35 Scientists Share That “One Science Fact” They Wish The Whole World Would Know
Each and every single one of us has at least one pearl of wisdom that we feel needs to be shared with everyone else. Something that the world definitely needs to hear. A piece of information, a tiny parcel of a fact that might change everything for the better. Scientists are no different in that regard. They do, however, have access to far more interesting facts and revelations than anyone not from their field. From biology, physics and chemistry to medicine and beyond.
Today, we're bringing you a whole host of intriguing science facts and opinions about science. All those brainy and bright scientists shared their insights under the #MyOneScienceTweet hashtag, started by entomologist Dalton Ludwick, and it’s eye-opening, to say the least.
Scroll down, upvote the facts you thought were the most illuminating, and let us know in the comments what you think. We can’t wait to hear your top science facts, too, Pandas!
Bored Panda wanted to learn more about the way good scientists should approach things and why there have recently been more people mistrusting science in general, so we reached out for a chat to Steven Wooding, a member of the Institute of Physics in the UK. He is also a member of the Omni Calculator Project which hosts a lot of interesting and frankly fun tools like the Weird Units Converter.
To start things off, Steven shared with Bored Panda the most interesting science fact that he knows: "A photon created at the sun's center takes up to 100,000 years to get to the surface but then only 8 minutes to get to Earth. Due to the density of the sun, the newly created photon encounters an atom after a few millimeters; it is absorbed then re-emitted in a random direction. So most of the time, it will not be making progress towards the surface. Once in the emptiness of space, most photons make an uninterrupted journey to Earth." We're willing to bet you probably didn't know that, dear Pandas.
Steven told Bored Panda that the fundamental basis of the scientific method involves proposing an idea of how the world works and then proving it by experiment. In short, scientists have to set their egos and feelings aside for the sake of getting a step or two closer to the truth. However, that's far easier said than done! We sometimes forget that scientists are human beings just like we are.
"To be a good scientist, you have to be open to your original notion being wrong. However, scientists are also humans, so it can be incredibly tough emotionally to accept that you are wrong. It's best to look at the bigger picture of human knowledge and progression. You being proved wrong will help focus effort on other ideas that might be correct. In this way, you play your part in building knowledge," the scientist explained.
Steven agrees with the idea that there generally seems to be less trust in scientists and science itself by the public. "You have to have an open mind to accept ideas from others. A great example is the flat earthers. They what to check and verify that the Earth is round by themselves and don't trust anything anyone says on the subject," he pointed out how some people can be misguided.
"One reason for mistrust in the latest science is that the public see the scientific method playing out in real-time. As more data comes in, the scientists change what they say, which can confuse the public. They may see a scientist admit they were wrong, which raises doubts about everything scientists say. A better understanding of the scientific method would certainly help the public's trust in science," the expert shared a possible reason for all the mistrust.
One thing that many of us are likely to agree on is that the flood of information in the Digital Age can be overwhelming at times. It sometimes makes us dream of running away to an uninhabited island that doesn’t have tech or internet access. Alas! Not everyone has that luxury.
So the next best alternative is learning to navigate the choppy waters of information overload. We’ve got to learn to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources, and learn to fight back against our diminishing attention spans.
Entertainment and pop culture expert Mike Sington from Hollywood knows all about how info overload, especially on social media, can make it hard for some of us to distinguish between facts and fiction. Earlier, he went into detail with Bored Panda about some of the red flags we should watch out for, indicating that a fact or source isn’t trustworthy.
"Red flags to watch out for that a claim may be fake: it's outlandish, it's too good to be true, you haven't seen the claim anywhere else, you've never heard the source, the source isn't reputable, you can't find two other sources making the same claim, your gut tells you, 'this can't be true,'" Mike shared.
"The rise of social media has decreased the reliability of information because misinformation can spread so quickly before it can be corrected," the entertainment industry expert shared.
Even a simple Google check can help fight back against the spread of misinformation. If you take the time to double-check something that sounds iffy, you’re better off than you’d be if you just straight-up believed it. If you can’t find any reliable sources backing up the ‘fact,’ odds are that it’s fake.
Mike suggests that everyone should remain skeptical and try to find additional evidence and supporting sourcing before reposting any bit of info. Otherwise, they might be contributing to the problem. “Amplification doesn’t make a claim true or accurate," he said that just because a lot of people believe something doesn’t make it true.
The expert pointed out that the personally trusts the Associated Press, Reuters, and The New York Times the most. "They employ fact-checkers and editors that ensure the information they post is correct. They’re basically doing the research and homework for you," he told Bored Panda.
"There are literally too many online sources to list that can’t be trusted and should be avoided. Anyone can basically post anything they want… proceed with caution.”
Mike noted that our attention spans have been “reduced to mere seconds at a time.” That’s because this is the way that information and entertainment are fed to us right now.
“People get tiny bite-sized bits of news by scrolling a Twitter feed, they entertain themselves by scrolling quickly through Instagram and TikTok. It’s creating a habit that doesn’t have to be," he warned.
"The good news is there’s plenty of long-form entertainment and news available, you just have to seek it out. I believe the benefit is worth it. I’ve discovered it improves your ability to focus, it’s more calming, you retain more information, and it gives you a more balanced and nuanced view of the world."