Smartphones are among the most popular products today, constantly making it to the headlines of the mainstream media. But, to be honest, smartphone news is beginning to be boring. The time when the news about smartphones was truly exciting was over – today, a sensor with more megapixels, a processor with two more cores, an extra gigabyte of RAM or a new and improved method to unlock a phone is not sensational news – these are all things we expect. Perhaps it would be time to forget smartphones and such for a while and look at other areas of science and technology for truly exciting and innovative products.
One of the most exciting areas where technology and innovation are at their home is medicine. New cures are developed as we speak, and old ones are being turned into efficient, and helpful solutions to the problems of humanity. One of the more interesting ones is the surgical glue invented by biomedical engineers from the University of Sydney – it is a solution easily deployed that can handle even the deepest cuts and wounds. This new invention makes stitches and staples obsolete, allowing surgeons to seal up even wounds on internal organs that continuously expand and relax.
Nuclear fission is a decently clean source of energy but it can be pretty hard to control at times – and at times, nuclear power plants run the risk of contaminating their surroundings if things go wrong. Fusion energy, in turn, is far less risky, and – if scientists manage to keep it under control – it can generate as much electricity as fission but at the fraction of the risk (and the cost). Many researchers are working on a viable fusion generator – but one company called Tokamak Energy has gotten the closest to actually delivering so far.
According to an article published in Live Science, the UK-based company has announced a successful test of its ST40 fusion reactor by generating a superheated plasma that reached a temperature of 100 million degrees C. The company plans to build another reactor by 2025 and possibly create commercial fusion energy by 2030.
Crew Dragon, the first spacecraft built by SpaceX meant to transport humans into space, has completed a series of tests at NASA necessary for it to proceed to unmanned test flights. Once the tests at NASA will be completed, SpaceX can schedule the first unmanned test flights of the Crew Dragon (planned to happen later this year). If all goes the way it’s planned, SpaceX may keep its schedule and complete the first crewed test flight of the Space Dragon capsule as planned, in January 2019. And that will open a brand new chapter in the world of space travel.