In just under five months of the year there are many interesting discoveries in the field of science.

2017 is being a great scientific year

Throughout this year there have been many scientific discoveries carried out nationally and internationally. In EL ESPAÑOL we have tried to echo all the possible ones, although some of them have escaped our magnifying glass.

The new function of the lungs

In addition to serving to breathe, the lungs have been shown to contribute to the creation of blood cells -platelets-, in fact they produce 10 million platelets per hour, most of these cells in the human body as published in Nature.

It is mathematically possible to build a real time machine

However, currently, the technology and materials necessary to withstand the physical doubling of the fabric of space-time are lacking. But, in theory, it can be done according to a work published in Classical and Quantum Gravity

In Siberia the permafrost is melting

This is leaving a crater called “the gateway to the underworld.” In turn, there are ancient forests that are being exposed to the outside for the first time in 200,000 years, and various geological phenomena have been happening since last year.

Semi-synthetic organisms already exist among us

These have been created artificially by means of extended DNA, using six letters instead of the four known until now. Although this type of DNA has been known since 2014.

Now you can spray a material and make it completely opaque

Vantablack, the darkest material in the world, can already be used in the form of a spray from this year.

There is a new state of matter

It is called the crystals of time. This new state will allow us to create “impossible” objects.

A new human organ has been classified

Although it was previously known, it had not been classified as such until now: it is the mesentery.

There is a single giant neuron

It appears to cover the brain of mammals, such as mice. Its function is suspected to be related to the awareness of these animals.

The Tasmanian tiger has been seen again in Australia

The last living specimen of this species is believed to have died in a zoo 80 years ago, and has never been seen again until now.

The appendix is ​​not a useless evolutionary holdover

According to recent research, the appendix could have a defensive biological function, forming part of the immune system – and therefore we still have it.

The dinosaur family tree could be wrong

Following the discovery of fossils in Scotland, this family tree may need to be redesigned.

Polycystic ovary syndrome could start in the brain

Thus, the origin of this gynecological disorder would not be in the ovaries, as had always been thought.

There is a whole new eighth continent

It is called Zealandia and it would be the eighth and also the smallest of all the continents.

A new geological epoch has been established

Humans have caused a major geological impact on Earth, leading to a new geological epoch as a result of the novel distribution of minerals they caused. The period is called the Anthropocene.

Narwhals, the unicorns of the sea, use their horns for hunting

It is the last of the numerous described functions of this species of tusk or horn that protrudes from the head of these cetaceans.

Human activity has also changed the space around planet Earth

Using very low frequency radio communications has accidentally formed a “shield bubble”.

A drug has been approved for all types of cancer

For the first time, the US has given the green light to a drug that works for any type of cancer. Your place of origin does not matter, but your genetic signature.