- The Hawk & Tom Show

February 3, 2020

It's time for "Tom's Nerd News," covering the most important news for your brain you may have missed. 

Here's a quick rundown of this week in science . . .


1.  The National Institutes of Health is working on a coronavirus vaccineThey're hoping to start testing it by April.


2.  Average life expectancy in the U.S. rose for the first time in four years, partly because drug overdoses dropped.  In 2017, it was 78.6 years.  And the newest stat for 2018 is 78.7 years.  The all-time high was 78.9 back in 2014.


3.  The National Science Foundation released the best close-up photo of the sun's surface, and it's weird.  It's a bunch of plasma balls packed together, and people think they look like caramelized popcorn.  But each "kernel" is roughly the size of Texas.


4.  A new A.I.-enabled robot will soon be able to sort things at warehouses faster than humans.  There's only one right now, but they'll be all over the world soon.  And they'll connect through a neural network.  So when one learns a new skill, ALL of them learn it.


5.  Two satellites almost collided over Pittsburgh on Wednesday.  They were going 33,000 miles an hour, or ten times faster than a bullet, and they only missed each other by 150 feet.  If they'd hit, the debris could have brought down other satellites.


6.  And engineers at Michigan State developed a new nanoparticle that swims through your arteries and eats away at the plaque that causes heart attacks and strokes.