Technology Tuesday: May 31
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: A self healing material that could revolutionize wearable electronics, Microsoft and Facebook to build transatlantic internet cable, stem cell regeneration in mice, Space X releases amazing landing video, and Dubai 3D printed an office building.
Advanced Self Healing Material
Electronic materials have been a major stumbling block for the advance of flexible electronics because existing materials do not function well after breaking and healing. A new electronic material created by an international team, however, can heal all its functions automatically even after breaking multiple times. This material could improve the durability of wearable electronics.
“Wearable and bendable electronics are subject to mechanical deformation over time, which could destroy or break them,” said Qing Wang, professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State. “We wanted to find an electronic material that would repair itself to restore all of its functionality, and do so after multiple breaks.”
Internet Behemoths Investing In Transatlantic Data
Two of the internet’s biggest behemoths are partnering to build their own underwater cable across the Atlantic Ocean, connecting the US to Europe. Facebook and Microsoft have appointed Spanish internet carrier Telefonica to build the cable, and its new infrastructure company, Telxius, to manage the high-speed link afterwards.
MAREA, as the cable is called, will stretch 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach in the US to Bilbao, Spain, and will have the highest capacity among all subsea cables crossing the Atlantic
Scientists Successfully Repair Spinal Damage In Mice
Scientists were able to successfully induce regeneration of the corticospinal tract in mice, igniting new hope for restoration in spinal cord injury and restored limb functions in patients.
Depending on the level of injury, damage sustained in the spinal cord could lead to paralysis, and even if such dramatic damage is avoided, regardless of the level of injury, the effects are often irreversible.
Mark Tuszynski, a MD, PhD professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, notes the importance of the corticospinal tract, and how difficult it has been to find a way to undo damages to it: “The corticospinal projection is the most important motor system in humans,” he said.
Space X Releases Amazing Video from Recent Landing
SpaceX has now nailed its third landing on an ocean-going drone ship – with its reusable Falcon 9 1st stage rocket making a successful touchdown on May 27th 2016 (and the fourth overall landing for the company). But this time, they released a jaw-dropping video of it.
Dubai 3D Printed This “Office of the Future”
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stated that the UAE has emerged as one of the major incubators of innovation and future technology in the world today, and its focused initiatives to shape the future have become global models that can be emulated in all sectors.
“We implement what we plan, and we pursue actions not theories. The rapidly changing world requires us to accelerate our pace of development, for history does not recognize our plans but our achievements,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said while the opening of the ‘Office of the Future’, the first 3D-printed office in the world.
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