Happy new year science fans! The science industry has a lot of great things in the works year-round. While we may take a moment to celebrate a new start and a new year, many teams of researchers and scientists are still continuing on the work they began long before the champagne toasts around midnight for New Year’s Eve. With that said, let’s ponder on a few things that scientists are excited to check out in the coming year. What science news can we expect in 2018? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
Let’s start with the far beyond, space, the final frontier. NASA is getting excited about launching the Insight mission to Mars. This project will place a robotic laboratory on Mars with the hopes of digging into the surface to learn more about how Mars formed. Insight will also be listening for Mars quakes to give scientists a better idea of what’s happening with modern day mars’ internal ongoings.
Another big space related story for 2018 involves a way for getting us off this planet! One of the most powerful rockets ever built, the Falcon Heavy, is scheduled to blast off for the first time ever. If successful, this could become a viable option for getting astronauts beyond Earth’s orbit!
2018 is also the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and appropriately enough, human 3D printed bio-engineering is predicted to be huge this year as well. From CRISPR gene modification research to 3D printing of body parts are all slated to roll forward this year.
There will be plenty of animal related news in 2018 as well. Keep in mind that 86% of the life we know of on land and the 91% in the ocean are yet to be discovered. In 2016 and 2017 scientists discovered thousands of previously undocumented creatures. As long as research continues on our biodiversity here on Earth, this year too will have a big array of new animal discoveries.
In consumer technology, the iPhoneX and the new apple wireless charging station are the highly sought after gadgets thus far. This wireless charger would be able to recharge the iPhone, apple watch, and the air buds at the same time.
The best part of all this is that the items listed above are just the tip of the preverbal iceberg. So as we leave the eclipse and fidget spinners behind, we clearly have a lot to look forward to in 2018. Happy new year and remember science is a great reason to Question Your World!