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Planet Nine Could Be Our Solar System's Missing 'Super Earth'

According to a new statement from NASA, a possible "Planet Nine" in Earth's solar system may be orbiting far beyond Neptune's orbit. The hypothetical planet is believed to be about 10 times more massive than Earth and located in the dark, outer reaches of the solar system.

Physics Breakthrough: 'Sound Tornadoes' Can Levitate Humans With New Acoustic Tractor Beam

For the first time, physicists have discovered a way to levitate large objects—as in, human-sized objects—with an acoustic tractor beam. The practical applications include contactless production lines, wherein extremely fragile objects can be manufactured without ever needing to touch them. It also could improve the risk factors for dicey surgical operations where microscopic devices need to be implanted into the patient's body.

DNA of man who died in 1827 recreated from his living relatives

It’s not exactly bringing back the dead but it’s close. A person’s genome has been partially pieced together from fragments of his DNA found in hundreds of his modern-day descendants. It is the first time a dead person’s genome has been reconstructed without DNA extracted from their remains.

EU declares war on plastic waste

"The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe’s act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030. Brussels on Jan 16 launched a plastics strategy designed to change minds in Europe, potentially tax damaging behaviour, and modernise plastics production and collection by investing €350m (£310m) in research.
Every year, Europeans generate 25m tonnes of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling."

A baby has been born after the embryo was frozen 24 years ago - breaking the world record

A baby has been born after becoming the longest-frozen embryo after being cryopreserved for 24 years. This means that she now holds the record for the longest-frozen embryo to come to birth.

Planet Nine Could Be Our Solar System's Missing 'Super Earth'

According to a new statement from NASA, a possible "Planet Nine" in Earth's solar system may be orbiting far beyond Neptune's orbit. The hypothetical planet is believed to be about 10 times more massive than Earth and located in the dark, outer reaches of the solar system.

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Physics Breakthrough: 'Sound Tornadoes' Can Levitate Humans With New Acoustic Tractor Beam

For the first time, physicists have discovered a way to levitate large objects—as in, human-sized objects—with an acoustic tractor beam. The practical applications include contactless production lines, wherein extremely fragile objects can be manufactured without ever needing to touch them. It also could improve the risk factors for dicey surgical operations where microscopic devices need to be implanted into the patient's body.

DNA of man who died in 1827 recreated from his living relatives

It’s not exactly bringing back the dead but it’s close. A person’s genome has been partially pieced together from fragments of his DNA found in hundreds of his modern-day descendants. It is the first time a dead person’s genome has been reconstructed without DNA extracted from their remains.

EU declares war on plastic waste

"The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe’s act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030. Brussels on Jan 16 launched a plastics strategy designed to change minds in Europe, potentially tax damaging behaviour, and modernise plastics production and collection by investing €350m (£310m) in research.
Every year, Europeans generate 25m tonnes of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling."

A baby has been born after the embryo was frozen 24 years ago - breaking the world record

Batteries that suck in CO2 to generate electricity, solving at once our power and pollution woes. “Air-breathing” battery can store electricity for months, for about a fifth the cost of current technologies.

Planet Nine Could Be Our Solar System's Missing 'Super Earth'

According to a new statement from NASA, a possible "Planet Nine" in Earth's solar system may be orbiting far beyond Neptune's orbit. The hypothetical planet is believed to be about 10 times more massive than Earth and located in the dark, outer reaches of the solar system.

TIMELINE

2018

Autonomous cars will be driving on our streets

2017 has been a groundbreaking year for self-driving vehicles. As we head into 2018, major auto manufacturers are making this technology a priority.

2018

The first CRISPR clinical trial to begin

A monumental development for the field of gene-editing.

2018

The world’s first glasses-free holographic phone

RED, the company that makes professional digital cameras for shooting Hollywood movies, is making a "holographic" phone called the Hydrogen.

2019

Eye-controlled technology

Advances in face and movement recognition software usher in an age of machines that are controlled by gestures or eye movements.

2019

Biologists could bring the woolly mammoth back to life

By splicing the mammoth genes into the genome of an elephant embryo, scientists believe they can recreate a mammoth-elephant hybrid, which would have all the recognisable features of a mammoth.

2020

We will have a proper Robocop.

Dubai is planning to unleash a robotic policeman, which will begin preventing crime by the year 2020. They will be able to record crimes, help the public, and will not need human operators.

2020

We'll control devices via microchips implanted in our brains

Brain waves will be used to operate computers, TVs and cell phones.

2020

Humans will be sent back to the Moon

Trump advisers expressed support for sending humans back to the Moon, almost five decades after the US managed to achieve this great feat.

2021

Robots will be performing surgeries for us

Robots are set to take over the operating room, and will be involved in one of every three surgeries conducted in the United States.

2022

Humans will colonize the Moon

By 2022, with $10 billion—which is cheaper than a single US aircraft carrier—the Earth could already set up a small colony on the moon.

2022

World’s first automated flying taxis

Dubai's authorities aim to implement a fully operational driverless flying taxi service by 2022.

2023

Your mobile phone could be implanted in your head

Embeddable "phones" or devices that are implanted in the body that use wireless technology could be commercially available by 2023.

2024

Elon Musk will start sending humans to Mars

This year, SpaceX would send astronauts to the Red Planet aboard two crewed BFRs. These first “settlers” would construct a fuel plant that would serve as the beginning of the Martian colony.

2024

Ingestible robots

Consumable, biocompatible microbots that repair our injuries from within. Consumable, biocompatible microbots that repair our injuries from within.

2025

Arrival to Mars

SpaceX's astronauts will arrive at Mars after a one-year journey from Earth.

2025

NASA and the ESA will land on Europa to look for alien life

NASA and the ESA are planning to launch a joint mission to Jupiter's moon Europa. This icy satellite hosts a subterranean ocean larger than those on Earth, and it could host extraterrestrial life.

2026

The first synthetic genome

Scientists want to write the first human genome by 2026, which will not only benefits the field of synthetic biology, but also fields ranging from medicine to electronics

2027

3D printed eyes

Italian researchers expect 3D printed eyes by 2027, providing enhanced vision and WiFi connection

2028

Spintronics revolution

The rapid commercialization of "spintronics" (electron spin orbit technology) revolutionizes smartphones, "smart" technology, and the IOT.

2029

AI will be smarter than humans.

Ray Kurzweil: "By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence," "AI will pass a valid Turing test and therefore achieve human levels of intelligence"

2029

The inhabitants, if any, of the planet GJ 273b will receive a message from us

GJ 273b is currently one of the best candidates we have for a system containing habitable planets.

2029

Carbon-breathing battery

Batteries that suck in CO2 to generate electricity, solving at once our power and pollution woes. “Air-breathing” battery can store electricity for months, for about a fifth the cost of current technologies.

2030

Humans will become hybrids

Ray Kurzweil: our "thinking will be a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking". Humans’ brains will be helped out by nanobot implants that will make us into “hybrids”

2030

Death of the oil and auto industry

By 2030, 95% of people won’t own a private car, killing off the auto industry. And electric vehicles will devastate the global oil industry by the same date.

2030

We can end AIDS as a public health crisis

UNAIDS: reaching Fast-Track Targets will avert nearly 28 million new HIV infections and end the AIDS epidemic as a global health threat by 2030

2030

Scientists to drill into the Earth's mantle for the first time

Japan's Chikyu drilling ship could embark on a journey to the mantle by 2030 at the latest.

2030

Space Elevators

Space elevators are a “next generation” method of getting people (and equipment) into Earth’s orbit. The material to create space elevators will be developed by 2030, enabling a new golden age of space travel.

2030

Artificial blood produced from stem cells hits the market

Researchers using early-stage stem cells, known as immortal cells, will have grown billions of red blood cells – artificial blood. The new technique could be used to help patients with rare blood types.

2030

3D printers are used to create fully functional organs

While the research is currently being conducted on artificial heart, kidney, and liver structures, as well as other major organs, fully functional organs are forecasted to facilitate the people by the year 2030, owing to the advancements being made every day.

2031

Diamond batteries

"Nuclear batteries" are formed by encasing radioactive waste in artificial diamonds that convert radiation into electricity. This battery is proposed to run on the radioactivity of waste graphite blocks and would last for thousands of years.

2032

Optogenetics

Optogenetics is a biological technique which involves the use of light to control cells in living tissue, typically neurons. After a decade of optogenetic engineering and research, neurological disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Tourette's, schizophrenia, autism, and many others become treatable.

2033

A colony will be set up on Mars

Musk intends to land people to Mars by 2025 and set up a colony by 2033.

2033

Nano feasibility

Light-driven photomotors and DNA-inspired technology finally make for widespread, inexpensive nanotech.

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