The most viewed news of 2020

4. The heat that does not stop

The maximum temperatures are now commonplace and a study by the UK National Meteorological Service confirmed this by predicting that high temperatures will not stop rising. In the next five years the global average temperature of the Earth will reach new heat records due to the accumulation of greenhouse gases. Global average temperatures will move between 1.15ºC and 1.45ºC above pre-industrial conditions between 2020 and 2024, according to forecasts.

5. What warps our galaxy?

A team of astronomers discovered why the Milky Way is more crooked than initially thought. Instead of showing a flat disk, our galaxy is curved up on one side and down on the other. According to the data, the galaxy is wobbling, similar to the movement of a spinning top (precession) and the reason is none other than a collision with a smaller galaxy; an event that took place sometime in the past of the Milky Way.

6. The remains of the first known aquatic dinosaur appear

Discovered in Morocco, a Spinosaurus fossil this year rewrote the history of dinosaur evolution. This dinosaur, which lived 95 million years ago during the Cretaceous with its 15 meters long, seven tons of weight and an unusually long and flexible tail, turns out that it used its enormous tail to swim through rivers like a crocodile , making it the first known aquatic dinosaur.

7. News about the coronavirus

The news, in general, about the SARS-CoV-2 has covered the news of practically all this 2020, but this article in particular about “Ten good news about the coronavirus”, It has risen as the most viewed among the news about covid-19. It placed particular emphasis on vaccine projects that were already underway. Prototypes and clinical trials with antivirals that evolved positively. Vaccines are already reaching the different countries of the world.

8. An indestructible insect

The mystery about the devilish armored beetle (Phloeodes diabolicus), one of the toughest creatures in nature, was finally exposed. The insect is so tough that it can survive being hit by a vehicle, but how is it possible? Turns out, he has unusual armor that is layered and assembled into his tiny body like a puzzle. Its structure is an engineering challenge that will help us create new tools for us humans.

9. The biggest explosion in the history of the universe

An astronomical milestone. The biggest cosmic outburst since the Big Bang. So powerful that it pierced the plasma surrounding the black hole in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster. Astronomers at the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research detected this explosion in a galaxy 390 million light years from Earth. Imagine that a supervolcano “ate” a side of an entire mountain. That impressive.

10. Back to the theory of panspermia

A team of researchers this year published a file on the discovery of a protein called hemolithin inside a meteorite. In case that were true, it would be the first time we have encountered a molecule of such biological complexity outside of Earth. A new era of astrobiology?

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