Welcome to the first post in my new blog series, where I bring you all of the wonderful news from the past week! This week we’re talking about 5 dimensional data chips and extinct animal recreation!
Let’s get happy!
Researchers in the UK believe they’ve come up with the ultimate data storage solution: a glass disc that will hold 138 terabytes of data for 13.8 billion years. A process called femtosecond laser writing was used to create the 5 dimensional disc, which had been nicknamed the “Superman memory crystal” (because these UK researchers are huge Superman fanboys/girls). Think its data capacity is impressive? Did I mention it can also withstand heats of up to 1000°C (1,832°F)?
In order to attract some endangered sea life so it can be monitored and researched, a team of marine ecologists have installed 60 flower pots to Sydney Harbour’s seawalls. Rebecca Morris from Sydney University explains that when man-made structures such as pontoons and pylons are installed, it disrupts the natural sea life, putting important species in danger. By putting these flower pots along the seawall, sea life will come and inhabit them, making these creatures easy to protect and study. Also, does the idea of sea life living in flower pots in the ocean not make you think of Spongebob?
Engineered immune cells might be the answer to successfully treating people with lymphoblastic leukaemia. In a study of terminally ill patients, most facing death within five months, 94% of patients had their symptoms disappear completely, with 50% of patients going in to full remission. Scientists are dubbing this finding “unprecedented” and “a revolution”. Medicine is amazing, guys.
Through selective breeding, a small ground of conservationists believe they’ve successfully recreated the quagga – a type of zebra, characterised by its lack of markings on its hind legs, which became extinct in the 19th century due to hunting. Eric Harley, of The Quagga Project, is quick to point out that what they’re doing is natural – “We don’t do genetic engineering, we aren’t cloning, we aren’t doing any particularly clever sort of embryo transfers — it is a very simple project of selective breeding.”
Here’s your daily ‘awwww’ and something to add to your bucket list – After Mr and Mrs Kuroki had been married for 30 years, Mrs Kuroki experienced problems with her eyes, which lead to permanent blindness. She felt that her life was over, and fell in to a life of seclusion. Mr Kuroki, decided that he would create a beautiful garden for his wife out of scented flowers to make her smile once again. You can go and visit the garden in Japan, where Mr and Mrs Kuroki walk around regularly, with big smiles on their faces.
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