You might have heard of a lot of scientific discoveries in the past year that is 2013 and while you may not have been particularly interested in any of them, trust us that there is some really great scientific development that you guys might have missed out on. Who knows there might be something that you were looking forward that has already happened. We cannot talk about the ongoing year and what it will bring in terms of amazing scientific discoveries but this article will lay out the ten best from the previous year. At the rate that we are going (or the scientists are going) we would be reaching the technological age expected in 2045 in 2020 perhaps and as far as human evolution is concerned, that is quite impressive. So here goes, the list of ten amazing scientific discoveries or breakthroughs.
10. Photographing the Hydrogen Bond
The first achievement on our list is that of the first-time-ever photograph of a hydrogen bond. This achievement particularly related to atomic force microscopy and has never been successfully accomplished before September the last year. The photographs are clear to the depth of nanometers. For those of you who are not avid admirers of the beauty of science, a hydrogen bond is what bonds our DNA together and also, it is what gives water the properties that it has.
9. Test Tube Hamburger
The next story on our list of amazing scientific discoveries is that of a test tube hamburger. Now we are sure that you must be surprised of the great leap that humanity just took moving from a test tube baby to test tube hamburgers but it is in fact very true and happened in Maastricht University. What the successful experiment entailed was to take stem cells from a live cow. These stem cells are then grown into muscles and these muscles are then layered to create patties. The patties were distributed for taste testing and the reviews were quite mixed. This technology can really assist in meeting the increasing demand for meat. We are sure that all the meat lovers out there are rejoicing.
8. Other Earths have been discovered
While we were all going crazy looking for life on mars and Venus and Jupiter and Saturn, a new study claims that our very own milky way contains almost ten billion earth like planets (stars). The proportion is fairly high as NASA claims that one out of every five stars has a planet with water! We finally have hope that human life can be sustained and that these stars might in actual be harboring aliens which would in turn explain the UFOs sited here and there (hint: area 51). Interesting eh?
7. The Cure for HIV
The next story on our list of amazing scientific discoveries is regarding the cure for HIV. Now we do not want to get your hopes high but it has come forth that an infant diagnosed with HIV was treated with an antiretroviral. The same baby is now more than two years of age and shows absolutely no signs of carrying the illness. The baby has now been taken off the medication and the progress still continues to show. There were HIV patients in France who were adults and due to the fact that they started their medication early on, they were able to successfully get off their medication.
6. The Spiderman Suit
This next successful experiment might be good news for the blind for a person has invented a suit that when worn, gives the person a sense of what is about to touch them and it does not matter whether the object in question is visible or not. Also, on a clarifying note we would like to add that the spider suit will not allow the wearer to climb walls like Spiderman only a sharper more attentive sense. For example, you can run away from bullets while you are wearing the suit which is also another plus point!
5. Marijuana and Memory Loss
The next story on our list of amazing scientific discoveries is linked to a lifelong search for a marijuana related riddle. Scientists always failed at determining what caused the decrease in memory retention for marijuana users. Well they now have the answer (finally) and it is the chemical THC in marijuana that reduces the connectivity between cells in the part of the brain that holds memories. The effect can be countered via painkillers so there we go, no love need be lost for marijuana.
4. New Giant Fist Species
This next amazing scientific discovery might not seem all that amazing because after all it is just a fish found in Brazil’s Amazon River but this fish is large. It is humongous for it can grow to as much as ten feet in length and still remain a fish and not turn into a whale.
3. Mini Kidneys
While we are still not long past the topics of creating beef patties out of stem cells taken from a cow, we would also like to mention that scientists have gone ahead and created mini-kidneys (like mini iPads) from stem cells that were taken from human beings. How amazing is that? If this technology continues to progress we would soon be able to provide replacement kidney’s to people with kidney problems which is a great thing.
2. Solar Powered Aircraft
The next story on our list of amazing scientific discoveries is that of a solar aircraft that took flight last year. The aircraft runs totally on solar energy and while we are continuously facing an energy crisis, this is another major achievement towards become relatively self sustaining and also, utilizing alternate energy sources. It certainly is a big leap from a solar powered vehicle.
1. Mentally Controlled Prosthetic Leg
Last but not the least, we have a the mentally controlled prosthetic leg, the first ever in the history of mankind. This experiment was funded by the army and it turned out to be pretty successful. There is no doubt in the minds of the scientists that this discovery will certainly be in favor of all and not just those soldiers who are injured while in the field.