1. Monkeys and Rabbits in Space
While many may be privy to the fact that China’s Chang’e-3 and the “Jade Rabbit” have successfully landed on the moon, many may yet be unaware that Iran has also been ambitiously attempting to join the space frontier. While China’s space travel technology may still be more advanced, Iran was able to send their second monkey 72 miles into space and have it return safely home. Best be keeping your eyes to the skies to see what animal might be taking flight next!
2. 3D Printed Bones from a Pen
Anyone have a pen handy? Thanks to researchers a pen may be all you need to recreate bone matter within a matter of seconds. A special BioPen created by scientists from the University of Wollongong, in Australia has been formatted with “stem cell ink,” that, coupled with polymer, could potentially be applied directly to broken bones offering a quick and effective remedy. Clinical trials are yet to be conducted, but this device promises to be a revolutionary upgrade for patients who have lost pieces of bone due to accidents. In the future, pens will undoubtedly be more than just a handy writing tool.
3. Drones on the Farm
Apparently, Amazon isn’t the only one in the market for drones, but Agricultural farmers have taken a liking to them as well. Drones could offer easier crop surveillance and may potentially reduce costs and improve harvests. Next year the Federal Aviation Administration has plans to instill certain provisions for small unmanned aircraft, thus most likely making drones available for commercial use.
4. USB Rechargeable Batteries
Tired of always buying new batteries? Well these specially formatted batteries, known as “Continuance”, contain a USB port on the side allowing them to be recharged anywhere there is a power supply. Created specifically for emergency purposes, they currently only come in AA size and can only be charged individually. Nevertheless, the technology itself offers a promising future for easily rechargeable batteries and may eventually work for cars as well.
5. Wearable Device Let’s You Know You’re Being Watched
The latest NSA leaks may have people feeling paranoid, but creative artists like James Bridle of London offer us solutions to perhaps alleviate our anxiety; he has fashioned a wearable device known as the “surveillance spaulder.” Two small pads are worn on the shoulder, and simply give a person a small jolt of electricity on the shoulder every time it detects the presence of a surveillance camera. Perhaps a little over the top for some, but for others, this might be just the gadget they were looking for to help them sleep at night.