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2022 was a banner year for science and researchers say they are looking forward to making new strides in 2023, according to Scientific American.
In space, this year saw massive satellite constellations littering the night sky, two crewed space stations going operational, and governments rolling out new military capabilities in orbit. Next year, nations may consider implementing tighter international safeguards for Earth’s orbital regions.
Scientists believe there will be discoveries in the search for life beyond Earth, too, as they explore other exoplanets via the James Webb Space Telescope.
In terms of climate action, the Ukraine war resulted in energy shortages in Europe, prompting leaders to carefully rethink their energy infrastructure and how to adapt amid pledges to protect the climate.
2023 is expected to provide further research analyzing the impact and damage of climate change, as well as provide governments around the world with the know-how to manage it and even mitigate it.
Meanwhile, even though the Covid-19 pandemic is receding from its top place in the spotlight in 2020 and 2021, it goes on as evidenced by the death toll around the world. Scientists are making new discoveries on its long-term effects and next year plan to conduct further investigations on how to prepare for future pandemics.
Mental health specialists are also forecasting progress in treating ailments of the mind thanks to new research on psychedelics to help deal with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Meanwhile, new detection tools and archaeological discoveries are unveiling more data about our ancient world, as well as how life on the planet evolved.
In 2023, we may also witness the emergence of a new generation of scientists fighting against extractive techniques that transport specimens from developing countries to the Western world without regard for local knowledge or benefit to the people locally.
There’s a lot to look forward to!