2012 was an incredible year for the world of scientific research and discovery. Not only did researchers unearth proof of the sought-after Higgs Boson particle, but hundreds of other ground-breaking hypotheses were proven and facts about our universe discovered. After such an incredible year for research data capture, it would be tempting to assume that 2013 can’t possibly compete, but could it? Take a look at just three perception-shattering discoveries that the world of research data capture could bring to our attention later this year…
An Earth-like exoplanet?
Several exoplanets have already been discovered that share one or two similar attributes to Earth: scientists have been able to detect a comparative size and distance from a star, an Earth-like atmosphere and even the potential for liquid water. At this point in time, however, researchers are yet to discover a truly Earthlike planet – one that possesses all the requisite ingredients to harbour intelligent life. According to Geoff Marcy, an expert on habitable planets working with NASA’s powerful Kepler Space Telescope, this could all change in 2013. ‘The first planet with a measured size, orbit and incident stellar flux that is suitable for life is likely to be announced in 2013’ said Marcy. Who said research data capture had to be boring?
A 3D printing renaissance?
Here at the Document Capture Co, we’re huge fans of 3D printing and are thrilled to bits about the potential applications of this emerging technology. We’re not the only ones to be excited about the world of 3D printing, however. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have been using the technology to produce printed stem cells, potentially bringing humanity a step closer to producing fully artificial human organs. While stem cell research faces opposition from certain religious groups, healthcare researchers hope that stem cells can be used to grow and develop body parts that would otherwise be impossible to mimic artificially. Whether or not we see advances in stem cell research in 2013, it seems clear that 3D printing will allow us to make great strides in the arena of healthcare and beyond.
A cure for diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes affects many thousands of lives worldwide, but if researchers in Spain have their way, it could one day be a thing of the past. The scientists have developed a treatment that can effectively cure the disease in dogs, although the animals used for testing were infected with an artificial variety of the disease that naturally occurs in human sufferers. Testing will continue throughout 2013 on animal subjects suffering from naturally occurring diabetes and, if successful, medical trials will eventually be undertaken on humans too. Here’s hoping that 2013 will provide future diabetes sufferers with some welcome news!
If nothing else, these potential findings prove to us the true value of investing in research. Of course, research can only be successful when backed up with accurate, reliable data, so if you’re looking to test the validity of a hypothesis this year, make the most of our flexible, effective research data capture solutions for the most dependable information available.