6 path-breaking discoveries that made 2016 a year to remember

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 05, 2017, 11:54 AM (IST) Written By: WION Edge

6 scientific revelations that will leave you wonderstruck (Flickr, Idaho National Laboratory) Photograph: Others


Scientific breakthroughs of the year that left the world spellbound.


Amber, a fossilized tree sap, has tail feathers of a dinosaur

This 99-million year old golden chunk of amber contains tail feathers of a dinosaur. (YouTube, Of Sound Mind And Body) (Others)


The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur, including bones, soft tissue, and even feathers, have been found preserved in Amber, a fossilized tree sap.

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A piece of glass can store 360,000 GB of data

Researchers at University of Southampton have discovered a way of storing 360 TB of data in a small piece of glass. This relatively tiny piece of glass can withstand a temperature of 1,000°C and has a shelf life of 13.8 billion years!


Earth has a second moon


Scientists at NASA have declared that Earth appears to have a second moon that has been orbiting around our planet for nearly a century. (NASA/JPL-Caltech, Wikimedia Commons) (Others)


Simply named 2016 HO3, this asteroid has been discovered by NASA, orbiting not only the sun but also our planet. Being about 14 million kilometres away from the earth, it has been termed as a quasi-satellite.


‘Super’ wheat lends a helping hand towards a sustainable future

The discovery of a type of genetically modified wheat, known as ‘Super’ wheat, might be the solution to the problem of feeding the ever-increasing population of the world. Being at least 30 percent more effective than normal wheat, this ‘Super’ wheat will help in feeding humans and livestock on a mass scale, thereby making organic farming a cost-effective and lucrative alternative.


Carbon Dioxide can be converted into stone

Scientists in Iceland have found a unique way of disposing carbon dioxide. This is done by pumping carbon dioxide into volcanic rock, which eventually gets converted into limestone underground and can be used as a building material.


Scientists confirm the possible existence of a ninth planet

The newly discovered 'Planet Nine' has mass as much as that of 10 earths. (Flickr: Kevin Gill) (Others)


A new planet simply called “Planet Nine” has been speculated by scientists at California Institute of Technology. This hypothetical planet, scientists say, is responsible for the gravitational distortions of Uranus and Neptune.

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