Coming soon: tech in 2014

Updated 12:03 PM ET, Wed January 15, 2014
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New year, new technology. Take a look through our gallery of the biggest tech stories we're likely to see in 2014. Courtesy FIA
Zoom! Electric racers capable of 220 kph will be flying around the streets of 10 of the world's biggest cities in 2014, with the arrival of Formula E -- the new FIA championship featuring single-seater cars powered exclusively by electric energy. The inaugural season kicks off in September with 10 teams battling in Beijing, then across the globe. Courtesy FIA
Blast off! Virgin Galactic's year has already got off to a flying start: its reusable space vehicle "SpaceShipTwo" completed its third rocket-powered flight -- soaring to a new record height of 71,000 feet, above the Mojave Desert, California on 10 January. Virgin Galactic
Whoosh! The search for viable renewable energy sources continues apace: the United States is set to join Europe in developing offshore wind power facilities this year -- with Massachusetts and Rhode Island battling to become the home of the country's first offshore windfarm. PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Boom! A new engine called VASIMR -- that's "Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket" in full -- goes on trial in March. NASA hopes the new engine will cut the time it takes to get to Mars to just three months.
Huh? Playing god could be big in 2014, as scientists look to create man-made life forms to perform useful tasks. This could be the year artificial microbes help us start winning the war against pollution. RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images
Zip! Wearable tech arrives this year, with the most high-profile project -- the much-hyped Google Glass -- expected on the market before 2015. Will this be the year we embrace smart socks and solar-powered trousers? Ole Spata/AFP/Getty Images
Smash! The Large Hadron Collider will re-awaken in 2015 -- but scientists anticipate discoveries about dark matter before then. The mysterious matter, which scientists believe accounts for 24% of the universe, has only been detected by its gravitational effect so far. We could know more later this year... Getty Images
Kick! Kickstarter has shaken up the world of tech by allowing individuals to say which gadgets they think are worth funding -- now, the JOBS act could do the same for start-up businesses. Fledgling tech companies could be exploding onto the scene this year on the back of your investment -- no middle-man required. Stewart Scott-Curran/CNN