BY MILES PREKOSKI
As students, teachers and readers alike look back on a thrilling and eventful 2017, we can only hope that 2018 will bring us even more incredible things. From head transplants to midterm elections, here are five things we can all look forward to in 2018:
Oprah for Pres?
Recent talk after the Golden Globes suggests that one of the most influential women on the planet could run for president. Oprah has since denied such rumors, but two of her close confidants reported to CNN recently that she was “actively considering” a shot at the 2020 election. The left-leaning polling firm Public Policy Polling surveyed voters and found that Winfrey would lead Trump in a hypothetical 2020 matchup 47 percent to 40 percent. While only rumors are floating around, an announcement from Oprah for a bid in the next presidential election would shock the world.
Every seat in the House of Representatives will be up for grabs, as well as 33 seats in the Senate. This year’s midterm elections could be quite a big deal for politics in America. The Republican Party is looking to secure seats in both the House and the Senate, and the Democratic Party looks to gain control of the legislative branch. In every single election since the Civil War, the president’s party has lost on average 32 seats in the House and two in the Senate in midterm elections. In 2018, the Democratic Party needs only 24 seats to gain control of the House and two to take the Senate.
Women Driving in Saudi Arabia
Huge pushes toward women’s rights were made in 2017, and 2018 will prove no different. Women will be able to drive in Saudi Arabia as of June 2018, ending the longstanding policy symbolizing oppression in one of the most conservative kingdoms in the world.
Citizens on the Moon?
Startups are saying this will be the year normal people will step foot on the moon. Moon Express, a Silicon Valley startup, was quoted in an NBC interview saying that they will “definitely” land a craft on the moon this year. Other companies like SpaceX claim that they will land ordinary people on the moon this year as well. Not a single person has walked on the moon since 1972, when the three-man crew of Apollo 17 concluded NASA’s Apollo missions. This could be a historic year for space.
World’s First Head Transplant?
Dr. Sergio Canavero, an Italian surgeon, claims that 2018 will be the year of the world’s first head transplant. A 30-year-old Russian man, Valery Spiridonov, has volunteered for the procedure, hoping to live a better life. Spiridonov has Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, a rare genetic disorder that causes muscles to waste away and motor neurons to die. The procedure was set for December, but was recently pushed back to 2018. This transplant could be a major advancement in the medical world.