The scientists who first discovered the platypus thought it was fake. Although indigenous Aboriginal people already knew of the creature, European scientists assumed an egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed, venomous mammal had to be an elaborate hoax.
In 2005 scientists placed dogs in suspended animation and brought them back to life. First they drained their blood and replaced it with a low-temperature solution. After three hours of clinical death, the dogs’ blood was returned and their hearts were shocked, and the dogs came back to life.
Scientists hope to clone a 40,000-Year-Old extinct horse. The baby horse was discovered in permafrost in eastern Siberia. The animal’s tissue was preserved enough for scientists to obtain samples. There is no damage to the horse’s carcass and even its hair is intact.
The team of scientists is hoping the experiment on the baby horse will give them insight to progress toward their ultimate goal – bringing back the extinct woolly mammoth.
“If we manage to clone the horse – it will be the first step to cloning the mammoth.”
In 2013, a scientist injected human brain cells into a mouse brain, which improved the mouse’s memory and ability to learn.
Scientists once gave drugs to bees, and found that they respond similarly to humans: bees on cocaine tend to overestimate the amount of sugar they find and exaggerate when reporting back to the hive.
In 2012 a scientific study predicted a 39 inch rise in sea level along the North Carolina coast over the next century. In response, North Carolina lawmakers passed a law banning the use of scientific predictions of sea level rise when considering new developments along the coast.
The software to create the black hole in the movie ‘Interstellar’ is a full implementation of Einstein’s equations in 40,000 lines of C++, and rendered thousands of 23-megapixel IMAX frames on a 32,000-core render farm at about 20 core-hours per frame.
If you make a hologram of a magnifying glass, the holographic version will magnify the other objects in the hologram, just like a real one.
Scientists aren’t just working on lab-grown meat, but lab-grown milk as well, which will yield vegan-friendly cheese, butter, and ice cream, and also reduce the carbon footprint of the dairy industry.
Scientists have unexpectedly found that the bacterium Colwellia psychrerythraea, an extremophile, can survive at -196 Celsius degrees, the temperature of liquid nitrogen. They’re not sure how this is possible.