Top 5 Scientific Discoveries To Look For In 2015
Kevin Loria, a Business Insider contributor, recently highlighted top scientific discoveries to look for in this upcoming year. Among them are SpaceX’s testing of reusable rockets, availability of humanoid robot and closer look at distant planets like Pluto and a dwarf planet Ceres.
Reusable Rocket Technology
Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX are going to test reusable rocket technology in 2015 and the successful testing could help make space travel much cheaper. With the first testing scheduled for January, 9, the company will test fire about a dozen launches and their subsequent landings on ocean platforms through this year. SpaceX is also expected to announce its plans for a Mars transport system.
First Version of C-3PO?
As far humanoid robot is concerned, the first version of C-3PO – named Pepper, will hit the markets in February. Aldebaran Robotics, a French company, has produced this robot and it will go on sale via Japanese company Softbank. C-3PO is fluent in Japanese, English, Spanish, and French and is designed to learn human mood from face cues and past experiences. As new applications will be programmed, the robot would become more and more capable over time.
Powering of Hadron Collider
Scientists are also going to power back the Large Hadron Collider in March, which they hope will significantly add to our understanding of the universe, including particles associated with dark matter. Additionally, the particle collision will also help us better understand the significance of super-symmetry theory, bringing more clarity to whether there is an invisible universe that mirrors our own.
Experiments Testing Einstein’s Theory of Relativitiy
A couple of planned experiments in 2015 will also help us with part of Einstein’s theory of relativity based on the findings of gravitational waves. Turning on the Advanced LIGO detectors, possibly the most sensitive gravitational wave detectors, and a launch to test technology for a space-based gravitational wave observatory by the LISA Pathfinder would contribute to further this understanding.
Images of Pluto
NASA’s New Horizons mission and Dawn probe will send closer images of Pluto, its largest moon Charon and the largest asteroid Ceres between Mars and Jupiter.
These are just a few of things to look forward to in 2015 from Science.
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