Email Copy Link Copied Advances in scientific technology have progressed so much in recent years that it's almost hard to believe there are still so many unsolved mysteries out there waiting to be cracked. In the last few decades, things like carbon dating has made it possible to continue where Charles Darwin left off and help solve life's greatest all-time mystery - why and how we are here.
But it may shock you that some of the most mundane, everyday concepts are as big a mystery to scientists as they are to the average toddler.
So obviously sleep must serve a key purpose for all living things, right? Well, it turns out science doesn't have a clue.
Getty That's why science sits outside your room every night, watching. Continue Reading Below Advertisement What we have is a handful of proposed explanations for sleep that not many scientists can agree on. There's the theory that it's helping the brain clean house after a long day of learning.
You see, your brain is constantly generating new pathways thanks to all the stuff that you see and do all day, so sleeping is when all the useless info gets tossed out.
Or maybe, instead of ditching the stuff that's not necessary, the brain might be reinforcing the stuff you do need.
Scientists have seen that, when rats were asleep, the same neurons fired as when they had run mazes earlier that day. That means that the rats are essentially reliving their day and "practicing" the maze. This has led Harvard sleep researchers to assert that sleep is crucial for humans to form memories and to learn.
Getty So really, passing out in the middle of an all-nighter is a valid study tactic. Continue Reading Below Advertisement But there's a problem with both of these theories.
Plants and microorganisms, otherwise known as "things without brains," have dormant states that are very similar to sleepwhich kind of puts doubt on the whole "sleep is good for the brain" theory. Then there's the fact that scientists have found certain humans who can go without sleep with no ill effects.
There's even one dude who claims he hasn't slept a wink in 33 years. Continue Reading Below Advertisement In fact, all of these theories kind of went out the window when researchers discovered a gene mutation that allows people to sleep two to four hours a night without any adverse effects at all.
So, is sleep useless, then? Is it just God's way of making us take a break between masturbation sessions? Your guess is as good as science's. Getty "We have found a strong, positive correlation between bong hits and passing out on the field behind the gym.
What you may not have realized is that the current inventory of eight planets and one sun is pretty much just science's best guess for the time being. And somewhere out there, Pluto sheds a lonely tear. Continue Reading Below Advertisement It sounds bizarre, considering you all saw the same model of the solar system in elementary school.
And every time you hear anything about space in the news, it's always badass telescope thisor new photograph of faraway galaxy that. We're mapping the edge of the freaking known universe over here. There's no way anything in our own cosmic backyard is escaping our notice, right? Faulkes Telescope Project We even took a picture of a space cloud that looks like a space pig humping a space turtle.
The truth is out there, all right. Continue Reading Below Advertisement But despite what Big Space wants you to believe, the vast majority of our solar system is still uncharted and unknown.
The area between Mercury and the sun is too bright to seeand the area beyond Uranus is too dark. Scientists are still finding new objects in the asteroid belt by the hundreds of thousands. Oh yeah, and some of astronomers think there might be a second sun.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement You see, not even our best telescope technology can see things that are far behind Pluto, where sunlight doesn't illuminate things all that well and where we're essentially blind.
So astronomers have to combine vague clues and guesswork to figure out what's going on out there, kind of like space CSI. First off, the fact that there's a huge gap in asteroids after a certain distance behind Pluto tells scientists that there's very likely a planet between the size of Earth and Mars that gobbled up all the space rock out there, so yeah, our solar system is probably back up to nine planets again.
They're getting really tired of rewriting those middle school textbooks. And speaking of Pluto, astronomers have also discovered an object named Sedna orbiting the sun, and although no one's a hundred percent certain of its size, they're pretty sure it's carrying at least Pluto's heft.
Our next goal as a species should be to fashion these dwarf planets into a pair of Truck Balls for Earth. Continue Reading Below Advertisement But wait, that's not all, folks. Another little anomaly that astronomers have noticed is that comets' orbits aren't exactly going along as predicted.Out-of-place artifact (OOPArt) is a term coined by American naturalist and cryptozoologist Ivan T.
Sanderson for an object of historical, archaeological, or paleontological interest found in a very unusual or seemingly impossible context that could challenge conventional historical chronology.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that scientists get distracted when "studying" solitaire, or the fact that solitaire may have evolved from freaking black magic, but pretty much every damn thing about the game has remained a mystery since the s.
Feb 02, · Despite all the information we’ve discovered from our telescopes and outer space missions, there are still many puzzles to solve in our own solar system.
Sometimes, it seems the more we learn, the more mysteries we uncover. In , James Van Allen from the University of Iowa discovered a pair of. Gravity The gravitational force at the surface of the planet is the force that binds all bodies to earth, this force is one of the four forces recognized by physicists, and this kind of force is known as gravity it attracts every celestial object to earth, and though it is the most import.
Get ready to have the hair on the back of your neck stand on end because these unsolved mysteries are among the most chilling we’ve ever heard. Throughout ages scientists have tried to solve the mystery of gravity.
One of the first discoveries concerning gravity was made by Aristotle who concluded from his experiments that the downward movement of any body is that has weight had a proportional relationship .