In 2017, scientists were the first to capture the collision of two distant neutron stars. This leads to the creation of a massive explosion, bursting through the fabric of space and time.
The event took place on August 17 and confirmed several key astrophysical models, showed the locations of the formation of many heavy elements and tested the general theory of relativity.
The explosion happened at a distance of 130 million light years from us. Similar events produce half the gold, uranium, platinum and mercury spaces. The shock wave was caught by gravitational wave sensors in observatories around the world.
Every year, scientific journals publish important achievements. The list includes the discovery of a new species of orangutans, whose representatives comprise 800 individuals. In the Moroccan cave, they found a skull, which turned out to be 300,000 years older than the early homo sapiens. The study of gene therapy in children with spinal muscular atrophy also brought new results.
The failures of 2017
I did not forget the magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, to voice the problems that have arisen in the outgoing year. These were not entirely unambiguous relations of US President Donald Trump to the scientific world. In 2015, he refused to sign the climate agreement in Paris, dropped many environmental regulations and called for a reduction in the budget in key research.
Let's not forget about the series of cases of sexual harassment published in the press. But the failure of the project worth $ 5 million led to the rescue of a variety of small guinea pig (Wakita) off the coast of Mexico.