Breakthroughs From 2007 Most Likely to Change the World

science, discovery, breakthroughs2007 was an amazing year for science, and Wired News has captured the best of what took place in their first annual Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs of 2007. Here’s what made the grade:

10. Smaller Transistors: Intel was able to reduce the size of features on their chips from 65 nanometers to 45 nanometers.

9. A Rhesus Monkey is Cloned to Make Stem Cells: This implies that cells from a sick patient could one day be cloned to make stem cells from their own bodies, which could be used to repair their own organs without risk of rejection.

8. Planets Discovered That May Harbor Life: A pair of potentially life-containing planets was found in a distant solar system.

7. A Transparent Material as Strong as Steel: Using nanometer-sized clay particles, engineers created a lightweight material with extraordinary strength.

6. Soft Tissue From a T. Rex Analyzed: The biological molecules from a well-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex leg bone revealed it had a lot in common with modern-day chickens.

5. Rhett Syndrome in Lab Mice Cured: This implies that Rhett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that prevents children from walking and talking, and causes tremors, may be curable.

4. Enzymes Convert Any Blood Type to O: Since almost everyone can tolerate blood type O, this technology could help hospitals treat patients during blood shortages.

3. Dinosaur Mummy Excavated and Scanned: The nearly intact mummy of a plant-eating dinosaur was captured in 3-D images. Already, a striped pattern on its scales, and surprising information about its muscles mass and bone spacing, have been revealed.

2. Chimpanzees Make Spears for Hunting: Anthropologists observed female chimpanzees break branches from trees, strip the leaves and sharpen the tips, then use them to hunt small animals.

1. Skin Cells Turned Into Stem Cells: Researchers turned skin cells into stem cells without using eggs or having to destroy human embryos. The cells often turned cancerous, however, but the researchers believe they can tweak the process to create tissues that don’t turn into tumors.
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
This is truly an exciting time to be alive!

New discoveries are occurring all around us, and for the first time in history you have access to much of this information at your fingertips. Did you know, for instance, that a week’s worth of the New York Times has more information in it than a person living in the 18th century would have come across in their entire lifetime?

In the modern world, information is doubling every two years. All of this information can be mind-boggling, but it is also empowering.

If you are reading this, it means you are fortunate to have access to the Internet, which means the world is quite literally in front of you. Since you are reading this newsletter, it means you have also taken an interest in what is perhaps the most important issue you could ever face: your health.

And I would like to invite you to take part in an unprecedented opportunity to gain access to the best resources, and the leading experts, for your health, in one place and in a fraction of the time it would take you to search through the endless pages of information that are out there.

You see, I am very fortunate to have relatively easy access to ‘the best of the best’ minds in natural health in the world … and am actually personal friends with many of them. I have been grilling several of them for their best health secrets -- the secrets that you won’t hear on the mainstream news for perhaps years or decades to come, if ever -- and now I have made them available to you.

As for me, I am continuing my journey as a lifelong student, and am eagerly anticipating the new things that will transpire this year to take us one step closer to a health care paradigm that will heal rather than harm.
+ Sources and References
  • Wired December 27, 2007
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