Elon Musk isn't so keen on flying cars

"Obviously, I like flying things, but it’s difficult to imagine the flying car becoming a scalable solution,” Musk told Bloomberg Businessweek. “If somebody doesn’t maintain their flying car, it could drop a hubcap and guillotine you.”

Source: Bloomberg

Is the woolly mammoth about to come back from extinction?

Scientists from Harvard University say they are just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo, in which mammoth traits would be programmed into an Asian elephant. The embryo would essentially grow to be an elephant with a number of mammoth traits.

Source: The Guardian

Congress is repeatedly warned NASA’s exploration plans aren’t sustainable

An expert panel has wanred that while NASA might have some of the right tools to launch and fly to destinations in deep space, it doesn't have the resources to land on the Moon, to build a base there or to fly humans to the surface of Mars.

Source: Ars Technica

IMAX unveils first virtual reality center

The IMAX VR center, which opened this week, houses 14 different pods, each containing different VR experiences that allow users to temporarily escape real life. One of the pods takes users to the desert planet of Tatooine, which will be familiar to Star Wars fans.

Source: Variety

Could Alexa be forced to testify in an Arkansas murder trial?

A trial is about to begin over the mysterious death of a former police officer at a home in Bentonville, Arkansas. The case is significant because it could help decide whether prosecutors should be allowed to subpoena a virtual assistant.

Source: VICE

Dwarf planet Ceres emerges as a place to look for life in the solar system

Pockets of carbon-based organic compounds have been found on the surface of Ceres. The identity of the tar-like minerals have't been precisely identified, but their mineral fingerprints match the make-up of kerite or asphaltite.

Source: New Scientist

Diarrhea-causing Salmonella weaponised to fight cancer

A study by South Korean researchers has suggested that diarrhea-causing salmonella could be used to prevent cancers from growing and spreading. The technique was tested in mice and showed no evidence of any harmful side-effects.

Source: Ars Technica

Real bees could be replaced by robots to help pollinate crops

Thanks to pesticides, land clearing and climate change the number of bees and other insects able to pollinate crops has dwindled, so a drone that can pollinate flowers may one day work side by side with bees to improve crop yields.

Source: New Scientist

Evidence US jobs are being lost to automation

The US has lost 5 million factory jobs since the year 2000, but according to a report from Ball State University only 13% of these jobs were transferred overseas. 88% of the jobs were taken by robots and other factors at home in the US.

Source: Fortune

French presidential hopeful prepared to welcome US scientists

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has invited American researchers concerned by US policies to come to France. “I want everyone defending innovation, excellence in the United States to hear us and see us: You now have, and you will have from next May a motherland: France,” said Macron.

Source: Politico

Should guns also be password protected?

Nineteen-year-old MIT freshman, Kai Kloepfer, has developed a prototype gun that functions much like regular guns do, but with one massive difference: Kloepfer has built a fingerprint-recognition scanner into the grip, so only the owner would be able to shoot and pull the trigger.

Source: Study Breaks

NBA creates basketball e-sports league

The NBA will team up with video game publisher Take-Two Interactive to create an e-sports league. The league, which will be known as the NBA 2K ELeague, will start playing in 2018. Teams will be made up of five players who will play a five-month season that mirrors the real NBA season.

Source: BBC