New Scientist has a brief but interesting article on 13 phenomena that don't fit current scientific understanding. They relate to different areas of science, and if you know a little about the way things work then some of them are absolutely fascinating. Five of them intrigue me especially.
- It appears that hybrids of two life forms can occasionally be viable in much more complicated organisms than generally assumed.
- No-one is sure whether Morgellon's disease exists or not, despite people suffering from it
- Low-energy electromagnetic waves appear to travel very slightly faster (for example 4 minutes in 500 million years) than high-energy waves in a vacuum. That is not supposed to happen, they should all travel at a speed determined by two universal constants, the electrical and magnetic induction constants.
- Astrophysicists think that they might have found the biggest thing in the known universe by a long way. No-one is sure, because they can’t see it and have no idea of its nature.
- The shape of the entire universe appears to be … wrong.
All of these suggest the paths of scientific development. Natural sciences advance by finding something that does not fit current ideas, and developing new ideas to take that into account.