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Five Science Trends to Watch Out for in 2022

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Date 1 January 2022

Happy New Year! Now that 2021 is behind us we want to let you know about our Five STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Trends to watch out for in 2022.

With the disruption to the world’s scientific institutions and tech firms caused by COVID in 2021, this year is set to see an acceleration in the number of technological developments that have been stalled for the last two years.

All Eyes On Space Travel

Space Shuttle Photograph

2021 saw the first tourist flights to space with three companies competing in this race: Elon Musk’s (Tesla) Space X, Jeff Bezos (Amazon) Blue Origin and Richard Branson (Virgin) Virgin Galactic.

2022 will see more exciting space missions take place. The James Webb Telescope that was launched in December 2021 will arrive at its destination and will begin sending images of some of the most distant objects in the universe by mid-next year.

Next Year will also see the launch of Artemis 1 on March 12. This lunar mission is designed to prepare for the first astronauts to set foot on the moon in almost 50 years. Artemis 1 is also designed as a closer step towards NASA’s Lunar Gateway a planned small space station in lunar orbit.

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Better 5G Connectivity

As more 5G masts are installed next year will see greater coverage of the UK even in remote locations. The phone network, EE has set the aim of giving half the population with half the population covered in two years' time and to receive 5G "anywhere" in the UK by 2028,

And looking even further into the future Samsung has launch a white paper on how it will roll out 6G networks by the end of the decade. On this hypothetical 6G network, devices will be able to download over 100 hours of Netflix in 1 sec and it will be 100x more reliable than 5G.

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Enter The Metaverse

Facebook announced its plans for a Metaverse in October 2021 calling it “the successor to the mobile internet”

The metaverse is a new version of the Internet where you interact with virtual objects and people as you do in the physical world.

Not only will the metaverse allow users to play games and interact with other users but following on from the Home Working trend, the Facebook is also developing a professional section to the metaverse called Horizon Workrooms, where VR wearing workers can interact in virtual offices and hold virtual meetings.

In 2021 Ariana Grande performed a concert in millions in the video game Fortnite's metaverse. In 2022 expect to see more concerts and events take place in a virtual metaverse.

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Large Hadron Collider Restars

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland, will start running again after a three-year shutdown and delays due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The LHC is world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It stretches for 27 kilometres underground across the French- Swiss border and first became operational in 2010. The particle collider was responsible for the discovery of the Higgs boson (which gives mass to particles) in 2012.

The particle accelerator was shut down for repairs and upgrades in 2018 but it is now getting ready to perform more advanced experiments that could give physicists greater insight into the smallest particles that make up the universe.

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Crypto To Become Mainstream?

Cryptocurrencies will continue to grow and become more mainstream in 2022. A cryptocurrency is a digital currency, which is almost impossible to counterfeit or double-spend. Many cryptocurrencies are based on a decentralized networks and therefore are not controlled by governments.

In October, the International Monetary Fund said it was looking at both the risks and opportunities that digital currencies pose.

Central banks across the world are increasingly assessing the potential of digital currencies amid a growing interest in cryptocurrencies

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