• Question: What things have you found out that changed the worlds knowledge since you became a scientist?

    Asked by nine389gas to James, Hannah, Claire, Chris, Binuraj, Alice on 18 Mar 2020.
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      Binuraj Menon answered on 18 Mar 2020: last edited 18 Mar 2020 5:57 pm


      I can understand that you are asking for a particular scientific discovery that was proved wrong over the years. In my knowledge (limited) I can’t find any. The fact is that technology is vastly developed over the years and we are in a position to know more and more about many things. The initial concepts are further expanded and our scientific understanding improved. Please read the following link, it will give bit more about what is actually changing in science over the years.

      https://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/modern_science

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      Hannah Blyth answered on 18 Mar 2020:


      Hey nine389gas 🙂 I am still really early into my science career so I personally haven’t found anything that has completely changed the worlds knowledge, but in 2019 scientists imaged a blackhole (awesome) and I was recently reading about some work that discovered fungi may have found land first (there is some microfossil evidence dating 1 billion years ago, whereas freshwater plants were thought to have made the move during the Cambrian explosion some 430 million years ago).

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      Chris Carlton answered on 24 Mar 2020:


      I can’t claim to anything like this myself, however science generally works like chipping bits off a block of ice until the whole block has gone (i.e. each experiment and project contributes knowledge to the problem until it is eventually solved). Even when there have been landmark discoveries like the Higgs Boson it is very unusual that they come from nowhere and usually build on years of work from a large number of scientists.

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