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Fact-based optimistic news of the week
❄️ The freezers in the grocery store can act as a battery in smart grids.
By holding back on cooling during power peaks, coolers in stores could draw less electricity when needed elsewhere and then increase cooling again.
🚑 Artificial bone heals severe bone fractures
A new packaging of existing materials and drugs gives doctors a better opportunity to treat severe fractures.
🌉 Smart concrete provides safer and cheaper bridges.
Self-healing concrete with built-in sensors can reduce repair costs and reduce the risk of more collapsing concrete structures.
🔋 The battery that can store solar energy for several months.
A new material can store sunlight as potential energy for several months and then emit the energy as heat.
🇧🇷 Drones are to detect illegal deforestation.
Andean tribes within the Amazon are trained so they can use drones to help protect wildlife and report on illegal activities.
🌱 To cultivate utopias is to take existential responsibility.
Since the pandemic made its debut at the beginning of the year, several have painted the picture of 2020 as a dystopia. But in this gloomy description, there is every reason to start formulating our utopias. The only question is whether we dare, writes Victoria Bäck.
🚗 Electric car manufacturing reaches Ludicrous Speed.
Elon Musk is probably best known for Tesla and there is a strong reason for that. More and more carmakers are now developing electric cars, and a new model even has solar panels on the roof.
🌕 The most elusive stars of the universe could be observed with a telescope on the Moon.
Astronomers from the University of Texas, Austin, wants to give new life to an old idea by NASA. The team desires to look deep into space and explore the most elusive stars, with the help of a telescope on the moon.
🚨 AI makes rescue drones better at finding lost people.
An AI can determine a human presence in a thermal image with 95 percent certainty and is 70 percent better than an ordinary analysis of the image.
🌴 Substitute to palm oil brings hope for the rainforest.
Canadian scientists develop an eco-friendly substitute for palm oil that is good for human health and will hopefully reduce deforestation of rainforests.
🧠 The Cyborg Race is on – Musk not the only one connecting peoples brains with machines.
Elon Musk's Neuralink has competition. British BIOS, German CereGate, and Swiss Mindmaze are just some of the European companies that are all working brain-machine interfaces.
🛰️ ESA buys a pioneering debris removal mission from Swiss start-up ClearSpace.
The European Space Agency (ESA) yesterday signed a contract worth 86 million Euros to purchase a mission to remove a space junk object from orbit. Scheduled for 2025, this would be the first such mission in the world.