• Question: What is the most surprising fact you've found in you research

    Asked by Maya on 7 Dec 2021.
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      Avion Phillips answered on 8 Nov 2021:

      That sperm whales have their own language and dialects based on where in the world they live.

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      Maria Giovanna Caruso answered on 8 Nov 2021:

      That science is like art: you have to be creative, study the tecnique and try to be unique. Moreover, I usually use brushes, “colors for cells” called markers and microscopes to take pictures.

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      Andrew McGovern answered on 8 Nov 2021:

      My life changed when I found out that there are non-reproductive diseases that effect women more than men yet most of the research in the last century has been in men. Diseases like depression, Alzheimer’s disease, arthiritis and multiple sclerosis all effect women more than men. It shocked me and I have been dedicated to fixing that since.

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      Gaël Lymer answered on 9 Nov 2021:

      Bonjour 🙂

      I found that 6 million years ago, during an event called “the Messinian Salinity Crisis”, the Mediterranean Sea dried out as a result of the closure of the Gibraltar Straight (between Spain and Africa) and of the intense heat and sun that made the waters evaporate. My Geological study East of the Island of Sardinia have shown that in this part of the sea, the water level dropped down of approximately 1500m!
      It means that 6 million years ago you could walk with keeping your feet dry in areas that are currently under water.

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      Ciara Feely answered on 9 Nov 2021:

      Learning that even though running injuries are very common, there are no definite risk factors that have been proven yet except that having had an injury before makes you more likely to have one in future.

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      Ohood Alharbi answered on 10 Nov 2021:

      Everything is connected, we live with microbes in an “ecosystem” and that the “hygiene theory” is so true.

      Hygiene theory states that because we don’t interact with soil and since we lives in a super clean environment “disinfect everything” and over use antibacterial in excess we are killing beneficial microbes which we needs to survive and therefore this increases the risk of numerous diseases.. This is similar to the over use of antibiotic, over time it would kills the healthy “microbiome” in our gut and it is a risk factor for multiple gastrointestinal chronic diseases.

      Microbiome or microbiota are terms used to describe the microbes that resides within us in an ecosystem. We have more microbes than human cells in our body…

      isn’t that fascinating, eh 🙂

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      Cyrille Thinnes answered on 11 Nov 2021:

      I have learned that our bodies are incredibly resilient and can change very fast in response to our environment. If you break a piece on your car: it is broken. If you break something in our bodies, often other parts take over in order to keep us functioning!