It has been said that the children are our future, and it is hard to see how that could not be true. The problem is looking around at some of the children out there, and that may come across as a frightening prospect to a lot of people. Many kids today are more interested in bouncing from one screen to another, not all that interested in the world to be discovered around them. However, there is reason to believe that the world may actually be in good hands.
Sure there are some kids in the world that have found their sources of inspiration yet, but there are other kinds of kids in the world that have already gone on to do and discover amazing things.
People should not underestimate what some kids are capable of. It might seem like kids should not be pressured to accomplish great things just yet, but they can and do. Frankly, some kids even manage to put some adults to shame with what they are able to manage to do at such a young age.
Despite our best efforts, the world seems to be full of adults who never manage to make any groundbreaking discoveries or leave a lasting impression in the history books. Strangely enough, it also seems to be full of kids that actually do make significant discoveries that some adults would kill to make. In fact, there are 15 weird discoveries that were made by kids that will hopefully give everyone a greater sense of hope for the future.
16 The Kid Curious About Sweetners
Anyone that has been to school most likely had to do some kind of science project. It may seem like nothing of any real value could ever come from those kinds of projects, but it actually lead to one child making an impressive discovery about flies. A student name Simon Kashchock-Marenda had an interest in how artificial sweeteners affect fruit flies. So he fed fruit flies various kinds of sweeteners.
The interesting thing about all this is when fed the sweetener Truvia they all died within a few days. The kid was actually able to repeat the experiment under actual laboratory conditions, and the same results occurred. Truvia killed the fruit flies. It is believed that the ingredient of erythritol in Truvia may be what is killing the flies. What is important about all this is that the discovery could possibly lead to an insecticide that is harmless to people.
15 Tripping Over Greatness
Amazingly not every discovery made by a kid happens because the kid is doing some kind of school directed experiment. Sometimes a kid might not be doing much of anything at all. Take for example Phillip Stoll, he literally tripped over a great discovery. He was walking barefoot in a creek bed one day and tripped over a tooth.
Of course, this was no ordinary animal tooth, it was a tooth of a Mastodon. Mastodons are prehistoric relatives to today's elephants that have long been extinct. That's right, a kid literally trips over something that would make an archaeologist cry. The tooth that was discovered is about 8-inches long, and despite not being something people come across everyday, Phillip Stoll realized it was some kind of giant tooth right away. However, he and his mom had to contact a nearby university to find out just what kind of tooth he stumbled upon.
14 Like Father Like Daughter
If anyone doubts that children are capable of achieving great things that even adults would have trouble managing, they should consider the case of Elan Filler. For years in Southern California people were getting sick and sometimes even dying from a fungus called Cryptococcus gattii. The problem was no one could figure out where they were getting this nasty fungus. No one except Elan Filler that is.
Filler was a 7th grader looking for a cool science fair project. Her father suggested she take up looking into the fungus, possibly not expecting much. Her dad was an infectious disease specialist who likely had a vested interest in the matter. However, she eventually managed to identify 3 trees that were infected with the fungus. That means a 7th grader managed to do what no else could, and managed to help out a fair number of people in the process which is not bad for a 7th grader.
13 Man’s Ancient Relative
One day 9-year old Matthew Berger was hanging out with his dad, which is not an usual thing, but what happened that day does not happen too often. It turns out that his dad is an archeologist and the two of them were at a dig site in South Africa. While there, young Berger discovered something very interesting that would make his dad proud. The 9-year old somehow managed to find the remains of what would turn out to be an ancient ancestor of man.
The boy found the ancient bones outside of his father’s dig site. The bones were 2-million years old. It is believed that the bones belong to an unknown ancient ancestor of man. Just to maintain child involvement, the children of South Africa were allowed to name the skeleton young Berger found. They named it Karabo, a word meaning answer.
12 Finding More Than Seashells
Some great finds happen when it is least expected. Ten-year old Noah Cordle planned to just play by the surf at the Jersey Beach, but that was not meant to be. While playing around he found something worthy of a museum. The young boy had found an old arrowhead, a really old arrowhead. While many people find arrowheads all the time, none are like this one. The ancient weapon is believed to be 10,000 years old making it essentially as old as humankind itself.
The boy’s parents took the rare find to the proper experts who were no doubt blown away by it. It is believed that the arrowhead was used by an ancient pre-tribal Native American that is long gone. They likely used the arrowhead to hunt fish and birds with. Experts say that finding such things is extremely rare in New Jersey, making Noah Cordle a very lucky little boy.
11 The Youngest Ever
A lot of kids are not strangers to looking at the sky with a great sense of wonder about the whole thing. A lot of people enjoy being amatuer astronomers and watching the sky. Ten-year old Kathryn Gray is no different, but her sky watching lead to something rather extraordinary. It lead to her finding a brand new supernova. It began simple enough with pictures that her dad had taken of space one New Year’s Eve. Kathryn found the pictures and looked through them. She then decided to check out the area of sky to see if anything had changed about it, and probably not thinking much about it.
Nevertheless, Kathryn thought she saw something different. As it turns out there was now a supernova in the sky that was not there before. This was confirmed by her father. Now just to put how impressive this is in perspective, Kathryn Gray is officially the youngest person to ever discover a supernova.
10 A Big Piece Of The Puzzle
Sometimes it actually takes more than one youngster to make a great discovery, and sometimes it actually happens more than just once. For example, a group of high schoolers discovered a new pulsar. They made this discovery by analyzing data from a telescope. A pulsar is essentially a kind of star. This discovery could have wide reaching effects.The discovery of a new pulsar will help astronomers better understand how star systems form and evolve.
What might be even more amazing about this whole thing is that it is not the first time this has actually happened. Fifteen-year old Shay Bloxton also discovered a new pulsar as well. It is perhaps no surprise that she made this discovery, considering she made it while participating in a program that looks for pulsars. Bloxton claims that participating in the program has encouraged her to have a career in astrophysics, meaning this may be the first of several great discoveries.
9 Marvel Moment
Most every kid probably dreams of finding treasure, not unlike a pirate, but pretty much none of them ever actually find anything. That is not the case with 3-year old James Hyatt, which proves there are exceptions to every rule. He found a wonderful, rare piece of treasure. Specifically he found a 500-year old pendent with the image of a woman on it.
The boy actually managed to find the treasure with the most basic of treasure hunting tools, a metal detector. He was using a metal detector one day like a lot of people do when he made his priceless discovery. However, jewellers and archeologists managed to put a price on this pendant. Experts say that the find is likely worth a mind blowing 4 million dollars. The boy found the pendant in a field, and in an act of great generosity Hyatt plans to share the money with the owner of the field.
8 Embracing The Creepy-Cralwers
It is often very true that a great many kids have a certain fondness for bugs for whatever reason. This little 5-year old girl’s love of creepy-crawlies had her making an incredible discovery involving bugs. Her name is Katie Dobbins, and she managed to make a major discovery about bugs without even really trying. One day she noticed a furry little moth in her house. There really is not anything out of the ordinary about that. But Katie thought it interesting.
And this was no ordinary moth. It was a moth called Euonymus Leaf Notcher which is native to Asia. However, the important part of the story is that little Katie Dobbins lives in the U.K. and nowhere near Asia. Experts claim it was the first sighting of that particular kind of moth in that area ever, which means that a little girl discovered a whole new kind of insect in her homeland. Wow! A famous entomologist at age five!
7 Medical Advancements Before His Time
Not everything that a kid discovers is something that is largely just cool or academically interesting. Some discoveries can actually be quite beneficial to people due to the fact that they help advance medical technology. Take for example what 15-year old Tony Hansberry discovered that can greatly help medical patients. Hansberry was a student at Darnell Cookman School of the Medical Arts when he had an idea that has made a huge impact on the field of medicine.
While he was there he managed to make the most of his time, and do something most people only dream about. He was able to create a medical technique that makes hysterectomies less invasive. He did this despite only being 15. The technique involves stitching after surgery that lessens the chance of harm to a patient, and that means a great many people will benefit from what a teenager somehow managed to create.
6 A Summer Day's Favorite Treat
There are just some things in the world that seem like only a kid could create because kids seem to enjoy them more than anyone else. The popsicle is one of those things, and it was actually created by a child appropriately enough. His name was Frank Epperson. He invented the popsicle at the young age of 11 in the early 1900s.
It all began simple enough when he mixed soda powder and water in a cup, and playing around with it like kids tend to do. He stirred the two things together with a wooden stick most likely not intending it to become crucial to his invention. Being a kid and probably interrupted by his friends, the boy left the whole thing out in the cold on his porch overnight, which froze it. Just like that, the popsicle was born and patented in 1923. People have been enjoying the summertime treat ever since.
5 Ancient Figurine
Not everything a child discovers has to literally be a big thing. Ori Greenhut only found a figurine or small statue, but what a figurine it is. The young man was only 7-years old when he made the incredible discovery. The figurine is said to be about 3,400 years old. The figurine is made of clay and it is of a woman.
The woman the figurine depicts may be of a real woman or some sort of goddess that was worshipped at the time. Ori found the figurine while climbing the mound at Tel Rehov in Israel one day. After he found the figurine he took it home possibly hoping to keep it, as he thought it was interesting, and maybe realizing that it was very old. However, his family realized it was an impressive archeological find and turned it over to the proper authorities. In Israel any find that may have archaeological significance must be handed over to the government.
4 One Of Today's Most Popular Winter Styles
Speaking of the cold, the winter staple of earmuffs were invented by a 15-year old. They were created by a young man named Chester Greenwood. He was actually a grammar school drop out, but despite that would manage to make quite a name for himself. The young man was actually fond of ice skating.
The only problem was that he got tired of ears getting extremely cold as anyone would. He then decided to do something about it. He created two loops of wire and from there asked his grandmother to sew fur on it. With that no one's ears ever had to be cold outdoors again, and the earmuffs were born. If that was not impressive enough, the state of Maine has declared December 21st, Chester Greenwood Day meaning the chilly state must be really grateful for what he did, along with a lot of other chilly folks around the world.
3 Using Celery To Make The World Greener
There are, however, some things that kids discover that are a pretty big deal for a lot of people. Anyone who loves the planet will likely be impressed with what 13-year old Larry Caduada found because it could possibly make the planet a cleaner and better place. When it comes to coolants the well-known freon is not exactly the best for the environment. Freon has something in it called chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) and is not good for the environment. That is where young Larry comes in.
He discovered a considerably more environmentally friendly coolant from the most unlikely of things. The coolant comes from a substance called selinene that is found in celery, meaning that it is all natural and thus much better for the environment than the alternative. He published a paper on his findings. Hopefully his discovery will become widespread and make the planet a better place.
2 In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...
Some discoveries made by kids may change the planet and some discoveries actually are a planet. That is certainly the case for Tom Wagg. The 15-year old actually discovered a whole other planet. He did this while being involved with a work experience program for Keele University.
Wagg discovered the new planet by noticing a dip in the light of a star as the planet passed by it, which doesn't exactly sound like something that is easy to notice. He noticed this by reviewing data at the university that was from a project in search of planets. The planet does not have an actual name yet but it is being referred to as WASP-142b. It is believed to be about 1,000 light years away from Earth and is said to be in the southern constellation of Hydra. Experts have been researching the find for 2 years and are certain that Tom Wagg actually did find a new planet.
1 A Lost City
Last, but definitely not least, is young William Gadoury who discovered an entire lost Mayan City in Mexico from is home in Quebec, Canada. Evidently, Mayan Cities align with astrological constellations, so in May 2016, William began charting each of hundreds of cities. When he noticed that one city was missing, he appealed to specialists in the field who have access to satellite images, to help him finish mapping the area in search of the lost city.
The city was found where it expected. The city is named K'aak Chi, or "Mouth Of Fire". However, a large portion of the archeological community reject these findings referring to his conclusions as "junk science", while another portion of the community praises William for his creativity and ambition. He went on to win a gold medal at the National Canadian Science Fair for his project on discovering K'aak Chi, and was invited to participate in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists.