Oxford University develops new 3D bioprinter

University of Oxford scientists have developed a new method for 3D printing laboratory-grown cells to form living structures. The new method enables the production of complex tissues and cartilage that can potentially support, repair and augment diseased and damaged areas of the body.

Google spinoff patents flexible cars that protect pedestrians

Waymo has patented a car design that is capable of becoming flexible or rigid depending on need, so if sensors detect the vehicle is about to hit another object the car would change accordingly. If it’s another car, the car could turn stiff; if it’s a human, the car could loosen up and soften its impact.

Source: The Verge

Researcher who killed WannaCry denies writing banking malware

Marcus Hutchins, the British security researcher credited with halting the virulent WannaCry ransomware worm that shut down computers worldwide in May, pleaded not guilty to unrelated charges that he created and distributed malware that steals banking credentials.

Source: Ars Technica

Record-sized data centre to be built inside Arctic Circle

US-Norwegian firm Kolos has revealed plans to build the world's largest data centre in the town of Ballangen, inside the Arctic Circle. The centre will cover 600,000 square metres over four stories, and would eventually draw on over 1,000MW of power.

Source: BBC

AI bot competes in e-sports tournament and wins

A bot from Elon Musk's artificial intelligence company OpenAI has beaten one of the world's best players of the e-sports video game "Dota 2". OpenAI's bot won a 1v1 match, but the company says it hopes to have it ready to compete in a five-on-five match next year.

Scientists solve the mystery of the "Frankenstein dinosaur"

Scientists have solved the puzzle of the so-called "Frankenstein dinosaur", which seems to consist of body parts from unrelated species. A new study suggests that it is in fact the missing link between plant-eating dinosaurs and carnivorous dinosaurs.

Source: BBC

Ghana launches its first satellite into space

Ghana's first satellite, called GhanaSat-1, has been confirmed as fully operational by its project manager Richard Damoah, a Ghanaian professor and assistant research scientist at NASA. Damoah has predicted that the satellite's success will help attract support for future Ghanaian space projects.

Source: Tech Crunch

Passengers don't want to fly on pilotless planes

More than half of the 8,000 people surveyed for a new report by Swiss bank UBS said they would be unwilling to travel in a pilotless plane, even if it meant cheaper fares. The research claimed that pilotless planes could save airlines over $30 billion a year in costs, with savings being passed onto consumers as a result.

Source: The Verge

Nanochip reprograms cells to fix damaged body tissue

Researchers have developed a nanochip contact patch that can reprogram nearby cells, to help repair damaged or aging organs, blood vessels, or nerve cells. "With this technology, we can convert skin cells into elements of any organ with just one touch," said co-author of the paper Dr Chandan Sen.

Source: The Register

Researchers infect computer with malicious code written into DNA

Researchers have encoded malware in a strand of DNA and used it to exploit a computer that analysed the genetic material. “As molecular and electronic worlds get closer, there are potential interactions that we haven’t really had to contemplate before,” said Luis Ceze, one co-author of the study.

Source: Tech Crunch

3D printed skull bone inserted into man's head

Scientists have inserted a 3D printed skull implant into a patient who suffered an injury to his frontal lobe that resulted in life-threatening brain swelling. After emergency surgery relieved the swelling, doctors decided a 3D printed skull implant was the best solution to replace the missing skull bone.

Source: USA Today

Elon Musk is building a hyperloop

Four years after encouraging people to try and make his crazy hyperloop idea work, Elon Musk has decided that he is the best person to do the job. "At the Boring Company, we plan to build low-cost, tunnels that will house new high-speed transportation systems," said a spokesperson for Musk's The Boring Company.

Source: Wired