Researchers Were Able To Grow, In The Lab, A Small Wood-Like Rigid Structure In The Shape Of A Gel Matrix. This Achievement, Though Done On A Small Scale, Has Many Implications For The Forestry, Construction, And Agriculture Sectors. But First, It Needs To Be Commercially Scalable And Practical To, E.G., Grow Furniture Like Tables.
A Company Has Developed A Wristband Wearable Device, Called Moodbeam, Which Employees Can Wear To Let Employers Know, Via An App, Their Emotional State, Whether Happy Or Sad. This Device Comes With Many Employees Working From Home And Employers Being Unable To Physically Track Their Mental State, Which Can Impact Their Productivity.
A Gaming Company, Raze, May Have Innovated What It Is Calling The World’s Smartest N95 Face Mask. The Transparent Mask Is Said To Come With, E.G., A Voice Amplifier To Improve Speech; An Active Ventilation For Exhaling Warm Air And Inhaling Cool Air; And A Light Mode That Lits Up In Dark Environment To Show One’s Mouth And Expression.
A South Korean Start-Up, Petpuls, Based On More Than 10,000 Barks From 50 Dog Breeds, Have Developed An AI-Powered Device That Can Give “Voice,” Via Smartphone App, To Dogs. The Dog Collar Device Is Said To Be Able To Detect, From A Dog’s Bark, With A 90% Average Accuracy Rate, 5 Emotions Of Being Happy, Relaxed, Anxious, Angry, Or Sad.
Nearly 6,000 Satellites Circle Earth And About 60% Of Them Are Now Space Junk That Could Burn On Re-entry Into the Atmosphere, Creating Tiny Alumina Particles That Will Pollute The Environment. And Because Of This, Researchers Are Contemplating Developing Wooden Satellites, By 2023, That Would Burn Up Without Releasing Polluting Substances.
Researchers, By Using Commonplace Materials Like Citric Acid, Hydrogen, And Catalysts, Developed An Uncomplicated Method For Turning CO₂ Into A Possible Zero Emission Liquid Fuel, Capable Of Powering Jet Aircraft. The Technique, Though Relatively Cheaper Than Processes Used To Turn Hydrogen And Water Into Fuel, May Be Difficult To Scale.
The US FDA Has Approved The First Non-Prescription, Over-The-Counter, Use At-Home Rapid Coronavirus Test. The Test, Developed By The Company Ellume, Would Allow Users To Get Their Results Via An App In <20mins. Ellume Is Working On Enhancing A Function To Let Users Share Their Results With Local Health Authorities And Their Doctors.
Researchers, In China, May Have Developed A Photonic Quantum Computer, Called Jiuzhang, Which Demonstrates Quantum Supremacy. The Computer Is Said To Do, In 200 Seconds, Calculations That Will Take Conventional Computers 2.5 Billion Yrs To Complete. Only Google’s Sycamore Computer, Until Now, Has Been Able To Achieve Quantum Supremacy.
Google Parent Company Lab, Deep Mind, Has Built A Computer, Called Alpha Fold, Which Can Rapidly (In Hours Or Minutes As Against Months/Decades) Predict The 3-D Shape Of A Protein, As The Shape Defines What A Protein Can Do. This Breakthrough Could Accelerate The Development Of New Medicines And The Understanding Of The Body And Diseases.
Natural Diamond Form From Carbon, ~150 km Deep In The Earth, Under High Temperature And Pressure. And They Take Billion Of Years To Form. And Yes, Synthetic Diamond Have Been Created In Labs Since The 1940s. But Researchers In Australia, In What May Be A First, Were Able To Create Diamond In Minutes Under Room Temperature. Cool!
The US FDA Has Approved The First Coronavirus Prescription Home Test Kit That Gives Result In A Little As 30 Minutes. The Kit, Lucira, Developed By Lucira Health, Is Said To Be Suitable For Folks Who Are At Least 14 Years Of Age. But Health Care Providers Must Collect Their Test Samples To Report Results To Health Authorities.
Scientists Have Created The Smallest Thermoelectric “Refrigerator”(100 nm Thick), Which Works On The Concept Of Refrigerators Used To Cool, E.G., Electronic Devices. Researchers Hope By Studying This Tiny Device, They May Better Optimize Thermoelectric Devices On Larger Scales To Generate Enough Electricity Or Cool Longer.
Researchers Combined Two Enzymes, MHETase and PETase, To Create A Super Enzyme, Which Degrades Plastic 6X Faster Than The Previous Engineered Enzyme, PETase. This Innovation Has Implications In Quickly Degrading The Most Commonly Used Thermoplastics, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Which Takes 100s Of Years To Degrade In The Environment.
The World’s Largest Himmeli Ornament, A Traditional Finnish Holiday Decoration Made Out Of Straw Or Reeds, Was Assembled At The St. Martin’s Day Fair In Estonia. The Ornament With Dimensions Of 210 Cubic Feet, 821 Cubic Inches, And Weighing 26.5 Pounds Was Certified To Be The World’s Largest By Guinness World Records.
Scientists Are Building An Enormous Camera, For A Telescope In Chile, Which Is Capable Of Taking A Picture Of A Large Swath Of Sky In A Single Image. The Camera, Called Vera, Is Said To Be ~13 Feet Long And ~5 Feet In Diameter. The 3.2 Billion Pixel Camera Was Tested, Taken The World’s Largest Single Photo Showing A Romanesco Broccoli.
Researchers Have Conducted The First Successful Remote Controlled Test Flight Of A 22.5 kg And 3m Scale Futurist Airplane Model, Called Flying-V. The Plane Is Designed To Have Passenger Cabin, Cargo Hold, And Fuel Tanks In The Wings, And Shaped To Cut Aircraft Fuel Usage By 20%. However, More Work Is Needed To Get It Passenger Ready.
Amazon Is Enhancing Shopping Experience With The New Smart Shopping Cart Called Amazon Dash Cart, Which Will Be Tested In Woodland Hills, California. The Cart, Which Can Handle Small To Medium Grocery Trips, Will Comprise Sensors, Cameras, And Smart Display To Track Every Item That A Customer Buys For Easy Cashier-Less Checkout Via the Dash Cart Lane.
Amazon launching smart grocery carts that track shoppers' items, allows them to skip checkout lines
Most Automakers Only Offer Cars’ Batteries Warranties Ranging From 60,000 to 150,000 Miles Over A 3 To 8-Year Period. But This Chinese Car Battery-Maker, Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), Says That It Is Ready To Produce Batteries That Can Power A Vehicle For 1.2 Million Miles Across The Course Of A 16-Year Lifespan. Cool!
The World’s Largest All-Electric Powered Aircraft Completed Its First Flight On Thursday, 5/28/2002. The Aircraft, Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, Took Off From Moses Lake, Washington, With A 750-Horsepower All-Electric Motor Built By The Company MagniX. This Innovation Is Said To Be A Step In Curbing Aircraft Operational Cost And Air Pollution.
Researchers At The North Carolina State University Have Developed The World’s Fastest Soft Robot Both On Land And In Water. The Design Of The Robot, Called LEAP, Is Inspired By The Cheetah, The Fastest Animal On Land. LEAP Can Run At Speeds Of 2.7 Body Lengths Per Second Making It 3 Times Faster Than Previous Fastest Robots.
Inspired By Cheetahs, Researchers Build Fastest Soft Robots Yet