1 straight away. And no scientist gets where they are without hundreds of mistakes along the way. That’s what is so great about the scientific method – it has an inbuilt facility to allow people to make as many mistakes as their like. It is self correcting. For hundreds of years, physicist believed Newton’s laws of motions were absolutely correct. Every good experiment done at …

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