10 innovations to be remembered

A second glance on 2019's best projects.

 

2020 is near. As we enter a new decade, it’s time to look back at what we were able to achieve this past year in science. We gathered 10 innovations within 5 different fields of research that will make our future brighter (and good lord we need it!).

Environment

to bee or not to bee

Varroa destructor, a parasitic organism, is destroying bees and their hives. To add insult to injury, our beloved bees are extremely sensitive about heat changes, and pollution. Acknowledging their distress, BeeHive decided that nature could use a little electronic technology: they developed an Anti-parasitic beehive: CoCoon. Using a stable temperature and completely autonomous, they allow bees to survive climatic changes and parasitic infections.

 

When humans imitate plants

Researchers from Waterloo University, Canada, have been working on a synthetic version of photosynthesis. This natural process aims to create organic matter, like glucose, with non-organic material, such as minerals, water, and C02. It needs a vegetal cell of course. Instead of a vegetal cell, they use a red powder made out of glucose, copper acetate, sodium hydroxide, and sodium lauryl sulfate. Exposed to light and immersed in water, this mixture produces methanol, an already known biofuel. 

 



Digital Healthcare 

Hypnosis and VR

Hypnosis is used for reducing pain in hospitals. It’s a non-medicated way to soothe post-surgical periods. In order to ease the process and to be able to use it on more than one patient at a time, researchers at HypnoVR chooses to use the VR technology to induce hypnosis, with the help of relaxing and calm background. 

 We also are interested in other ways to use VR:

  

Self-care with robots

Charlie is the new robot created by Home Hospital Robotics for New Health Community. It’s an autonomous medical robot whose purpose is to help patients at home, provide them help and support whenever needed, without the need for human intervention. 

 



Spatial and aeronautic

Our way to the stars

On the 5 of august, the spatial telescope James Webb was first fully assembled. This successor to Hubble has the mission to observe our universe through infrared vision and bring back new images of the depths of space. Its particularity is its five-layer solar shield, supposed to protect its instruments from solar radiation waves.

 

Data takes highs

The European Space Agency successfully launched the second European Data Relay System (EDRS) Satellite. This technology is used for Earth observation, using a laser system to transmit information. The current speed is 1.8gigabits/second, which is extremely powerful considering what a gigabyte represents. A constellation of those instruments could, in the near future transmit more information, such as the internet. 

 

 

Public Health

The Open Insulin Project

Yann Huon de Kermadec is a French chemist. Upon seeing the outrageous prices hospitals charge the diabetic patients, he is currently trying to develop a simple way to create insulin. The current state is that people suffering this disease have to pay around 1200 dollars per month not to die. According to Yann, if companies lower their prices in order to concurrence him, it will still be a victory for those who have to fight diabetes.

 


The WHO Digital Health Technical Advisory Group
organized a meeting to globalize digital health tools. The aim is to ensure its efficiency in developing countries, a global impact so that no country is left behind and to make sure the process of development are ethical. This operation never tried before is a first attempt to improve digital health around the world, especially in developing countries. A global and digital health process that is necessary to embrace the difficulties of global healthcare.



 

Technology

Fly me to the moon

Upon seeing the tremendous issue that is public transports and all the side problems it creates, the company Hovertaxi had an idea. What if taxis could now take the aerial way? It looks like a small helicopter, that can lift two people. Entirely electric, it is almost silent and will be used as a taxi and as a service for green tourism. 



Mind control? Yes, please!

The company Mentalista is developing a new algorithm in order to give you superpowers. They apply machine learning to extract and analyse data produced by our brain upon seeing objects. All this data has been used in order to create robots controlled by our very mind. Playing football without our feet the first step. This technology could create opportunities for surgeons, precision workers, and military. All-purpose being to create a distance between the human and the objective.