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Flexible OLED screens for the new graphics application

Grafen is a material whose many applications are not yet found. Another method of its use was developed in South Korea, making it a durable and flexible OLED panel.

The OLED panel, developed by OLED engineers, has the ability to bend multiple times without the risk of damage. This means that the new panel can be used in the near future to produce a variety of wearable gadgets as well as smart clothes.

The invention is the work of a team led by Yoo Seung-hyup of the School of Electrical Engineering of KAIST and Lee Tae-woo of the Materials Science and Engineering Department of POSTECH. The panel is made in a stack structure, combining multiple layers of graphene, titanium oxide and conductive polymers. The display thus obtained is more bright and provides better light transmission. And thanks to the properties of titanium oxide, the panel can withstand four times the bending load compared to the hitherto used flexible OLED panels that can be found on televisions and curved screen smartphones.

Tesla limits Autopilot

The Autopilot feature, which Tesla Motors provided a few weeks ago to owners of the Model S, was intended to provide substantial assistance to the driver and support him during long journeys. These owners apparently are not grown up to such technology, because the manufacturer has just announced that it puts restrictions on its use.

A few weeks ago, owners of Tesla Model S received the long-awaited Autopilot. The new technology has transformed these luxury cars into semi-autonomous vehicles, making it easier for motorists to travel, as the computer then takes care of keeping the distance from the cars ahead, maintaining their lane, etc. So it can be said that it is a bit more advanced cruise with some additional options.

Approximately 40,000 drivers have downloaded the software, but some have used the system incorrectly for their purpose, rampaging on the road, as evidenced by numerous YouTube videos.

Although no case has been reported so far, this is due to this technology, but the manufacturer prefers to blow the cold and has announced additional restrictions that eliminate such risks.

The Swiss will launch autonomous urban transport

Autonomous vehicles are not just passenger cars. This technology is used more and more often for works on public transport. And it is the autonomous buses as the first to go on public roads, as next year such machines can be expected in Switzerland.

They will be launched thanks to the startup efforts of BestMile, founded by students of the Swedish Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), in cooperation with PostBus, one of the largest bus operators in Switzerland and France.

Startup has been working on a new standalone bus for some time now and plans to launch it next year on the Valais, the third largest canton in southern Switzerland, the capital of which is Sion. The first two buses powered by electric motors, capable of carrying up to 9 passengers and within a two-year test period, will start driving there early next year.

China delegates VPN

The Chinese government is taking further steps to ensure control over the Internet. By virtue of the latest decree, VPNs were banned there. You can use them only with the consent of the government.

China has long taken steps to completely control the internet. Over the past few years, they have been able to effectively block in their country access to Western sites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and many web services including Gmail.

But the government is not enough. Its representatives are well aware that citizens can circumvent these restrictions through VPNs, so they have officially been banned. From now on, the use of foreign proxies will be considered a crime, unless a given VPN receives government approval of the activity.

New rules have already entered into force and will remain in effect until March 31 next year. So far, it is not clear exactly how the government intends to enforce the new legislation, but it may be assumed that the authorities will only target companies that provide VPNs to ordinary citizens, leaving international corporations alone, leaving the solution to their employees alone.

A safety helmet for athletes will reduce the risk of injury

American football is one of the most traumatic sports in which injuries often occur, and the most dangerous of them is the head. However, a Oklahoma high school student has developed an innovative helmet that reduces the risk of injury by as much as 75 percent.

Francis Tuttle is a high school student from Oklahoma High School who is also a school football player for the American football team. Unfortunately, as was the case for contact sports, he had already had four brain shocks that caused frequent headaches and vision problems. Neurology, after careful examination, suggested he resign from the sport, as further injuries could result in permanent brain damage.

So he and two classmates, after a year of design work, developed a new type of carbon fiber helmet, which reduces the risk of injury by 75 percent. Particularly in the case of collision helmet helmets.

Boeing wants to produce sawdust fuel

Fuel costs are one of the key operating costs for all airlines, so manufacturers have been working to reduce their consumption over the years. Concurrently, work is being done on biofuels that would be much cheaper to produce. One of the more interesting ideas associated with this project is Boeing, which plans to produce biofuel from sawdust.

Sawdust remaining after wood treatment have many applications. They are made of furniture, used in the industry for heating boilers, or it is processed into so-called. Pellet for heating homes. Soon there will be another use of sawdust that can be used for the production of biofuel.

Research in this direction is conducted by Boeing, together with scientists from the University of British Columbia and NORAM Engineering and Constructors, as well as Air Canada, WestJet, SkyNRG and Bombardier. Their goal is to develop an efficient and low-cost processing method for biofuel, waste from wood processing such as branches and sawdust.

Researchers estimate that if the project succeeds, the new process could provide enough fuel to meet the needs of British Columbia in 10 percent.

Researchers now carry out small-scale laboratory tests to answer the question of whether it is possible to mass produce such fuel. If the results are positive, then another test phase will begin, as well as test flights to determine how efficient that fuel will be. So far it is not known when airlines will be able to use it.

Google is working on a bracelet that detects cancer

The Google X Labs, which run Google Glass and self-driving cars, are working on another project. This time, the goal is to create a bracelet that would allow for quick and easy detection of cancer cells.

Cancer is at the moment the greatest threat to humanity, because it is not cured, and progressive environmental pollution and other factors make the number of illnesses increase year by year. The most important thing in this disease is its early detection, which slightly increases the patient’s chances of survival, so scientists around the world have been working on easy-to-use and effective cancer cell detection tests.

Also Google has decided to address this issue, and in its Google X labs is working on a completely new project. Over a hundred doctors and scientists are involved in creating a bracelet that can effectively detect the presence of cancer cells in the body.

The system is based on special pills filled with nanoparticles that circulate in the body by searching for infected cells. When these are found, the nanoparticles bind to them, and thus illuminate them. Then such cellular connection goes towards the bracelet that attracts them.