Below are all the articles covered on Episode 18 of Spaced Out.
Driverless Cars and the DMV
More than 3,000 people die on California roads each year...but driverless cars are ready to change that. Scientists theorize that 90% of accidents caused by human error would be eliminated. Currently there are 27 different companies testing the tech, but CA state law requires that a trained human driver sit behind the wheel. That doesn't really sound driverLESS, does it? On Friday, the CA DMV proposed regulations that would allow driverless cars to graduate from the testing phase and move into the commercial space.
Plans for the FIRST Spaceport!!
Ok, this is huge! NASA and other ISS partners are ready to build a spaceport! If we want to get humans to Mars by 2030, ships will need to launch from space, not Earth. That's where the spaceport comes in! Plans have just begun with a goal to begin construction in 2034. Cool!!
Bees (and other pollinating insects) are slowly going extinct. When it comes to crops, that's a huge issue. Some might even consider it a crisis. Enter Eijiro Miyako, a chemist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tuskuba, Japan. He has invented a sticky gel that when applied to horsehair and attached to a drone, can pick up pollen from one plant and deposit it into another!
Sources: Science News, Wired, Astronomy Magazine, Space.com (other sources inline)