Scientific Discoveries In 2019

11 Amazing Scientific Events That Have Happened In 2019, Other Than The Black Hole

We are all in awe at the first photographed black hole!


With the recent picture of the first black hole circulating social media and the world, let's take a look at some of the other amazing scientific discoveries that have happened throughout 2019!

1. Inhalable messenger RNA

Researchers believe this may be a safe way for those who are suffering from respiratory diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, may benefit from an inhalable form of messenger RNA.

2. Oldest Earth rock

NASA believes they have found the oldest Earth rock...on the moon! They are dating it around 4 billion years old and have found common earth gems within it.

3. A new way to possibly destroy cancer

A non-invasive way of treating cancer is becoming more research on. Photodynamic therapy uses light to target cancer cells in the body by converting cellular triplet oxygen into singlet oxygen.

4. Gene therapy to halt blindness

A woman becomes the first person to undergo gene therapy for age-related macular degeneration. The doctors in this study have currently has restored the sight of two people as of mid-February 2019.

5. Hachimoji DNA

A group of researches have built a new coding for DNA with 8 base pairs (4 natural and 4 unnatural). It is currently being looked into to be used as storage, but the possibilities are endless.

6. 1 Terabyte microSD chip

We have watched USBs become microchips. What was once a big clunky block for a terabyte has now become something you can insert into your phone.

7. Water on Mars?

At the end of February, it was released that scientist may have finally found evidence of groundwater on Mars. This may finally help to prove that life may have once existed on Mars.

8. DOLPHIN detecting tiny tumors

Another discovery by MIT! DOLPHIN is an imaging system that may be able to detect small tumors deep in the body. This may increase the chance of early cancer detection and stop it before it grows larger.

9.  Most powerful laser

This laser is able to reach 10 petawatts, which is 1/10th of the entire sun's power if concentrated. It gives scientists a new way to look at matter.

10. First private trip to the Moon

Israel sent and funded a private mission of an unmanned ship to the moon. It should be landing on the Moon in mid-April 2019.

11. New human species discovered

Homo luzonensis were 50,000-year-old fossils found in the caves of the Philippines. This species may help to close even more links in human evolution and species.

Just think, this is only 11 of the many scientific events that have happened since the first of the year. We have just reached the middle of April, so who knows what will be found in science next.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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