Category: The Future Series

What’s in Store for DNA?

Recent advances in DNA research have provided scientists new insights into human behavior, disease, aging and evolution. From DNA fingerprinting and DNA microarray technology (a tool used to determine whether an individual’s DNA contains gene mutations) to gene therapy and cloning, these advancements are opening doors to enormous opportunities to improve the lives of humans, as well as presenting profound ethical issues that society will need to address.

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The Sleep Gene

More than a third of American adults do not get enough sleep on a regular basis, according to the CDC.1 Help may be on the way. Scientists have recently identified a “sleep gene” that allows people who have this gene to feel fully rested with just four to six hours of sleep, without the ill effects that are typically associated with lack of sufficient sleep.

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Electric Vehicles: Pros and Cons

Sales of electric vehicles are expected to reach nearly 30% of all new car sales in 2030, from its 3.4% share in 2021. No one doubts that electric vehicles are the future, but what remains in question is whether EVs make practical sense for everyday drivers.

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Spy Versus Spy: The Future of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity resembles an unending battle of good and dark forces in which the tools grow ever more sophisticated and dangerous in a world where victory is never permanent. The threats to cybersecurity from foreign government sponsored hackers and unaffiliated criminal organizations are increasing due to some fundamental changes in the technological landscape.

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Solving the Space Trash Problem

Every piece of space debris is a potential missile that can knock out satellites critically important to our lives, serving functions such as tracking weather, facilitating communications and defending our nation. According to NASA, there are over 27,000 pieces of space junk tracked by the Space Surveillance Network (with many more that cannot be tracked) traveling at about 15,700 mph in low Earth orbit.

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