We may never have our flying cars, but the future is here. From creating fully functioning artificial leaves to hacking the human brain, science made a lot of breakthroughs in 2012.
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
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.
3. Genetically Modified Silk Is Stronger Than Steel
Photo Courtesy of Indigo Moon Yarns.
At the University of Wyoming, scientists modified a group of silkworms to produce silk that is, weight for weight, stronger than steel. Different groups hope to benefit from the super-strength silk, including stronger sutures for the medical community, a biodegradable alternative to plastics, and even lightweight armor for military purposes.
4. DNA Was Photographed for the First Time
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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
17. The Higgs-Boson Particle Was Discovered
18. Flexible, Inexpensive Solar Panels Challenge Fossil Fuel
19. Diamond Planet Discovered
20. Eye Implants Give Sight to the Blind
21. Wales Barcodes DNA of Every Flowering Plant Species in the Country
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Led by the National Botanic Garden’s head of research and conversation, a database of DNA for all 1,143 native species of Wales has been created. With the use of over 5,700 barcodes, plants can now be identified by photos of their seeds, roots, wood, or pollen. The goal is to help researchers track things such as bee migration patterns or how a plant species encroaches on a new area. The hope is to eventually barcode both animal and plant species across the world.
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”
Source: Buzz Feed
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