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9 Freaky and Unexplained Scientific Anomalies

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Science can explain a great many things, but there are still some weird scientific anomalies that experts just can't figure out. As long as man has walked the earth, people have been in search of answers. Some weird anomalies in science are shrouded in mysticism, others just defy explanation - but all have captured the attention of the ever-curious public. From extraterrestrial messages to strange medical conditions formed at birth, these cases are straight from the pages of science fiction. 

And while some scientific anomalies are fun to fantasize about - like strange roads discovered under the sea or possible pyramids on Mars - some potentially hold answers many researchers have spent their entire careers trying to find. Is there life on other planets? Can we figure out how to cure horrible genetic diseases? What were ancient cultures really capable of? 

With more research, it's possible we will discover what causes these strange phenomena. In fact, some of these unexplained scientific anomalies were only discovered as researchers were trying to answer other questions. While many of the world's great mysteries have already been solved, let's celebrate the unanswered questions that are still captivating and seriously freaking us out. 

  • A Russian Radio Signal Has Been Broadcasting Since 1976 and No One Knows Why

    A Russian Radio Signal Has Been Broadcasting Since 1976 and No One Knows Why
    Photo: US Department of Defense / Wikimedia Commons

    Since 1982, there’s been a mysterious Russian radio signal called UVB-76 that’s been constantly transmitting. No one is sure who is making it, where exactly it comes from, or why it started. Most astoundingly, no one has ever been able to decode the messages it broadcasts. It buzzes 25 times per minute and occasionally broadcasts a random series of names and numbers. It used to broadcast from somewhere near Moscow, but in 2010, the location changed to a more remote part of Russia. Many people have speculated that it's a military communication channel, but, as one enthusiast says, "Without access to the codebook, there is no way to tell what they are sending."

  • The Wow! Signal Could Be a Message from Another Galaxy

    While working on a search for extraterrestrial life (SETI) project, an astronomer named Jerry Ehman discovered what is now known as the “Wow! Signal” - the best evidence we have of a possible alien radio transmission. The signal, received in 1977 by Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope, came from the constellation Sagittarius. It was over 30 times more powerful than other noises coming from deep space.  It was dubbed "Wow!" after Ehman wrote the word on the print-out of the frequency data. A similar message has never been heard, despite attempts to recreate it.

  • Massive Ice Chunks Are Falling from the Sky

    Massive Ice Chunks Are Falling from the Sky
    Video: YouTube

    For years, people around the world have reported huge chunks of ice, called megacryometeors, falling from the sky. And not little hail-sized chunks - huge pieces of ice that weigh up to 110 pounds in some cases. It’s a well-reported phenomenon but no one is quite sure why it happens. There’s one leading theory that the ice is dislodged off passing jets, but the Federal Aviation Administration has examined complaints and determined no planes could’ve dropped the ice. Meteorologists say it’s not weather related. So what is it exactly? Scientists continue to investigate, but aren’t 100 percent sure of any one cause.

  • A Rare Congenital Disease Paralyzes Children and Scientists Can't Figure Out Its Cause

    A Rare Congenital Disease Paralyzes Children and Scientists Can't Figure Out Its Cause
    Photo: UNICEF Ethiopia / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

    A rare neurological disorder, the cause of Moebius syndrome has eluded doctors for years. It causes paralysis and muscle weakness, as well as dental abnormalities. Because it manifests at birth, babies born with the disorder often have trouble eating. Doctors have been trying to figure out what exactly causes the disorder in order to better treat it, but have been unable to pinpoint how or when it begins to affect a fetus. It does not appear to be genetic, and doctors think it may be caused by an interruption in blood flow in the brain during prenatal development.