From FirstFound to First Finds

FirstFound may be famed for flagging up their clients on the World Wide Web, but what about other great ‘first finds’? Optimise decided to dive into the ocean of great historical discoveries from giant dinosaurs to space water

Dem old bones…

The first real documented dinosaur find can be attributed to the English Reverend Robert Plot of Oxford who, in 1676 found a section of femur of a Megalosaurus, as you do. Reverend Plot didn’t twig that this was its true origin though and instead documented it as “the bone of an ancient giant man.”

Later writings relating to Plot's find include the name 'Scrotum humanum' for the bone.  It was many years later before fossils unearthed evidence of giant creatures roaming our earth and leaving rather large bones lying around.

Wat-er you on spaceboys?

Space water, it sounds crazy – but those astronomer boys from Spain and Italy have jointly and for the first time, measured water in cold regions of our galaxy.

But don’t go packing your speedos and swimsuits for a space holiday just yet. This water is minus 441 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 263 degrees celcius). Talk about spending your holiday chilling!

The study also determined how much water is in gaseous form and how much is frozen. This apparently has implications for the study of newborn planetary systems and findings will be published in an upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters.  Order your copy now, or just watch this space!



German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845–1923) discovered X-rays in 1895, whilst he was experimenting with electricity … not something we would advise you try at home!

Because the old livewire didn’t really know what these strange rays were, he called them X-rays because in mathematics ‘X’ stands for ‘the unknown.’

However, by 1900, doctors were using X-rays to take pictures (called radiographs) of bones which helped them treat injuries more effectively.

We say effectively, unless you over expose yourself to them, then they will burn and probably kill you.

In 1901, Roentgen was awarded the first Nobel Prize for physics for his discovery of this short-wave ray.