Science has gone bonkers. No, seriously. I don’t think it’ll be too far-fetched to imagine movies like Total Recall and Minority Report happening in real life. Only because science has really found its true soulmate in technology, and together they are making us stand up and take notice.
The only unfortunate part in this beautiful relationship is that we have absolutely no idea just how advanced science has become. Partly because it’s not reported by our news channels, and partly because we aren’t keen enough to look out for them on the internet. So just to give you an idea about the brilliance of science, here are 14 amazing things it’s has been doing behind your back
1. Scientists have found a prototype material that repairs itself. Yes, Wolverine! Yes yes, Terminator!
Do you realise how revolutionary this’ll be? Here’s an example, the next time you get completely pasted at your friend’s friend’s colleague’s office going-away party, and end the night by cracking your phone screen, you won’t feel as shitty in the morning because your phone would’ve been fixed! ‘As shitty’ being the keyword here. I’m pretty sure you’ve made some bad decisions, going to your friend’s friend’s colleague’s office going-away party being just one. Surely, you can’t be that lonely.
2. A Woolly Mammoth could be a real possibility. Imagine replacing them with cows on the street.
Harvard geneticists have successfully spliced the DNA of a woolly mammoth into the living cells of an Asian elephant. Give it a thought here. If a woolly mammoth comes to India, there will be two positives. Elephants are descendants of the mammoth, and elephants are quite intelligent, so one would assume that the mammoth would be equally smart, if not smarter. Soooo…instead of being stopped because of a cow soaking in the sun in the middle of the road, a mammoth would find a smarter way to go about it. Two: A mammoth is a smart animal, so imagine him/her/it taking the responsibility of clearing the streets of all those annoying maggots who have no clue on how to be decent human beings. Woolly for the win!
3. Glasses will become a matter of choice, rather than anything else. Bionics will be the way to go.
Dr. Garth Webb from British Columbia has invented this amazing bionic lens that improves the vision of those with vision impairments up to three times! This teeny-tiny piece of awesome can be implanted in not more than 8 minutes! I say we gift it to the ones who need it the most, those poor souls who trash, spit and piss on the streets. They really need to see what they are doing to the city. The concept will basically be on the lines of adopting a dog, but instead of a dog, it’ll be an idiot on the street.
4. Your trip to the moon could take as much time as it takes to fly from Delhi to Colombo!
4 hours! You could literally just start watching Lagaan and by the time Aamir Khan’s XI win back their land from the evil, ‘teen goona lagaan’ Captain Russell, you’ll be on the moon. About 15 years back, an Electromagnetic Propulsion Drive (EM Drive) was developed. But it was dismissed by most, saying that it would be impossible. They said it would defy the laws of physics. Scientists, now, however, believe that it is possible after all, and it will completely change the space travel scenario. To put it in layman terms, it would mean going to the moon will not be more than 4 hours, Mars, 70 days, and Pluto, 18 months. NASA’s spacecraft took 9 years to make it to Pluto BTW! The only small barrier though, scientists are yet to actually figure out how it works.
5. The END IS NIGH, for bacteria at least.
January 2015 was a new beginning of sorts, at least for scientists researching Teixobactin. For the ones who are as clueless about this as I was when I first heard the name, Teixobactin fights a broad range of bacteria a lot powerfully, and differently from most bacteria. A one-of-a-kind antibiotic found in 30 years, this one will surely help in fighting a number of diseases a lot more effectively.
6. Very soon, you might not need a liver transplant ever again!
you know if I hadn’t read about it on multiple web pages, I would’ve just thought this was the very well-written script of a movie. A study done by Gladstone-UCSF published in 2014 has found a way to reprogram skin cells into proper fully-functioning liver cells! Although it is yet to be tested on humans, it has got a very positive response when tested on test animals. If this works out, the possibilities that regenerative medicine will provide in the future will be endless.
7. The next generation might get an extra mom!
only those born by in vitro fertilisation (IVF). In February 2015, Britain voted for the world’s first ‘three parent’ IVF. What this means is that the babies that are born like this will have the DNA of a father, a mother and another female donor. You might think it’s because we like women more than men, but no. According to the doctors, this is because it will help prevent some incurable inherited diseases, primarily mitochondrial, from either the mother, or the father’s side.
8. You might be able to spot Mr. Freeze around the city, just chilling.
or it could be you doing all the chilling, quite literally. Thanks to the scientists at Nanyang Technological University, who have basically cracked down a laser that can freeze you. What they have done is figure out that firing a laser at the correct frequency can slow down atoms. Temperature of a particular substance is determined by how fast or slow the atoms are travelling. The slower the speed of the atoms, the lower the temperature of the substance. The scientists, in one of the experiments, managed to chill a superconductor from 62 degree celcius to sub-zero. That’s kinda insane, kinda awesome, kinda weird, kinda scary, and kinda cool, all at the same time.
9. Life’s going to get simpler, and more painless for diabetes patients.
meet professor Gin Jose. He, along with his team at the University of Leeds, has developed this device (in picture) that uses lasers to measure one’s blood glucose levels. This means the painful process of pricking your fingers every every now and then is redundant. Planning to launch in the coming couple of years, this will completely revolutionise the lives of the people fighting the disease.
10. Very soon, you will be able to hit cancer before it hits you.
gorge Soto is nothing less than a legend. A legend because he found a way tackle what has been humanity’s worst enemy in the recent years. Demonstrating his first prototype phone app in 2014, he used light to detect microRNA biomarkers for specific cancer. All this with just a drop of blood. The device detecting all this is then hooked up to your smartphone which will tell you what cancer you have, if at all you have cancer. The number of innocent lives being lost because of cancer has been growing manifold, and this device, and app is not only cheaper and a lot faster, but since it also detects the cancer early, it makes successful, specific treatment, a lot more likely.
11. You might be able to pass on your disgusting filthy memories to your children.
if you’re thinking why you would want to do that, let me tell you this. If there’s something that you’ve done, but need the children to stay away from it, why not give them a bad memory of you doing the same thing and regretting it? That’s what scientists did with mice in 2013. They trained the mice to fear the smell of cherry blossom. When that generation of mice had grandchildren, they hated the smell, even though they had absolutely no clue what the smell was. All they knew was that they didn’t like it. Scientists say that trauma can be passed on for generations. So let’s say you have a fear of heights. This fear might not have necessarily come from a particular incident in your childhood, but may have been passed on from generations.
12. They have found a potential cancer cure, so they would’ve found an HIV vaccine right? Right!
It took a lot of time, but things are finally looking bright. Maybe medicine has finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel, as far as HIV goes. The team at Scripps Research Institute mimics CCR5, a protein on the surface of white blood cells that is used by HIV to attack the body. What this new protein does is that it blocks it, making it impossible for the virus to penetrate the body. The team claims that this can give protection to an HIV patient for decades. Mad.