2018 saw many scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, gene editing allowed two same sex mice to have pups, the Italian Space Agency detected liquid on Mars and Scientists pinpointed a Ghost Particle’s origins, and 2019 is likely to bring even more. Here are a few predictions that we've found for the coming year. We'll have to see how many of them are correct by the end of 2019!
Laura Sanders, a neuroscience writer predicts that scientists will finally figure out the purpose of the Claustrum, one of the most mysterious parts of the human brain. The Claustrum is a thin, sheet like neuronal structure under the inner surface of the neocortex, its function has not yet been identified.
The Parker Solar Probe will fly close enough to the Sun to gather new information about our local star.
With there being more self-driving cars on the roads now than ever before, it has been predicted that there will be a large rise in accidents involving this new technology becomes more prevalent. Talk of self-driving cars being used to transport people from one place to another, puts this advancement in direct competition with firms such as Uber.
Due to all of the tragic events that occurred in 2018 that were linked to climate change, it is likely that research into technology that can remove large amounts of CO2 from the environment will kick into high gear.
NASA’s James Webb telescope is scheduled to be launched into orbit in Spring 2019. The telescope is designed to study the first stars and galaxies that formed and the atmospheres of nearly exoplanets with the intention of discovering liquid water.
2019 should also see the first ever detection of Marsquakes from the Insight lander on Mars. These Marsquakes will allow us to learn about Mars and its evolution.
One scientist has predicted that 2019 will be the year that clinical trials of gene therapy will yield a cure for sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is the name given to a group of inherited conditions that affect the red blood cells. It is a serious and lifelong condition, although long-term treatment can help many some of the problems associated with the disease.
One of the largest technology predictions is that foldable mobile phones will make a comeback. All of the industry leading mobile phone companies are currently working on their version of the ‘foldable’ phone.
SpaceX gigabit internet satellites will launch early in 2019, offering a new global internet service by the end of the year.