Unsolved Mysteries That Science Can't Explain

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Science and Technology On 7th December 2017

Mankind can be humbled and inspired by these crazy unexplained phenomena, that leave even scientists scratching their heads. Here are natural phenomena from around the globe that science hasn’t yet been able to explain.


The Hum

The Hum is a phenomenon, or collection of phenomena, involving widespread reports of a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people. Hums have been widely reported by national media in the UK and the United States. The Hum is sometimes prefixed with the name of a locality where the problem has been particularly publicized: e.g., the "Bristol Hum" or the "Taos Hum". It is unclear whether it is a single phenomenon; different causes have been attributed. In some cases, it may be a manifestation of tinnitus. The Taos Hum was featured on the TV show Unsolved Mysteries. It was also featured in LiveScience's "Top Ten Unexplained Phenomena", where it took tenth place.


Naga fireball

Naga fireballs also known as bung fai paya nak or Mekong lights, are a phenomenon said to be often seen on the Mekong River. Glowing balls are alleged to naturally rise from the water high into the air.The balls are said to be reddish and to range in size from smaller sparkles up to the size of basketballs. They quickly rise up to a couple of hundred meters before disappearing. The number of fireballs reported varies between tens and thousands per night. Thai biologist Jessada Denduangboripant analyzed footage of a Naga fireball event and concluded that the effect was caused by the firing of flare guns from the other side of the river. Some individuals have attempted to scientifically explain the phenomenon. One explanation is that the fireball is a result of flammable phosphine gas generated by the marshy environment.


Star jelly

Star jelly is a gelatinous substance sometimes found on grass or even on branches of trees. According to folklore, it is deposited on the Earth during meteor showers. Star jelly is described as a translucent or grayish-white gelatin that tends to evaporate shortly after having “fallen.” Explanations have ranged from the materials being the remains of frogs, toads, or worms, to the byproducts of cyanobacteria, to the paranormal. There have been reports of 'star-jelly' for centuries. One scientific speculation has pointed towards frog spawn which has been vomited up by amphibian-eating creatures (notably European polecats), though no frog spawn has ever approached the size of some reported cases of star jelly. Scientists commissioned by the National Geographic Society have carried out tests on samples found in the United States, but have failed to find any DNA in the material.

Morning Glory cloud

The Morning Glory cloud is a rare meteorological phenomenon consisting of a low-level atmospheric solitary wave and associated cloud, occasionally observed in different locations around the world. The wave often occurs as an amplitude-ordered series of waves forming bands of roll clouds.

The southern part of the Gulf of Carpentaria in Northern Australia is the only known location where it can be predicted and observed on a more or less regular basis due to the configuration of land and sea in the area. Unusual cloud formations have been noticed here since ancient times.

The Morning Glory cloud of the Gulf of Carpentaria has been studied by multiple teams of scientists since the early 1970s. Multiple studies have followed since then, but other than that explanation, scientists aren’t quite sure how they form.

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