Our 10 favorite science facts of 2017 – Horizon Magazine blog

1. A piece of a neutron star the size of a sugar cube would weigh a billion tons, or as much as Mount Everest.

Credit – NSF / LIGO / Sonoma State University / Aurore Simonnet

2. Anti-vaccine groups can serve as early warning signs of disease outbreaks.

Credit - Flickr / Dave Haygarth
Credit – Flickr / Dave Haygarth

3. Europe’s next particle accelerator will be three times the size of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and crush particles with a power of around 10 million lightning strikes.

Credit - Dominguez, Daniel;  Brice, Maximilien at CERN
Credit – Dominguez, Daniel; Brice, Maximilien at CERN

4. Crustaceans living in the deepest parts of the world’s oceans contain toxic chemicals that were banned decades ago.

Credit - 2004 Pacific Ring of Fire Expedition.  NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration;  Dr Bob Embley, NOAA PMEL, Chief Scientist
Credit – 2004 Pacific Ring of Fire Expedition. NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration; Dr Bob Embley, NOAA PMEL, Chief Scientist

5. Exposure to air pollution before a school exam can negatively affect student performance.

Credit - Sanjeev Kugan on Unsplash
Credit – Sanjeev Kugan on Unsplash

6. The average land wind speed has declined by half a kilometer per hour every decade since the 1960s.

Credit - Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash
Credit – Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash

7. It is possible to harvest rubber from dandelions, one hectare producing about 200 kg of material.

Credit - Max Pixel
Credit – Max Pixel

8. Poplar beetles can “taste” food even after it has reached their intestines and entered their bloodstream.

Credit - 'Chrysomela populi' by Aiwok is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Credit – ‘Chrysomela populi’ by Aiwok is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

9. Engineers have drilled the hottest geothermal well in the world, nearly 5 km deep, in an active volcanic area.

Credit - Chris Baraniuk / DEEPEGS
Credit – Chris Baraniuk / DEEPEGS

ten. Gold nanoparticles are able to cross the protective membranes around cells.

Credit - NIST
Credit – NIST
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