Science and technology have utterly transformed human life in the past few generations, and forecasts of the future used to be measured in decades. But big changes arrive faster and faster these days. So here we've shifted our forecast to the near-term, because we're right on the verge of some extraordinary stuff. These are the trends and events to watch out for in 2013. See them all here.
On July 4, 2012, a panel of scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva announced the discovery of a new particle, the long-anticipated Higgs boson (or something very much like it). The Higgs is the final piece of the Standard Model of particle physics, a theory that accounts for everything we experience in our lives, from rocks to puppies to stars and planets. After decades of searching and billions of dollars, the Higgs discovery marked the end of one era and the beginning of another, which scientists will embark upon in 2013.
If the previous era was about understanding the physics of everyday stuff, the next will be dominated by the attempt to grasp more elusive realms, including one of the most mysterious of all: dark matter. Astronomers have verified that the universe has about five times more matter than we can account for with the "ordinary" particles we've discovered here on Earth. The rest is dark matter. Physicists haven't observed it directly yet, but they're getting much closer.
Several different detectors are currently searching for dark matter underground, conducting experiments designed to sense a dark matter particle scattering off the nucleus of an ordinary atom. A couple of them have already yielded tantalizing evidence—not enough to convince most physicists, but enough to get people excited. The LUX detector, recently installed in a South Dakota mine, should prove the most sensitive one yet when it begins collecting data in 2013.
Alternatively, dark matter could be found by looking up into space. Scientists analyzing observations of cosmic gamma rays in 2012 discovered an unusual excess at a particular energy emanating from the center of our galaxy. One explanation for the signal is that dark matter particles are colliding and converting into high-energy radiation. This coming year will no doubt bring new data, better analysis, and maybe, just maybe, evidence that pins down dark matter once and for all.
If force fields or warp drive is invented, then I'll be a happy man.
If they determine that cold fusion experiments are indicative of a matter/anti-matter battery was actually discovered then eureka will have all the energy will ever need--just pull the anti-matter out of thin air and produce unlimited energy.
Or perhaps they will discover a way to harness all that hidden 'dark mass' or 'dark energy' hiding from us in a commercial process.
Or whatever is pulling apart the universe in an ever expanding process. Maybe find a way to tap into that energy.
Fusion not so much it will never work as promised 50 years ago.
i think everything will stay the same nothing new except for the war with china and north korea will start
The LHC is still on standby the whole of Januari and will be shutdown as of March.
Dark Matter is the part of the Universal Spectrum where dead people live and watch us from when we're taking showers and picking our noses and stuff.
Same here I want to see evidence that warp drives are possible.
In the future the singularity will begin the blurring and combining of humans and robots.
In the future, the Twinkie factory will be reborn and put on the pie chart of the food group.
In the future Cheetos will be Robot fuel.
In the future, once humans establish themselves on Mars with a self sustaining civilization, the Annunki will reveal themselves to all of humanity.
Once the Annunki reveals themselves to humanity, the Annunki will educate us further and we will join them to venture out into the Cosmos!
I always came to the conclusion that dark matter was possibly the by product of the universe digesting atoms and molecules through the process of gravity.
Does anyone know of any literature suggesting this?
to gizmowiz: isn't gravity the force that's pulling apart the universe, or should i say the thing that keeps it in motion.
i always thought of the universe like a giant fish tank filled with water and everything inside (atoms and molecules) are slowly just settling to the bottom like sand being dumped into water. the chemical reaction between the water and sand caused by gravity would produce dark matter.
: also electricity( or life) would be the manipulating force that counter acts the settling of "the Sand"
Theory: Dark matter is/was ever present during expansion and collapse of universe. Light and matter simply displace dark matter in the univese, and atoms...i think.
The Standard Model does NOT account for everything we experience. Gravity?
Whatever humans discover you can be sure US gov. will use it kill innocent people.
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours"
- Stephen Roberts
jtjumped: are you referring to the other dimensions we're not experiencing. the "whole big picture" if you will.
boka:, i believe that everything that happens is a necessity to help a civilization reach the next plateau. Every invention made or reaction discovered is misused first, then we learn from our mistakes and correctly use the knowledge to only have it lead us to the next big discovery, which is then misused.
D13:, I don't think it matters what you want to call the things we haven't discovered yet. The point is the universe still has secrets, and dark matter seems to be used as the word to describe a section of the universe's chemistry that we don't fully understand yet, you just gave it a different definition with out calling it one simple thing, which it probably isn't anyway.
"Dark Matter" spooky.
The future is plastic.
Space is elastic.
What is space made of?
Time to look into it.
Maybe carbon chunks are sequestering electrons?
Water hiding in other crystalline structures?
Maybe the cores of infant stars are so dense that there are atoms within atoms and the core is a specific, ordered, supermassive object that is all elements in their heaviest isotope, occupying the space of the largest atom? Yeah, I know. All of our mass calculations of stars would then be wrong, but stars are both emitter and attractor in both process and state, with radiation acting as a lens in one of the only places that radiation can possibly be held static...
there are still trillions of thoughts within our own brains we hav'nt discovered yet ~ but thats sort of a grey area ....
The most fascinating hing about most triumphant discoveries and new information revealed and understood , is that within a 'relatively' short period of 'time' it's just no longer exciting unless someone makes another Brilliant Discovery . Thats why I like to continually bee fascinated and challenged within my own thinking ~ its truly incredible ; my discontent comes from looking away from Nature ...
A challenging era ahead, hopefully we'll get lucky. Relax and entertainment on http://www.yepiclip.com
DOES 'GOD PARTICLE' EXPLAIN UNIVERSE'S ORIGIN? Just google the title to access this popular Internet article of mine.
The Higgs boson does not create mass from nothing. What it does is convert energy into mass. Again, the universe had a beginning. It is not eternal because it does not have the ability to have sustained itself eternally. All scientists believe that the universe (time, mass, and space had a beginning from nothing).
Atheistic scientists believe that the beginning of the universe came from nothing by natural processes yet to be discovered. This contradicts fundamental laws of science. Read fully my Internet article.
Visit my newest Internet site: THE SCIENCE SUPPORTING CREATION
Babu G. Ranganathan*
Author of popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS
*I have given successful lectures (with question and answer period afterwards) defending creation before evolutionist science faculty and students at various colleges and universities. I've been privileged to be recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis "Who's Who in The East" for my writings on religion and science.