27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012
We may never have our flying cars, but the future is here. From creating fully functioning artificial leaves to hacking the human brain, sci...
1. Quadriplegic Uses Her Mind to Control Her Robotic Arm
The team implanted her with two 96-channel intracortical microelectrodes. Placed in the motor cortex, which controls all limb movement, the integration process was faster than anyone expected. On the second day, Jan could use her new arm with a 3-D workspace. By the end of the 13 weeks, she was capable of performing complex tasks with seven-dimensional movement, just like a biological arm.
To date, there have been no negative side effects.
2. DARPA Robot Can Traverse an Obstacle Course
Once the robot figures out how to do that without all the wires, humanity is doomed. DARPA was also hard at work this year making robots to track humans and run as fast as a cheetah, which seems like a great combination with no possibility of horrible side effects. Source: jwherrman
3. Genetically Modified Silk Is Stronger Than Steel
4. DNA Was Photographed for the First Time
Source: newscientist.com / via: davi296
5. Invisibility Cloak Technology Took a Huge Leap Forward
6. Spray-On Skin
7. James Cameron Reached the Deepest Known Point in the Ocean
8. Stem Cells Could Extend Human Life by Over 100 Years
9. 3-D Printer Creates Full-Size Houses in One Session
10. Self-Driving Cars Are Legal in Nevada, Florida, and California
11. Voyager I Leaves the Solar System
12. Custom Jaw Transplant Created With 3-D Printer
13. Rogue Planet Floating Through Space
14. Chimera Monkeys Created from Multiple Embryos
15. Artificial Leaves Generate Electricity
16. Google Goggles Bring the Internet Everywhere
video of Google’s vision of the future. With their Goggles, everyday life is overlaid with a HUD (Head’s Up Display). Controlled by a combination of voice control and where the user is looking, the Goggles show pertinent information, surf the web, or call a loved one.
17. The Higgs-Boson Particle Was Discovered
18. Flexible, Inexpensive Solar Panels Challenge Fossil Fuel
At half the price of today’s cheapest solar cells, Twin Creeks’ Hyperion uses an ion canon to bombard wafer-thin panels. The result is a commercially viable, mass-produced solar panel that costs around 40 cents per watt.
19. Diamond Planet Discovered
20. Eye Implants Give Sight to the Blind
21. Wales Barcodes DNA of Every Flowering Plant Species in the Country
22. First Unmanned Commercial Space Flight Docks with the ISS
23. Ultra-Flexible “Willow” Glass Will Allow for Curved Electronic Devices
24. NASA Begins Using Robotic Exoskeletons
25. Human Brain Is Hacked
26. First Planet with FOUR Suns Discovered
27. Microsoft Patented the “Holodeck”