Today’s BitList is a doozy. We’ve found for you a collection of articles on long-theorized scientific concepts that are now becoming a reality.
Here’s the list:
- The National Archives released information this week about the Air Force’s 1950s work on a flying saucer. It was born out of Cold War fears and would have been built by a Canadian company.
- Currently, large portions of pad-launched space craft are single-use rockets that are junked after use, but SpaceX is working on a booster rocket that the company could reuse instead of rebuild.
- Apparently, the world’s data storage now consumes about 3 percent of the world’s electricity supply. A man named Keith Lofstrom wants to solve that problem by launching a series of data center satellites to store our information in an orbital cloud. That may cause a challenge for hardware upgrades.
- Laser pistols are still a long way away, but Boeing is making progress on its truck-based laser weapon designed to burn missiles out of the air.
- Researchers using new technology recently sequenced several babies’ entire genomes in 50-hours each. The researchers say that a such a comprehensive screening could help limit additional tests, but it also edges the world closer to a reality like the one depicted in GATTACA.