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IN OMG! ON 21 Mar, 2015
Tell me people, have you ever failed in science? I haven't. In fact, I am a man of science. But, I do know the taste of satisfaction that pure vengeance is like. And so, for those who have always wanted to see science fail, and also those who haven't, we've brought together a list of things, that, when brought up, causes even science to throw in the towel! Have a look!
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Physicists used to think that you wouldn't notice falling into a black hole until you crossed its event horizon. But new calculations in 2012 suggest that you'd hit a wall of fire instead and be burnt to a crisp. Now if either theory is true, some basic laws of physics are in trouble.
It appears quite unbelievable. But the truth remains that tomatoes have more than 30,000 genes, whereas humans have between 20,000 and 30,000. Even after the several years of research that has been put into pursuing the reason behind it, no conclusion has yet been reached.
Placebo Effect is a remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo - a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution - can sometimes improve a patient's condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful. The reason behind it, however, is unknown.
Viking, sent to Mars in 1976, carried three experiments to test for life. One came up positive. But the other two experiments did not, so the positive result had to be dismissed. But in 2012 a team of scientists re-examined the data using a new technique and challenged the no-life verdict. So let's see what conclusion comes up. As of today, the results are still ambiguous.
This is known as the Fermi paradox and goes like this: There are billions of stars in the galaxy that are older than our sun. Some of those must have Earth-like planets, and presumably some of those have developed intelligent life. A smaller portion of those should have developed interstellar travel – so why have we not encountered these interstellar-traveling aliens?
There are regions of the ocean in the Antarctic where the nutrient level is high but the level of phytoplankton, a type of tiny plankton that create their own food using sunlight, is surprisingly low. Marine biologists have a couple of possible explanations for this, but no clear reason why, so it's called the Antarctic paradox.
No matter how many times you divide a bar magnet in half the resulting object will always have a north and south pole. Quantum mechanics says that magnetic monopoles (a north or south pole on their own) should exist. But though magnetic monopoles have recently been made in a lab, we've never found one out in the wild.
The sun's atmosphere, known as the corona, extends more than a million kilometres from its surface and reaches temperatures of two million degrees. When compared to the mere 5000 degrees the surface of the sun reaches, there's no explanation for why the temperature is so high.
They appear during warm seasons and travel downhill, before disappearing when the weather gets colder again. Scientists thought they might come from frozen water that heated up and flowed downhill, but measurements from Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter didn't detect any water. So as of today, nothing is known for sure.
The GZK limit is the theoretical upper limit on the energy of cosmic rays and is dictated by Einstein's theory of relativity. But physicists at the Akeno Observatory in Japan have found cosmic rays that surpass this. There aren't any sources that could be producing them near Earth, so their appearance is a mystery.
Many such fossils have been found, and although several of these were proven to be faked, there are some samples of human and dinosaur fossil footprints found together in the same ancient rock layer that are a mystery. If they were real, this would disrupt the theory of evolution.
In Harrapa and Mohenjo-Daro, radiation levels are so high in the ruins that people theorize that an atomic bomb explosion around 1500 BCE killed the population. Many people believe this to be ridiculous, and the theories are full of pseudoscience, but people still argue over it.
How did the lifeless, primordial flux of neutrons from the Big Bang arrive at the abiogenesis that spat out DNA, an incredibly powerful information storage device which nature has fully exploited in unexpected ways? When, and how, did those mindless material elements inject themselves with the elegant, mental skills required to encode complex information? In short, how did life come into being?
This mechanism from the Hellenistic Period is an ancient analog "computer" that was designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses. The mystery surrounding it, though, is that nothing this complex was made until centuries later. What happened to the technology?
Residues from those drugs were found on Egyptian Mummies. There were no transoceanic contact between Africa and South America in ancient times, so how they got the drugs is a mystery.
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