There are many questions that science does not know how to answer, but this is not because science, as a mechanism to provide answers, is fundamentally flawed. It is because science (proper science, that is) sets itself a couple of difficult boundary conditions.
That’s why we all seem to find it difficult to figure out certain answers to scientific and even mathematical problems. Thus, it doesn’t come as a complete surprise that certain questions, no matter how simple, can’t be answered.
At first glance, these questions seem so simple, but if you read more closely, you’ll realize that we all still have a lot to learn. From discovering the reason lightning strikes and how it’s created to the reason people enjoy music so much, let’s take a look at some of these unanswerable questions.
What Is Static Electricity?
When there is an imbalance between the protons and neutrons of an object, static electricity results, and it causes a repelling action on the surface of the object. The only way to break this action is by releasing the charge. This happens when a circuit is created and the charge is released.
One example might be rubbing a balloon on your sweater and bringing it close to your hair. Also, rubbing your shoes on a carpeted surface creates a buildup of static electricity, and touching the dog or cat will then cause a slight shock.
What Makes Us Enjoy Music So Much?
While words and speech are used as a way to communicate thoughts and ideas, music has the ability to communicate emotions and mood. Interestingly enough, music seems to activate the very same parts of the brain that are activated by sex, food, or gambling.
Together, these areas of the brain form what is called the reward system. This system is almost exclusively dedicated to activities that are necessary for survival.
Music has shown to have a buildup and a resolution, which is the exact pattern that activates the reward system and why endorphins are released.
What Keeps a Bicycle From Falling?
Bicycles were being ridden even before it was completely understood how they worked. It was believed that it was movement that kept them upright. However, scientists started to question this and removed this effect to test if bicycles were indeed self-balancing.
They discovered that the turning wheels, together with the fact that both wheels were pointing in the same direction, contribute to what kept a bicycle from falling over.
The main reason was found to be a complex system where movement in the front wheel would cause a self-correction caused by centrifugal force.
Why Are Some Insects Attracted To Light?
Some insects are automatically attracted to light, including many flying insects, moths, and mosquitos. Meanwhile, others move in the opposite direction, such as earthworms and cockroaches, which prefer darker areas.
Lights interfere with these creatures’ navigation, confusing the light or lamp for the sun. Creatures that gather around bright lights are vulnerable to predators when they do this. For example, spiders will create webs around outdoor lamps, or toads will catch beetles flying towards street lights.
Sleep – Why Is It Important and Why Do We Do It?
We all know that sleep is important, and we mostly understand this because we go to sleep and then wake up ready for the day, and if we don’t sleep well or at all, we can’t function during our daily routines. Having a healthy amount of sleep keeps you alert and helps the mind recharge.
It also helps prevent and cure diseases, which is why you feel so sleepy when you’re sick. It has been quite difficult for scientists to grasp the reason why we sleep.
One of the reasons scientists can’t get a handle on an answer to why we sleep is how difficult it is to isolate and study. We can’t tell them what’s going on because we are sleeping.
Every supposed answer written above was simply posed as a theory, and nothing has been truly confirmed as a concrete answer to any of these questions.
Science and physics are truly amazing, but because there are certain boundaries to our world according to what science has already confirmed and what we have witnessed, we are still missing many answers to many questions.