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Fact-based optimistic news of the week
🍏 A flying robot picks fruits when they are perfectly ripe.
An AI-controlled drone with a grab arm should be able to fly around orchards and pick fruit around the clock during the harvest season.
🌲 Deforestation is declining and now the world's forests are starting to get bigger again.
More efficient agriculture reduces the need for agricultural land and also reduces deforestation.
🔬 AI helps dermatologists diagnose skin cancer.
An AI is able to analyze images of melanoma and see which ones are dangerous, as good as a dermatologist.
🦈 AI and drones tracks and protects great white sharks.
It isn’t easy spotting great white sharks from the water so a team of researchers have taken to the skies - literally.
🚀 Make space your workplace: ESA is recruiting new astronauts.
Many children dream about exploring space, to find new planets and to travel to distant galaxies. Movies like Interstellar and Star Wars make us long for intergalactic adventure. Now you have the chance to finally leave your office behind to become an astronaut, and make that adventure your own.
💻 Circuits made of graphene can give us 1000x faster computers.
By just changing the structure of the graph a little, it is possible to create electronic components that are much smaller and faster than today's circuits.
🌎 Freon emissions have decreased.
Detective work has shown why emissions of freon increased, and why now those emission levels have gone down again.
🦾 CHARM - the coral farming robot.
CHARM is a robot that helps with the restoration of coral reefs. The robot is easily controlled with an app on your phone or computer.
🎗 Layer X-ray detects lung cancer in time.
Lung cancer is one of the most dangerous cancers - also difficult to detect. A study in the UK has a suggestion.