Good News on the medical research front. Researchers from the University of Montpellier of France, have found identity markers for HIV. HIV, the disease that compromises people’s immune systems, has no true cure at the moment. We do have a series of treatments, but the disease hides itself in the infected person’s cells, making it impossible to get rid of. These Researchers have found markers on infected cells, with these markers treatments and potential cures can be developed to strike down one of humanities greatest enemies.
The world of renewable energy just keeps expanding. NASA just recently reported success in creating a greener jet fuel. Their main goal was to reduce the amount of emissions the planes produce once up 40,000 feet in the air. These emissions help form contrails, those lines of clouds in the sky, which can form clouds that could retain Earth’s heat. Along with the usual greenhouse gas emissions, these clouds would keep the heat on Earth, doubling the greenhouse effect. Reducing these emissions will help in the fight against global warming.
Eyesight, for many people it’s their sense of their five. For some, they lost this sense, through injury or disease. Depending on the damage there are processes to try to repair the sense, it’s usually quite expensive. But researchers from Japan have created a simpler method to repair and maintain eyesight. Using modified skin cells from the patient, they were able to maintain patients eyesight after removing infected or damaged eye cells. Such a process can help maintain and may be restore patients eyesight as they go through surgeries removing the blinding tissue.
Its always fun and interesting to see science fiction come true. Like the space age computer tablets of Star Trek coming into IPads and Surfaces. Science fiction recently showed that it was possible for potatoes to be grown on Mars through the movie, The Martian. Well, scientists have actually proven that its possible for the spud to do just that. Simulating the conditions of Mars soil and weather, researchers from NASA were able to breed and grow a strain of potato to survive the red planet. Strike one problem down from the dozen hundred or so to survive Mars.
Researchers from MIT have created a system of reading and recording human brain waves. Every thought, every action, that buzzes through our meaty heads create electrical waves. These waves have long been studied for health and for science. But this is one of the first instances were a computer program was able to read and learn from these waves. With this program we can begin to learn more of inner ourselves and on how to make our robots more human.
As more eyes turn to Mars, more questions rise on how will we live there. One of the grandest goals, is to terraform the planet to something similar of Earth. But one main reason Mars looks like it does, is its lack of a magnet shield. Earth still has a magnet shield, that helps protect us from the Suns eroding rays. To terraform the planet, we’d need to block or hinder some of these rays. So, Nasa has plans to create an artificial magnet shield. With this bulwark, the sun’s rays won’t erode the planet and we can begin to build Mars as a second home.
The State of Virginia made history yesterday with passing legislation allowing robotic delivery. Autonomous robotic delivery isn’t a new concept, Amazon has tested and is currently campaigning for their autonomous drone delivery system. The ruling passed is for ground robots to deliver local goods, no ruling for flying drones just yet. Time will tell how the robots play out, although more work must be done to make them work in our snowy neck of the woods.
For most, when you hear the name, Boston Dynamics, your mind sparks images of robotic dogs and cheetah racers. They’re famous in the robot world for pushing the line when it comes to making autonomous robots. Just today they released information about their latest creation, Handle, a two-legged roller-skating robot. The contraption on a whole looks quite strange, and some even call it nightmarish, but we Wizards find it kind of cute. What’s your opinion?
Time to add another vacation destination for future space travel. Nasa just released a thrilling discovery, they found seven earth-like planets in our cosmic backyard. This is a tremendous discovery, as much of the exoplanets scientists have found are gas giants, planets like Jupiter. With this discovery comes the possibility of alien life on those planets, three of the seven are in the right spot for this to possible. Time will only tell more secrets as we focus our gaze toward the stars.
Back in 2006 we lost our Ninth Planet. The International Astronomical Union (IAU), the main group that help set the rules for everything space related, demoted Pluto from Planet to Dwarf Planet. The demotion was hotly contested, but the ruling stayed. In 2015, we had the New Horizons spacecraft perform a flyby of the freshly demoted body. Now scientists that helped run the New Horizons, are working on recovering Pluto’s status as a Planet. If successful they would add Pluto back on the list of Planets in our solar system, as well as a few dozen more.