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In-vitro meat is a rapidly growing industry

Recent advances in tissue engineering have made it possible to "grow" synthetic meat, using single animal cells. This first became affordable to the public in the 2020s.** After years of further testing and refinement, a wide range of different meat products are now available, in what has become a rapidly expanding market.*

In-vitro meat has a number of advantages. Being just a lump of cultivated cells, it is produced without harm or cruelty to animals. It is unusually pure and healthy whilst retaining the original flavour, texture and appearance of real meat. Perhaps most importantly, it requires far less water and energy to produce, greatly lessening the impact on the environment.

Like GM crops, there were political and psychological hurdles that delayed its adoption in some countries. However, rising food prices caused by population growth and ecological impacts, together with endorsements from animal welfare groups, later gave impetus to its development. Though still years away from completely replacing traditional meat, it is now a mainstream product in many countries around the world.

 

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Alzheimer's disease is fully curable

Treatments for Alzheimer's developed in the 2020s reduced the risk of acquiring the disease by more than half.* Now, thanks to pioneering efforts, a further decade of progress is yielding effective cures. Drawing from a myriad of long-term studies, researchers have identified the precise mechanisms and processes involved in the loss of neurons and synapses in the cerebral cortex and subcortical regions. Faulty genes can be "switched off" with a new generation of drugs, while the brain itself is regenerated using stem cells.**

This breakthrough was aided in part by reverse-engineering of the human brain, which provided researchers with a complete model of its neurological system down to the cellular level. Nanobots – first developed in 2025 – are now seeing widespread use in medical establishments and these can precisely target individual cells.**

The ability to combat Alzheimer's is one of the great success stories of the 2030s. It comes at a time when dementia rates are soaring, with cases predicted to quadruple in the four decades from 2010 to 2050.*

 

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Bionic eyes surpassing human vision

Although yet to become mainstream, bionic eye implants are now available that not only restore sight, but actually exceed human vision. This breakthrough has been made possible due to exponential advances in sensor technology, computing and neuroscience.

The first generation of these implants began appearing in the 2010s.* They were somewhat crude initially – providing only a pixelated view of the world and requiring the use of glasses frames for mounting the cameras.

This latest generation, however, is such high resolution that it far exceeds the sensitivity of natural human eyes, and is physically indistinguishable from the latter. Gigapixels of resolution can be captured and transmitted to the optic nerve into the visual centres of the brain. Externally mounted cameras are no longer necessary – these have been miniaturised by a factor of thousands and incorporated within the eye itself.

Bionic eyes will soon begin to offer more than just ordinary sight. They will be capable of providing infrared vision, for instance, for improved health and safety in night-time situations. They will include video recording capabilities, serving as the ultimate in portable webcams. The convergence of Web 4.0 and augmented reality will enable users to receive detailed information on their surroundings, just by looking around them.*

The cost of these implants is dropping substantially, thanks to exponential improvements in price performance. Costing tens of thousands of dollars in earlier decades, they will soon be available for less than $100.

 

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Detailed probing and mapping of the Kuiper Belt is underway

Advances in telescopic power have revealed countless new bodies in the Kuiper Belt, many rivalling Pluto in size. At the same time, a new generation of solar-sail technology is emerging. Spacecraft using this form of propulsion were first demonstrated in 2010. Much larger versions are now being deployed. Some have membranes extending hundreds of metres, with greatly improved thrust-to-mass ratio – up to 50 times higher than in previous designs. This is made possible through nanotechnology and space-based production of sail panels.*

Following in the footsteps of New Horizons, a series of these probes is now being sent to the Kuiper Belt, which until now was largely unexplored. Close range studies are conducted on a number of the ancient, icy planetoids of this remote region.*

With better telescopes and longer-range probes, humanity is penetrating ever further into the depths of space. Astronomers are now forming a highly detailed, extremely accurate map of our Solar System as a whole.

 

kuiper belt future probe
Credit: NASA

 

 

Lemurs are on the brink of extinction

After years of decline, the vast majority of the world's 103 species of lemur are facing extinction. This has been the result of decades of sustained deforestation, mining, hunting, and slash-and-burn farming on Madagascar – their only natural habitat on the planet. By now, very little of the island's original forest cover remains. This has forced lemurs and countless other species into increasingly small and isolated patches of liveable habitat.*

In earlier decades, a number of efforts were undertaken which attempted to preserve the remaining populations. The effectiveness of these projects was severely limited by the social and political climate of Madagascar. Government corruption and the impotence of law enforcement meant that any restrictions on deforestation and poaching were poorly enforced or outright ignored. The extreme poverty of the nation also forced many inhabitants to turn to the forests to illegally cut wood or dig for gold in order to support themselves. Many hunted lemurs for food as well.

Today, the majority of remaining individuals can be found only in zoos and private collections. Lemurs are now joining the ranks of the radiated tortoise* and many other species disappearing from Madagascar. By the middle of the 21st century the island will have experienced one of the most dramatic mass extinctions in human history. This will occur alongside many similar events throughout the natural world.*

 

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References

1 Test-Tube Burger Served Up For First Time, Sky News:
http://news.sky.com/story/1124439/test-tube-burger-served-up-for-first-time
Accessed 5th August 2013.

2 What's next: the future, from 2009 to 2049, Wired:
http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2009/05/features/whats-next-the-future-from-2009-to-249?page=all
Accessed 28th April 2009.

3 "Eating real meat in 2035 could be as morally questionable as eating foie gras – and about as expensive."
"... over the next 25 years ... the supply of food [will change] more radically than at any time during the 20th century."
Inside the meat lab: the future of food,
The Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/jan/05/the-future-of-food
Accessed 7th January 2013.

4See 2026.

5Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM), University of Washington:
http://depts.washington.edu/iscrm/research/research.php
Accessed 10th April 2011.

6Human stem cells combat Alzheimer's, Machines Like Us:
http://machineslikeus.com/news/human-stem-cells-combat-alzheimers
Accessed 10th April 2011.

7"When I was a student at MIT, we all shared one computer and it took up a whole building. The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful. What now fits in your pocket, 25 years from now will fit into a blood cell and will again be millions of times more cost effective."
See Ray Kurzweil On 'The Singularity' Future, InformationWeek
http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/reviews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225701887
Accessed 10th April 2011.

8Nanobots Flip Off Cancer Switch in Cells, TechNewsWorld:
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Nanobots-Flip-Off-Cancer-Switch-in-Cells-69597.html?wlc=1269745769
Accessed 10th April 2011.

9Alzheimer's disease to quadruple worldwide by 2050, PhysOrg:
http://www.physorg.com/news100664162.html
Accessed 10th April 2011.

10See 2019.

11Augmented reality contact lens could create bionic eyes, theregoesdave.com:
http://theregoesdave.com/2009/09/02/augmented-reality-contact-lens-could-create-bionic-eyes/
Accessed 18th April 2010.

12Solar sail – Investigated sail designs, Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_sail#Investigated_sail_designs
Accessed 15th August 2010.

13"Solar sails in coming decades will be used for increasingly complex missions, even in the far reaches of the solar system."
See Hoisting the solar sail, Royal Society of Chemistry:
http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/Issues/2009/July/HoistingTheSolarSail.asp
Accessed 15th August 2010.

14 "'If continued at this rate of deforestation, we can say that within 20 to 25 years there will be no more forest and thus no more lemurs,' Jonah Ratsimbazafy, a well-known local primatologist, told AFP."
See Furry lemurs 'could be wiped out within 20 years' , The Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/madagascar/10252191/
Accessed 27th August 2013.

15 See 2029.

16 See 2045-2050.

 

 
     
 
 
 
 

 


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