WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- 2017 was indeed a year of discovery, although some were somewhat nerve-racking, many are just awesome.
- Researchers and scientists across the globe have been working so hard to find amazing scientific breakthroughs and discoveries.
- Let’s take a look at last year’s wildest scientific discoveries of 2017 from the Earth’s lost eighth continent to a “teleportation” machine.
Here are 10 of the coolest and most inspiring science discoveries of 2017:
1. Finding a new continent in the south pacific.
A team of 32 scientists from around the world found the lost land of ‘Zealandia’ lying on the ocean floor between New Zealand and New Caledonia.
2. Scientists invented an unnatural pair of X-Y bases to a new life form.
Living things have two kinds of amino acid pairs: A-T (adenine-thymine) and G-C (guanine-cytosine). Floyd Romesburg, who led the research at The Scripps Research Institute in California, said that his new invention could improve the way we treat diseases.
3. Researchers discovered a secret chamber in the great pyramid of Giza.
Scientists found a 100-foot-long chamber using an innovative imaging technique that depends on high-speed particles called muons. They used cosmic rays to penetrate millions of tons of rock in the pyramids and found the hidden void through particle detectors.
4. Patients are fighting cancer cells with their own blood cells.
CAR T-cell therapy is a type of treatment that targets cancer by removing a patient’s cells, re-engineering them, and then re-inserting them into the body to eliminate cancer cells.
5. Discovering new proofs of melting poles.
The third largest iceberg ever recorded, the size of Delaware, broke off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica in July. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in December that “the Arctic shows no sign of returning to the reliably frozen region it was decades ago.
6. NASA discovered seven new planets.
At least six of these planets are rocky like Earth. Astronomers say these exoplanets are just right for life to survive.
7. A new gene therapy treatment for blind people.
Luxturna is a one-time virus dose that is injected into a patient’s retina. The corrected gene in the virus kicks out the blindness-inducing gene in the eye.
8. SpaceX’ recyclable rocket booster.
Since boosters are the most expensive part of a multi-stage rocket launch, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk developed the reusable Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy booster systems that don’t crash after use.
9. The possibility of implanting pig parts in humans.
Cambridge-based biotech company eGenesis announced in August that it used the CRISPR gene editing tool to engineer pigs that won’t transfer key viruses into humans.
10. Scientists made a “quantum” leap into teleportation.
The Chinese scientists teleported properties of light particles called photons from the ground into outer space using mirrors and lasers. It was a major quantum physics success.
Source: The Business Insider