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The Saturn moon Enceladus is one of the most fascinating bodies in the solar system and a possible target in the hunt for extraterrestrial life. It’s thought that beneath its frozen surface there is liquid water, which could support life. Enceladus has cryovolcanoes that periodically erupt; the Cassini orbiter captured this image of the moon venting icy water into space.
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Each January, the editors of
IEEE Spectrum offer up some predictions about technical developments we expect to be in the news over the coming year. You’ll find a couple dozen of those described in the following special report. Of course, the number of things we could have written about is far higher, so we had to be selective in picking which projects to feature. And we’re not ashamed to admit, gee-whiz appeal often shaped our choices.