Antibiotic Supercharging Antibacterial Gold Particles

Researchers from the Southern University of Science and Technology and Fudan University in China and the University of Leeds in the UK teamed up to demonstrate an improved use of gold nano-particles in the fight against bacteria. The research shows that combined antibacterial methods using gold nano-particles successfully reduced the severity of the bacteria while also increasing the efficacy of antibiotics.

Solar Powered Hydrocarbon Production

Researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated a proof of concept solar power hydro-carbon production system which uses mirrors to heat reaction chambers that harvests CO2 and H2O from the air and converts them into liquid fuels like kerosene or methanol. If the technology was scaled up, 3.8 square kilometers of desert filled with these mirror converters could fuel a daily return flight from New York to London.

Supervolcano Generator

NASA have a backup plan to cool Yellowstone's supervolcano in case it gets close to erupting, by drilling holes in the sides and pumping super-cooled water through the volcano chamber. The exiting water would be heated to around 350°C on the way out from cooling the volcano and on the way into a geo-thermal plant to generate electricity. A win-win, at the cost of $3.46B.

Flying Microchip

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a flying microchip sensor device. The microfliers are modelled on how maple trees spread their seed and fly in a slow stable rotation when moving through the air. The tiny devices include sensors, a power source, data storage and antennae for wireless communication. The goal is to be able to use the microfliers to sense the environment for contamination monitoring, population surveillance, or disease tracking.


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