10 Amazing Scientific Discoveries & Technological Developments That Will Blow Your Mind

Peacock Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly | Source

Imaginal Cells

1. Caterpillars/Butterflies

Reincarnation?

Many people are of the opinion that reincarnation is nothing more than a New Age belief system and that reincarnation doesn't adhere to our current understanding of science. However, the phenomena that occurs after a caterpillar has eaten 300 times it's own weight and then curls up into a chrysalis, just before a butterfly is born, has been scientifically observed and may prove that reincarnation can indeed happen.

Once a caterpillar turns into a chrysalis, it's old cells do not die off. Rather, they morph into an oily sticky substance. However, this oily sticky substance does not then morph, or transform, into a butterfly. Instead, new cells seem to begin popping up from nowhere as though they are just magically appearing out of thin air and for this reason, they have been given the name imaginal cells.

These seemingly magical imaginal cells then start fighting off the old cells of the caterpillar, which form the oily sticky substance, until they have all been destroyed whereas the imaginal cells are the actual cells which go on to create the formation of the butterfly's physical body. It is literally as though the old 'life force' of the caterpillar was swallowed up by the imaginal cells so that it's 'life force' could then reincarnate and experience life as a butterfly.

2. Conscious Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal

The Terminator

It seems that the Terminator movies may actually be based on a true possibility of what may happen in the future, now that scientists in China have successfully managed to develop a seemingly intelligent liquid metal which literally has the ability to shape-shift into whatever shape it desires. This clever liquid metal also absorbs flakes of aluminium as a source of energy in order to refuel itself.

Even more amazingly, this biomemetic mollusc has the capability of roaming around by it's own accord, as though it has it's own mind, looking for flakes of aluminium to 'eat' and shapes to shift into. This liquid metal is, essentially, a motor which is made from galinstan, an alloy derivative of indium, tin and galium. Each flake of aluminium gives the liquid motor enough power to roam around for one hour and the motor is capable of speeds of up to two inches per second.

"The soft machine looks rather intelligent and deforms itself according to the space it voyages in, just like Terminator does from the science fiction film. These unusual behaviors perfectly resemble the living organisms in nature." - Jing Lui, Tsinghua University

3. Dolphins Hanging Out & Getting High

Drugged Up Dolphins

After placing tiny cameras inside of artificial sea creatures such as squid, turtles and fish, in order to produce a documentary, John Downer discovered a lot more about dolphins than he was expecting.

After recording 900 hours of footage, Downer discovered that the dolphins were acting rather peculiar, hanging round in groups whilst passing a puffer fish around to each other then rising to the surface of the water and staring at their reflections, as though they were completely mesmerized by them.

The footage showed that the dolphins had learned how to chew gently on a puffer fish in order to release a nerve toxin which intoxicated them. Although high doses of this toxin can be deadly to dolphins, they had successfully learned how to chew on the puffer so that exactly the right amount of nerve toxin was released in order for them to be able to get high without running any risk to their health.

Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation | Source

4. Meditation & DNA

Mind Over Matter

Recent studies that were carried out by researchers in France, Spain and Wisconsin have shown that specific genes can be activated (switched on) by using mindfulness meditation. In other words, mindfulness meditation can cause molecular alterations in the human body.

The studies show that, via meditation, we can literally influence which genes are expressed and how much they affect the body. Whilst it was shown that after eight hours of mindfulness meditation there were lower levels of pro-inflammatory genes and changed levels of functioning which controls gene regulation (which results in quicker recover from stressful situations), it was concluded that it wasn't possible to use a deep state of meditation in order to change our genetic material.

The American Heart Association had already previously endorsed mindfulness meditation as being preventative and meditation has been shown to be effective on inflammatory disorders. The results of the latest studies were published in peer-reviewed scientific paper, Psychoneuroendocrinology.

5. Alien "Seeding Pods"

Aliens Amongst Us

Scientists in the UK are absolutely adamant that they have found conclusive evidence of extraterrestrial life after finding what they believe to be microbial "seeding pods" of non-terrestrial origin which they believe are seeding life on Earth. These microscopic metal orbs were made of titanium and vanadium and seemed to be spewing out genetic material, which the scientists believe could be a precursor to life on Earth.

The metallic circular balls had landed on a stratospheric sampler balloon above Cheshire, England, after sending the balloon 27-km into the stratosphere. The metallic "seeding pods" had also left impact craters on the sampler balloon. Along with other recent discoveries of a similar nature, it seems that the theory of panspermia may very well be a fact.

Two theories proposed by scientists are that the metallic orbs could be being used by an alien civilization to seed life on Earth or that they could be being used to intentionally infect life on Earth with harmful bacteria (i.e. diseases). On that last note, it may be worth checking out my article, Did Aids Come From Aliens?

6. Evidence Of An Ether (Shadow Biosphere)

Ethereal Life-Forms

According to numerous scientists and researchers, there is plenty of evidence to support the theory that we may be co-habiting Earth with ethereal forms of life in what they have termed the shadow biosphere. One denominating factor in all of these theories is that there appears to be a 5% discrepancy in the amount of carbon emitted by life on Earth when compared with the amount found in the atmosphere.

According to Professor Cleland at Colorado University, a large part of the problem in detecting this ethereal life is that we only use equipment and methods based on our own biochemistry when looking for micro-organisms and that we are therefore missing them completely even though they may be there right in front of our very eyes. Professor Cleland also believes that the varnish found deep within the Atacama desert, which has images of peculiar looking life-forms carved into it, may actually be a result of ethereal life rather than ecological processes.

"...there are up to 100 amino acids in nature and at least a dozen bases. These could easily have combined in the remote past to create lifeforms with a very different biochemistry to our own. More to the point, some may still exist in corners of the planet." - Professor Cleland, Colorado University

Li-Fi (Light Fidelity)
Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) | Source

Li-FI Internet

7. Limitless Internet

The Speed Of Light

Advances in internet technology are progressing rapidly in recent times with plans for the 'outernet', a free global Wi-Fi service, coming into fruition and scientists at the University of Vienna confirming that they successfully managed to send information from one city to another instantaneously using light waves.

They did so by exploiting classic and quantum mechanics and using twisted light waves. Due to the Orbital Angular Momentum of light, this allows a specific wavelength to be twisted into a spiral which, in turn, creates and infinite number of channels through which data can be sent.

Now, researchers at the University of Oxford have developed what they call Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) internet. By using specialized LED's and receivers which function at various fields of view and bands which affect data transmission speed, the researchers have confirmed that they have achieved bi-directional transmission speeds of 224-GB per second.

8. Interactive 3D Holograms

Light You Can Feel

A new type of holographic technology named Fairy Lights has been developed by researchers at the University of Tokyo and the Nagoya Institute of Technology. This holographic technology works by utilizing a femtosecond laser to emit pulses every quadrillionth of a second (a femtosecond). By stimulating matter, these pulses form plasma voxels which are then used to draw holograms.

Due to the femtosecond laser pulses, when a user reaches out and touches a hologram, the impulse generated by the plasma allows the users to actually be able to feel the holograms as though they are real tangible objects. Whilst Fairy Lights interactive 3D holograms are currently only one centimeter squared, the researchers have confirmed that the holograms are scalable.

"Shock waves are generated by plasma when a user touches the plasma voxels. The user feels an impulse on the finger as if the light has physical substance."

9. Time Travel

The Future Is Now

In 2014, it was revealed how scientists at the University of Queenland demonstrated how the grandfather paradox may be resolved at the quantum level by successfully simulating quantum particles traveling through time using photons.

The theory that time-travel is possible at the subatomic level was first proposed in 1991, due to the fact that subatomic particles act and behave almost outside of the laws of classic physics.

In one case, a photon passed through a wormhole and then interacted with it's former self whereas in the second case, a photon in normal spacetime interacted with a photon which was indefinitely trapped inside a closed timeline curve.

10. Heartless Humans

Transhumanism

When 55-year old Craig Lewis was taken to the Texas Heart Institute suffering with an extremely rare but life-threatening heart condition called amyloidosis, they completely removed his heart from his body and replaced it with what is known as a continuous flow device.

Quite remarkably, this continuous flow device allows the blood to be pumped around Mr Lewis' body without him even needing to have a pulse. Mr Lewis is therefore literally the first truly heartless man on Earth. So heartless, in fact, that he can prove it by the very fact that he has no heart beat or pulse whatsoever.

However, it has been suggested that there may be emotional side effects and setbacks to installing such a device:

“Emotional information is actually coded and modulated into these fields. By learning to shift our emotions, we are changing the information coded into the magnetic fields that are radiated by the heart, and that can impact those around us. We are fundamentally and deeply connected with each other and the planet itself.” - Rolin McCratey , Ph.D, Director of Research at the Institute of Heartmath

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MartieCoetser 12 months ago from South Africa

Extremely interesting! We can but only imagine what the world will be like in 3015.


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fpherj48 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Very fascinating information of some spectacular discoveries. It never fails to astound me what scientists continually uncover through their research and study. It's all so amazing and offers such curiosities & hope for our future. Thank you for this well-presented hub.

(under #10 heartless humans) you may want to correct "Texas Heart Institute"....the "r" is missing!) darned typos!


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sparkster 12 months ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks for the comments. The limits of our current understanding of science are certainly being stretched. It's unimaginable what the world will be like in 1000 years time. Perhaps something like this: http://hubpages.com/politics/From-Humans-To-Androi... ??

Thanks for pointing out the typo - corrected!


teaches12345 2 months ago

Quite a fascinating read to lighten a rainy day. This educated me on dolphin play. The heart flow system is quite a lifesaver. Why haven't we had more of this to offer those who need it? Thanks for the information.

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