Hot Topic-II 15:News of the year 2011 (Current Affairs 2011 / 2012)   1 comment

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Social media in the Arab Spring, Japanese megaquake and nuclear disaster, orgasms in the brain, HIV drugs, faster-than-light neutrinos, Higgs and more

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JANUARY

• Egypt cuts its people off from the internet as the “Arab Spring” begins. In Syria, Tunisia and elsewhere citizens use social media to organise street protests

FEBRUARY

IBM‘s supercomputer Watson takes on, and beats, two former winners of the US gameshow Jeopardy! Despite a few mistakes it easily wins the $1 million prize

MARCH

• Magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocks Japan, followed by a tsunami that devastates towns and leaves 20,000 dead or missing. Explosions at Fukushima nuclear plant lead to meltdown when the cooling system fails

APRIL

• A software bot called LIDA shows the first hints of consciousness by reacting just like a human when carrying out simple tasks

• Personal details of 77 million users are stolen after Sony’s PlayStation Network is hacked – forcing the firm to take it offline

MAY

• Author Kayt Sukel stimulates herself to climax in an fMRI scanner to learn more about the female orgasm, brains and the control of pain

JUNE

• Physicists at CERN manage to bottle atoms of anti-hydrogen for 1000 seconds – about 10,000 times longer than before

• Infamous “hacktivist” group LulzSec announces it is disbanding after “50 days of lulz”, during which it attacked a number of corporate targets, including Fox News

JULY

• Space shuttle Atlantis lands at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the last time, bringing the curtain down on the shuttle era after 135 missions

• Antiretroviral drugs shown to not only help those with HIV stay alive but also greatly reduce transmission of the virus to others

AUGUST

• World’s first 3D-printed aircraft makes its maiden flight in the UK. The parts took just two days to design and five to print

SEPTEMBER

• Shock at claims that neutrinos have travelled faster than the speed of light – apparently breaking the existing laws of physics

OCTOBER

• First analysis of network of 43,000 companies shows a minority – mainly banks – hold a disproportionate amount of power over the global economy

NOVEMBER

• Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research as cognitive decline is reduced in two people – by jolting brain tissue with electrical impulses

• Launch of NASA’s Martian rover, Curiosity, as part of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft. It is due to arrive at the Red Planet in August 2012

DECEMBER

• Two teams at the Large Hadron Collider announce they have found hints of a lightweight Higgs boson

• Climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, ends with agreement to accept targets on emissions in 2020

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