Top 10 Most Outrageous Science Myths

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Let us have a look at the top 10 most ridiculous science myths and try to delve on these common misconceptions which can definitely make it to our top 10 list.

 

1. Outer space has no gravity

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On the contrary, there is gravity in space. In fact, there is a lot of it. The main reason why astronauts seem to be floating in space is that they are actually falling towards the earth but are moving sideways in order to avoid it. In effect, astronauts are actually orbiting the earth.

 

2. Lightning will never strike the same spot twice

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When you are considering running away from a lightning bolt, forget about the popular adage as you might be jolted to the stark reality that indeed lightning strike in the same place more frequently.

 

3. Meteors are heated up by friction upon entry to the earth’s atmosphere

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Once the meteor enters the earth’s atmosphere, the compressed air in front of the meteor heats it up. It hurtles down towards the earth at enormous speed causing the creation of friction between the compressed air and the surface of the meteor.

 

4. A person may die when hit by a penny drop from a high building

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This is an oft repeated clichés so commonly seen in movies. There is no basis for such assumption in truth and in fact. The worst that can happen is that the person getting hit by a penny dropped from a high building will feel the sting and nothing more.

 

5. Dead brain cells can not regenerate

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This was the previous principle taught to us in our science classes. However, scientist in Sweden debunked this principle by successfully demonstrating the capability of the brain cells to regenerate.

 

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