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Volume 1, Issue 2

Beyond 2003: Scientific Advancements in Our Lifetime

Table of contents
 
Biomedical papers

Breakthrough in cancer prevention: A vaccine for cancer? by Yee Lok Wong

Cure-all stem cells: Research reveals "magic bullet" in medicine by Kenny Tao

One step closer to rendering organ transplants obsolete by Trina Kok

The future of pharmacological research: Virtual Patients that will save drug developers time and money by Claud Grigg

Is human cloning inevitable? Recent study finds gene that makes human cloning easier than animal cloning by Yuval Patel

Technological  Essays

Micro fuel cells: A more efficient source of portable energy by Pat Cacchio

Quantum cryptography: The perfection of encryption by T.J Corona

Quantum computers: Microprocessors smaller than blood cells by Ted Daverman

Computers that think: Chess-playing machines and artificial intelligence by Steven Vickers

Autonomous cars and automated highways: The next step in automotive safety and efficiency by Dmitry Serov

Flying cars coming soon: Advancements in ducted fan technology boost development of a flying car by Henry Hoffman

Plasma: Our most abundant and untapped resource by Stephen Felkins

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Preface to this issue

 

In 1949, at the advent of the computer age, Popular Mechanics boldly predicted that “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” This prediction is so far from reality that we find it humorous today. On the other hand, what once was considered “science fiction” may eventually become reality. The mythical submarine of Jules Verne was followed by today’s fleet of undersea vessels. Hence, perhaps we should reconsider the feasibility of scientific advancements that seem outlandish, even foolish. After all, science and technology are advancing at an apparently accelerating pace.


As such, we offer twelve essays that address scientific advancements that we believe have the potential to affect us in the near future. These essays encompass a wide range of scientific advancements such as a vaccine for cancer, the production of flying cars, and the development of quantum computers. Although we will not attempt to predict exactly when these advancements will occur, we think that science is progressing so rapidly that you will see these advancements realized in your lifetime. We challenge you to leave behind preconceptions of the limits of today’s science and technology, and dream of a world where we are limited only by our imaginations.

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For more information, contact Julie Reynolds at julie.a.reynolds at duke.edu