SpaceX Reusable Rockets
Rockets typically are destroyed on their maiden voyage. But now they can make an upright landing and be refuelled for another trip, setting the stage for a new era in spaceflight.Thousands of rockets have flown into space, but not until 2015 did one return like this: it came down upright on a landing pad, steadily firing to control its descent, almost as if a film of its launch was being played backwards. If this can be done regularly and rockets can be refuelled over and over, spaceflight could become a hundred times cheaper.The SpaceX reusable launch system development program is a privately funded program to develop a set of new technologies for an orbital launch system that may be reused many times in a manner similar to the reusability of aircraft.
Gigantic Ultrafast Spin Currents
Scientists are proposing a new method for creating extremely strong spin currents. They are essential for 'spintronics', a technology that could replace today's electronics. In our computer chips, information is transported in the form of electrical charge. Electrons or other charge carriers have to be moved from one place to another. For years scientists have been working on elements that take advantage of the angular momentum of electrons (their spin) rather than their electrical charge. This new approach called 'spintronics' has major advantages compared to common electronics. It can operate with much less energy.
PHILIPS AND GREEN SENSE FARMS
This year, Green Sense Farms (GSF), a vertical-agriculture project in Indiana, achieved a monumental goal: It out produced a traditional farm of comparable size for the first time. By using Philips LEDs, indoor farmers can grow all year round—and researchers are working on customising light spectrum and intensity for each crop. Because the lights are cool, they can sit close to plants, ensuring uniform illumination even when crops are grown vertically, enabling farms to plant more per acre.
LG DISPLAY FLEXIBLE OLED
Long have we lived with the promise of truly flexible displays, and long have the nuances of material design kept it from becoming reality. Earlier this year, LG introduced the first large-size mass-producible flexible OLED display. Thanks in part to a bendable polyimide film (instead of hard plastic) on the backplane panel; the 18-inch high-resolution screen can roll into a one-inch-wide tube. The company expects to develop an ultra-HD flexible monitor that’s greater than 60 inches by 2017.
Android Instant Apps
A lot of companies are trying to improve the browsing experience in mobile, chiefly by circumventing the open web. There’s Facebook’s Instant Articles and Google’s own AMP, but Google announced a novel approach — loading parts of apps even if you haven’t installed them. It’s called Android Instant Apps. In the demo, when you click on a BuzzFeed link, Google Play grabs the parts of the BuzzFeed app it needs, and plays a video. In another demo, it runs a parking meter payment app without installing it. Google says it will take developers "less than a day of work" to modularize their apps for the program and that it will be rolling out to users later this year.
Daydream - Google’s VR platform of the future
Google now has a mobile virtual reality platform. It's called Daydream, and it's built on top of Android N. That means it's not going to compete with the likes of the PC-powered HTC Vive or Oculus Rift (at least not yet, anyway), but looks much more powerful than Cardboard and represents a huge step in the push to advance VR out of its early stages.
Daydream is a lot like Android for VR. It's a backbone of software inside Android N (simply known as "VR Mode") that provides users with an entire ecosystem to play around in. There will be a home screen with apps, and Google has apparently already created special VR versions of its own apps like YouTube, Street View, the Google Play Store, Play Movies and Google Photos.
Gene circuits in live cells can perform complex computations
Researchers have developed a technique to integrate both analogue and digital computation in living cells, allowing them to form gene circuits capable of carrying out complex processing operations.
The synthetic circuits, presented in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, are capable of measuring the level of an analogue input, such as a particular chemical relevant to a disease, and deciding whether the level is in the right range to turn on an output, such as a drug that treats the disease.
Watermill - Air Into Water
Johathan Ritchey has invented the Watermill, which is an atmospheric water generator. It converts air into fresh water.
This latest technology invention produces fresh water at a cost of about 3 cents a litre (1 quart). Originally designed for areas that do not have clean drinking water, the Watermill is for households that prefer an eco-friendly, cost-effective alternative to bottled water.
Atmospheric water generators convert air into the water when the temperature of the air becomes saturated with enough water vapour that it begins to condense (dew point).
Ingestible Origami Robot
Researchers from MIT have designed a new ingestible ‘robot’ that could one day be used to patch internal wounds, deliver medicine, or remove accidentally swallowed objects from the stomach. The design consists of a specially folded sheet of dried pig intestine (usually used in a sausage casing) and a tiny magnet. Folded up, this capsule can be swallowed by a patient. It then hits the stomach and unfolds in the acidic juices, where it can be guided to complete certain tasks using external magnets.