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Science news OT

Feb 8, 2018
Thought we needed a place for all the science news stories. A lot of exciting news and advancements and we need to stay informed.

I'll start with the two that inspired this thread :

The energy shortage and clean water scarcity are two key challenges for global sustainable development. Near half of the total global water withdrawals is consumed by power generation plants while water desalination consumes lots of electricity. Here, we demonstrate a photovoltaics-membrane distillation (PV-MD) device that can stably produce clean water (>1.64 kg·m−2·h−1) from seawater while simultaneously having uncompromised electricity generation performance (>11%) under one Sun irradiation. Its high clean water production rate is realized by constructing multi stage membrane distillation (MSMD) device at the backside of the solar cell to recycle the latent heat of water vapor condensation in each distillation stage. This composite device can significantly reduce capital investment costs by sharing the same land and the same mounting system and thus represents a potential possibility to transform an electricity power plant from otherwise a water consumer to a fresh water producer.
Full published paper (highly recommend a peruse).

The potential for this could be amazing.

A Japanese spacecraft has successfully landed on a distant asteroid where it hopes to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system.

Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) observing the landing from a control room on the southern island of Tanegashima applauded and made “V” for victory signs after the Hayabusa2 probe landed on the asteroid on Thursday morning local time.

“The touchdown is successful,” Jaxa spokesman Takayuki Tomobe said.

The agency said the probe had been working normally above Ryugu asteroid, some 300m km (185m miles) from Earth.

Its landing is the second time the probe has touched down on the desolate asteroid as part of a complex mission that has also involved sending rovers and robots.

The Japanese collecting samples from an asteroid 300m km away is awesome, some of it organic and has been dormant for over 4bn years.

Please post & discuss the science here GAF.

Call me a flat earther if old.
Feb 7, 2012
Saw this, wondered if it means an end to online poker as we know it
Give it a quite few more years and itll be the end of Poker in Vegas, or at least the way the game is monitored and evaluated will drastically change. Imagine having your own personal robotic rainman packed away in a chip.
Feb 8, 2018

Bionic Eyes bring sight to blind people. What's next?

We're getting closer.
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