2012’s Major Scientific Breakthroughs

This article talks about the major and chief breakthroughs in the scientific world for the year 2012. Here are some of the major breakthroughs in science for the year 2012.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars

Curiosity is NASAís six-wheeled nuclear-powered laboratory that weighs a ton. It touched down Marsí surface in early August after eight months of millions of miles journey across pace. It is by far the biggest and most scientifically competent rover that was sent to a planet. The landing sequence alone was the most technically impressive attempt made. The rover lowered to Marsí surface from a suspended, rocket-powered sky crane that played out magnificently.

At present, just months into the roverís two-year main mission, Curiosity is still extending its legs and has already made various intriguing discoveries. Eventually, Curiosity will start checking on Marsí history by scanning layers of sedimentary rocks that comprise Mount Sharp to search for signs of life in the planet.

Artificial DNA For The Synthesis Of New Life Forms

Biologists were able to demonstrate how XNAs or artificial nucleic acids replicate and evolve similarly as DNA and RNA. XNAs are known to be more resistant than the real thing, actually. The implications of this scientific breakthrough are wide and may include everything from genetic research, alien life search to creation of a totally synthetic and alternative form of life.

AI Recognizes Images

The worldís first AI was born in Googleís enigmatic X Lab. They produced evidences that the AI had developed neural networks that were able to recognize what image it was looking at. It was able to do this by examining YouTube for millions of images for a couple of days then giving the researchers some compound images of what it had learned to distinguish and be familiar with. Two of the images were human and cat faces. This is actually the first time that computers were able to teach themselves to determine an image and this is a major step towards finding some artificially intelligent individuals.

ENCODE: A DNA Encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia of DNA Elements Project also known as ENCODE debuted this year. It contains 30 papers from three different journals in science aiming to catalogue he various parts that compose a genome as well as what each component actually do. Among the various findings was the so-called ìjunk DNAî. It was believed to be an outlier DNA sequence that does not encode for any protein. However, it was proven that it is not junk at all because it is actually responsible for gene regulation, human height and disease onset.

A Mammal from Stem Cells

Researchers from Kyoto University were able to create a mouse through eggs derived from stem cells. This achievement shows another notable possibility by regenerative technology like the stem cell and at the same time raises ethical queries regarding potential human births wherein parents may not be needed.

An Electronic Implant That Dissolves Inside The Body

The border line between man and machine is slowly dissolving. Scientists have already announced that a new kind of electronics that are implantable and can do designated task within a few hours to a few weeks before completely disappearing and absorbed into the body is now an accessible technology. This kind of technology has lots of possible applications including biological implants and environmentally friendly phones. It is called Transient Electronics.

Discipline Yourself

How can you effectively discipline yourself? Why would you want that anyway? Is any area in your life lacking control so you are feeling you could be better off with some firmer approach to benefit some more? You would have to first answer the question what needs a change and what is that exactly that you are after before you apply some slapdash method to achieve only chaos and then return to the previous state. The word discipline suggests a harsh and unrelenting grip on reality and yourself, flaggelleting and constant nagging to yourself, which, as you probably know, are ways that hardly ever work.

How to Achieve the Perfect Discipline

How do you imagine a perfectly disciplined mind? Who do you believe is a person that you could easily name as being disciplined and where does it come from? You become disciplined through persistent application of measures that lead to a particular goal that you set by yourself. You might be put off by some obstacles that come your way but that would be much expected, eg. going down with an illness, not having enough will power and so much more. But you can prevail if you have a clear plan and you stick to it at all times. You need to know yourself and if you have any tendency to procrastinate you need to find out why and how and when that tendency appears. Depending on the task you would also have to see how to manage it, given your particular difficulties with its level of difficulty, without the knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses you might get into some serious trouble if you attempt to accomplish everything within a short time, so give yourself a good look and see how much strength there is and how much more you need to add with time. Address the problem in a step by step manner, just like with physical exertion after a long period of being inactive due to the sedentary lifestyle. The overriding rule would be not to be overly aggressive towards the major aim or particularly hard on yourself when you find you have missed a step, you have been sidetracked or procrastinated yet again. Not everyone is born this way or was taught that perseverance pays in the end, though it does not always work that way, but this is the most useful skill in regard to any skill you would like to master or work or even yourself, but without the army like drilling. Simply approach the issue gently, reward yourself if you please or feel you cannot do otherwise and watch any effects that it could bring, or better yet, make it a process and stay away from the final results. When your desired state comes remain positive but do not make it your only life choice or jump for joy, simply remain watchful of how you progress from there, as once you achieve this point, it becomes impressively easy to defocus and lose track. Just do not make it your religion.