Friday Five: February 8 - 14

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From self-repairing tires and shoes to the first robotic ship, we cover the latest tech news in this weeks Friday Five!

 

Pacemakers without the need to change batteries every 5 to 10 years? That may soon be a reality with researchers at Dartmouth University working on technology which can use the heart’s mechanical energy to charge the battery. (CNET)

 

3D technology is advancing to new heights with researchers working on the ability to add 3D capable printed rubber materials. Have a broken shoe or cracked tire? This technology will also self-repair the product without you having to do the work. (Science Daily)

 

The race to launch payloads is underway with companies such as SpaceX and Rocket Lab are already ahead with funding to support this initiative. By 2040, Morgan Stanly anticipates the space economy to be worth over $1 trillion dollars. (Tech Crunch)

 

China plans to test the world’s first robot ship and will not include any crew members. The robot ship will help gather important data so that meteorologists can better understand the earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and collect accurate weather forecasts. (Live Science)

 

With over 15 million flights handled by the Air Traffic Organization (ATO), a new constellation of satellites can accurately track and locate every single aircraft flown in the air. This new technology is capable of eliminating infrequent updates which ATO is currently facing. (The Verge)

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