10 Interesting Science Fair Projects That Made It Big

For most people, the thought of science fairs conjures sentiments of general anxiety as well as images of Styrofoam planets and toilet paper tube volcanoes. But then again, most of us don’t consider science fair projects to be an opportunity to take on the task of killing biological weapons or coming up with cheaper ways to travel through space. Using the science fair project as their point of entry, the students featured here have developed technologies that may change the tapestry of science forever.

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10 2014 Discoveries You Should Know About

With every passing year the world around us grows, and our understanding of its history widens. In 2014, this included everything from a probe landing on a comet to the detection of ancient monuments underneath Stonehenge’s Salisbury plain. Here are some of the definitive scientific discoveries of the year, just in case you missed them.

ESA Probe Lands On Comet

2014 Discoveries Rosetta Comet

One of the first pictures sent back from comet 67P. Source: Wired

On November 12th, the Philae lander launched by The European Space Agency (ESA) came to rest on the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ten years after leaving Earth for its mission. Even though the lander went into hibernation in an unknown shadowed area, it is still collecting information and has sent back a precious few pictures via the orbiting Rosetta spacecraft’s camera, OSIRIS. Along with the images, we have learned that the comet contains carbon, one of the basic building blocks for life on Earth.

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The World’s First Jet-Powered Man

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Yves “Jetman” Rossy. Source:

In 2008, ex fighter pilot Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy became the world’s first jet-powered man when he launched his first official flight above the Alps in his native Switzerland. Since then, he’s gone on to fly across the English channel, the straight of Gibraltar, and over the Grand Canyon in Arizona. In the video below, Rossy flies over Dubai with another jet-powered man, Aerobatics Champion Veres Zoltán, for the first time:

Jetman Dubai

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5 Inventors Killed by Their Own Inventions

Every new invention has a mysterious, risky air about it since, by definition, it is something that has never been done before. Testing new ground always involves a fair amount of danger: you never know if something works unless you test it, and sometimes you only get one shot.

Otto Lilienthal

As far as inventors go, Otto is among the most daring and badass. Lilienthal was a German pioneer of aviation, which necessarily inserted him into a very dangerous field where death was possible with every new flight. Even so, Lilienthal was not deterred, and he eventually earned the nickname Glider King for his numerous, well-documented flights using a variety of hang gliders.

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