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Science Facts That Will Blow Your Tiny Mind

When science and technology meet, amazing things happen. Take the Renault ZOE for instance: an electric supermini with a maxi personality.

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1. Pregnancy tests used to be made out of frogs.

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Until the 1960s, doctors would use live frogs as pregnancy tests. The mum-to-be's urine was injected into an African clawed frog; if it ovulated within 12 hours, the woman was pregnant.

6. Electric eels are five times more powerful than a wall socket.

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They can shock their prey or predators with 600 volts of electricity – that's five times more than your power plug can handle.

12. You can't remember being a baby because when you were a baby you didn't know that you were a baby.

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There's actually several reasons for this. Babies don't have any concept of "self", which means that they have no idea of what is relevant to them, or what is happening to other people. They have underdeveloped brains that aren't yet recording, and you didn't yet have the language skills to "frame" what was happening to you, so you were unable to "memorise" anything in a way that would make sense to your adult self.

14. 33% of all known dinosaurs were made up.

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This includes one of your top 10 faves – the Brontosaurus. The problem was, a lot of baby dinosaurs didn't look an awful lot like their parents, so got classified as separate species. Also, Victorian explorers weren't above faking exotic dinosaur finds for fame and glory.

21. Crying in space is especially sad...

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...because tears can't fall from your face, as demonstrated by former ISS Commander Chris Hadfield. Thanks to the zero gravity on spaceships, they kind of just stick to your face in a really annoying blob. If that's not reason enough to cheer up, we don't know what is.

23. The moon was created when a Mars-sized object smashed into the Earth, 4.5 billion years ago.

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That's also why the Earth's axis is tilted. So it's thanks to an intergalactic wrecking ball that we have seasons – science is weird like that.

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