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14 Facts That Will Make You Look Smart This Summer

Oh yeah... I knew that!

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    1. A bellyflop has exactly the same amount of kinetic energy as a proper dive

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    2. Migrating birds might “see” Earth’s magnetic field using quantum entanglement

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    3. Photosynthesis probably uses quantum effects

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    4. The summer solstice doesn’t happen very often on Uranus

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    5. Sunflowers use math to maximise sunlight

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    6. You can thank the wavelength of blue light for perfect blue skies too

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    7. Sunsets are red because red light is scattered less by Earth’s atmosphere

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    8. Hayfever is caused by three different types of pollen

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    9. We get seasons because Earth is tilted 23.4º on its axis

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    10. Cicadas expand and contract their exoskeleton to make loud calls

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    11. Campfire flames are visible thanks to decaying electrons

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    12. Inertia keeps you in your roller coaster seat

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    13. Sandcastles are held together by water surface tension

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    14. Getting sunburn can damage the DNA in your skin cells

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