The spacecraft that could revolutionise weather forecasting
Aeolus, the first satellite to measure wind speeds across the entire planet, was launched by the European Space Agency last year. Using advanced laser technology, it’s now providing the planet’s first global patterns of wind behaviour at different heights. This could improve weather forecasting, which in turn may save lives, along with billions of dollars due to increased productivity and reduced losses from damage.
Computer vision is a hugely promising technology. It covers applications across dozens of industries ranging from medicine to self-driving cars and even shopping. There’s one small nation at this industry’s forefront: Israel.
Christine Korwin-Szymanowska, Partner at Strategy& believes the global insurance industry is on the cusp of a seismic transformation, estimating the value of disruption coming to the UK insurance sector to be worth £30bn.
High performance tyres are still made predominantly from natural rubber, but some experts predict shortages as soon as the 2030s. Now, tyre companies and researchers are looking for alternatives, which include Russian dandelions and the Guayule shrub, as
Space junk is a massive challenge for a fast-growing satellite industry worth billions of dollars. There are hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk whizzing around in earth’s orbit and even a fleck of paint can do serious damage.
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