Resistance to the antibiotic of last resort is silently spreading
For certain infections, the only antibiotic we aren't resistant to is Colistin, but on November 18, 2015, scientists published a report in the British medical journal The Lancet claiming a single, easily spreadable gene makes the bacteria that carry it resistant to Colistin, our antibiotic of last resort.
Source: The Atlantic
Version of human gut generated using embryonic stem cells
The National Center for Child Health and Development has succeeded in generating functional versions of the human gut using human embryonic stem cells, according to a report published in the American journal JCI Insight. The small version of the gut displayed the same functions as a conventional gut.
Source: The Mainichi
Reserve Bank of India says it's time to embrace blockchain
The Institute for Development & Research in Banking Technology, the research arm of Reserve Bank of India, has released a report that says the time is right for blockchain technology adoption in India and has begun testing the technology for core banking processes in the country.
Source: Money Control
Netherlands trains will be powered by wind energy
By the end of 2017 all Dutch trains will run only on wind energy, which makes Dutch trains the first in the world to be powered by wind energy alone. New wind farms were built for the project across various places such as Netherlands, Belgium, and Finland so that the required electricity could be used for all national trains.
Source: Morning Outlook
Tidal lagoons cheaper than almost any other source of power
Former Conservative Energy Minister, Charles Hendry, has claimed tidal lagoon power tech could have a “cost-effective role” in generating electricity in the UK, as it would be cheaper than offshore wind and significantly less expensive than nuclear power over the first 60 years of its life.
Source: The Independent
Hackers trigger yet another power outage in Ukraine
For the second time in as many years, security researchers have determined that hackers have caused a power outage in Ukraine that left customers without electricity in late December. The blackout lasted just over an hour and started just before midnight on December 17.