The fresh, salty smell of beach air is actually the smell of rotting seaweed. — (@UberFacts) March 20, 2015 The unmistakable smell of a fresh sea breeze is as synonymous with the British summer as melting ice creams, seagulls pinching chips and walking home with sand in your shoes. But its secret is a molecule […]Read more "THIS IS THE MOLECULE THAT MAKES THAT SALTY SEA SMELL"
New York City drifts about one inch away from Europe every year. — (@UberFacts) February 11, 2014 The movement of plate tectonics is pushing North America away from Europe at a rate of one inch (2.54cm) per year. Almost all of North America lies on the North American tectonic plate – with the exception of a thin slice of […]Read more "NEW YORK CITY DRIFTS ABOUT ONE INCH EACH YEAR"
Sand from the Sahara desert is blown by the wind all the way to the Amazon and fertilizes the rainforest by recharging its minerals. — (@UberFacts) May 26, 2015 Dust from one of the least hospitable locations on Earth provides life giving nutrients to the Amazon rainforest. Each year 40 million tons of dust is transported […]Read more "THE WORLD’S DUSTIEST PLACE KEEPS THE AMAZON ALIVE"
Scientists are considering whitening the clouds to combat global warming. — (@UberFacts) December 20, 2014 Researchers are revisiting a proposal to turn sea water into clouds in an attempt to combat climate change. Ships could be remotely controlled and wind powered, roaming the oceans casting sea salt particles into the air in a project called marine cloud brightening. […]Read more "SCIENTISTS HOPE WHITER CLOUDS WILL SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT"
If the earth didn’t have the moon, our days would only be 6 hours long. — (@UberFacts) August 27, 2014 The Moon is responsible for our current day length, and is making our days longer. About four billion years ago the day length was thought to be just six hours long, but the effect of the Moon is slowing […]Read more "WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE MOON WAS MISSING?"
Sunflowers can be used to clean up radioactive waste. — (@UberFacts) April 04, 2015 In the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster hundred of thousands of inhabitants were relocated and the town was left uninhabitable. However, in the case of Fukushima the Japanese government is hoping to make the area liveable again for the 80,000 displaced residents, and to do […]Read more "HOW SUNFLOWERS WERE USED TO CLEAN UP FUKUSHIMA"
Plants are able to recognize and communicate with their relatives – They can also deny water to unrelated plants. — (@UberFacts) November 27, 2014 Plants can recognise their kin around them and will not compete for resources with plants they are closely related to, according to researchers from McMaster University, Ontario, in 2007. “Plants have this kind of hidden but complicated […]Read more "THE PERKS OF BEING A WILDFLOWER"