The Reach Report: Dec. 6th 2016
A weekly roundup of coolest happenings in frontier tech across the globe in easy, bite-size snippets.
Problem: Battery-tech hasn’t changed much since the discovery and mass implementation of lithium-ion batteries.
Solution: The future is looking bright. Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed a way to create diamond-based batteries from radioactive waste that will take 5,730 years to reach 50% power.
Why It Matters: Using radioactive waste in a safe and productive manner kills two birds with one stone. Imagine never having to recharge your iPhone again? Or being able to store energy from your solar panels indefinitely?
What: Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is the basis for modern day physics. However, the challenging theory “proposes that the speed of light may have been faster in the very early universe, right after the Big Bang.”
This theory was first proposed in the late 90’s has now reached the point where is can be thoroughly tested.
Why It Matters: If this theory holds true, a large majority of modern physics could be challenged and updated. It would mean that physics that applied to things 10,000 years, do not necessarily apply to today.
Academic Journal source for those interested.
Problem: We’ve got an overabundance of CO2 in our atmosphere.
Solution: A team of scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered a way to decrease the CO2 in the atmosphere while converting it to energy.
Why It Matters: Converting C02 to usable energy is a win-win for the environment and for us. The research team estimates that they are 5 years away from having working prototypes deployed.
Academic Journal article for those interested.