For one reason or another, these mind-boggling experiments and inquiries are not reported on the evening news or most other widely observed media platforms, but that does not diminish the potential importance of these bold incursions into the unknown. Lets take a look at these cutting edge forays which seek to answer fundamental questions about the nature of reality as we know it.
1. THE FIRST PHOTONIC ROUTER FOR QUANTUM COMPUTING IS DESCRIBED
Scientists from the Weismann institute may have discovered a way of using quantum properties to use a single proton as a transistor, a development which could have huge implications in the field of quantum computing.The development of a photonic router would be a big step in constructing a quantum internet.
2. NEW DARK MATTER DETECTOR SET FOR CONSTRUCTION
Physicists from around the world are helping to construct the latest dark matter detector, deep within an abandoned South Dakota, USA, goldmine. The so named LUX-ZEPELIN is seeking to use a complicated collector using record quantities of xenon to attempt to detect dark matter, the almost undetectable substance thought by some to comprise much of the universe.
3. ASTRONOMERS AIM TO PROVE THE EXISTENCE OF GRAVITATIONAL WAVES
Scientist from the University of Warwick are seeking to prove the existence of gravitational waves, first predicted by Einstein, by measuring the behavior of rapidly spinning neutron stars.Proving the existence of gravitational waves goes a long way toward our having a more complete understanding of our universe.
4. SCIENTISTS DISCOVER HOW TO CREATE MATTER FROM LIGHT
Physicists from London, England Imperial College have theoretically discovered a way to form everyday matter from light.The ability to create matter directly from energy would give the human race almost limitless power.
5. NEW MRI TECHNOLOGY MAY BE ABLE TO PEER INTO MOLECULES
Harvard physicists are developing a MRI that works on a nanoscale and will have the power to look into individual molecules.An MRI of this sensitivity could realistically revolutionize medicine.
6. NEW ACOUSTIC CLOAKING DEVICE IS CREATED
Duke University Scientists have created a three-dimensional cloaking device that re-routs waves of sound.This discovery could potentially be used in a very large number of applications.
7. RESEARCHERS ACHIEVE RELIABLE QUANTUM TELEPORTATION
Scientists at the universities of Tokyo and The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have achieved reliable quantum teleportation of a limited number of Qbits (Quantum Bits) This is a large step in the process of constructing stable quantum computers.
8. NEW ROBOTIC DEVICE ALLOWS WEARER TO HAVE TWO EXTRA FINGERS
MIT Scientists have developed a wrist mounted device that provides two extra fingers. This device can enable users to hold and open a bottle with the same hand. Advances such as these have great application for industry, and more importantly those disabled by the loss of a limb.
9. NEW GENE IDENTIFIED THAT PREVENTS SPREAD OF CANCER
Researchers at the Salk Institute have pinpointed a gene that can prevent lung cancer from metastasizing. This could have a huge impact on cancer treatment and the rate of survival.
10. PHYSICISTS PROVIDE EVIDENCE THAT OUT UNIVERSE MAY BE A HOLOGRAM
Ibaraki University physicists have unveiled mathematically based computer models that may indicate that our universe as we perceive it is a hologram. Much more research on the subject is to be done, but if true, it would raise some incredibly interesting questions.
These featured stories are a very small sample of the huge volumes of scientific research being conducted right beneath our noses. In retrospect, considering the situation confronting us in many other spheres of life, this is indeed a refreshing fact.