Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Looking Back...Science Highlights of 2012

2012 was certainly a great year in terms of science, as per usual many amazing advances in the scientific community were made. Here are some of the highlights...

1.) Probably the most famous in 2012 was the discovery of the previously theoretical Higgs Boson. Its discovery gave particle physics a great leap in knowledge and positively raised its awareness and educated the general public. 

2.) Just above I said the discovery of the Higgs Boson was the most famous, I guess the next event is globally even more well-known about. In October, Felix Baumgartner skydived from the 'edge of space' and fell faster than the speed of sound. Despite some difficulty that he experienced he successfully completed the dive.
3.) Nasa's Curiosity rover landed on Mars, surviving the initial landing phase. Though it has not led to a revolutionary new conclusion, its constant findings are providing scientists with a ever growing knowledge of the conditions of Mars and allowing them to understand whether Mar can/could or once did support life. I have no doubt that in the future I will be writing a post exploring further advances in our understanding of Mars.  

This year scientists observed neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light, despite the initial shocks and amazement they realised that there must have been an error. Later on in the year they narrowed the error down to faulty cable. How trivial... At least scientists are prepared to say that they made a mistake and move on even at the cost of their jobs.

Feel free to comment, maybe including your views on some of the other science highlights of the year. 

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