What happen in 2017?
What did we discover in 2017? Another year in the 21st century marked a long-standing conflict in various parts of the world, strange and amusingly weird tweets of the American president Donald Trump, a new Hollywood affair, and a further increase in the number of the Worlds’ inhabitants.
The end of the year, with new clashes over Jerusalem and the new North Korea missiles, was marked by the news of the secret programs of UFO research in the Pentagon.
With further plans to go to Mars, a war for the autonomous car market and billions of dollars of hard-hitting struggles for old and new filmmakers, from month to month in 2017 came the stunning news about Google Artificial Intelligence that is learning and winning all of its AI predecessors in chess. The man has not been in competition for a long time.
The further development of the stunning CRISPR technology was not nearly as close to the media as in leading scientific journals. But this new possibility of manipulating individual genes, which is the subject of millions of patent litigation disputes, is so powerful that it will soon learn the unpleasant acronym behind the new genetic technology without doubt the planets.
Thanks to the capture of mions, fascinating particles that emerge in the atmosphere due to cosmic radiation, a group of researchers discovered this previously unknown room in the Keops Pyramid. At the same time, in North Africa, very old fossils were found that are 100,000 years older than the age previously attributed to Homo sapiens.
In our neighborhood, we had an opportunity to see a passenger from another solar system, the first it was thought to be an comet, however, later was proven to be a visitor from the interstellar space. Found in October, it was named in Hawaiian “Oumuamu”, which could be translated as the first scout. It is not known where it came from.
Along with the knowledge that the Nobel Prize was awarded to CALTECH physicists Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne who first discovered gravitational waves with LIGO detectors in 2015, something astoundingly happened in the astronomical world. After LIGO recorded new gravitational waves, many terrestrial and space telescopes were directed to the point where the waves arrive and recorded – a cataclysmic collision of two neutron stars.
The greatest excitement on Earth has sparked another news about the discovery of new exosolar planets. Though thousands of them have been discovered so far, the news of a system with seven earthly planets around TRAPPIST1 caused a strong euphoria in all world media at the beginning of the year. NASA illustration shows this interesting planetary system.
Though similar to Earth, these new, exciting worlds rotate around their old stars on smaller orbits and are different from ours – their years are much shorter than on Earth. And probably, it brings less stories. With all these exciting founding that took place in 2017, we can only sit and watch what will happen in 2018.