Airbus' Drone Taxi Takes Maiden Flight
Vahana, the autonomous vertical take-off and landing craft developed by Airbus has flown for the first time. A prototype of the flying taxi flew for just under a minute at a height of 16ft, at a test site in Silicon Valley, California. Airbus plans for the drone taxi to eventually be in operation in cities, where it will allow passengers to avoid traffic.
BP to Install Electric Chargers at UK Petrol Stations
BP has announced that it will install electrical vehicle charging points at a selection of UK petrol stations this year. The plan is part of a trial to see how conventional fuel forecourts can be expanded to host the growing number of electric vehicles in the country. If successful, it may lead to a rollout of charging points at all of BP's 1,300 UK locations.
Source: Auto Express
3D Printed Implant Can Turn Into Bone
Scientists have developed a ceramic 3D printed implant that can be used to hold broken bones together before turning into natural bone during the healing process. The technology, which has already been used to heal bones in rabbits, could prove to be a key breakthrough in treating of complex breaks, which currently require the implantation of screws and pins.
Source: World Economic Forum
Mole Rats Don't Age, Scientists Discover
Scientists have discovered that naked mole rats don't age. An exhaustive study of the animal found that they don't have an increased risk of death with age, making them unique among mammals. The discovery could have significant impact on ageing research, much of which is focused on preventing the ageing process in humans.
Self-Driving Companies Push for Ownership Ban in Cities
A selection of car hire and hailing services, including Uber, have signed a document calling for the ban of privately owned self-driving vehicles in cities. The document, Shared Mobility Principles for Sustainable Cities, is aimed at improve the quality of life in urban areas, but has attracted criticism from some who consider it an attack on freedoms.
Cancer-Killing 'Vaccine' Successful in Mice
Scientists have developed an injection that has successfully eliminated all traces of cancer in animal trials. The highly targeted treatment is injected into a tumor site, which it destroys, along with any other tumors in the body. If can be made to work in humans, it would be a huge moment for cancer treatments, improving outcomes while reducing side-effects.