# What breakthrough in science would revolutionize an industry?

1. Mar 11, 2012

### fellupahill

Is there anything that comes to mind if you try to come up with something that would revolutionize an entire industry, or create an industry of its own?

Not looking for the super obvious choices such as nuclear fusion or Quantum Computers.

2. Mar 11, 2012

### Pengwuino

Nuclear computers.

On a more serious note, high-temperature superconductors would probably have profound implications across many industries. There are other things but I think one would be better off thinking about a particular industry and then asking how that industry could be improved.

3. Mar 11, 2012

### micromass

Quantum fusion

4. Mar 11, 2012

### jhae2.718

Nuclear quantum fusion powered computers.

5. Mar 11, 2012

### drizzle

:rofl::rofl:

6. Mar 11, 2012

### Pengwuino

You jerks.

7. Mar 11, 2012

### jhae2.718

You have a problem with $\frac{\rm{d}^3\bf{r}}{\rm{d}t^3}$?

8. Mar 11, 2012

### WannabeNewton

plastic surgery on the go

9. Mar 11, 2012

### jhae2.718

On a serious note, I'd say a cheap way to put stuff in LEO.

10. Mar 11, 2012

### Ivan Seeking

Staff Emeritus
In keeping with the news of Obama's reference to algae, there is tremendous potential in biologically-produced transportation fuels derived from algae and bacteria. Temperature sensitivity, yield rates, oil quality, and the energy required for growth and processing are all significant issues that can be addressed in part through hybridization, and perhaps through the use of designer strains genetically engineered for the task. So the race is on to develop the holy grail of fuel-producing bioforms if you will - one that can yield a practical fuel such as carbon-neutral biodiesel, at prices below that of traditional pertroleum-based fuels.

I think is one of the most siginficant issues for everyone on the planet.

11. Mar 12, 2012

### wuliheron

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/27628/?p1=blogs

So far physicists have found what appears to be 3 species of single cell organisms that use quantum effects for extremely efficient photosynthesis and 3 species of animals that appear to use the quantum Zeno effect for exquisite sensitivity to magnetic fields for navigation. Along with recent experiments indicating quanta are contextual the implications are staggering and could eventually apply to every branch of the sciences and industry.

We'll just have to wait and see...

12. Mar 12, 2012

### Ryan_m_b

Staff Emeritus
Tentatively I would argue that all scientific advances create and/or revolutionise industries. Reason being that just like men no discovery or invention in science is an island. Science is incremental, every development is made on the backs of others that are made on the backs of others etc etc. "Breakthrough" is a misleading label as it implies one big discovery in isolation that changes everything, in reality almost every breakthrough is just the straw/few final straws that break the camels back.

13. Mar 12, 2012

### gravenewworld

If a glyco code exists for the cell, finding it.

14. Mar 12, 2012

### Hobin

Sustainable muon-catalyzed fusion in a tiny box.

15. Mar 12, 2012

### jobyts

Sustainable muon-catalyzed glyco coded nuclear quantum fusion powered computers in a tiny box.

16. Mar 12, 2012

### f95toli

A dramatic improvement in battery technology?

17. Mar 12, 2012

### wuliheron

The suppositories are easier to use.

18. Mar 12, 2012

### Hobin

That's a good one. Solar energy (which is already becoming quite a big industry) would become much cheaper, for one.

19. Mar 13, 2012

### jim hardy

Superconducting thermocouple wire.

We could interconnect gigantic thermopiles in Gulf of Mexico and Arctic Ocean and tap off power all along the way.

20. Mar 13, 2012

### jreelawg

Probably the most dramatic one of all: self replicating interplanetary mining robots/automated factories.

It is only a matter of time I think.

21. Mar 13, 2012

### Ryan_m_b

Staff Emeritus
That indeed would change a lot. There's a short story I read a few years ago that, in a simplistic way, explored two extremes of how society may progress as more autonomous industry is developed:
http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm
Worth a read if you're interested and have the time, just be sure to not pay too much attention to the plot holes rather than the main ideas behind it.

22. Mar 13, 2012

### wuliheron

How do you know we are not the self-replicating robots dumped in the hostile environment of earth to eventually spread more evolved automatons everywhere?

23. Mar 14, 2012

### nitsuj

I'd say genetic engineering technology will bring about the most remarkable changes to industrie.

That being said, of course it is done today but in comparison to what is possible it is child's play.

Once it hits healthcare in a remarkable way, wow! move over Darwin.