August 15, 2018

Week In STEM – 2nd May

Audi Just Invented Fuel Made From CO₂ and Water

An Audi research facility in Dresden, Germany, has managed to create the first batches of diesel fuel with a net-zero carbon footprint — made from carbon dioxide (CO2), water and renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power.

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Rural African Diet May Reduce Bowel Cancer Risk

A new study has found that bowel cancer risk may be reduced by a rural African diet. Tests on subjects who swapped a fatty, meat-heavy diet for foods rich in beans and vegetables found a drop in biological markers for cancer in just two weeks.

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No-electric clothes washer appeals to pedal pushers

The Yirego is a 22 inches tall washing machine which needs no power to run. For camping and travelling purposes and also, households who may need backup washing aid in times of power outages; some people may just feel energy-conscious enough to use it as an in-between washer to reduce the carbon footprint.

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Shape changing wing for next generation aviation

NASA researchers, working in concert with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and FlexSys Inc., of Ann Arbor, Michigan, successfully completed initial flight tests of a new morphing wing technology that has the potential to save millions of dollars annually in fuel costs, reduce airframe weight and decrease aircraft noise during takeoffs and landings.

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Malaria vaccine proves efficacious

Final results from a large-scale Phase III trial of the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate, including the impact of a booster dose, show that the vaccine candidate helped protect children and infants from clinical malaria for at least three years after first vaccination.

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Ancient cockroach caught in amber

This exotic, praying-mantis-like that lived at the same time as dinosaurs was caught in amber about 100 million years ago. It is part of a new family of extinct predatory cockroaches that hunted at night. The insect which was one of many, was found at a mine in Noije Bum, Myanmar.

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Messenger’s Mercury trip ends with a bang, and silence

Nasa’s Messenger mission to Mercury has reached its explosive conclusion, after 10 years in space and four in orbit. Now fully out of fuel, the spacecraft smashed into a region near Mercury’s north pole, out of sight from Earth, at about 20:00 GMT on Thursday. Mission scientists confirmed the impact minutes later, when the craft’s next possible communication pass was silent.

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Can felines talk to humans?

An American vet has claimed to have decoded the language that cats use, believing that cats use more than a dozen sounds, each having its own meaning.

The research also highlighted that cats have a specific language they use with people, and not with other cats.

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