With the end of the year fast approaching and the belief that the end of the world will happen tomorrow, its easy to overlook some awesome things that have happened this year. All over the world this year has been an awesome year for Science. Here we will run down some of the most amazing things to happen this year in Science and Technology. Everyone knows about events like Curiosity landing Mars but there are many other cool things that didn’t get that kind of press, so in no particular order, here are 18 awesome things that have happened in science and technology in 2012 you might not have heard of. While it may not be flying cars or hover boards, it is pretty awesome.
1. A quadriplegic woman can now use her mind to control a robotic arm. We did more of a full story on this in our article Robotic Replacement Limbs – Science Fiction Comes to Life (video at the bottom of the article). Her story is amazing, paralyzed 13 years ago from the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis, she is able to perform task such as feeding herself after a revolutionary surgery to implant 2 – 96 channel intracortical implants into the motor cortex of her brain.
2. At the University of Wyoming, scientists have modified a group of silkworms to produce silk that is, weight for weight, stronger than steel. Several different groups hope to benefit from the use of the super-strength silk, including stronger sutures for the medical community, a biodegradable alternative to plastics, and even possibilities of lightweight armor for military purposes. The uses of super strong, exceptionally lightweight material will be vast.