The year 2017 had been the most groundbreaking year for science and technology. Scientists have discovered a new planet, designed self-driving trucks and created a baby in lab with a 24-year-old frozen embryo and much more.
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Fixing Nature’s Mistake
For the first time ever scientists successfully edited the DNA of human embryo using a gene-editing tool called crisper. But if the DNA test goes wrong it won’t only affect that individual but could create ripple effect though generations. (Source: Broad Institute)
Scientists say crisper can be used reliably to eliminate serious diseases in near future.
Using Balloons For Internet
Remember Hurricane Maria? It knocked down cell phone towers in Puerto Rico.
A research and development project called “Project Loon” came up with a solution immediately. It deployed high-altitude balloons in stratosphere to create an aerial wireless network. And provide internet access to rural and remote areas. (Source: X – Project Loon)
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Living on Another Planet
Scientists got closer to another planet that can support life. They have discovered TRAPPIST -1f, a planet outside of our solar system, called exoplanet that’s 39.46 light years away from Earth.
It maybe incapable of forming an atmosphere but astronomers are considering this ‘discovery’ another success in continuing trends.According to them the more exoplanet there are, the more likely it is that life exists in at least one of them. Another amazing invention that science and technology made in this year. (Sources: NASA)
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Companies like Tesla, Daimler, Uber and Google are now testing self-driving trucks. They claim self-driving trucks are safer and less costly and reduce stress for the driver.
This science and technology helps complete long routes more efficiently but would also erode salaries of millions of truck drivers worldwide.
A New York Times report unveiled secrets about Pentagon’s mysterious UFO programs. Luiz Elizondo, the military intelligence officer who ran the programme said, the programme had found “a lot” of strange aircrafts.
He resigned in October 2017, to protest excessive secrecy and internal opposition to the programme. But that’s not it.
In 2017 we saw:
- A baby was born from 24-year-old frozen embryo.
- A robot that grows like a vine.
For 2018 scientist anticipate serious solutions to climate change and faster and smarter artificial intelligence.