cool The Greatest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015  

Amy Boal
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Science is amazing! Scientists and researchers all over the globe are constantly making new and exciting discoveries that will continue to change the course of human life on Earth, and 2015 is no different. The greatest scientific discoveries inspire us to learn more about the world around us and never just accept the way things are. Because you know what? Someone created the first man-made leaf that produces oxygen! And NASA is constantly making discoveries far, far away! Scientific breakthroughs are crazy cool! 

This list of scientific discoveries features interesting stories of researchers making breakthroughs in all kinds of different fields, with many important implications for human life. The scientific discoveries of 2015 will amaze and inspire a new generation of curious scientists, who will push the boundaries of what we know even further.

When it comes to recent scientific breakthroughs, 2015 is full of them. From the first new antibiotic in decades, to lab grown human muscle, and a man-made leaf that can go through photosynthesis, the scientific discoveries made in 2015 will boggle your mind and change your view of the world.

So what were the biggest discoveries in science and tech in 2015? Read on to find out!
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Wifi Sidewalks: Coming Soon to England


Wifi Sidewalks: Coming Soon to... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015
Photo: Nicolas Nova/Flickr

Solving a problem people the First World over face, the streets of Chesham’s town center in Buckinghamshire, England, are getting a cool new feature: Smart Wi-Fi Pavements.

Developed by Virgin Media, this technology will allow passersby and those chilling on the patios of local coffee shops to surf the Net. But won't everything take hours to load? Nope! The service will be fast enough to download a 45-minute episode on a video streaming site in just 35 seconds.

Source: IFL Science

Astronomers May Have Found Alien-Built Structures


Astronomers May Have Found Ali... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015
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The Kepler Space Telescope identified a pretty cool star (KIC 8462852), said astronomers in October 2015. What makes it so cool? Well, it may harbor structers that might have been built by intelligent life (aliens). The large cluster of objects apparently looks like something you would ""expect an alien civilization to build."

Astronomers are planning a variety of follow-up observations to check out these bizarre structures.
 
Source: Independent

200+ New Species Identified in Fragile Himalayan Region


200+ New Species Identified in... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015
Photo: Eric Pheterson/Flickr
In a new report, scientists from various organizations announced that between 2009 and 2014 they discovered 211 new species in the Eastern Himalayas, including 133 plants, 39 invertebrates, 26 fish, 10 amphibians, one reptile, one bird, and one mammal. Among the most notable and flashy discoveries are the blue dwarf ‘walking’ snakehead fish (which can breathe air and survive on land for up to four days), a monkey with an upturned nose that sneezes when it rains, and the bejeweled lance-headed pit viper, which looks like a genuine piece of jewelry.
 

These discoveries indicate that this region of the Himalayas is one of the most biologically diverse on Earth.
 

Source: World Wildlife Fund

Mammal Species That Survived Dinosaur Extinction Discovered


Mammal Species That Survived D... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015
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Published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, scientists announced that they have identified the "rodent-like" mammal species, Kimbetopsalis simmonsae. This plant-eating mammal looked kind of like a beaver and offers clues as to how mammals "took over" following the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Found in the New Mexico badlands, this mammal is notable as well for its teeth - it had "complicated rows of cusps at the back and incisors at the front for gnawing."

Source: BBC