From the inexplicable size of the internet, to the meaning of life itself, we count 8 crazy facts science still can’t explain
8 – Placebo Effect
- Much to the astonishment of scientists, fake pills have been observed to cure many types of real illnesses.
- To prove a medical treatment is effective, scientists need to rule out the power of suggestion. If you put on a lab coat, give a bunch of people some sugar tablets and tell them it will make them super smart, some of those people might actually believe – and act like – they are going to be the next Stephen Hawking.
- Science can’t explain it, but the human body can do pretty miraculous things when it sets its mind to it.
7 – The Size of the Internet.
- Like the big bang itself, the internet seems to be growing and expanding at maximum speed.
- Every minute of the day, countless people are uploading videos, starting blogs and selling their organic cruelty-free vegan candles though online stores. The last time someone tried to figure out how much data is online, they could barely even scrape together 0.2 percent of everything out there – and that’s just a guesstimate.
- Not even Google – the grandfather of the internet – knows how much stuff is out there online.
6 – The Antikythera Mechanism
- Found in a Grecian shipwreck in 1900, this ancient piece of sea flotsam is actually a celestial computer that’s apparently 100 years older than the story of Jesus.
- The computer once used bronze gears to calculate the position of the planets as they were known– 1800 years before the telescope was even invented. The sophisticated technology it harnessed was so advanced that researchers can’t figure out who on earth designed it, if it was designed on earth at all.
- The discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism is almost like finding the latest iPhone aboard the shipwreck of the Titanic.
5 – Gravity
- That invisible force that stops us from flying off the ground and into the abyss of space is called gravity, and no one really knows what its deal is.
- In 1915, Einstein predicted that gravity works in ripples and waves and has something to do with celestial objects bouncing around and exploding in space – but there is no scientific proof (yet). Scientists have built observatories that are constantly on the lookout for the elusive graviton, but with no luck so far.
- However it works, the gravity of our sun is helping to make sure that the moon doesn’t smash straight into our planet. So thank you sun, and thank you gravity.