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Futurology ~ White Dwarf, light-sail, plant DNA, new antibiotic, hybrid plane, flying platform, prosthetic feelings


A two-engined Cessna has had one of those refitted with electric

Amazing white dwarf discovery — Scientists have discovered a pair of white dwarfs that might one day produce a major gravitational wave discovery, according to a new paper. Scientists are building a space-based gravitational wave detector called the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA). Two newly discovered binary white dwarfs appear to be a prime source for the gravitational waves that LISA could detect.
~ Um, yay?

Spacecraft deploys its solar sails — A tiny spacecraft in Earth orbit has successfully deployed its solar sails. Called LightSail 2, the craft will now use the power of the Sun to lift its orbital height even further, in what’s considered an important test of this promising means of propulsion.
~ This prototype is the size of a toaster.

Scientists edit plant DNA — Researchers in Japan have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food supply.
~ They used the techniques to edit out infertility. 

One-bead, one-compound antibiotic — A team of scientists in Japan has identified multiple promising new drug candidates to treat antibiotic-resistant infections, including the superbug MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
Due to the widespread and irresponsible use of antibiotics, both for farming and for the treatment of diseases not caused by bacteria, several drug-resistant bacterial strains have emerged in the past decade.
~ The team first identified promising new natural antibiotic from a soil sample collected in the subtropical island of Okinawa.

Cessna retrofitted with hybrid power takes to the air — Ampair, a Los Angeles clean tech company in my neck of the woods, is set to begin accepting orders for a hybrid electric aircraft at the EAA AirVenture airshow in Wisconsin next week.
Dubbed the EEL, the aircraft is in fact a retrofit of a Cessna 337, an aircraft that has a forward-mounted prop engine that pulls and a rear-mounted prop engine that pushes. Ampair’s retrofit replaces one of those internal combustion engines with an electric motor powered by batteries.
~ Aviation currently contributes 12% of all U.S. carbon emissions and 4.9% globally.

Flying Platform gets half way across the English Channel, falls into sea — Daredevil inventor Franky Zapata failed to cross the English Channel on his flyboard after taking off from Sangatte, France. Zapata travelled halfway across the 35km waterway before he ran into trouble at his refuelling point and ended up in the water.
~ He was wearing a lifejacket and reportedly didn’t suffer any major injuries.

Scientists have created a prosthetic arm that lets patients feel touch again — For people who have lost a hand or arm, prosthetics may restore some functioning, but not the sense of touch itself. Until now — scientists at the University of Utah in the US say they’ve created technology that can return some degree of feeling for people with amputations.
~ The tech provides an interface between a prosthetic hand and the user’s remaining arm sensory and motor nerves.