13 Mar Major scientific discoveries in 2017
Atlas, the robot that does somersaults
Created by boston dynamics who have been designing humanoid robots since 1992, atlas is the most successful robot in history.
In fact, in november 2017, it achieved a technological feat: doing a back somersault. This technical performance that was never before achieved by a robot reveals the level of progress in robotics. Movements that seem to be the simplest such as walking or simply standing still and balanced on two legs are already extremely difficult for a robot, which constantly has to correct its position using gyroscopic sensors. Altas first mastered walking, jumping or even throwing loads and finally the somersault. What will the next step be ?
Perfect landing of the spacex rocket
Going into space, putting satellites in orbit and returning to earth: that is the journey the company spacex has succeeded in making: landing its falcon 9 rocket last december. Thanks to this world first, spacex hopes to reduce to costs of space travel. Until now, most of the equipment used for launches was lost.
The first quantum computer project
A computer that can solve all the mysteries of the universe will soon be a possibility. In february, an international team of researchers introduced the first project to create a quantum calculator. The reason for this is to solve complex problems like that would take billions of years with the most powerful of today’s computers.
Blood created from stem cells
The results of a british study demonstrate that researchers have reported to have managed to create natural blood from stem cells manufactured in vitro. So, will we soon be able to manufacture human blood?
This could be the solution to the shortage of donors. In fact, every year, blood reserves are decreasing, particularly in summer and during flu epidemics. But that does not solve the problem of preserving blood when it is a product that cannot be stored indefinitely. To counteract this preservation limit, it would be necessary to have totally synthetic blood, which is also the subject of several promising studies.