Breakthroughs 2023 – positive events of the past year

2023, despite its challenges and uncertainties, has proven to be a year full of positive events and inspiring stories from all corners of the world. In an era when headlines often focus on the negative aspects of life, it is important to notice and celebrate the bright sides of our reality. In this article, we would like to present a selection of the most positive events of 2023, which bring hope, inspiration and show that despite everything, the world is moving in the right direction.

From scientific breakthroughs to environmental successes to amazing stories of human creativity, these events are reminders that positive change is possible and is actually happening. Out of the many events in 2023, we’ve selected those that particularly deserve your attention.

Breakthrough # 1: A brain decoder translates human thoughts, giving hope to those who have lost their speech.

After the speed at which science is advancing and more innovations are appearing, we might have expected that in the future it would be possible to connect the human brain with a computer. However, we didn’t expect it to happen so soon! We encourage you to read the entire article about the revolutionary brain-computer interface, which is capable of decoding continuous language from non-invasive brain recordings.

We encourage you to read the article to learn more about this fascinating area. It can be an inspiring and surprising experience that will allow us to look at our brain and its capabilities in a whole new way. See for yourself how this technology can change our lives and open new horizons.

Learn more here.

Breakthrough #2: Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon dropped by 64% in November!

According to government data, November 2023 marked the lowest level of deforestation in at least eight years. The Brazilian government has pledged to end illegal deforestation by 2030, which is now being seen in practice!

This progress is hugely important for protecting the rainforest and fighting global warming. It shows that environmental awareness and determination can really produce results.

Read more about it here.

Breakthrough #3. investments in clean energy were greater than investments in fossil fuels in 2023

Over the past five years, global investment in clean energy has been greater than investment in fossil fuels. This is a very good shift towards a sustainable future! Currently, for every dollar invested in fossil fuels, there is as much as $1.8 invested in clean energy.

The International Energy Agency (IAE) shows that solar energy is leading the way when it comes to investment. It was expected to attract more capital than global oil production for the first time in 2023. However, there is still a need for more investment in areas such as efficiency, grids and energy storage.

We encourage you to read the full article and learn more! This could be an important step in fighting climate change and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Read more on this topic here.

Breakthrough #4: Brain implants help paralyzed man walk!

Amazing achievements of science! Gert-Jan Oskam, a previously paralyzed Dutchman, has taken steps again thanks to brain implants! Researchers from Switzerland used technology that wirelessly transmits the patient’s thoughts to an implant in his spine. Although this breakthrough invention is not yet available to everyone, it already brings hope and shows how far medicine has come. Isn’t it amazing? You can find more information in the article!

Learn more.

Breakthrough #5: The first whole eye transplant

Have you ever wondered how far medicine can go? Recently, surgeons in New York crossed another frontier by performing the first whole eye transplant. Although vision has not been regained, the eye itself is showing significant signs of health, which is a great step forward. The procedure, which took 21 hours, was part of a partial face transplant of the recipient, a military veteran. Although for now there is no connection between the eye and the brain, it is hoped that innovations in stem cell research will show the way to full regeneration. Read more in the article!

Read more on this topic here.

Breakthrough #6. The gap in publications and citations between scientists of different genders is narrowing!

Based on research over the past year, the gender gap in the world of science is finally decreasing significantly! Although men still outnumber women, the gender gap is getting smaller, both in terms of the number of citations and high-impact publications. This is truly optimistic news, both for scientists and for anyone drawing from the world of science and research. More equality means more opportunity to explore new research topics and draw from perspectives that have been less noticed until now!

Interested in the details? Read the article and learn more here.

Breakthrough #7: Record for the railroad! Rise in popularity of rail transportation in Poland

Passenger rail in Poland is gaining in popularity! More and more of us are opting for this form of transportation. In the first three quarters of 2023, Polish railroads recorded a record 72 million passengers! This is an increase of more than 10% compared to 2022. What’s more, the number of passengers is expected to exceed the previously unattainable 100 million mark in 2023.

Read more here.

2023 is a year of positive change

All in all, 2023 brought with it a host of bright spots that shine as examples of human progress, perseverance and creativity. These stories, telling of scientific breakthroughs, ecological victories, and remarkable acts of human entrepreneurship, are proof that despite obstacles and challenges, the world still has much to offer. They allow us to look to the future with hope and determination, reminding us that everyone has the power within themselves to contribute to positive change. Let these inspiring stories be a reminder that even in the most difficult times, there are always reasons to be optimistic and act for a better tomorrow.

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Agata Dohojda
Junior Business Analyst
At Innovatika she does research, analyzes, and synthesizes data to turn it into the concrete conclusions needed in the business projects.

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