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.

Source: BBC

China demands New York Times app is banned

Chinese government officials have reportedly demanded that Apple remove all of The New York Times apps from the App Store in China as a consequence of the app breaking the law in China. Access has now been blocked to one of the few channels the paper has to reach readers in China.

Source: Cult of Mac

Russia should prepare to cut itself off from the global internet

Russian president Vladimir Putin has been advised to make sure Russia is ready to cut itself of from the global internet in order to protect itself against attacks on its critical infrastructure. The warning came from German Klimenko who said attacks could come about because of "tectonic shifts' in relations with the West".

Source: Tech Dirt

Could we use roads to wirelessly charge electric vehicles?

Israeli startup Electroad is working to make charging stations for electric cars obsolete by retrofitting existing roads with buried coils to charge electric vehicles. The team has already performed successful tests of the technology, and will be demoing the electric roads on a larger scale with a public bus route in Tel Aviv.

Source: Inhabitat

Japanese insurer replaces office workers with AI robots

Japanese insurance firm Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance is making 34 employees redundant and replacing them with IBM’s Watson Explorer AI. The technology will save the firm about 140m yen (£1m) a year after the 200m yen (£1.4m) AI system is installed this month. Maintaining it will cost about 15m yen (£100k) a year.

Source: The Guardian

DeepMind’s AlphaGo is secretly beating human players online

Google DeepMind’s Go-playing AI has been posing as an unknown player called “Master” and thrashing players on an online Go platform called Tygem. The AI previously beat top player Lee Sedol at the ancient Chinese game, that is said to be infinitely harder than chess, in 2016.

Source: New Scientist

Faraday Future unveils super fast electric car

Start-up Faraday Future has unveiled a self-driving electric car that it says can accelerate from zero to 60mph (97km/h) in 2.39 seconds. Faraday said, at the CES tech show in Las Vegas, the FF91 accelerates faster than Tesla's Model S or any other electric car currently in production.

Source: BBC