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The Week in Good News (01/06)

5th June

Posted by Kristen Stockdale

A team of researchers have used 3D printing to develop artificial corals. Whilst, 3D printed corals cannot bring back living coral, they could help to reinvigorate some of the ecosystems that use reefs. Find out more >>

Researchers in the UK have found a new way to detect neurodegenerative diseases up to 24 years in advance. Intervention for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s could be precisely timed in order to better treat the disease. Find out more >>

Scientists in the US have created new software which turns maths equations into simple images and diagrams. The aim to help students and teachers make sense of particularly abstract maths. Find out more >>

Scientists have created polymers that act as natural anti-freeze when mixed with concrete. Concrete is a bit like cake batter – full of lots of tiny holes which, when cold, become icy and crack the concrete as they expand. Find out more >>

Researchers have discovered a potentially new species of octopus at the depths of the Indian Ocean. In fact, it’s the deepest cephalopod that’s ever been found. Find out more >>

A new ceramic material with the highest known melting point has been created by scientists in Russia. The material has huge potential for the space and aviation industries. Find out more >>

Electric vehicles use lithium-ion batteries, which are unusable after they reach 80% capacity. Now, researchers have thought of a way to repurpose the batteries for solar energy. Find out more >>

An Israeli startup has used a 3D printer to create cultured meat tissue (cultured meat is still ‘real’ meat, produced by in vitro animal cells). This new technology could be a minestrone for the alternative-meat industry. Find out more >>

Glass frogs have a largely transparent body where you can see the organs inside. Now, researchers think they know why: it’s a form of camouflage. Find out more >> 

Scientists have managed to form hexagonal salt for the first time. It might sound strange, but hexagonal salt might prove very useful in high-powered electronics, including electric vehicles. Find out more >>