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Top Ten Science Mysteries

Top Ten Science Mysteries

Unexplained Top Ten Science Mysteries

Since the world began, we have been surrounded by mysteries. Some are solved by science, but others remain unexplained and might stay unsolved forever. Some are as ancient as humanity, but our fascination with them keeps them timeless. Here are ten such historical unsolved mysteries, to both entertain you and make you wonder.

Top Ten Science Mysteries
Top Ten Science Mysteries

Crop Circles

Crop Circles
Crop Circles

The first crop circle, recorded in 1966, was discovered by an Australian sugar cane farmer who claimed to see a flying saucer spaceship rise up from a swamp before flying away. Early crop circles were primitive circular patterns of flattened crops, often created in mysterious circumstances overnight, and attributed to aliens. They began at a time when flying saucers were hugely popular in sci-Fi literature and movies. Over the decades, crop circles have evolved to be increasingly complex. Today, they appear in the form geometric shapes like the DNA double helix, or fractals like the nautilus shell.

Mystery of UFOs

Mystery of UFOs
Mystery of UFOs

The first reported sighting of a UFO came from Texas in 1878, when a local farmer reported seeing a large, dark, circular flying object flying at wonderful speed. In the 1950s, the number of reported UFO sightings went through the roof. The most common kind were flying saucers, described to have awesome manoeuvring capabilities beyond any man-made aircraft.

Do We Making A Human From Scratch

Much of the suspicion around the meeting focused on the idea that researchers were hatching clandestine plans to clone human beings via synthetic DNA. And chemically manufacturing the human genome – the set of genetic instructions found in every cell – would truly give new meaning to the term test-tube baby. If such a technology existed, any individual’s genome could be decoded and then synthesized on demand by anyone with the know-how.Ethicists and the news media blew the whistle on what looked to them like scientific hubris.

The Life After Death

For thousands of years, countless individuals from cultures around the world have reported what we now term as out of the body experiences. Because it feels so real, it’s interpreted as a literal separation of a mind or soul from the physical body. Such an event appears to be strong evidence for a spirit world, afterlife, and even alternate dimensions in which other intelligent beings exist. Could the OBE really prove the existence of life after death?

New state of water

A strange new behaviour of water molecules has been observed inside crystals of beryl, a type of emerald, caused by bizarre quantum-mechanical effects that let the water molecules face six different directions at the same time. But in the areas where the channels narrow so just a single water molecule can fit, the atoms in the water molecule can tunnel through the energy barrier that prevents rotation. Under normal conditions, the two hydrogen atoms in each water molecule are arranged around the oxygen atom in an open “V” shape, sometimes compared to a boomerang or Mickey Mouse ears. But in a new experiment, scientists have found that hydrogen atoms of some water molecules trapped in the crystal structure of the mineral beryl become smeared out into a six-sided ring.

How did life begin

Where did life on Earth come from? How did it happen? Those who believe in the Primordial Soup model believe that a nutrient-rich early Earth eventually formed increasingly-complex molecules that gave rise to life. This could have taken place in the deep ocean vents, in clay, or under ice. Different models also give variable levels of importance to the presence of lightning or volcanic activity for the spawn of life. While DNA is the predominant basis for life on Earth now, it has been suggested that RNA could have dominated the first lifeforms. Additionally, other scientists question whether other nucleic acids aside from RNA or DNA may have once existed. Did life spawn just once, or is it possible that is was created, wiped out, and then restarted? Some believe in panspermia, in which microbial life was brought to Earth via meteorites or comets. Even if that is true, it doesn’t answer the question of how that life originated.

The Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle is held responsible for the disappearance of countless air planes and boats in the ocean between Florida, San Juan, and Bermuda. This area is one of the most heavily sailed shipping lanes in the world, with vessels crossing through daily for ports in the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean Islands. Over the years, there have been a number of disappearances that happened in mysterious circumstances, which some people claim fall beyond the possibilities of human error, equipment failure or natural disasters. Paranormal fans talk of a suspension of the laws of physics.

Why do we sleep

While we do know that the human body is regulated by a circadian clock that keeps humans on a sleep/wake cycle, we don’t really know why. Sleep is the time when our bodies repair tissues and perform other maintenance activities, and we spend nearly a third of our lives snoozing. Some other organisms don’t need to sleep at all, so why do we? There are a few different ideas out there, but none seem to solidly answer the question. Some theorize that animals who are able to sleep have evolved the ability to hide from predators, while others who need to remain more alert are able to rest and regenerate in other ways without fully going to sleep. While scientists don’t quite know why we do it, they are starting to learn more about why it is important, and how sleep impacts important things like brain plasticity.

Siberian Sinkholes

A 115 foot hole was discovered in Sibaria’s Yamal Peninsula. Two other mysterious sinkholes popped up in Russia’s north shortly after. Scientist believe gas explosion beneath the surface caused the sinkholes, but they have not been able to conform the theory. A team of scientists plunged into the sinkhole to learn more about it, but the cause of the deep hole is still unknown.

Manuscript

A book created in the early 1400s that is almost entirely composed of a language never before seen and never deciphered since it comes with an array of colourful drawings of strange plant-like creatures and celestial diagrams, but the contents remain elusive with some theorising it might have been a book on early medieval medicine. However, due to the amount of star charts, some propose the book to have alien origins, whereas others believe it was a hoax which seems unlikely since the money and complexity required would’ve been unbelievably high.

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