17 Every Day Mysteries Science Has Been Unable to Solve

Science is amazing and has made tremendous strides in answering questions about the world around us. Yet, despite this greater understanding, there remain several phenomena and areas of scientific study that offer far more questions than answers. Here are 17 intriguing mysteries that science has not yet fully explained.

The Origin of Life

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Although science offers us its most educated ‘guess’ regarding the origin of life on Earth, the theory comes with many unanswered questions. The exact process by which life first emerged on our planet remains a mystery that scientists continue to work on (New Scientist).

Dark Matter and Dark Energy

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Despite 68% of the universe being dark energy and 27% being dark matter, we know virtually nothing about them. Nasa admits, “We know how much dark energy there is because we know how it affects the universe’s expansion. Other than that, it is a complete mystery.” 

The Placebo Effect

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Placebo occurs when a patient experiences real (medically proven) improvement after receiving treatment without active ingredients. This ‘mind over matter’ effect challenges everything modern medicine knows about treating disease/injury and suggests a powerful, unexplained connection between the mind and body (Harvard Health Publishing).

Quantum Entanglement

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Quantum entanglement, where particles become interconnected regardless of the distance separating them, is still a baffling phenomenon in quantum physics (Physics World). Scientists have tried and failed to explain how particles can be so affected by others even after they are physically separated.

The Voynich Manuscript

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Beinecke Rare Books Library says the 15th-century codex is “The world’s most mysterious book. Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich.” It continues to confuse and frustrate historians and linguists alike.

The Nature of Consciousness

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Your brain’s awareness of personal identity and individuality is a perplexing topic. Although scientists agree that consciousness arose (perhaps incidentally) as our brains became more advanced and complicated, they have so far failed to explain exactly how and why this occurred (Scientific American).

The Fermi Paradox

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This mystery questions why we haven’t observed any signs of extraterrestrial life despite the vast number of potentially habitable planets in the known universe and the viability of interstellar travel. Space.com perfectly sums up this conundrum by asking, “Where are all the aliens?”

The Wow! Signal

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This strong narrowband, detected by Ohio University’s radio telescope in 1977, was a radio signal coming from the direction of the Sagittarius constellation. It has become one of the greatest mysteries of astronomy, being neither fully understood nor repeated since.

Ball Lightning

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According to Science.com, ball lightning is a rare phenomenon in which luminous spheres mysteriously appear during thunderstorms. These balls of light vary in size and duration and often move erratically. The unpredictability with which they appear means scientists still don’t know what causes them.

The Moon’s Water Origin

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The discovery of water on the Moon has raised several questions about how and when it came to be there. Some scientists propose water molecules may have arrived via meteorites, comets, or dust blown by solar wind, but the exact explanations for lunar water are not yet fully understood (NASA).

The Tunguska Event

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Britannica states that The Tunguska Event was a massive explosion in a remote Siberian forest in 1908. A thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb, it flattened millions of trees over a 100 km2 area. Although scientists hypothesize that a comet burst on the surface, evidence remains scarce.

The Dancing Plague of 1518

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In 1518, hundreds of people in Strasbourg, France, were affected by an uncontrollable urge to dance, some even to their deaths! The cause behind this weird phenomenon, whether it was psychological, environmental, or the result of infectious disease, is still heavily debated.

The Disappearing Honeybees

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The sudden disappearance of bee colonies is officially called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), yet it continues to perplex scientists. While some have blamed pesticides, pathogens, habitat loss, and climate change, no definitive answer has yet been found (Pressbooks). It is likely to be an unknown combination of several related factors.

The Marfa Lights

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These ghostly lights have been appearing near the town of Marfa, Texas, for over a century. Eyewitnesses say they vary in size, color, and behavior, with some describing them as hovering, darting, or merging. Skeptics have offered various explanations, but no definitive answer has been found.

The Migration of Monarch Butterflies

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National Geographic reports that the mass annual migration of monarch butterflies from North America to central Mexico still baffles scientists. How do they know when to leave, and how do simple insects navigate over thousands of miles? The intricacies of such mechanisms are still unknown.

The Bloop Sound

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In 1997, an extraordinarily loud and unexplained underwater sound was recorded in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers named it “The Bloop,” and it remains one of the loudest marine sounds ever recorded. While some suggest a huge marine mammal was responsible, the source of “The Bloop” was never discovered.

The Mystery of Hypnosis

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Anyone who’s been successfully hypnotized will confirm that they felt oddly focused, susceptible to suggestion, and compelled to follow orders throughout the process. Yet the psychological mechanism behind hypnosis remains unknown despite it being a valuable therapeutic tool.

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