6 Scientific Things in 60 Seconds: Number 50 – The Best of 6 in 60

As you may have guessed from the title of this blog, this is the last episode of 6 in 60! There are a couple of reasons for this, firstly I’ve been writing this series pretty much since the start of ThatBiologist and I need a change. Secondly I start my masters in two weeks and I’m moving to London on Saturday (eeep). It’s going to take me a little bit of time to get comfy in my new routine, although of course I’ll keep writing! The other big thing is I’m starting a new series to replace 6 in 60 of which you’ll find out about in a few weeks!

Anyway to round up this epic series that lasted 50 episodes and started way back in January 2015, here are my 6 favourite facts from 6 in 60!

  1. The largest shark ever known was the megalodon but it’s now extinct. It lived approximately 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago and biologists say it looked like a stockier, larger version of the great white shark.
  2. In 2008, up to one third of the total fish catch in UK waters was found to be discarded. Most that are discarded do not survive after being thrown back into the sea so discarding is a waste of resources as well as a conservation threat.
  3. There is no difference between male brains and female brains, although each brain is slightly different to the different balance of hormones in each person.
  4. Each hand has 27 bones, and each foot has 26, which means that together the body’s two hands and two feet have 106 bones. That is over half the bones in an entire human skeleton.
  5. Using antibiotics too often, or for diseases that don’t need them, like colds and flu (caused by viruses) can stop the antibiotics working (known as antibiotic resistance). MRSA (methicillin-resistant or Multiple-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a resistant form of a common bacterium found on the skin, which can cause infections after surgery.
  6. The body contains approximately 0.2 milligrams of gold that is most diffused with our blood. However, you would need to bleed 40,000 people dry just to collect enough blood to make an 8-gram souvenir.

Source

Fact 1 = Thinking Big

Fact 2 = Fishing

Fact 3 = Brain

Fact 4 = Skeletons

Fact 5 = Bacteria

Fact 6 = Blood

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