6 Scientific Things in 60 Seconds – Number 1 Changing Names and Chocolate Boosts

This is the start of a new series which will appear every Tuesday here! It has the aim of teaching myself and possibly you, 6 scientific facts that should be read in 60 seconds or less! There is no time to lose so on we go:

  1. The giant squid isn’t as giant as we thought. The original thought was that giant squid could grow up to 18 metres or 60 ft. In actual fact the largest justifiable giant squid was 12 metres. Source: Not Exactly Rocket Science http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/13/how-big-are-the-biggest-squid-whales-sharks-jellyfish/
  2. Carl Linnaeus the farther of taxonomy made up his own last name when he went to college/university. He named himself Linnaeus after the Linden trees that grew on his families homestead. Source: Crash Course Biology: Taxonomy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F38BmgPcZ_I&list=PL3EED4C1D684D3ADF&index=19
  3. Chocolate has been seen to boost memory on those aged 50 to 69 however an incredible amount of chocolate was needed to do this. Source: New Scientist http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26455-can-chocolate-boost-memory-only-in-insane-amounts.html#.VL00c0esWVA
  4. Pollution is one of those catch all terms for something that’s in the wrong place or in the wrong concentration in the environment. Pollution mainly happens due to humans impacting on the biogeochemical cycles. Source: Crash Course Ecology: Pollution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdDSRRCKMiI
  5. A new study says that loggerhead sea turtles rely on the earth’s magnetic fields to navigate their way back to the beach where they were born. Each part of coastline has its own magnetic signature which the animals remember and then use later on in their lifetime. Source: National Geographic News http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150115-loggerheads-sea-turtles-navigation-magnetic-field-science/
  6. Cone snails have been seen to drug fish with insulin lowering their blood sugar level therefore making them slower and then swallowing them whole. Source: New Scientist http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26820-cunning-snails-drug-fish-with-insulin-then-eat-them.html#.VL4t-EesWVA (I’d highly recommend watching the video)

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