What’s left to explore?


There is a widespread saying nowadays that goes “We are born too late to explore the world and too early to explore the universe”. That pessimistic saying seems at first kind of true, every bit of land is already charted and the first manned spaceships to explore the universe won’t depart until … too late. But there are still things to explore for people nowadays and Nathan Wolfe explains how we can motivate new generations of scientists to research.

Biological Dark Matter in your nose

The achievements of past scientists and explorers may seem dwarfed to us today and if you realize what has already been achieved just in the last few hundred years, you may ask yourself: What is still out there left to discover? New grounds to research might be hard to find, but if you take a closer look you can spot some mysteries that await to be resolved.

Nathan Wolfe for example brings up the question: What exactly is in your nose? Most of the DNA strings in your nose contain either human, bacterial or viral information, but 20% of the DNA information of the nose can’t be matched to any of those. Therefore, they are called “Biological Dark Matter”.

Unknowns all around us

We live in a technologically, highly-advanced society and this maybe makes us think sometimes that there are no things out there to explore, since every place in the world has already been visited by humans and new technological advances just seem too difficult to achieve, but there are things left out there that still have to be discovered – quite a lot of things, actually.

So maybe we should have more awareness of how much there is still left out there to explore and remember: Humans can only explore the universe once. So, if our generation works hard enough to explore and research new methods of space travel, there should be plenty of things to discover.

Still not convinced? Check out our Talk of the Week and let Nathan Wolfe persuade you.

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