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Fun science facts for kids

No matter how much kids may say they hate their science class, fun science facts still fascinate them. Science facts are about animals, humans, outer space, nature, the weather, technology, physics and so on. Although some of the technicalities involved in explaining scientific topics may be boring to kids, offering them some fun facts about things they can relate to will make science more interesting.

Bones

HighTechScience.org states that kids have 300 bones in their body while adults only have 206. This is because bones fuse together as the body ages.

Googol

The popular search engine Google actually comes from the word "googol," according to Science-facts.com, a science website. A googol is a number written as a 1 with 100 zeros after it. The only number larger than a googol is a googolplex, written as a 1 with a googol zeros after it.

Emperor Penguins

Standing at over 4 feet tall and weighing in at 40.8kg., the emperor penguin is not only one of the tallest and heaviest birds on earth. Science-facts.com reports these cold-weather birds have a 50-year lifespan. Other penguin species only live for about 10 years, and scientists are not sure why their large counterparts live 40 years or so longer.

Hand Washing

Before the experiments conducted on bacteria by chemist Louis Pasteur, doctors did not wash their hands before treating patients, according to FactMonster.com. Pasteur discovered microorganisms (or bacteria) spread germs and diseases. He also found that heat and disinfecting agents (such as soap) would kill the bacteria. Because of that discovery, we know washing our hands prevents the spread of germs, and medical clinics make sure their instruments are bacteria free.

Seahorses

In most animal species, the females are the ones that get pregnant. Seahorses, however, are the opposite, according to Science-facts.com. Male seahorses carry female seahorse eggs in a special built-in pouch for three weeks and, when the time is right, up to 200 baby seahorses are born all at once.

Carcharodontosaurus

Standing at over 20 feet tall and 40 feet long, and weighing over 8 tons, the Tyrannosaurus Rex was not the biggest meat-eater in the dinosaur kingdom. The Giganotosaurus measured 42 feet in length, according to The Academy of Natural Science. However, the Carcharodontosaurus was even longer, according to the Discovery Channel; it was 45 feet long.

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