Iran carries out its first nuclear test
After years of diplomatic stall tactics, Iran confirms its place in the “nuclear club” of countries.
Technology covertly supplied by Russia has allowed it to fulfill its nuclear ambitions. Faced with such a grave potential threat, Israel’s economy goes into freefall.
The region as a whole now enters a period of instability the likes of which has never been seen before. Although the Iranians repeatedly state their peaceful intentions, this nuclear test is viewed in the Western media as the most significant world event since the attacks of September 11th, 2001.
4G wireless communications are becoming widely available
The successor to 3G, these new networks offer a comprehensive IP solution where voice, data and streamed multimedia can be given to users on an “Anytime, Anywhere” basis, and at much higher data rates than previous generations (up to 1 Gbit/s). The vastly improved speeds mean that high definition television, for example, can be viewed in realtime on a mobile phone, and entire movies can be downloaded in a matter of minutes. 4G also provides seamless connectivity and global roaming across multiple networks.
James Webb telescope is launched
The long-awaited successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is launched. Its primary mirror has a collecting area six times larger than Hubble. The telescope is situated in an L2 orbit approximately 1.5 million kilometres from Earth.