The year, which we are nearing its last moments, was undoubtedly very exciting for those interested in the world of science, especially the fans of astronomy and space. From the commissioning of the James Webb Space Telescope and the continuous publication of new stunning images of the cosmos to the launch of the Artemis 1 mission after years of waiting, in 1401 we witnessed fascinating events that we probably won’t see like them for a long time.
From archeology to space discoveries, to medical and environmental knowledge and achievements, the scientific editorial team of Zomit in 1401 tried to cover the interesting news of this year with the highest possible quality for you users. Now that we have reached the final hours of the year, it is a good time to take a look at the most visited scientific articles of 1401. Stay with Zomit to review this list.
10. The Hobbit humanoid species is probably hiding in Indonesia
Between approximately 700,000 and 600,000 years ago, short early humans appeared on the island of Flores in present-day Indonesia. Human Flores, who is known as “Hobbit” because of his short height of 106 cm, was a small-brained and short-legged tool maker; But it is not known in which part of the earth this human race was created.
Earlier this year, a Canadian anthropologist argued that no one is really sure that Floresian man went extinct, and that the species may have survived to the present day. In a new book, retired University of Alberta anthropologist Gregory Forth argues that reports of “ape-man” sightings in Flores may actually be related to the hobbit, an ancient human ancestor.
9. Identification of another methane cloud over Iran; This time in Fars province
It was early November that NASA, using an advanced imaging tool installed on the International Space Station, announced the presence of a large methane cloud over the landfill complex in Aradkoh, south of Tehran. In the middle of the same month, the Canadian company GHGST, which operates in the field of remote sensing, detected another methane cloud above a gas pressure boosting station in Fars province.
As a strong greenhouse gas, methane is the main component of natural gas and is responsible for approximately 30% of global warming. Methane leaks can occur during the extraction and transportation of natural gas. Methane is also commonly produced as a by-product of oil or coal production, and may release it into the atmosphere if the producing companies do not have the infrastructure to supply the gas to the market.
8. Will the rare elements found in Turkey meet the needs of the next thousand years?
It was early this summer that the media announced the discovery of the world’s second largest reserve of rare earth elements in Turkey. According to Turkish officials, the volume of discovered reserves reaches 694 million tons and is so high that it even surpasses China’s reserves and can meet global demand for a thousand years.
The rare elements that Turkey announced to identify, including neodymium and cerium, are used in the manufacture of complex products from cameras and telescopes to missile guidance systems, and therefore have strategic importance. However, experts do not consider Turkey’s claim to be accurate and say that the actual amount of elements is much less than what the authorities of this country have announced.
7. Why is there no bridge over the Amazon River?
The Amazon is the second longest river in the world after the Nile, flows through the three countries of Peru, Colombia and Brazil and carries 20% of the world’s fresh water. However, there is an interesting fact about this river that you probably haven’t heard before: no bridge has ever been built over the Amazon River. If you still don’t know the reason for this issue, we recommend you to read the 7th most visited scientific paper by Zomit in 1401.
6. The oldest mummy in the world was discovered in Portugal
Whenever a mummy is mentioned, probably the first place that comes to mind is Egypt. But archeologists, conducting a new analysis of a collection of skeletons discovered in the 1960s, reported a surprising discovery: the world’s oldest mummy is located in Portugal. The results of the researchers’ study were published in the European Journal of Archeology in April this year.
5. Scientists suggest: We should all save our feces for future use
In recent years, scientists have used fecal transplantation as an approach to treat a variety of diseases. A group of researchers published a new article this summer and suggested that people should store their feces in special banks so that they can use it in the future to treat possible diseases. This study, like many other researches conducted in recent years, highlighted the role of gut microbiome on human health.
4. What is prostate disease and how is it treated?
The prostate is a small, round-shaped gland in men that produces seminal fluid and helps nourish and transport sperm. The prostate has various functions, the most important of which is the production of seminal fluid as one of the components of semen. The prostate also plays a role in hormone production and helps regulate urine flow. If you want to know everything about the prostate, don’t miss this article.
3. NASA scientists say the images from the James Webb telescope almost made them cry
The James Webb Space Telescope was launched on the 4th of December last year, in the last days of 2021, and the news related to it occupied a major part of the scientific headlines in 1401. NASA’s news-making telescope, after going through the complicated stages of launching in space, officially started its activity early this summer with the release of its first scientific images.
But before James Webb’s images became available to the public, senior NASA officials got a chance to see them. Thomas Zorbuchen, the former director of NASA’s Science Missions Unit, said in an interview on the eve of the release of the images that the photos moved him so much that he almost cried. Almost two weeks later, with the release of the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, a new face of the universe was revealed in stunning detail.
2. Strange but true; The story of a chicken that lived without a head for 18 months
One of the most visited scientific articles in 1401 was the strange story of a lucky chicken named Mike who managed to live for 18 months despite having his head cut off. Any additional explanation spoils the story of “Headless Mike”; So if you want to know everything about this chicken, be sure to read our article.
1. Elementary school students discovered something NASA never knew
This article, which was published in the last days of March, quickly reached the top of the list of the most visited news and scientific articles of 1401 with extremely high traffic. But what is the flow of this news?
Students of the Gifted Learners Program (PGL) at St. Brother Andre Elementary School in Ottawa, Canada, who were studying the effects of cosmic radiation, discovered that the active ingredient in EpiPen can become toxic in space; While NASA was not aware of this before.
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