Each year, science advances at an astonishing rate and what was once the realm of science fiction becomes science fact. For most of us, these discoveries and innovations flutter by as little more than curiosities, fascinating headlines in the news, but each of these has significant implications that have the potential to reshape our world over the next decade or so.
Here’s a list of some of the top scientific discoveries and innovations for 2012.
15. Voyager leaves the solar system
In 1977, the original Star Wars was produced using miniature models for special effects. Star Wars contains a few embarrassingly archaic shots of computer graphics from that era; chunky yellow/green lines plastered on a black screen highlight just how far computing has come in the last 35 years.
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