By Michael Brooks
Technological know-how starts off to get fascinating while issues dont make experience. Michael Brooks unearths 13 anomalies that defy the medical idea of this present day and forecast tomorrows breakthroughs.
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Via one man’s obsession with life on Mars. In 1894 Percival Lowell, a wealthy Massachusetts industrialist, had become fixated on the idea that there was an alien civilization on the red planet. Despite merciless mocking from many astronomers of the time, Lowell decided to search for irrefutable astronomical evidence in support of his conviction. He sent a scout to various locations around the United States; in the end, it was decided that the clear Arizona skies above Flagstaff were perfect for the task.
The future of science depends on identifying the things that don’t make sense; our attempts to explain anomalies are exactly what drives science forward. In the 1500s, a set of celestial anomalies led the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus to the realization that the Earth goes around the Sun—not the other way around. In the 1770s, the chemists Antoine Lavoisier and Joseph Priestley inferred the existence of oxygen through experimental results that defied all the theories of the time. Through several decades, plenty of people noticed the strange jigsaw-piece similarity between the east coast of South America and the west coast of Africa, but it wasn’t until 1915 that someone pointed out it could be more than a coincidence.
S. researchers have set up a dark matter hunt seven hundred meters underground, in an abandoned iron mine in northern Minnesota. When you understand the working conditions, you know these people must be serious. And yet, so far, they have found precisely nothing. The searches have been going on for more than a decade; indeed, many of the researchers have dedicated more than two decades of their lives to the quest for dark matter. Upgrades are making the equipment more sensitive all the time, but we still have no defensible idea of what is causing that strange pull in the heavens.