Scientific discoveries that have changed history have been well documented by history. There is no doubt that the cultivation of fire and germ theory, to name just a few, have had far-reaching impacts for all time. In the Twentieth Century, Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity gave rise to a massive shift in Physics, Astronomy, space exploration, warfare, and energy production. Such discoveries that cause such profound paradigm shifts in science, technology, society, culture, and even philosophy and religion used to occur very rarely.
In the first decade of the Twenty-first Century we are already on the cusp of a number of potential life changing events that will take years before we may appreciate the true importance. Even today, the gravity of Einstein’s Theories has not yet completely unfolded. The following contains a short list of scientific discoveries that show a great degree of having a instrumental impact on our lives.
Stem cell therapy is rapidly becoming a widespread reality despite many ethical objections this century. Proponents of stem cell therapy cite the possibility of growing new tissues and organs for patients facing organ failure and the like. Even more encouraging is the possibility stem cells can be used to treat broken bones and autoimmune diseases. According to CNN, in 2009 scientists discovered a way to help heart attack patients by prompting bone marrow to release stem cells.
Exoplanets have been confirmed to exist revolving around distant stars similar to our sun. As NASA’s Kepler Mission discovers more worlds living in the goldilocks zone, so-called because they should exhibit just the right temperature and conditions for life, we may begin a rethinking of the universe and our place within it. This could easily rival the revolution in though that took place when it was confirmed the Earth was not the center of the universe.
Sequencing of the Human Genome: From 1990 to 2003 the National Institutes of Health funded the human genome project that successfully mapped out the entire genome for our species. Researchers have been using this information to determine the nature of degenerative diseases and the genetic component for curing or even eliminating diseases from our lives. According to National Geographic ” A breakthrough is going to be happening fairly soon. When it does, it’s going to be very exciting.”
3-D Printing has developed at a marked pace the past ten years. What was once a lower-cost method of making prototypes has rapidly developed into the way things will be made in the future. Just imagine a world in which practically any object can be made via a printer in much the same way any document can be produced with an inkjet printer. Some of the most dramatic impacts this could have according to the Economist, manufacturers will be “Freed of the constraints of traditional factories, additive manufacturing allows designers to produce things that were previously considered far too complex to make economically.”
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