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
Another COVID-19 Inspired Innovation. This Time, A Chinese Startup, Rokid, Has Developed Wearable Glasses, T1 Glasses, Equipped With Infrared Sensor And Camera, Which Allows Wearers To “See” Peoples’ Temperatures. The Company Plans To Upgrade The Glass To Take Multiple Temperature Measurements Simultaneously In Busy Locations Like Malls.
Coronavirus Has Led To Some Interesting Innovations, For Instance, The Upper Body Wear Called Micrashell, Which Is Designed To Enable People To Attend Large Events Like Concerts. Micrashell Comes With A Built-in N95 Air Filter, A Soft Helmet And Face Shield, Internal Speaker System, And A Supply System For Drinking Or Vaping Without Removing The Helmet.
Los Angeles company announces protective 'Micrashell' for concertgoers (The Current Music News)
This Could Be The Most Portable Four Wheel Drive Wheel Chair Ever Made, Built To Make Life Easier For Users And Caregivers. The Chair Gives A User More Mobility And Is Also Light Weight. The Chair Is Said To Enable A User To Stand In An Upright Position And Move Around In Rough Terrains. Cool!
A Novel Method For Treating Depression, Called Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT) Has Been Developed. SAINT, Based On Modified Magnetic Stimulation Of Specific Brain Area, Is Said To Have Achieved 90% Remission Rates In 21 Severely Depressed Patients Who Had Previously Been Treated With Traditional Methods.
Another Device That May Help Folks Who Can’t Speak Has Been Created. The Device, Which Is Based On Neural Patterns Detected When Someone Is Speaking Aloud, Is Said To Turn Brain Activity Into Text. Researchers, However, Are Optimistic That It Could Eventually Be Used On Patients Who Are Completely Unable To Speak.
A California Based Company, Ubiquitous Energy, Has Developed Transparent Solar Cells That Can Be Used To Create Solar Windows. This’s Cool Because Of The Clean Energy Benefits Of The Glass Windows As Solar Glasses In Homes, Cars, And Phones. The Solar Windows Have Relatively Low Efficiency But Are Cost-Effective Than Rooftop Solar Panels.
Researchers Have Innovated A Supercapacitor (Stores electric Energy) That Stretches To 8X Its Original Size While Being Fully Functional Without Wear Or Tear. And It Loses A Few % Points Of Energy Performance After 10,000 Cycles Of Charging And Discharging. The Device Could Be Used In, E.G., Wearable Electronics Or Biomedical Devices.
Scientists In Japan Have Created A Paper-Thin Biodegradable Device, Made Of Nano Paper, Which Is Used To Connect To The Internet To Transmit Data. The Nano Paper Is Made Of Extremely Thin Fibres That Can Be Decomposed By Microorganisms In The Soil, A Leap Forward Towards Producing Environmentally Friendly Electronics. Nice!
The USA FDA Has Approved The World’s First Portable Bedside Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Machine, Which Is 20X Cheaper Than The Current Model, Consumes 35X Less Power And Weighs 10X Lighter. The Machine Will Go Into Commercial Shipment In Summer, 2020. 85 Stroke Patients Recieve Low Field Bedside MRI Within 7 Days Of Symptom Onset.