Eureka! Moments are hard to come by. While it’s true that the greatest of inventions could arise out of the simplest of actions like an Apple falling, it’s worth documenting that most inventions are usually a result of years of painstaking work.
When it comes down to it, it’s really hard to predict what the future portends. So far, 2019 is shaping up to be a year with so much possibility.
As space enthusiasts, the black hole picture is probably the biggest space breakthrough we’ve witnessed in the year. As a culmination of years of hard work and tech investment, it is expected that studies into the black hole phenomena will radically enhance our perception of the universe’s most enigmatic celestial objects.
Astrophysicists and learners in science classes worldwide were ecstatic with the success of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). First predicted to exist by Einstein in his theory of relativity, black holes have been a topic of intrigue for a good number of years.
Having mentioned that, it’s worth noting that while our specialization is in the development of STEAM learning experiences whilst dabbling in augmented reality models, we’re very much inspired by the occasional scientific discovery.
In a bid to enlighten you on some of the top 10 scientific discoveries that are bound to shake up the world, here’s a quick overview of the latest happenings.
As C. Clarke once remarked, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. The news that we could someday be making electronics from our very own skin seems like a concept so far into the future that even the Jettisons couldn’t have envisioned it.
Funnily enough, there are great prospects in this venture. By making using of melanin, the component of our skin responsible for coloring hair and skin, scientists are hopeful to use the material as a building block of bionic implants and future technology.
Led by the brilliant Italian nanoscientist, Paolo Tassini, tech whizzes have been able to boost the conductivity of melanin by more than a billion times. Research into the matter continues but there’s great hope in it since melanin is a naturally occurring substance. Therefore, our immunity systems are more likely to embrace it as part of our essence more than foreign substances like copper.
A couple of inquisitive students who’ve experimented in a science class usually tell tales of having noticed worms regenerating after being sliced up.
Yes, you heard that right, worms have the supernatural ability to be able to regrow their body, even after they are sliced in half. This particular trait has motivated Harvard based researchers to implore further into the subject of regrowth.
Their findings so far point to the presence of the EGR control gene as being the key reasons why humans are unable to regenerate parts of their bodies. That said, there’s optimism that future research will be able to enhance our comprehension of how DNA – considered the blueprint of life – works.
Using lab mice, they’ve been able to test and enhance memory skills. This has all been made possible thanks to the use of strobe lights as external stimuli to induce brain waves that improve the brain’s make-up.
It remains to be seen whether the same developments will be transferable to humans. It’s highly likely that it may take some time because of the need for more extensive studies and trials before a drug is developed for pharmaceutical purposes.
The male contraceptive pill has been a subject of popular discourse in modern times. While it was previously thought to be an impossible feat, scientists may soon make people eat their own words.
Researchers at the University of Washington conducted a number of trials on a drug which seemed to lower the hormones which cause testes to produce sperm en masse. What remains to be seen though is whether the drug also has an effect on the total sperm count.
Once the drug becomes viable, it will help boost relations among men and women.
The human brain has plenty of power and potential. Think about it, it’s the human brain which has been responsible for the development of numerous tech devices that are capable of such great precision like making moon landings and sending the Curiosity rover to Mars.
Given this history, it seems nigh impossible that anyone could be able to successfully recreate the human brain. Not ones to avoid a challenge, researchers at Cambridge University have been able to successfully grow a simple, tiny human-sized brain, big enough to measure up to a lentil. This Lilliputian brain is touted to be the same size as that of a fetus after about 3-4 months of pregnancy.
The scientists are hopeful that continued research will help them better understand different conditions like schizophrenia and epilepsy.
Scientists have discovered that a couple of grams of DNA is capable of storing an Exabyte of data (equating to one quintillion data bytes).
While the project has not advanced many thanks to the complex process of converting 0s and 1s into guanine, thymine, cytosine, and adenine, DNA Data Storage is believed to be the next big thing.
To say the least, quantum mechanics is an interesting subject. Using the same concept, quantum computing makes use of qubits to represent 0 and 1 (binary digits) all at once.
Researchers looking into quantum computing believe that these powerful machines will be able to enhance the machine learning experience and thereby help unlock various breakthroughs in science class in the years to come.
As a brainchild of quantum computing, quantum internet is set to become the next wave of tech developments. The qubits used are going to be encoded with information which ensures that the messages can’t be intercepted between the sender and the receiver.
At present, China has already developed satellites powerful enough for quantum internet to thrive. The field is one of the most promising out there since it could revolutionize communication and computing.
As keen observers of the 3D world, we love to parlay whenever great technology shows up at the door. Truthfully speaking, 3D printing technology is not a new concept. It’s been around the block for a while now, still, it remains elusive thanks to the cost implications of the project and limited functionality.
Several companies from Nike, to GE and HP, have announced that they have something in the works that will be able to perform 3D metal printing. It’s worth noting that the entire project is eons away from consumer use, but, the beauty lies in the endless possibilities.
For a minute now, closed-circuit television has provided plenty of actionable intel about criminals. On occasion, CCTV also offers some entertainment value.
Going forward, it is expected that CCTVs will transform to become better thanks to the addition of artificial intelligence. Scientists expect that by laying big data and facial recognition technology atop the camera technology, identifying individuals will be a breeze.
Companies like Nvidia and Hitachi are expediting the development of this technology as they look to establish themselves as industry leaders in the AI field.
Having shared insights on what to expect in the days to come, it’s quite apparent that there’s plenty to be hopeful for.
At AstroReality, we’re all about exploring new frontiers, be it through space exploration or by facilitating STEAM learning in the science class. If you’d love to hear about our forays into the field of augmented reality and learn a thing or two about the cosmos, make sure you check out our collection of 3D planetary models with Augmented Reality today.