The mundane and the wild of 2017

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By the time you read this the new year will be here and we will be into the first week of 2017. Each new year brings new hope, new excitement, new tribulations and new gadgets to amaze us. Some of the things set to happen in 2017 are well known, such as the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Some are less well known, but just as exciting — or much more exciting, if you aren’t much of a Trump fan. So what does 2017 have in store for us?

Tired of getting around on a bike or in a car? Well, according to the website hongkiat.com in a section about futuristic technologies, this year, for a $5,000 refundable deposit, you can stake your claim to an Aerofex Aero-X, which is projected to cost around $85,000. The machine is described as a real-life equivalent of the Star Wars speeder bike and is the result of more than 15 years of research and development. Powered by a water-cooled 240 horsepower engine and two large rotors, the Aero-X can hover at an altitude of 12 feet and at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. It can also carry up to 310 pounds.

This year will also feature a total solar eclipse for the first time since in 26 years. Near us, the eclipse is going to land smack dab on the city of Casper, Wyo. The centerline passes right over the intersection of Highway 220 and S. Poplar Street at 11:42:34 a.m. and will give viewers two minutes and 26 seconds of revelry. Douglas, Glendo, Thermopolis, Lusk and Torrington round out the list of larger towns that will experience the total eclipse. In Nebraska, Alliance and Scottsbluff will be the closest viewing points. The next total solar eclipse won’t be until April 8, 2024. The best viewing for that one will be in Mexico and Canada.

On Oct. 26, 2017, the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records will be published. Ba-bamail.com says following the premiere of the 1991 film JFK, a huge public outcry led in 1992 to Congress passing the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act, which ensured the collation and publication of all government records (some 4 million pages) relating to the infamous event of 1963. The process took six years to complete, but is only set to be published in 2017. So, the public will perhaps finally be able to decide for itself just why and by whom President Kennedy was assassinated.

Surgeon Sergio Canavero has been promising for over a year that by 2017 he’ll be able to perform the first human head transplant in order to provide people suffering total paralysis with a new body. Recently, Canavero announced successful operations performed with a mouse and a monkey, which were each given a new body and survived.

Also on tap for 2017? The release of Star Wars Episode VIII in December, the introduction of the first synthetic yeast and an automated car will drive from Los Angeles to New York without a driver.

It’s shaping up to be a fascinating year!

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