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Hi, I'm Claire Smathers, the creator of ErlenmeyHer. I am a PhD candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at West Virginia University. I grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA and earned my Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I currently live in the Pittsburgh area with my fiance Brennan and two cats, Max and Stella. I love science. I love writing. And I love writing about science.
WEIRD SCIENCE FACT OF THE MONTH
When a flea jumps it can cover a whopping 8 centimeters in one millisecond. That is, in fact, 20X faster than the acceleration of NASA's Space Shuttle. A jumping flea can experience up to 100G while the Space Shuttle experiences only 5G. It is thought that this is made possible by a specialized rubber-like protein that allows the flea to store and release energy like a spring.
Every month, I will put a weird science fact here, just for fun!
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