Japan’s 2020 Robot Olympics…

Japan’s 2020 Robot Olympics…


A doctor and an aid worker are the first Americans
to contract Ebola, the deadly virus that’s popped up in four African countries since
March. The disease has several strains, with mortality rates ranging from 50-90%. There
is no cure or vaccine yet. You can get Ebola by coming in contact with
an infected animal, which is why people in Africa are at significantly higher risk, because
of their tendency to eat bushmeat. Once a person’s got it, it can spread fairly easily
from human to human through pretty much all bodily fluids. Once you are infected, Ebola
is extremely aggressive, causing the walls of our smallest blood vessels, called capillaries,
to separate so that blood starts leaking. “It is a very painful and agonizing death
that no one would want to go through,” says Dr. Joseph Fair, a virologist working in Africa. This is by far the worst outbreak of the disease
ever documented, with over 672 deaths and counting. Another far too deadly situation is in Gaza.
One of the main reasons Israel invaded Gaza is to destroy the many tunnels Hamas has dug
to smuggle all kinds of stuff – including themselves – beneath the heavily protected
Israeli border. These passageways were how Hamas got into Israel, captured Israeli soldier
Gilad Shalit, and dragged him back to Palestine, where they held him for 5 years. Hamas eventually
traded him back in 2011 in exchange for the Israelis freeing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.
If you want to gain a more complete understanding of the current conflict, The New York Times
has a must-watch video that takes you inside of the tunnels. Both Hamas and Israel have accused each other
of using drones in the current conflict, which is the latest proof that advanced technology
is seeing more action on the world’s battlefields, but Japan’s Prime Minister wants them expanded
into our most peaceful event. Saying that his country should hold a “robot olympics”
in 2020 alongside the summer olympics it will host in Tokyo. The goal is to stimulate growth
in the robotics industry. The olympic events that I could see working are weightlifting,
swimming, boxing, and track and field. That’s our comment question of the day: what event
do you want to see in the 2020 robot olympics? Hopefully the games will lead to important
advances in robotics, much like the ten best breakthroughs in science did for their respective
fields last year, which were making brains clear, the discovery of a new solar cell,
lab-grown organoids, realizing that cerebrospinal fluid washes through the brain while we sleep,
microsurgical gene-editing, learning more about the microbes that live inside us, a
step towards a vaccine for a disease that affects millions of babies, deriving stem
cells from cloned human embryos; and gamma ray detection in exploding stars billions
of light years away. The breakthrough of the year was a new way to treat cancer by harnessing
a person’s immune system. You can watch the full video below and take our poll of
the day: what field of science will 2014’s biggest breakthrough come from? With the rate of glacier depletion around
the world, what we really need is a breakthrough in oceanic refreezing science. But since that’s
not gonna happen any time soon, we’ll be seeing a lot more of videos beautiful glaciers
– like this massive archway – collapsing into the sea. The woman holding the camera may
be overreacting a little bit, because this is what a real close call looks like. Well that’ll do it for today’s episode
of TDC. Thanks for watching, I’m Bryce Plank. Be sure to subscribe to our channel and like
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