12 Fascinating Facts Science Taught Us During The Past Year

How Many Giraffes Are There?

How Many Giraffes Are There?

During the past year, researchers have discovered that there are actually a total of four different species of giraffe, not just one.

Proxima B

Proxima B

The guys at NASA discovered that there is a planet that looks so much like our own that it could support life. It's only four light years away!

Tanzania's Helium

Tanzania's Helium

It turns out that the African nation of Tanzania is home to a huge fifty-four billion cubic feet of helium gas reserves.

Leprotic Squirrels

Leprotic Squirrels

There are squirrels living the United Kingdom which are carrying a particular strain of leprosy that can be traced back to our own human ancestors who lived in Medieval Europe.

The Greenland Shark

The Greenland Shark

Scientists have discovered that the deep sea beast known as the Greenland shark is capable of living up to 400 years!

Ozone Hole

Ozone Hole

The hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic is healing itself. That just about has to be the best news of anything on this list.

A Sun Up On Tatooine

A Sun Up On Tatooine

If you thought Tatooine from Star Wars was a weird planet with two suns, then what about the huge planet that astronomers discovered during the past year about 320 light years away that has three suns?

Same Same But Different

Same Same But Different

Scientists discovered that ducklings like these cute little guys, are able to recognize the difference between the concepts of "different" and "same".

Tough Little Tardigrade

Tough Little Tardigrade

We knew tardigrades were tough but this is pretty crazy. As it turns out, they can survive after being frozen for thirty years. If you are unfamiliar with tardigrades, they're those microscopic little eight-legged water-dwellers that almost cannot be killed and can survive in extreme heat, no atmosphere, and apparently thirty years in the freezer!

Cycling Away From Pollution

Cycling Away From Pollution

Studies have shown that, although pollution is a very, very bad thing for a human being to be constantly exposed to (as pictured here in China), the benefits of riding a bike in a polluted city outweighs the negatives of the pollution.

The Milky Where?

The Milky Where?

One third of all the people on planet Earth are not able to see the Milky Way from where they happen to live.

Pluto Tourism Department...?

Pluto Tourism Department...?

We already knew that (the used to be a planet) Pluto is a cold and harsh place. But during the past year, scientists have discovered that it is far colder and more compact than they had ever thought it could be.