13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling by Michael Brooks

By Michael Brooks

In 2008, technological know-how can merely quite account for 4 consistent with cent of our universe, and the remainder, good, simply seems lacking. the results of homeopathy don't depart below rigorous clinical stipulations. Thirty years on, not anyone has an evidence for a possible clever sign bought from outer area. the rate of sunshine turns out to have replaced over the life of the universe. the USA division of strength is re-examining chilly fusion (a nuclear response within which atoms unencumber extra strength than they devour) as the facts is simply too sturdy to disregard. The placebo impact is placed to paintings in medication whereas medical professionals can't agree on no matter if it even exists...In an age whilst technology is meant to be king, scientists are beset by way of experimental effects they just can't clarify. yet, if the prior is something to move by way of, those anomalies comprise the seeds of destiny clinical revolutions. This mind-boggling yet solely obtainable survey of the outer-limits of human wisdom relies on a quick article Michael Brooks wrote for the "New Scientist" in 2005. It grew to become the main circulated "New Scientist" characteristic ever. He has now dug deeply into those mysteries, and the result of his investigations aspect to a thrilling destiny for clinical discovery.

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Inspired by the Soviet space program, he and his friends began to make their own rockets. Turyshev, now in his forties, is proudest of “Ultraphoton,” a two-stage rocket he built with his cousin. It was seven feet tall and was powered by a homemade gunpowder charge: sulphur scraped from scavenged matches. 5-volt battery at the end of a one-hundred-foot length of wire. The launch was spectacular, he says. The heartbeat of his passenger—the young Turyshev’s pet mouse—must have gone off the scale. Everything was shaping up for Turyshev to become a space engineer.

Except it seemed that no one had actually asked the modified gravity people whether their theories could or couldn’t explain the observed effects of the collision. In fact, no one had even checked the archive of papers where physicists routinely post their latest results and theories. Two months before the triumphant NASA announcement, researchers looking at Bekenstein’s relativistic MOND theory had taken a glance at the Bullet Cluster. ” and published in a well-respected peer-reviewed astronomy journal, makes interesting reading.

Observing the outcome of the collision, astronomers had found that dark matter had separated from normal matter. They inferred this from the way that light bent around a seemingly empty area of space. One of Einstein’s great successes was to show that mass and energy distort the very fabric of the universe. Any radiation—be it light or X-rays—traveling through space dotted with massive stars and planets will therefore follow a curved path rather than a straight one. So when NASA’s Chandra telescope recorded light bending around empty space, with no visible matter in the vicinity, it seemed like a slam dunk for dark matter and a poke in the eye for the troublemakers who claim there’s no need to invoke dark matter, pixie dust, or magic space blancmange (as one satirist decided to call it) to explain the universe.

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