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Posted 2/13/17 , edited 2/13/17

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Or having an effective and safe way of preventing the spread of disease, like malaria. I know scientist are working with gene editing (CRISPR & Cas9) to sterilize mosquitoes....so it'll be interesting to see where that goes.


I hate mosquitoes as much as the next person, but wouldn't eradicating them completely cause some sort of environmental issue? I know that most insects, plants and animals serve a purpose in the environment, and if you take one thing away it can cause problems in another area, like causing an animal population to explode or something like that. I thought that I had read somewhere at some point that mosquitoes were needed for something in the environment or it could cause issues.


Oh there definitely will be a cascade of events if mosquitoes were eradicated. Mind you though, most mosquito species do not transmit diseases and scientists aren't concerned with them. The mosquitoes that are in question include the species that specifically target people (because we're selfish like that) such as Anopheles gambiae, which is the primary carrier for the malaria parasite....or Aedes aegypti, which helps spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, Mayaro and yellow fever. Just to name a few.
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Or having an effective and safe way of preventing the spread of disease, like malaria. I know scientist are working with gene editing (CRISPR & Cas9) to sterilize mosquitoes....so it'll be interesting to see where that goes.


I hate mosquitoes as much as the next person, but wouldn't eradicating them completely cause some sort of environmental issue? I know that most insects, plants and animals serve a purpose in the environment, and if you take one thing away it can cause problems in another area, like causing an animal population to explode or something like that. I thought that I had read somewhere at some point that mosquitoes were needed for something in the environment or it could cause issues.


Oh there definitely will be a cascade of events if mosquitoes were eradicated. Mind you though, most mosquito species do not transmit diseases and scientists aren't concerned with them. The mosquitoes that are in question include the species that specifically target people (because we're selfish like that) such as Anopheles gambiae, which is the primary carrier for the malaria parasite....or Aedes aegypti, which helps spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, Mayaro and yellow fever. Just to name a few.


Ah, I see. Thank you for explaining that, and that makes a lot more sense now to eradicate those kinds of mosquitoes. I'm all for wiping out those diseases if we can because I know that they're some nasty ones.
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I love you for mentioning .hack. My all time favorite anime/gaming/manga series. And you're certainly right that .hack had far worse fates in it that could happen in and out of a VRMMORPG than SAO shows. I'd love to play in The World if it were real. There was a mobile game or something like that of The World in Japan at one point. I don't know if it's still going on or not though.

And if we hadn't had .hack before we probably wouldn't have SAO now, seeing as how it was sort of a precursor series in what happened in it and in it's popularity to how SAO is now. I'm not saying that it's the same series, as it clearly isn't, just that I see a lot of inspiration in SAO from .hack.

Yeah, .hack is one of my favourite anime as well. The animation, the music, the storytelling; there's just something haunting and beautiful about .hack which makes it a rarity among anime.

SAO might be more popular right now but .hack is the ground-breaking VRMMORPG anime. I think that with time interest in SAO will wane (as is already starting to happen), while .hack will maintain its cult following. If nothing else, I think that .hack has a more nuanced and realistic idea of what a VRMMORPG can actually look like.

Speaking of which, I know that CyberConnect2 (who make .hack) went on a major recruitment drive last year. They talked about wanting to recruit people for many different games, including an unnamed VR project. Which sounds to me like CyberConnect2 might actually be trying to make The World a (virtual) reality after all. But only time will tell I suppose.
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Extremely advanced Artificial Intelligence, or even something like a cyborg utilizing parts of the human body.
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I hear you, but no one knows the ramifications for future generations since the manipulations will continue forever in future generations. Once a genome is mdified there is no going back.

We still need a lot of research to be compiled before we move on to human experimentation.

The Chinese have already been caught testing on human fetus and it caused an uproar in the biological science community. I am sure it hasnt stopped em.

I am sure it will happen, I remember when invitrofertilization first came about (test tube babies) and it was like we were slapping god in the face to some people, but now its a common practice. I would say let it take its course and not rush things but hey thats just my humble opinion.


I suppose what you'e saying is true enough but we have to start somewhere. There is only so much you can learn from theoretical and small scale experimentation, eventually you have to take the big plunge into the unknown.
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Apholo wrote:


BlackRose0607 wrote:


Apholo wrote:
Or having an effective and safe way of preventing the spread of disease, like malaria. I know scientist are working with gene editing (CRISPR & Cas9) to sterilize mosquitoes....so it'll be interesting to see where that goes.


I hate mosquitoes as much as the next person, but wouldn't eradicating them completely cause some sort of environmental issue? I know that most insects, plants and animals serve a purpose in the environment, and if you take one thing away it can cause problems in another area, like causing an animal population to explode or something like that. I thought that I had read somewhere at some point that mosquitoes were needed for something in the environment or it could cause issues.


Oh there definitely will be a cascade of events if mosquitoes were eradicated. Mind you though, most mosquito species do not transmit diseases and scientists aren't concerned with them. The mosquitoes that are in question include the species that specifically target people (because we're selfish like that) such as Anopheles gambiae, which is the primary carrier for the malaria parasite....or Aedes aegypti, which helps spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, Mayaro and yellow fever. Just to name a few.


Although I am not for genocide on a whole species, there is no cascading of events if mosquitos are gone. They do not impact the environment in an essential way. They do not pollinate, they do not help with biodegration, they ultimately have no purpose. If this is false then I would love to hear it. And please do not mention they hold dna of species long gone like in Jurrasic Park lol. All they are is a parasite and live off other species totally. I would like to hear what they actually provide that is beneficial to nature. The animals that feed on them have other means of nutrients and will not be missed. As far as the human impact, they are in fact the most deadly insect in the world due to the transmission of diseases.

Again I am still not for eradicating a species of earths creatures but I do not believe in a cascading cataclysm on earth due to the extiction of the mosquito.
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Apholo wrote:


BlackRose0607 wrote:


Apholo wrote:
Or having an effective and safe way of preventing the spread of disease, like malaria. I know scientist are working with gene editing (CRISPR & Cas9) to sterilize mosquitoes....so it'll be interesting to see where that goes.


I hate mosquitoes as much as the next person, but wouldn't eradicating them completely cause some sort of environmental issue? I know that most insects, plants and animals serve a purpose in the environment, and if you take one thing away it can cause problems in another area, like causing an animal population to explode or something like that. I thought that I had read somewhere at some point that mosquitoes were needed for something in the environment or it could cause issues.


Oh there definitely will be a cascade of events if mosquitoes were eradicated. Mind you though, most mosquito species do not transmit diseases and scientists aren't concerned with them. The mosquitoes that are in question include the species that specifically target people (because we're selfish like that) such as Anopheles gambiae, which is the primary carrier for the malaria parasite....or Aedes aegypti, which helps spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, Mayaro and yellow fever. Just to name a few.


Although I am not for genocide on a whole species, there is no cascading of events if mosquitos are gone. They do not impact the environment in an essential way. They do not pollinate, they do not help with biodegration, they ultimately have no purpose. If this is false then I would love to hear it. And please do not mention they hold dna of species long gone like in Jurrasic Park lol. All they are is a parasite and live off other species totally. I would like to hear what they actually provide that is beneficial to nature. The animals that feed on them have other means of nutrients and will not be missed. As far as the human impact, they are in fact the most deadly insect in the world due to the transmission of diseases.

Again I am still not for eradicating a species of earths creatures but I do not believe in a cascading cataclysm on earth due to the extiction of the mosquito.


They're food for other more likable species: frogs(amphibians in general in the tadpole stage), dragonflies, fish, lizards, I want to say birds too but I just can't think of any particular type off-hand.
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Although I am not for genocide on a whole species, there is no cascading of events if mosquitos are gone. They do not impact the environment in an essential way. They do not pollinate, they do not help with biodegration, they ultimately have no purpose. If this is false then I would love to hear it. And please do not mention they hold dna of species long gone like in Jurrasic Park lol. All they are is a parasite and live off other species totally. I would like to hear what they actually provide that is beneficial to nature. The animals that feed on them have other means of nutrients and will not be missed. As far as the human impact, they are in fact the most deadly insect in the world due to the transmission of diseases.

Again I am still not for eradicating a species of earths creatures but I do not believe in a cascading cataclysm on earth due to the extiction of the mosquito.


Okay, maybe a cascade of events may have been an exaggeration, but did you not see what I wrote above? Not all mosquitoes transmit disease.
https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/mosquitoes_and_disease_faq.htm
Now, I know that this is a NY health page, but look at number 2.

Also where did you get that mosquitoes are not pollinators? Both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar and in turn pollinate flowers, though not intentionally and they most likely aren't the best. Sure females "bite" us to get our blood for nutrition for their eggs, but saying they are not pollinators is incorrect.

Here's an article for you: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/01/orchids-give-human-body-odor-attract-mosquitoes
Platanthera obtusata relies on a species of mosquito for pollination...even though it's deceiving the mosquito.

I do agree that they are the most dangerous animal in the world in regards to people. I'm not gonna lie, mosquitoes role in pollination is probably minimal and can be replaced. I just wanted to point out that they are pollinators, albeit not good ones and not all transmit disease
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Gravitational control eg anti gravity tech. Restart the space exploration game if the cost were now negligible for launch.

Also SETI being successful, if only in an archaeological sense. Signals being definitely confirmed but millions of years old.
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I'm gonna go with Immortality even though it's already been said.

But Monster-Girls, I want real life Monster-Girls damn it!
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Some micro chip or satalite somewhere to prevent people from doing stupid shit before it happens especially on the Internet oh god yes especially on the Internet.
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Thanks for the comments, cool people.
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For me personally and everyone that's transgender. I want the gender change surgery to be the real deal. Where your gender is changed 100% completely and you are your 100% opposite gender. (still plan on getting the surgery done either way & think I worded this wrong as well lol.)

For the whole world a cure to most/if not all cancers.
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as someone who had some teeth broken out due to a car accident, I think I will go with the ability to grow replacement teeth
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