Bioengineered 'pancreas' stops a diabetic from needing insulin
A woman with a particularly unwieldy form of type 1 diabetes received a transplant of insulin-producing islet cells into her omentum. A year later, her cells are continuing to operate as hoped, she no longer needs to receive insulin via injections or an insulin pump and remains in good health.
Volvo's CEO says the future of cars is electric
Volvo's CEO, Håkan Samuelsson, has said that the car maker's current diesel engines may well be the last of their kind. Samuelsson said that the change is necessary to meet upcoming European carbon emission standards, which require OEMs to drop from 130g/km to just 95g/km in 2021.
Source: Ars Technica
India aims to be the world leader in solar power
A planned coal fired power plant in India has been scrapped because the government wants to focus on green energy. Officials had planned a 4,000-Megawatt ultra-mega power project (UMPP), but the project would have hindered India's plan to run off one terawatt of solar energy by 2030.
Physicists find catalyst that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen
University of Houston physicists have discovered a low-cost, readily available catalyst that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen, which works far more efficiently than previous catalysts. The discovery could solve one of the primary hurdles remaining in the bid to use water to produce hydrogen energy.
Source: University of Houston
As the global climate changes trees in the US are heading West
Ecologists studying the effects of climate change have found that changing rainfall patterns may be driving some tree species in the eastern United States west. Scientists tracked the shifting distributions of 86 types of trees using data collected by the US Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program.
Source: Scientific American
AI-equipped drones taught themselves how to fly by crashing 11,500 times
Roboticists from Carnegie Mellon University have released a paper titled “Learning to Fly by Crashing,” in which they demonstrate how drones taught themselves to fly thanks to being subjected to 11,500 collisions in 20 different indoor environments, spread over 40 hours of flying time.