The 2010s have begun. While 40% of the native English speakers call it the "twenty tens", 60% use the term "two thousand and tens". A natural short version of the name is "the teens". The options sound better than the "noughties" or "twenty zeros" that have ended.
The same decadal situation, just 30 years earlier...
A self-described physicist has calculated the decade that is just getting started. She obtained a different result ;-) and she just twitted:
What can you expect in the 2010s?
- the LHC may find SUSY but almost certainly the Higgs boson: and maybe something else, too?
- the International Linear Collider may be completed by the end of the decade
- ITER may start to operate in which case fusion will receive a strong boost
- supercomputers will surpass an exaflop (billion of billion of operations per second) around 2019
- the Gotthard Base Tunnel (57 km in length) will be completed in Switzerland
- thousands of other things will be built
- NASA will replace the space shuttles by the Orion
- NASA could begin a new wave of manned landings on the Moon around 2019
- NASA will launch the James Webb Space Telescope to mostly replace the Hubble around 2013
- IPv6 may be adopted because the IPv4 address space is going to be exhausted in two years
- in December 2012, the Kyoto protocol will expire and the judgement day will arrive on 12/21/12
- if that won't happen, the world will be destroyed in 2016 as authoritatively determined by Al Gore (if you kindly allow, I will omit thousands of similar crackpot prophesies)
- the IPCC will either be abolished with its most shameful representatives arrested, or it will release the fifth report in 2014
- the population will increase just by ten percent
- the world economy will increase by 30 percent or so
- the global mean temperature will change by 0.3 °C in an unknown direction, with +0.1 °C being the approximate human contribution (that's 0.03 percent change at the absolute scale)
One half of those nearly 1 million of unique visitors to this blog in 2009 according to their location: click to zoom in. If you need to sleep near one of the red dots, find the TRF visitor and kindly ask him or her to accommodate you for a while. As you can see, the whole world is open for the TRF readers. ;-)
Visitors and views in different months.