13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling by Michael Brooks

By Michael Brooks

In 2008, technology can in simple terms relatively account for 4 in keeping with cent of our universe, and the remaining, good, simply looks lacking. the results of homeopathy don't depart less than rigorous clinical stipulations. Thirty years on, nobody has an evidence for a possible clever sign bought from outer house. the rate of sunshine turns out to have replaced over the life of the universe. the U.S. division of power is re-examining chilly fusion (a nuclear response within which atoms free up extra strength than they devour) as the facts is simply too sturdy to disregard. The placebo impression is placed to paintings in medication whereas medical professionals can't agree on no matter if it even exists...In an age while technological know-how is meant to be king, scientists are beset by means of experimental effects they only can't clarify. yet, if the earlier is whatever to move by way of, those anomalies include the seeds of destiny clinical revolutions. This mind-boggling yet completely available survey of the outer-limits of human wisdom relies on a quick article Michael Brooks wrote for the "New Scientist" in 2005. It turned the main circulated "New Scientist" function ever. He has now dug deeply into those mysteries, and the result of his investigations aspect to a thrilling destiny for clinical discovery.

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The proponents of MOND think their theory also explains the Pioneer anomaly. Or, depending on which way you want to see things, is backed up by it. Nieto disagrees. The MOND hypothesis doesn’t tie in with the Pioneer data, he says; it doesn’t produce the right kind of drift. He is OK—more OK than Turyshev, at least—with all the speculation. He wants to push the boundaries; he wants to know more than we know at present. But not at any cost; he understands the dangers of scientists wanting something extraordinary to be true.

Both MOND and dark matter models predicted that the power spectrum would take the form of a series of peaks and troughs. Dark matter theory said the second peak would be slightly lower than the first, but not significantly. Without dark matter, that second peak would be tiny, McGaugh pointed out; let’s see what happens when the data come in. McGaugh’s paper was published in late 1999. In the summer of 2000 Rubin was at a conference in Rome, watching him give a presentation based on his paper to an audience of astronomers.

When he led the search for Pluto, the technique used was a celestial Spot-the-Difference. Put two photographic plates of the same region of the sky, taken on different nights, into a machine called a blink comparator, and you can shuttle between the two almost entirely similar views. The winner is the first to spot the one white dot—in the mess of white dots—that has moved. That shifting white dot is the planet you are looking for. 13 THINGS THAT DON’T MAKE SENSE 22 Fortunately, in the Lowell exhibition, someone marked the displaced dot with a big white arrow.

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