In the scientific world, more and more things are being discovered. Even before we had the beauty of technology, people have been studying the way the world works. Whether it’s in the field of biology, psychology or the world of physics.
We learn about things that we never knew before starting in school, regardless if those facts are basic or not. But the learning doesn’t end there. As time goes by, various things are beginning to appear that are coming to scientists’ attention.
So the science that you may have studied in school is probably a bit different from the science that kids are learning today. But don’t worry, we’ll fill you in! Here are 16 scientific facts that we didn’t know prior to 2017.
1. Lungs aren’t just for breathing. Mammalian lungs produce about 10 million blood cells per hour. That’s the majority of blood cells that circulate the body.
2. According to ScienceAlert, it is mathematically possible to build a time machine! We just have to figure out how to bend the fabric of space-time and it can only be done towards the future.
3. Siberia’s ancient forests are being exposed for the first time in 200,000 years. Their colossal crater’s permafrost is melting fast.
4. Humans are currently creating the world’s first semi-synthetic organisms, using an expanded, six-letter genetic code.
5. For physicists out there, ScienceAlert notes that we now have a blueprint to create time crystals. This is a new state of matter that was an “impossible” object to access.
6. New organ alert! Researchers have classified a new organ inside our bodies, known as the mesentery. It’s been hiding in our digestive system this whole time. We have yet to learn its function.
7. A giant neutron has been found wrapped around the entire circumference of a mouse’s brain. Scientists believe it is linked to mammalian consciousness.
8. National Geographic reports that the world’s most ancient dog species has been recently rediscovered. The New Guinea highland wild dog is still thriving.
9. Facts about various diseases constantly change. Today scientists believe that Polycystic ovary syndrome might not even start from the ovaries. It might actually start in the brain.
10. A previous discovery of what was believed to be an unimportant cat-sized fossil from Scotland may now be forcing us to redraw the dinosaur family tree. The discovery of the Saltopus in Scotland shook up the origins of the family tree of this dinosaur.
11. Recent studies have shown that your appendix might not be useless like your wisdom teeth after all. It might actually be serving an important biological function. According to the research, it may be a reservoir for beneficial gut bacteria.
12. Schools might need to purchase new atlases for geography class. A whole new continent has been discovered called Zealandia. It’s basically the submerged mass surrounding the North and South islands of New Zealand.
13. Narwhals are known as the unicorns of the sea because of their long horns. But science is recently discovering that they use their horns for more than just simply hunting. They also use them to stun and hit Arctic cod.
14. ScienceAlert has noted that human activity has changed the space surrounding our planets. Years of very low-frequency radio communications have formed a protective bubble around Earth.
15. Humans are believed to have had a bigger impact on Earth’s geology than what we previously thought. Now scientists are calling for a new geological epoch to be recognized, called the Anthropocene.
16. It has been reported that farmers have been routinely feeding their cattle red Skittles as a cheap alternative to corn. It is safe and not that uncommon to do.