Science has evolved a lot in the last 500 years, giving us answers to questions like ‘Is the earth round?’, ‘Does the Earth spin around the sun?’ and more recently ‘Can artificial intelligence exist?’
We have even invented and revolutionized the computer to provide us with answers that are not easily computable or spread the word of knowledge.
But there are a few questions Science is still unable to answer effectively. In most cases, this is because some of these questions touch upon subjects that are not easily comprehensible.
Here are a few of those questions. Do let us know if you have any questions for the scientists!
1. How does Gravity work on a planetary scale?
Yes, Newton did demonstrate to us how Gravity works with the ‘Law of Gravitation’. However, gravity on a planetary scale is a little harder to explain. Scientists are yet to fully ascertain how this phenomenon holds down objects within the atmosphere.
2. Why are so many people right handed?
90% of the world is right-handed! The presence of fewer lefties in the world has been baffling scientists for centuries. They believe that it may be something to do with the brain, but are still unable to prove it.
3. How do birds know exactly where to migrate without maps?
Every year, tens of millions of birds migrate to more comfortable surroundings during the winter. But the question is how do they know where they are going? How do they know where North or South is? This weird but constant phenomenon is still unexplained.
4. Why do Tomatoes have more genes than the Human Being?
Human beings have been known to be one of the most complex living organisms on the planet. However, the tomato still has more genes than the average human being. Go figure!
5. How the ‘Sixth Sense’ works?
Ever remember that time you wished to do something but an inner voice stopped you? Or that time, you felt that a terrible accident was going to happen, and it did! Scientists have given the term intuitive awareness but still don’t know how we possess it
6. Why do we yawn?
A boring lecture and out comes a long yawn, but why do we yawn? Scientists have a few theories that include the avoidance of alveolar collapse or that yawning cools the brain, but there is no hard proof yet.
7. Why coastlines cannot be accurately measured?
Take any country with a coast and you are bound to see new abrasions in the outline of the map every time. Scientists have been trying to measure the coastlines of the USA and Great Britain for ages but have been unable to find an explanation.
8. Why do we dream?
Some of us dream on almost an everyday basis, some others on a regular basis, but we are still unable to explain why it happens. Scientists have come up with complicated theories, none of them under provable grounds.
9. How can human consciousness be explained and what is a conscience?
We have all heard that inner voice that helps us question our judgement and morals, tells us right from wrong. Psychologists argue that without the conscience man would have destroyed himself a long time ago. However scientists are unable to ascertain just what the conscience is or how it works.
10. Is the universe infinite or just really large?
Ever looked at the night sky and pondered on just how many stars exist? It is human nature to learn and know and yet, after tens of thousands of years we are unable to figure out the universe we live in. The most impending question that keeps coming back to us is, is the universe infinite or is it limited to a certain extent. If so, does it end there or is it the outer limit of all existence? And also are we the only living organisms in the universe? Is there life in other planets? Scientists ranging from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking have all been dumbfounded by this question.
These are questions that shall probably remain unanswered for a long time, some sooner than later. But in 500 years, we have made great progress in gaining knowledge, improving standards of life, be it, development and infrastructure, education, medicine, communication, travel and so much more. The next 500 years have a lot in store for us.
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