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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mysteries that Science has yet to explain…

People always run to scientists or other experts to decipher or explain the mysteries of the world. But, not all of these mysteries can be deciphered by scientists. Some, are just too baffling and confusing for experts to decode. They may be experts, but they’re not perfect. Somethings have been placed on Earth to make us wonder….and only wonder. That’s what makes this planet so loved, but at the same time, so questioned, and so alluring. Just like the tootsie pop commercial, “the world may never know”….

1. The Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich manuscript is an ancient book that has thwarted all attempts at deciphering its contents. It is an organized book with a consistent script, discernible organization and detailed illustrations. It appears to be a real language–just one that nobody has seen before. And it really does appear to mean something. But nobody knows what. There is not even a consensus on who wrote it, or even when it was written. Expert military code-breakers, cryptographers, mathematicians, and linguists have all been left unable to decipher a single word.
The Voynich manuscript. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/NEMEHq)

2. The Mpemba Effect
The Mpemba effect is that boiling water can, under certain circumstances, not only freeze but do so quicker than colder water. This phenomenon has been reported as working as far back as Ancient Greece, even though it would seem contradictory to the Laws of Thermodynamics. In 1969 a scientist named Mpemba did experiments that proved that the effect is real, however, scientists are left with more questions than answers. Many solutions have been suggested as reasons for this phenomenon, but none have been agreed upon by scientists and most contradictory explanations were obtained by very different experiments with different controls. Perhaps someday after more study scientists will understand this, but currently the results are inconclusive at best.
The Mpemba effect. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1075XPO)

3. The Baghdad Batteries
The Baghdad batteries are a series of artifacts found in the area of Mesopotamia dating from the early centuries AD. When archaeologists stumbled upon the batteries, they assumed they were just regular clay pots for storage, but that theory quickly went out the window since they each contain a copper rod that shows evidence of acid corrosion. This means that the pots probably contained a liquid that would interact with the copper and produce an electrical charge. If true, they predate the first known modern battery by hundreds of years.
The Baghdad batteries. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1tHiJA1)

4. The Giant Stone Spheres of Costa Rica
Costa Rica and a few surrounding areas are scattered with giant stone spheres. They are smooth and perfectly spherical, or nearly so. Some of them are quite small, a few inches in diameter, but some of them are as large as eight feet in diameter weighing several tons. They have been chiseled to perfection by persons unknown.
The giant stone sphere of Costa Rica. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1wM2FMy)

5. Space Roar
Scientists were attempting to study early stars but in 2006 they ran into a problem, they were faced with a mysterious noise that greatly inhibited their study. Scientists are left baffled as to what causes this. While sounds cannot travel through space, radio waves can, which is what they believe it is, however they are baffled as to where or what the radio waves are coming from. Also of note is that this sound is six times louder than should be expected, and there is no explanation for that either. Scientists have managed to figure out that it is not any radio waves that they currently know of, or any of the early stars themselves, or any of our dust particles.
Illustration of th Space. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1d88yrs)

6. The Baigong Pipes
In an area of China not known to ever contain people, let alone industry, there are three mysterious triangular openings on top of a mountain containing hundreds of ancient rusty iron pipes of unknown origin. Some of the pipes go deep into the mountain. Some of them go into a nearby salt water lake. There are more pipes in the lake, and more still running east-west along the lake shore. Some of the larger pipes are 40 cm in diameter, are of uniform size and are placed in what seems like purposeful patterns. Archaeologists have dated the pipes to a time before people had figured out how to cast iron.
The Baigong pipes. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1wMl4d8)

7. The Antikythera Mechanism
The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient, intricate machine found in a shipwreck near Greece that dates back to about 100 BC. The Antikythera mechanism contains gears and structures that were not found in devices again for 1000 years. The mechanism was supposedly used to figure out astronomical positions. The problem with that is that at the time this thing was made, no one had yet discovered laws of gravity or how heavenly bodies moved. In other words, the Antikythera mechanism appears to have functions that no one alive at that time would have understood.
The Antikythera mechanism. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1q7rnmx)

8. The Bloop
In 1997 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded a strange sound in the ocean. Strange and LOUD. So loud that it was picked up by two separate microphones 3,000 miles apart. The sound, dubbed “The Bloop,” doesn’t sound like anything at normal speed. However, the NOAA sped up the recording to 16 times the normal speed, causing it to sound like an object dropping into water.
Illustration of the bloop. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1vnvwoa)
Scientists determined that its wave pattern indicates it was made by an animal but there is no animal we know of big enough or loud enough to make that kind of noise, not by a long shot. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | UNMOTIVATING]
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