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13 more things that don't make sense


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« on: September 11, 2009, 07:19:02 am »



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Strive as we might to make sense of the world, there are mysteries that still confound us.



http://www.newscientist.com/special/13-more-things


1.
Axis of evil
 
Radiation left from the big bang is still glowing in the sky in a mysterious and controversial pattern

2.
Dark flow
 
Something unseeable and far bigger than anything in the known universe is hauling a group of galaxies towards it at inexplicable speed

3.
Eocene hothouse
 
Tens of millions of years ago, the average temperature at the poles was 15 or 20 C. Now let's talk about climate change

4.
Fly-by anomalies
 
Space probes using Earth's gravity to get a slingshot speed boost are moving faster than they should. Cellphone in dark matter

5.
Hybrid life
 
The fusion of two distinct evolutionary lines is not supposed to work but the seas are teeming with chimeras that prove it can

6.
Morgellons disease
 
Fatigue? Do you feel insects under your skin? Seen any strange fibres sprouting from your body? Then you've got a disease that's not supposed to exist

7.
The Bloop
 
During 1997, US undersea monitoring equipment heard a series of sounds far louder than any whale song. They were never heard again

8.
Antimatter mystery
 
The big bang should have created matter and antimatter in equal amounts so why didn't the universe disappear in a puff of self-annihilation?

9.
The lithium problem
 
The universe only contains a third as much lithium as it's supposed to

10
MAGIC results
 
High-energy radiation from a gamma-ray burst reached Earth 4 minutes later than the lower-energy rays. That's not how Einstein said it would be

11.
The elusive monopole
 
Why do magnetic poles always come paired as north and south, never alone?

12.
Noise from the edge of the universe
 
Are dud signals from a gravitational wave detector evidence that the universe is a holographic projection?

13.
The nocebo effect
 
How a diagnosis of terminal illness can come true even if it's wrong
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