2013 Smart Guide: 10 ideas that will shape the year

CLIMATE CHANGE

Arctic melt will spark weird weather

Blue alert <i>(Image: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)</i>Melting, rather than warming, will be the big climate issue of 2013 as we head to the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment
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HEALTH

Revolutionary human stem cell trial

Next year will see the first person receive induced pluripotent stem cells – "rewound" adult cells that can grow into any tissue in the body
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TECHNOLOGY

Next-generation video games

Get into the game <i>(Image: Epic Games)</i>The upcoming round of consoles promises to deliver a far more immersive video-gaming experience, with super-high-definition and multi-screen action
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COMPUTING MEGAPROJECTS

Hot computing for a cool billion

Six mega-projects, from a supercomputer brain simulation to a real-life SimCity on a global scale, are vying for two prizes, each worth $1 billion
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COSMOLOGY

New maps to rein in cosmic inflation

Cosmic cartography <i>(Image: ESA/Max Planck)</i>Results from the Planck satellite will further our grasp of the driving force behind the early universe's blisteringly fast expansion
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ASTRONOMY

Supercomet to outshine the moon

A gas cloud crashing into the black hole at the centre of the galaxy and a naked-eye comet promise celestial fireworks in 2013
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EXPLORING MARS

Curiosity to reach Mars mother lode

Look sharp, rover <i>(Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)</i>Around September Curiosity will arrive at the base of a mountain that offers the best chances of finding signs of habitability on the Red Planet
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MENTAL HEALTH

More people than ever 'mentally ill'

Drug prescriptions for psychiatric conditions will rise in 2013. But don't blame modern living, it's all to do with a revision of psychiatric diagnosis
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HUMAN EVOLUTION

Searching for human origins in Asia

We dig Asia <i>(Image: Sanja Knezevic/Anzenberger/Eyevine)</i>Africa is where humanity began, where we took our first steps, but those interested in the latest cool stuff on our origins should now look to Asia instead
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COMPUTER INTERFACES

Wave goodbye to the mouse

The Leap, a 3D motion control device set to launch next year, will let you control your computer with touch-free hand and finger movements
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Source:
http://www.newscientist.com/special/smart-guide-2013

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