In an effort to test my powers of prediction, here are a bevy of events that will happen in the year 2009:
An enormous breakthrough in solar energy storage technology, as the capacity to store the harnessed energy will double from today’s current limitations.
One hundred new exoplanets will be discovered.
A long lost piece of classical music composition by Beethoven will be revealed.
A heat wave will encompass North America that will send the power grid into rolling blackouts, worse and more widespread than the blackouts of August 2003.
A well known celebrity will report that they have been abducted by extraterrestrials aliens.
The Chicago Cubs will win baseball’s World Series – their first championship since 1908.
Shark attacks on people will increase by 100% over 2008 totals, leaving scientists “baffled”.
Unemployment in the USA will peak at 9.0%.
One, or more, major movie studios in Hollywood will declare bankruptcy.
Scientists successfully genetically engineer a hypoallergenic species of dog.
Terrorists will attack a US warship, the first since the bombing of ‘The Cole’ in 2000.
Telecommunication companies worldwide will not be able to maintain infrastructure needs to meet the demand of broadband internet connections, effectively causing the internet’s overall speed performance slow compared to 2008.
Solar activity will continue to be low for the first half of the year, and then regain activity in the second half.
US President Obama will be the first US president to set foot upon Antarctica.
A “missing link” of dolphin evolution will be unearthed and identified.
Element Number 120 (and 119) will be created.
A new air speed record for non-“space” vehicles will be set, eclipsing the 7546 miles per hour speed achieved in 2004.
There. Nice, specific, and plausible. You won’t get those kinds of predictions just anywhere. I’ll add to this list as more “divine” ideas enter my brain over the course of the year. Feel free to jot down your predictions too!