Elon Musk won't be quitting Trump's Advisory Council anytime soon

Elon Musk has tweeted that he won't be quitting Donald Trump's Business Advisory Council. The Tesla CEO says he doesn’t agree with all of Trump’s policies, but he really wants to help the president “make humanity a multi-planet civilization.”

Source: Inverse

Factory swaps 90% of workers with robots, sees 250% rise in production

A Chinese factory that was run by 650 employees has seen the number of items it makes per person per month rise from 8,000 to 21,000. The factory now has only 60 human workers, who make sure the machines are running properly, and has a 90% robot staff.

Source: Monetary Watch

Reddit bans far-right groups altright and alternativeright

Reddit has banned two of the largest far-right “subreddits” groups it hosts, altright and alternativeright. The subreddits were banned for “doxing” (sharing private personal information without permission in order to encourage online harassment).

Source: The Guardian

Scientists might have discovered a way to reverse antibiotic resistance

Scientists from Oregon State University (OSU) believe they have discovered a molecule that combats an enzyme produced by bacteria called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1), which is responsible for coding resistance along with several other genes.

Source: Futurism

Could robots help solve crisis in social care?

A £2m project has been launched to develop robots that will help look after older people in care homes or sheltered accommodation. The robots will offer support with everyday tasks, like taking tablets, as well as offering companionship.

Source: BBC

Second Life is back, and this time it's virtual

The company behind the virtual world Second Life hopes to convince people to enter its virtual world of Sansar. The game, which will be compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets and, less immersively, PC, will be available later this year.

Scientists create metallic hydrogen

Scientists at Harvard University have succeeded in turning hydrogen into a metal. The discovery could enable the creation of super-fast computers, high-speed levitating trains and ultra-efficient vehicles as well as dramatically improving the output of almost anything involving electricity.

Source: The Independent

Scientists get one step closer to growing human organs in pigs

Human and pig chimera embryos - named after the mythical lion-goat-serpent monster - have been created, moving scientists a step closer to growing human organs in pigs. Analysis showed signs that the human cells were functioning – albeit as a tiny fraction of the total tissue – as part of a human-pig chimera.

Source: BBC

Party drug being used to ease suicidal thoughts

The anesthetic and party drug, ketamine, is being studied for its ability to rapidly stop suicidal thoughts in a high percentage of patients when given intravenously. Using ketamine for this purpose has been called, "The biggest breakthrough since the introduction of anti-depressants.”

Source: Ottawa Citizen

Stanford scientists are teaching a robot to be cool

Stanford University scientists are trying to teach the Jackrabbot – a one-meter-high robot that can travel up to five miles per hour – how to not appear awkward in public. The team are attempting to overcome artificial intelligence’s lack of social intelligence.

Source: Quartz

Nissan will use London's roads to test its autonomous cars

The carmaker Nissan has said it will conduct its first European real-world trials of self-driving cars in London. Nissan said a modified version of its compact electric LEAF car equipped with autonomous driving technology will be tested in the capital next month.

Source: Reuters

Boeing unveils shiny new spacesuits

Boeing has just unveiled a lighter and upgraded spacesuit. The "Boeing Blue" is almost 10 pounds lighter than NASA's most recent launch suit, but astronauts would still use NASA's heavy-duty spacesuit when they go on spacewalks outside of the ISS.

Source: Popular Science