Top 10 Discoveries of 2012

The National Geographic is not only a very informative magazine/channel/publication but an entertaining one at that. They have had a huge year in discovers about nature, space, history, and much more. However, they have been able to whittle down that extensive volume into a list of the top 10, of which we will be sharing in this article. Their list is comprised of the ten most visited news stories on their website, so let’s take a look to see if they are worthy of such a title.

10. Giant Crocodile Breaks Size Record

The average crocodile is already a fairly scary reptile but discovering one measuring 20 feet long would cause some of the bravest men & women to head for the hills. It was captured in the Philippines in September of 2011 but its record breaking size was not confirmed until July of 2012. The aptly named Lolong is officially the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity.

Giant Crocodile, Giant Crocodile found

9. Sugar Found in Space

Outer space is a pretty sweet place in the first place, but now it’s become a little sweeter with the discovery of simple sugar molecules floating in the gas around a star some 400 light-years away. That is definitely a grand distance to travel in order to borrow a cup of sugar from the intergalactic neighbors. This finding could be another step closer to finding other intelligent life in that expansive universe of ours, or a careless astronaut could have spilt some groceries on the way to the International Space Station.

Sugar Found in Space, space, sugar

8. New Planet Found in Our Solar System?

As many Star Trek episodes continually emphasize, space is an enormous place and full of so many mysteries. The latest development in our local solar system has been the discovery of another planet on the outskirts of out stem. It’s definitely too far out there for the average consumer telescope to get a fairly detained view of the rookie planet. But it could to into another Pluto situation, and this the new anomaly could be categorized as floating space jump.

new planet, new planet discovered

7. “God Particle” Found?

When the LHC(Large Hadron Collider) was flipped on a few years ago, parts of the world panicked about the apocalyptic possibilities of this incredible machine. On July 4th, 2012, the LHC supposedly completed one of it’s many goals and aided in the discovery/recreation of the Higgs boson, or God particle; scientists still have a long way to do in confirming this mysterious particle. But if it is confirmed, then this discover could unravel a lot of our universal questions.

God Particle, higgs boson, God Particle higgs

6. “Lost World” in Antarctica

Lost World, Lost World antarctica

It is a unique experience when a new species is discovered in this day and age, but Antarctica is still a largely unexplored area with an uncovered city of a new species of crab. It has not yet been named, but this type of Yeti crab flocks towards the hot, mineral-rich hydro-thermal vents in the oceans off Antarctica. The discovery was only made possible by traveling to the depths of 7,875 feet and piercing the complete darkness with your personal nuclear submarine.