This week: Turning water into fuel, a drone that carries people, a single blood test that could detect all cancers, getting back to the moon, and finding new worlds and new life.
“Nano-Reactor” for the Production of Hydrogen Biofuel
Scientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen — one half of the “holy grail” of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water.
Human-Carrying Drone at CES
As might be expected, there are a lot of drones on display this week at CES. Almost all of them have one thing in common, however: people can’t ride in them. We say “almost all,” as there is one exception. Ehang’s 184 AAV (Autonomous Aerial Vehicle) is designed to carry a single human passenger, autonomously flying them from one location to another
Testing For Cancer. All Of It.
The DNA sequencing giant Illumina will launch a new company, Grail, to develop blood tests that can detect many types of cancer before symptoms arise. If successful, this could allow us to quickly and reliably screen for cancer without invasive procedures at a cost of $1,000 or less..
The European Space Agency Makes Plans For Moon Village
Members of the ESA recently came together to discuss plans to get humanity back to the Moon.
Captain Gene Cernan was the last person to walk on the Moon. Ultimately, he was the third man to walk in space, one of only three people fortunate enough to go to the Moon twice, and to date, his footprint on the lunar surface is the last marker that humanity left on our nearest neighbor.
The final words that he spoke before stepping on to the tiny craft that would carry him back to Earth are simple and sobering: “We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return with peace and hope for all mankind.”
A New Method For Measuring Star Gravity To Find New Planets
A new method that studies the pull of gravity in distant stars allows astronomers to gather more accurate data, which could potentially shed some light on other worlds.
“Our technique can tell you how big and bright is the star, and if a planet around it is the right size and temperature to have water oceans, and maybe life,” said Prof Jaymie Matthews, whose findings have been published in the journal, Science Advances.
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