Detectives deal with the unknown but most of them deal with taxes.
This week’s digest will be all about things that were and are still unknown.
When we speak of the unknown, we usually think about whether unicorns exist. If they did, do they even poop rainbows?
That would be awesome if we did know about their excretions.
But to be really realistic, here are a few things that not even the brightest minds have the answers. There’s so much we don’t know yet, and knowing them is nonetheless exciting.
Happy reading, nerds! 🙂
THE SIZE OF THE UNIVERSE
Although astrophysicists are pretty sure the universe is big, they don’t, however, know how big it is.
One underlying problem is its shape. It can be infinitely flat or it may be spherical or it may be doughnut-shaped.
Another is its expansion. It can go fast, slow, or even faster than the speed of light.
Another is our ability to measure it. We can only use light but it’s not reliable. Imagine if the universe is REALLY big, the light of a star residing at the edge of the universe will reach our solar system by only God knows how long because its light would take time to reach us.
But for now, the size of the OBSERVABLE universe is about 46 Billion Light Years in radius (if the shape is actually a sphere).
THE AQUATIC BIOSPHERE
Ninety-nine percent of the Earth’s Biosphere comprises of the oceans, rivers, lakes, and almost every bodies of water but only 5% of it is known to human beings.
Only an accountable number of animals found in Earth’s water has been recorded and named due to the fact that it’s very big. On top of not knowing what species are still yet to be discovered, we don’t know how the deep ocean looks like.
But even if we do find out what the other 95% is, we would never reach the 95%, since life continues to evolve at a pace faster than we can write them down the list. And even if we make a fairly accurate map of how the ocean floor looks like, by the time we’re done, it’s shifted and moved so much that we would need to redraw.
In 1937, Amelia Earhart dared to go on a round trip across the globe.
As she and her navigator approached Howland Island in the Pacific, something went wrong.
Since then, Amelia and her navigator mysteriously disappeared from the face of the Earth.
Even though multiple theories were formulated to explain their disappearances, they were no more than theories.
Some speculate they survived and lived happily together, while others thought they’ve been abducted by aliens. Although this is a disturbing case of disappearance, it has transformed the minds of countless people even writing books and stories.
In the end, what really happened to Amelia and her navigator remains a mystery.