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What 2021 Scientific Discovery Excited You the Most?

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Science is ever-evolving, and 2021 was rich in discoveries. From health to space, there were developments in diverse scientific areas bringing us knowledge and further understanding.

In this slogging thread, our community shared their favorite scientific discoveries of the year.

This Slogging thread by M贸nica Freitas, Daniel Guzman, Sara Pinto, Amy Shah and Jack Boreham occurred in slogging's official #random channel, and has been edited for readability.

M贸nica FreitasDec 6, 2021, 2:26 PM

What's the 2021 scientific discovery that most excited you?

M贸nica FreitasDec 6, 2021, 2:30 PM

For me, it was a team from Northern Arizona University and Johns Hopkins University discovering that water was once present in a region of Mars called Arabia Terra. It can tell a lot of past environments and their evolution.

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M贸nica FreitasDec 6, 2021, 2:31 PM

Limarc Ambalina, Sara Pinto, Jack Boreham, Khamisi Hamisi, Daniel Guzman, Teri Eyenike, Favour Amadi, Allyson Blinkhorn, Amy Shah: What was yours?

Daniel GuzmanDec 6, 2021, 4:43 PM

Hey M贸nica Freitas! I heard a while ago that a group of astronomers identified a planet outside the Milky Way, using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory! We're one step closer to Aliens 馃懡, do you believe in Aliens?

M贸nica FreitasDec 7, 2021, 12:40 PM

Daniel Guzman, did we? Did we name it yet? I want to google it! I'm not narcissistic to the point of believing that we're so special that there are no other forms of life outside of earth. So, I do believe in Aliens. I'm not sure about the grey big-headed image we're often fed, but I'm sure there are other forms of life. There are so many hints of patterns that repeat themselves in the universe, so it's only logical to me that other living creatures also exist somewhere else. What about you? 馃懡

Sara PintoDec 8, 2021, 12:49 PM

M贸nica Freitas, I'm not sure if it's considered a discovery, but yesterday I saw in the news that we managed to get a quite detailed photo of the sun. Since I enjoy the visual side of the space discoveries, this, for me, was pretty amazing! https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/this-could-be-the-clearest-ever-photo-of-our-sun-have-you-seen-it-yet-4528412.html

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Sara PintoDec 8, 2021, 12:56 PM

M贸nica Freitas, on the other hand, an actual discovery was finding the two black holes near Earth. These two might merge at some point, creating a massive black hole. I wonder what this means for us since black holes have a big gravitational and magnetic force. https://www.eso.org/public/news/eso2117/

M贸nica FreitasDec 8, 2021, 2:48 PM

Sara Pinto, WOW, that picture is amazing! We've never been able to see beyond the gases around the sun. This is so clear!

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M贸nica FreitasDec 8, 2021, 2:51 PM

Sara Pinto, I can see how that can be a massive deal for us. If their gravitational force is big enough, it can affect our solar system. It's a bit frightening.

Sara PintoDec 8, 2021, 3:55 PM

M贸nica Freitas, it probably doesn't excite us, but it certainly leaves us alert!

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M贸nica FreitasDec 16, 2021, 10:29 PM

Sara Pinto, true that! On another news, a spacecraft has 'touched' the sun for the first time. I only found that out now, but it happened back in April. "NASA's Parker Solar Probe reached the sun's extended solar atmosphere, known as the corona, and spent five hours there. The spacecraft is the first to enter the outer boundaries of our sun." https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211214134947.htm

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M贸nica FreitasDec 16, 2021, 10:33 PM

Also, there seem to be new developments around HIV. "An experimental HIV vaccine based on mRNA - the same platform technology used in two highly effective COVID-19 vaccines - shows promise in mice and non-human primates, according to scientists. Their results show that the novel vaccine was safe and prompted desired antibody and cellular immune responses against an HIV-like virus."
This is very inspiring. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211209124236.htm

Amy ShahDec 17, 2021, 5:53 PM

Not sure if this was in 2021, but I was pretty excited about the COVID vaccine as well as other treatments that have been developed to get us out of this pandemic.

Amy ShahDec 17, 2021, 5:54 PM

Anything to get me out of the house and social again.

M贸nica FreitasDec 20, 2021, 5:54 PM

Amy Shah ABSOLUTELY!I will be even more excited when we get a cure for this disease and can resume our lives as before.

Jack BorehamDec 21, 2021, 10:51 AM


Jack BorehamDec 21, 2021, 10:51 AM

This is pretty cool!!

M贸nica FreitasDec 21, 2021, 5:05 PM

Jack Boreham COPYCAT! I saw that article. It's awesome! I don't know how they were able of building something that could endure those high temperatures.

Jack BorehamDec 22, 2021, 12:26 PM

M贸nica Freitas, hahaha, great minds think alike.

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Jack BorehamDec 22, 2021, 12:26 PM

M贸nica Freitas, would you live in space if you got the chance? 馃槃

M贸nica FreitasDec 22, 2021, 2:18 PM

Jack Boreham, ahahah let's blame it on our geniality.

M贸nica FreitasDec 22, 2021, 2:18 PM

Jack Boreham, actually, I've thought of that a lot growing up. So, here's my line of reasoning:聽

  1. I'd love to see the space for myself.
  2. However, I have a weak stomach that cannot handle the trip to the stratosphere - I'd be sick and nauseous throughout.
  3. The journey would take long, meaning I'd a chunk of my life on that trip. So, I'd a single trip to see one thing would be costly time-wise - imagine going young and fresh and returning with wrinkles already ahaha; Unless we're just talking about a short trip to the moon - then it's more doable.
  4. The food is terrible.

In conclusion, yes, I'd love to go, as long as it was for free, I was knocked out during the flights, a month-long tops and I can take my snacks.

M贸nica FreitasDec 22, 2021, 2:19 PM

Jack Boreham, how about you? Sara Pinto do let us know your thoughts on this.

Jack BorehamDec 23, 2021, 12:36 AM

馃槀 M贸nica Freitas, I completely agree with the knocked-out part. There's no way I would want to wait around, hoping nothing bad would happen. Hopefully, they will speed up the process. By that point, I hope the suits aren't as claustrophobic; otherwise, I'm going to die in space. I hate things that feel like they are going to suffocate me.

M贸nica FreitasDec 23, 2021, 2:59 PM

Jack Boreham, ahahah you must hate amusement parks. But I get it. I've tried those scuba diving things and panicked. Being stuck on a spaceship would be equally nerve-wracking 馃槀

Sara PintoDec 23, 2021, 4:18 PM

M贸nica Freitas, I'm a little late, but the news on "touching" the sun, that's (almost) literally fire 馃敟馃槀

Sara PintoDec 23, 2021, 4:29 PM

M贸nica Freitas, I would like to go on vacation, for like 3 days. Actually, living there? I don't think so. The view would be amazing every time, but after a while, it's just you and space. Unless you are an enthusiast about it, I don't think it's that exciting.

Sara PintoDec 23, 2021, 4:29 PM

M贸nica Freitas, when it comes to the journey there, in my naive head, I think I would actually like to be awake, haha.

M贸nica FreitasDec 27, 2021, 3:32 PM

Sara Pinto, oh yeah, I'm with you. I wouldn't be able to live in space, maybe if I were more of an introvert.

M贸nica FreitasDec 27, 2021, 3:33 PM

Sara Pinto, oof, you're braver than me

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