In 1941 the world’s largest seed bank (created by botanist Nikolai Vavilov) was housed in Leningrad. As the Germans surrounded the city forcing mass starvation, Vavilov’s scientists refused to eat from the collection, slowly dying of hunger as they maintained 16 rooms of edible plants.

In 1941 the world’s largest seed bank (created by botanist Nikolai Vavilov) was housed in Leningrad. As the Germans surrounded the city forcing mass starvation, Vavilov’s scientists refused to eat from the collection, slowly dying of hunger as they maintained 16 rooms of edible plants. submitted by /u/FillsYourNiche to r/ScienceFacts [link] [comments] top scoring links : multi

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Scientists have now quantified the global decline of big freshwater animals: From 1970 to 2012, global populations of freshwater megafauna declined by 88 percent – twice the loss of vertebrate populations on land or in the ocean.

Scientists have now quantified the global decline of big freshwater animals: From 1970 to 2012, global populations of freshwater megafauna declined by 88 percent – twice the loss of vertebrate populations on land or in the ocean. submitted by /u/FillsYourNiche to r/ScienceFacts [link] [comments] top scoring links : multi

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Oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” or “cuddle hormone” is a neuromodulator that plays important roles in pair bonding, birthing, breastfeeding, stress regulation, and social bonding. Our levels increase when near our loved ones and even playing with your dog can cause a boost!

Oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” or “cuddle hormone” is a neuromodulator that plays important roles in pair bonding, birthing, breastfeeding, stress regulation, and social bonding. Our levels increase when near our loved ones and even playing with your dog can cause a boost! submitted by /u/FillsYourNiche to r/ScienceFacts [link] [comments] top scoring links : multi

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There are only two known Yangtze giant softshells (Rafetus swinhoei) left in the wild. The other two, the world’s sole surviving couple, live in a zoo in southern China.

There are only two known Yangtze giant softshells (Rafetus swinhoei) left in the wild. The other two, the world’s sole surviving couple, live in a zoo in southern China. submitted by /u/FillsYourNiche to r/ScienceFacts [link] [comments] top scoring links : multi

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When Albert Einstein’s good friend Michele Besso died in 1955 Einstein wrote a letter to Besso’s family in which he stated “This is not important. For us who are convinced physicists, the distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion, however persistent.”

When Albert Einstein’s good friend Michele Besso died in 1955 Einstein wrote a letter to Besso’s family in which he stated “This is not important. For us who are convinced physicists, the distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion, however persistent.” submitted by /u/FillsYourNiche to r/ScienceFacts [link] [comments] top scoring links : multi

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About 20 percent of fatal road crashes involve driver fatigue. Now researchers have discovered the natural vibrations of cars make people sleepier, affecting concentration and alertness levels just 15 minutes after drivers get behind the wheel.

About 20 percent of fatal road crashes involve driver fatigue. Now researchers have discovered the natural vibrations of cars make people sleepier, affecting concentration and alertness levels just 15 minutes after drivers get behind the wheel. submitted by /u/FillsYourNiche to r/ScienceFacts [link] [comments] top scoring links : multi

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The earth is slipping along the San Andreas fault at a rate of about 2″ per year. This means that in about 15 millions years Los Angeles and San Francisco will be neighbors.

The earth is slipping along the San Andreas fault at a rate of about 2″ per year. This means that in about 15 millions years Los Angeles and San Francisco will be neighbors. submitted by /u/FillsYourNiche to r/ScienceFacts [link] [comments] top scoring links : multi

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