1980s in science and technology
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This page contains the scientific and technological developments of the 1980s.
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This article is a summary of the 1980s in science and technology.
- The Rings of Neptune were first discovered in 1984. The Voyager 2 spacecraft provided images of them in 1989.
- 4769 Castalia was discovered in 1989. It became the first asteroid to be viewed through radar imaging.
- In 1983 Kary Mullis revolutionized molecular biology with his invention of the polymerase chain reaction, which required only a test tube, some reagents, a DNA template, and a source of heat.
- In 1989, the gene responsible for the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator was discovered. Mutations of the gene are considered causes of cystic fibrosis.
- The Kakapo, a bird species of New Zealand, was termed a threatened species. The Department of Conservation started an endangered species recovery plan for the Kakapo in 1989.
- Also in 1989, the K-T extinction event, when dinosaurs went extinct, was shown to be linked to excess irridium in the boundary layer, which implied that the cause was a massive meteor strike.
- Robert Tappan Morris created the Morris worm, considered the first notable computer worm to be distributed via the Internet. The worm was launched on November 2, 1988 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and caused considerable damage. In 1989, its creator became the first person indicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
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