Closer Than We Think

Are breakthrough technologies progressing faster than we think? Phil and Stephen review three recent news items that indicate they may be.

Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought
https://go.nature.com/2JhnFLT

Siphoning carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere could be more than an expensive last-ditch strategy for averting climate catastrophe. A detailed economic analysis published on 7 June suggests that the geoengineering technology is inching closer to commercial viability.

Driverless street cleaning trucks begin trial operations in Shanghai
https://bit.ly/2y5iRUI

A fleet of driverless street cleaning vehicles has begun trial operations at an industrial park in Shanghai, according to the Shanghai-based news portal The Paper on Friday.

The convoy, which includes a 6m-long truck and a 3m-long minibus, has been designed and developed by Autowise.ai, a Shanghai technology company, for different road widths.

3D-printing human corneas
https://bit.ly/2t0x8fB

Scientists can 3D-print a human cornea in ten minutes.

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