Five Stories Not to Miss

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Will You See This Drone at Your Front Door?

When proposed in 2013 that it planned to use air drones to assist and expedite their delivery service, it was met with certain criticism — drones are yet to be regulated by the FAA, plus they can be costly. Enter the Transwheel. Created by a student at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, the Transwheel is a one-wheeled, autonomous delivery vehicle. It can handle a heavier load than a drone, and robotic arms help maneuver packages on and off its platform, while cameras assist in negotiating traffic and terrain.

Could this be the future of parcel delivery service? Click here to find out.

New Strides in HIV Prevention

HIV prevention is becoming more and more promising. A real-world study on HIV drug PrEP found that those who took the drug during a 32-month period stayed free of the HIV virus. Researchers studied 650 men in the first study to examine PrEP outside of clinical trials. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), PrEP has shown to be 92% effective in preventing the spread of the HIV virus.

Read more on the study by clicking here.

Hitchhiking to the Edge of the Universe

This week, at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Space conference, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory proposed its newest idea in space travel. Comet Hitchhiker, a small robotic spacecraft, works by attaching itself to comets and asteroids with the help of a tether and diamond-tipped harpoon to “hitch” a ride through space. The method allows Comet Hitchhiker to use small amounts of energy. The project leader for Comet Hitchhiker, Masahiro Ono, even believes Comet Hitchhiker could one day get to Pluto in a speedy six years.

Click here to read just how Comet Hitchhiker could ride around the galaxy, and what it means next for space travel.

Can You Inherit the Memory of Trauma?

A new study out of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York suggests that trauma suffered by a parent could cause genetic changes in children. The study, conducted on a group of Holocaust survivors, shows that children of the subjects were more likely to inherit a stress disorder due to changes in their genetic makeup that were different than non-Holocaust survivors. “The gene changes in the children could only be attributed to Holocaust exposure in the parents,” said Rachel Yehuda, who led the study. It’s the clearest example yet of what researchers call “epigenetic inheritance” — the notion that previous stress on a parent affects the genetic makeup of their children.

Find out more about the controversial subject by clicking here.

The Animal Planet Has a Lot to Teach Us

Engineers out of the University of Pennsylvania have developed a self-healing plastic, inspired by squids. Researchers studied the squid’s teeth, which have the ability to self-heal when broken. They then mimicked the genetic code, creating a malleable plastic that when broken can fuse back together with a drop of water and a little heat.

Find out what applications researchers hope to use the plastic on in the future by clicking here.

Amanda Stiltner
for The Daily Reckoning

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