At the start of lockdown in the UK back in March (2020, if anyone needs reminding...), doctors surgeries closed their doors to walk in appointments and everything went as online as possible. Whilst many would have been sceptical of a virtual consultation, I also think many have been surprised. GP surgeries have had fewer missed appointments and shorter waiting times to see a doctor. Going virtual meant many concerns could be addressed without the patient needing to come to the surgery. But what if the doctors themselves were computerised? What if we had robot doctors?
How do we control an easily spread disease without a vaccine or strict, permanent lockdown measures? Contact tracing. Australia launched its contact tracing app this week (Apr 27th), and with the UK to follow in a few weeks, it's time to explore what contact tracing is and how it has been used before.
As the pandemic continues, all those who are now able to work from home are, and they are across the entire World. This is obviously a strain on our internet providers which can be questionable even at the best of times. So what the heck is wifi and how on earth does your microwave affect it?
Current renewable energy sources include solar, wind, hydro, tidal, geothermal and biomass, but could rain be added to this list as a viable source of power? A new breakthrough in research suggests a single rain droplet could be a great energy source if harnessed properly.
Since the start of the space age in the 1950's, we've been sending all sorts out into the darkness. We've sent up hundreds of rockets and thousands more satellites, many of which are still there. Space is once more a hot topic, and companies such as SpaceX and even Amazon are hoping to send up thousands more satellites in the coming years. This poses a problem though: Space Junk. With more and more satellites in orbit, the risk of collision has hit a critical level; what new research is there to sweep it all up?
Every year, approximately 15 million babies are born prematurely and half do not survive. Research is investigating whether we could continue fetal growth in an artificial womb, to enhance an extremely premature baby's chances of survival. Is this the next medical marvel, or the stuff of horror films?
According to the Vision Council in America, ~74% of adults need an aid to correct their vision, with 64% wearing glasses. I've worn glasses since I was 3 and so much has changed in the last 20 years or so. I thought it was time to delve a bit deeper into the world of spectacular spectacles, and what research doing for the future of vision.
Unless you're in the middle of nowhere, you've probably walked along and had a sickly sweet vapour blown in your direction. E-cigarettes are on the rise and hoped to help people give up smoking, but are they actually any better for you?
The vast majority of us complained about the excessive heat here in the UK last week. We are now surrounded by cooler temperatures and constant rain; we can't win. Along with the wet conditions has come thunderstorms, some of which have been pretty damn magnificent. It got me thinking, what is thunder and lightning and could we use it?