In 2015, advances in science and engineering will once again shape the world in profound ways. Here are the most important.
Update: How’d We Do In 2014?
|What We Predicted||What Actually Happened|
|The U.S. Army would use Field Deployable Hydrolysis Systems (FDHS) to neutralize chemical warfare agents.||FDHS aboard U.S. ships had disposed of many of Syria’s chemical weapons by mid-August.|
|Tokyo Electric Power Company would build an underground ice wall to sequester contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.||The company tried, but the ice wall failed because temperatures didn’t drop low enough to freeze the radioactive groundwater.|
|Infectious diseases like whooping cough and measles would reemerge on a larger scale.||We were all too correct; plus, an Ebola outbreak raced through West Africa before jumping to the U.S. and Europe.|
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This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of Popular Science, under the title, “The Year In Ideas.”