It’s been an amazing year, and 2018 is just days away. Following is a review of the astounding scientific breakthroughs we all learned about in 2017, which each give hope for additional disclosures and advances coming in the new year.
A Homo Sapien skull found in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco moved human history back a hundred thousand years. The skull is older than the remains found in Tanzania or Ethiopia. The skull is thought to be a progenitor of the entire H. sapiens race as it evolved across the African continent, and is dated to be around 300,000 years old.
Geneticists found ways to tinker with RNA and edit genes, but we also learned in more detail, how epigenetics can play a significant role in gene formation and repair. Diseases and emotional disturbances can be altered by changing how proteins react in the body and methylation occurs. This scientific breakthrough was applied in novel new ways throughout 2017.
Alternative cancer research proved once and for all, that chemotherapy spreads cancer. A major study published in a reputable journal called Science Translational Medicine put yet another “final nail in the coffin” of this invasive, expensive and destructive medical practice.
Physicists used a small apparatus no bigger than a toaster to detect elusive neutrinos bouncing off atomic nuclei. Neutrinos are classically hard to detect and catch as they are chameleon-like in nature, not unlike the wave/particle. This accomplishment will likely lead to further scientific achievements, as the 4-inch-by-13-inch detector is so mobile.
A new species of orangutan, the Pongo tapanuliensis was discovered. Thought to be the rarest Great Ape alive, the apes found living in a part of Sumatra are genetically distinct. There are only about 800 of them alive. After an ape was rescued in 2013 by Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, its progeny was later found to be part of this great, rare species. Scientists figured out that the newly found Tapanuli orangutan of Sumatra is more closely related to its cousins in Borneo than it is to its fellow Sumatran apes. It is the first ape species to be discovered since the Bonobo in the 1920s. This single scientific discovery shows just how little we still know about this amazing planet we live on.
We learned that human consciousness exists before birth. This astounding discovery documented by scientists give credence to ancient wisdom that our soul or spirit carries consciousness with us through many forms, and many lifetimes, and may not be relegated to just our current physical form. A respected doctor of biology and medical chemistry, Dr. David Hamilton told us that all consciousness is and always has been in the universe through quantum particles, and when you are born, it is channeled into a physical being.
Cryo-electron microscopy has had an amazing year. This special type of microscope allows scientists to observe how molecules behave. A Nobel Prize was handed out to Richard Henderson “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.” This technology might even replace X-rays. The tool has “moved biochemistry into a new era”, says the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the prize. One of the more interesting abilities of cryo-electron microscopy, is the ability to show us how bio-molecules process light.
Astronomers observed the collision of two neutron stars. This is one of the most fantastic displays of the possible causes of the “birth” of a solar system physicists have ever seen. Astronomers could detect both gravitational waves and gamma rays from the merger of two neutron stars. The observation also showed scientists how things like gold-ore and other alloys are likely created in the Universe. The merged neutron stars seen in the GW170817 event likely formed a black hole with a powerful jet, which produced the gamma rays that were also observed. Numerous further observations about our cosmology will likely arise from this phenomenon.
Finally, though not exactly a scientific discovery, and certainly old news for people who have studied UFOs for several decades, a former Pentagon UFO investigator admitted that we likely aren’t alone in the Universe. Luis Elizondo, who formerly managed the Pentagon Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program for the US government said, “My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone.” You think?
Featured Image of Neutrino: Space.com