Recent scientific discoveries


February 6, 2014

It’s an ever changing world. Since the dawn of time, people have always been interested in new discoveries about the world around them. Scientists around the world have been doing quite a bit of work, and we have not been slowing down in scientific discoveries on years on end. The more recent discoveries, however, are quite interesting. People looking into subjects such as biology, physics, and even geology have been coming up with some interesting information.

In the biology world, there has been quite a bit of research put into stem cell research. Stem cells have been frequently studied to cure various diseases, and to even regrow tissues that have been damaged or infected by bacteria. Scientists are starting to use a material called carbon nanotubes, which is pure carbon, as scaffolding to grow these cells on. The nanotubes fit the building blocks of the human body which can lead to cheaper transplant treatments and could potentially one day allow us to produce whole human organs without the need for donors.

In the physics world, scientists have been working on molecular sized objects. Atoms, protons, neutrons, and even smaller. A recent experiment carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) scientists have discovered that some physics which lead us to a deeper understanding of quarks. It’s common knowledge to the geniuses of today’s time that there is something in existence called mirror symmetry. This means that the characteristics of an object remain the same even if the object is filled, as though it was reflected in a mirror. Researchers have discovered that there are some cases where this symmetry deviates from the standard model that they use for studying physics.

These great discoveries almost come weekly, where many things are starting to be understood about the world that we live in. It’s hoped that in future, we will live in complete understanding on how to observe, and perhaps how to make use of the confusing universe around us.

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