Technology Tuesday: August 16
Welcome to Technology Tuesday! Every week The Job Shop Blog will bring you our 5 top science and technology news stories from around the web.
This week: Growing new corneas to restore sight to the vision impaired, new “LiFi” method is 20 times faster setting records, clothes that “heal” themselves when torn, NASA selects the six prototypes that will take us into the future of deep space, and the gene responsible for Down Syndrome is identified.
Cornea Cells Successfully Grown and Implanted to Cure Blindness
Melbourne researchers say they have successfully grown and implanted cornea cells to cure blindness.
The cells were grown on a layer of synthetic film and transplanted into the eyes of animals, restoring vision.
Researchers are now preparing for human trials.
Wireless Data From Lightbulbs Blazes Ahead
In 2011, Professor of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh Harald Haas introduced the world to an entirely new approach to data transmission—using light.
In February of this year, a team of researchers set a new record for data transmission using light fidelity (LiFi) at 224 gigabytes per second (Gbps). The technology uses blue diodes and combines that with phosphorous, which turns part of this radiation into red and green light, ending up with the white light commonly used in light bulbs and display screens.
Less than six months after researchers recorded that groundbreaking 224-Gbps speed using LiFi, researchers set another record for transmitting data 20 times faster than the previous count.
Welcome to the Era of Self-Healing Clothes
Every invention starts with an idea. And a group of researchers at Pennsylvania State University have a rather great idea—making a piece of torn fabric heal itself.
After years of working on the concept, the team is more than pleased to have created a biodegradable liquid material that allows torn fabric to bind to itself back together, sans needles.
NASA’s Top 6 Deep-Space Prototypes
The ISS is the only place in space where humans can hang out for extended periods of time, at least for now. Sadly, its retirement is fast approaching, and gridlock in global politics has stymied future international collaborations.
The ISS is set to retire soon. Six companies participating in NASA’s NextSTEP program have shown off their deep space habitat proposals and created their ground prototypes.
Researchers Identify Down Syndrome Gene
An international team of researchers from Singapore and the United Kingdom has identified an enzyme that regulates the production of sperm and egg cells in human reproduction. The discovery improves our understanding of a process which can often go wrong, resulting in miscarriage or infants born with chromosomal irregularities.
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