Vaccines have been around since the 1800’s, so they’re OLDWorthy. But when a new vaccine as potentially life-saving and illness-preventing as Dengvaxia is created, vaccines are once again NEWWorthy. Recently approved for use in Mexico, it may only be a matter of time before other countries approve it for use as well.
According to the Daily Mail, in 2017 we’ll see the “World’s First Robot Farm“.
Cells can have cellfies, although these videos aren’t actually taken by a cells themselves. In August 2015, MIT Technology Review posted an article about “A New View of Life…”, showing how videos can be made showing the action inside cells. This capability is NEWWorthy.
The Fed has been around since 1913, so it’s OLDWorthy. But rates have remained near zero in the U.S. for seven years. Today’s announcement that they are raising interest rates feels almost NEWWorthy.
On my author’s blog, I commented on the Golden Globe nomination for “The Martian” as Best Comedy or Musical.
I suppose I should consider this OLDWorthy, since other science fiction movies — “Cocoon” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, neither of which won the award — have been nominated in the Best Comedy or Musical category for a Golden Globe in the past. But take a look at Wikipedia’s list of movies they consider to be hard science fiction, which is what “The Martian” was meant to be. Some if not many of these were nominated for some kind of Golden Globe award. Some even won. But were any in the category of Best Comedy or Musical?
I haven’t fully checked the list yet, but my initial finding is that “The Martian” seems to be the first hard science fiction movie nominated in this category for a Golden Globe. That makes this NEWWorthy. Of course, it’s not if you consider “Cocoon” or “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” hard science fiction. Wikipedia lists both of those in the category of comedy-drama, among other genres.
USA Today in the video below seems to agree that the Golden Globes have made an interesting choice in nominating “The Martian” in this category.
The FDA has approved a genetically modified animal (fish, in this case) for the first time. The genetically modified fish grow twice as fast.
Intel’s Optane products promise faster SSDs, perhaps 7 times faster starting in 2016. Games could play faster, financial systems transact faster, etc. If the numbers holds up, hybrid laptops may boot up even faster depending on the percentage of boot time doing things other than reading from the drive. Expectations are that there’s quite a bit of room for much speedier Optane SSDs to appear in coming years. This sounds NEWWorthy to me.
Lasers are OLDWorthy, but they are definitely cool. Now, researchers have figured out how to use lasers to cool liquid under everyday conditions. That makes lasers once again NEWWorthy.