TOP THREE SCIENCE STORIES
11th March, 2016
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From controversial possibilities of human gene editing, to new, thought-provoking theories surrounding dark matter and the dinosaurs – the past twelve months have seen their fair share of mind-boggling scientific discoveries. As British Science Week 2016 (March 11-20) begins, the Stone Junction team of tech-enthusiasts acknowledge their favourite scientific stories of the past year with a good old fashioned top three.
By Laura England
#3 Brits in space
Last year saw Tim Peake, a British astronaut, launched to the International Space Station. Since his successful arrival in December, Peake broadcasted a specially recorded new year’s message to his fellow Brits through the BBC and proudly became the first British astronaut to participate in a spacewalk outside of the ISS.
As per launch tradition, Peake chose three songs to play in the background. While we may not be the biggest fans of his musical choices, we’re pretty impressed by this amazing time-lapse view of the United Kingdom he shared online just a few weeks ago. Nice one Tim!
#2 Relative discoveries
We’ve long been attempting to untangle the secrets of human evolution and last September, scientists welcomed a new set of tantalising finds. The South African discovery of what may have been a new ancient species of human, Homo Naledi, sparked controversy amongst the science community, with some experts sceptical of the discovery and others convinced that this haul of bones might be the remnants of a new human relative.
Controversies aside, there is no denying this incredibly exciting find deserved its position on our list.
#1 Pluto in focus
Eight decades since its original discovery, Pluto has had a rough ride. As you may recall, Pluto was stripped of its planetary title back in 2005, causing a wave of panic for manufacturers of KS2 science textbooks everywhere.
Despite its demotion, last year’s New Horizons flyby mission brought Pluto back into the public eye. Revealing unexpected landscapes of blue skies and frozen nitrogen and methane, Pluto became much more than the nondescript rock it was beforehand. In fact, its complex world dazzled scientists and non-scientists alike.
‘Dwarf’ planet or not, in our eyes, Pluto remains a firm favourite.
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