Friday Futures: monkey clones, atom-thin memory and a tractor beam

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of  The Future from around the web. This week: cloning monkeys; atom thick memory devices; automated stem cell production; 3D printing and air speed records.

In China, they just cloned a monkey – humans next?

In a new study published in Cell, a team of Chinese researchers led by Qiang Sun at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai reveal that they’ve found a way to tweak the Dolly cloning technique to make it work in primates. Read more…

China and Texas researchers have invented a memory device an atom thick (or thin)

Engineers worldwide have been developing alternative ways to provide greater memory storage capacity on even smaller computer chips. Previous research into two-dimensional atomic sheets for memory storage has failed to uncover their potential – until now. Read more…

The FDA just loves automated stem cell production

The automated stem cell production platform is capable of producing billions of stem cells in short periods of time. It took more than four years to develop with continual oversight and evaluation by the FDA. Read more…

What will we be able to print with 3D printers? Anything? Almost!

Today’s desktop 3D printers are fairly limited in terms of capabilities. However, we could be just a couple of decades away from a world in which every home has a 3D printer, capable of producing almost anything we can imagine. Read more…

Engineers in Bristol just engaged a tractor beam

In a sci-fi feeling first, engineers at the University of Bristol used the world’s most powerful acoustic tractor beam to demonstrate that it’s possible to stably contain objects larger than the wavelength of sound. Read more…

With pulsars, we can navigate in space (without phoning home)

Keith Gendreau, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and a team of NASA researchers announced that they had finally proven that pulsars can function like a cosmic positioning system. Read more…

(Compiled by Alex Leslie; edited by John C. Tanner)

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