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Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

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2016 was a rough year for humanity, but luckily it was a great year for science.

There are two liquid states of water.

1 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Sloths almost die every time they poop (which is only once a week), and it looks terrifying.


2 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Scientists have found evidence of a whole bunch of supernovae – when stars explode at the end of their life – that happened in our cosmic neighborhood around 2 million years ago.


3 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Ducklings can recognize the concepts of “same” and “different.”


4 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

It turns out there are actually four species of giraffe, not just one.


5 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Earth lost enough sea ice this year to cover the entire land mass of India.




6 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Crows actually have enormous and terrifying ears.


7 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

The first written record demonstrating the laws of friction has been hiding inside Leonardo da Vinci’s “irrelevant scribbles” for the past 500 years.


8 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Cloned animals can age healthily – four clones of the original cloned sheep, Dolly, have lived to old age with no obvious long-term health issues.


9 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

It’s possible to turn carbon dioxide into stone – if you pump it into underground volcanic rocks in Iceland.


10 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Artificial Intelligence can beat humans at Go.


11 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Gravitational waves are real. More than 100 years after Einstein first predicted them, researchers finally detected the elusive ripples in space time this year. We’ve now seen three gravitational wave events in total.


12 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

There’s a giant, 1.5-billion-cubic-metre (54-billion-cubic-foot) field of precious helium gas in Tanzania.


13 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Human penises might have lost their baculum, aka penis bone, when our species became monogamous.


14 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Earth has a second mini-moon orbiting it, known as a ‘quasi-satellite’. It’s called 2016 HO3.


15 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

There are strange, metallic sounds coming from the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth’s surface. Scientists currently think the noise is a new kind of baleen whale call.


16 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

It was probably soot that killed the dinosaurs.


17 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

One third of the planet can no longer see the Milky Way from where they live.


18 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

There might be a ninth planet in our Solar System (no, Pluto doesn’t count).


19 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

The North Pole is slowly moving towards London, due to the planet’s shifting water content.


20 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

A revolutionary new type of nuclear fusion machine being trialled in Germany really works, and could be the key to clean, unlimited energy.


21 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Pear-shaped atomic nuclei exist, and they make time travel seem pretty damn impossible.


22 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Pluto’s atmosphere is more compact and cold than we previously thought.


23 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

The largest known prime number is 274,207,281– 1, which is a ridiculous 22 million digits in length. It’s 5 million digits longer than the second largest prime.


24 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

There’s an Earth-like planet just 4.2 light-years away in the Alpha Centauri star system – and scientists are already planning a mission to visit it.


25 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Some of the biggest and clearest diamonds probably formed in liquid metal hundred of miles below the surface of Earth.


26 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Some red squirrels in Britain carry a strain of leprosy seen in humans in the Middle Ages.


27 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Cod might have regional accents.


28 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

The Antarctic ozone hole is finally showing signs of healing, nearly 30 years after the Montreal Protocol came into effect.


29 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)

Tardigrades are so indestructible because they have a built-in toolkit to protect their DNA from damage. These tiny creatures can survive being frozen for decades, can bounce back from total desiccation, and can even handle the harsh radiation of space.


30 Incredible Scientific Discoveries That Were Confirmed In 2016 (30 pics)


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