One of America's most famous highways is about to become an awesome science experiment. There's a highway in America that's so famous, it has its own rock song which goes like this: "Well if you ever plan to motor West, just take my way, that’s the highway, that’s the best…” (That's the Chuck Berry version, obviously.)
Image by Vincente Villamon/Flickr Designated in 1926, Route 66 traversed almost 2,500 miles, starting in Chicago, Illinois, and ending in Santa Monica, California. It was the most direct path for many folks traveling west during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. Historic Route 66 could be the solar-powered road of the future. Route 66 could be set for a seriously high-tech upgrade, turning the "Main Street of America" into a solar-powered, glowing superhighway.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced plans to upgrade a small stretch of the historic roadway, which originally ran from Chicago through America's Midwest to California. The project is in partnership with Solar Roadways, who creates specially-engineered, solar-powered panels which can support the weight of cars. The panels feature built-in LEDs to create light-up road markings and can be used to generate electricity to donate back to the grid. Will We Soon Be Riding on Solar Roads? The Idea Gains Traction. Solar is popping up just about everywhere, even landfills and parka pockets.
So why not roads? Indeed, solar road projects are gaining interest around the world, and some promise to even charge electric cars while moving. The Netherlands built the first solar road, a bike path, in 2014. France announced a bolder move in January—over the next five years, it plans to install 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of solar roads, designed to supply power to five million people. The Netherlands Gets The World's First Solar-Powered Bike Lane. This story was originally published by City Lab and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Do-it-yourself CRISPR genome editing kits bring genetic engineering to your kitchen bench. Biology Loz Blain November 11, 2015 CRISPR genome editing is one of the most significant, world-changing technologies of our era, allowing scientists to make incredibly precise cut n' paste edits to the DNA of living organisms.
Now, one synthetic biologist from NASA plans to make it as accessible as a home science kit, so you can bio-hack yeast and bacteria on your kitchen bench. A Quarter Of The World's Power Now Comes From Renewables. In Brief Renewable energy now accounts for a quarter of the world's power, according to a new global report by REN21.
The Rise of Renewables The days of fossil fuels may finally be numbered. A new report states that renewable energy now accounts for a quarter of the world’s power. REN21 published a global status report for renewables, highlighting that renewable energy was already supplying about 23.7% of global electricity by the end of 2015. The United Nations included affordable and clean energy as one of the Sustainable Development goals by 2030. And the industry shows no signs of slowing.
Private Sector Power Improvements in technology were also key in the steady rise of renewable energy. The report said the private sector delivered in their commitments to renewable energy, with banks and other financial institutions opening up their coffers to investments in the renewable energy sector. Royal Canadian Mint sells Mintchip digital payments platform to Toronto's nanoPay. The Royal Canadian Mint is ending its experiment with digital payments, selling off its MintChip platform to Toronto-based financial startup nanoPay.
The government agency developed MintChip as a secure way to send and spend money online, launching the project in April 2012 and showing off its first implementation in 2014. Consumers could use MintChip with a mobile device at a cash register or send money with a text message, email or potentially a social media message. NanoPay CEO Laurence Cooke says the goal is for MintChip to replace cash as a go-to source for what he calls frictionless transactions, without the hassle and fees of payments linked to credit cards or bank accounts. The system works much like a pre-loaded credit card, with consumers able to deposit value on their MintChip wallet from their bank account or credit card.
MintChip payments, like crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin, have lower fees and less processing time because they do not go through a central authority. Artificial intelligence: What is deep learning? Scientists have fed an artificially intelligent system with Daily Mail articles so it can learn how natural language works.
While it’s not quite HAL 9000, it’s a worrying thought for any left wing tecchies. This process, called deep learning, is old news. DNA nanobots deliver drugs in living cockroaches - health - 08 April 2014. It's a computer – inside a cockroach.
Nano-sized entities made of DNA that are able to perform the same kind of logic operations as a silicon-based computer have been introduced into a living animal. The DNA computers – known as origami robots because they work by folding and unfolding strands of DNA – travel around the insect's body and interact with each other, as well as the insect's cells. When they uncurl, they can dispense drugs carried in their folds. Object moved. Dental Fillings Heal Teeth With Stem Cells. New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function.
Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques - structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.