Monday Marvels: Top 5 Wonders for Sept. 23rd – 30th
Yes, perhaps your plastic bags are more eco-friendly than you thought, or at least they will be thanks to recent chemists. A more environmentally friendly way to convert plastic bags into nanotube filters has been discovered by scientists from the University of Adelaide in Australia. Barely one atom thick, these tubes were created simply from the emitted carbon vapors after they were put into a specialized furnace. Speculation as to whether or not the tubes can or will be used for desalinization is still unconfirmed. However, next time you feel bad about getting plastic instead of paper at the grocery store, just remember you could actually be helping the environment, and possibly aiding in the fight against water scarcity. As they say: “Recycle, Reuse, Repeat”.
2. ) From Mind-Controlled Prosthetic to Bionic Man
Zac Vawter simply has to think about moving his leg or getting up to go for a walk and his new bionic leg responds immediately. Connected only by two nerves near the hamstring, the leg only requires these particularly placed sensors to be fully functional. This technology signifies a major breakthrough in the field of prosthetics, and may allow thousands of soldiers and civilians to regain mobility in spite of lost limbs. The first bionic man may be closer than you think.
Though aliens on Mars may still be a closer relative to the chinchilla in regards to bathing rituals, the Curiosity Rover did uncover elements of h2o inside Martian soil. However, toxic chemicals were also found to be in the soil, something human visitors and chinchillas would have to be mindful of whenever on a vacation to Mars. Strange rocks and miscellaneous soil compounds were also uncovered, and no doubt more news will follow (maybe even about Martian hygiene habits) as Curiosity’s exploration is just getting started.
4.) Amazon on Fire with Updates
The Kindle fire HD, HDX, and HDX 8.9, all new, all updated. We’re talking about faster processors, better resolution, and some with upgraded storage options. The Kindle Fire HD is said to be lighter in weight with altered dimensions and touts a 10 hour battery life, while the HDX is claiming to be “four times better” and faster than any of the previous models. Last but not least, the HDX 8.9 features an 8 mega pixel camera with LED flash and a 720p webcam. Thus, for all you Kindle fanatics, don’t let the flame go out on these new upgrades without giving them a try!
Or very similar at least… I was never a fan of contacts, mainly because I was forced to wear them until the advent of Lasik; however, I might feel differently today if it meant I could have ‘super’ vision. A DARPA funded operation in search of superior vision has created contact lenses that are capable of magnifying images and enhancing standard vision. Currently, special glasses are required to turn the magnifying quality on and off, yet it’s only a matter of time before these contacts can stand on their own and begin to offer additional “super” features. This can presently aid not only in military measures but also in patients with retinal dysfunctions. Trials are planned for the end of December; who will be the first to try a pair of “super” eyes?
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