A surgeon in China has performed the world’s first remote operation using 5G technology, according to local reports. The doctor in the southeastern province of Fujian used the next-generation network to control robotic arms in a remote location 30 miles away. First reported by the South China Morning Post, the surgery was made possible by the extremely low latency of 5G. During the 8 January operation, the surgeon removed the liver of a laboratory test animal over the 5G connection thanks to a lag of just 0.1 seconds.
Seeds taken up to the Moon by China’s Chang’e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration. It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant step towards long-term space exploration. The Chang’e 4 is the first mission to land on and explore the Moon’s far side, facing away from Earth. Plants have been grown on the International Space Station before but never on the Moon.
A Chinese space probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon on Thursday, China’s space agency said, hailing the event as a historic first and a major achievement for the country’s space program. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe, launched in December, made the “soft landing” at 0226 GMT and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon, the China National Space Administration said. Previous spacecraft have seen the far side, but none has landed on it.
A NASA spacecraft on New Year’s Day flew by an object farther than any spacecraft has before — 4 billion miles from Earth. NASA received a signal from the New Horizons spacecraft Tuesday morning that it had reached a small space object known as Ultima Thule 10 hours earlier. The full scope of observations made by New Horizons will take nearly two years to beam back to Earth. The spacecraft provided the first close-up images of Pluto about 3 1/2 years ago when it traveled past that planet.
New research from NASA shows that Saturn is losing its rings. Scientists believe the rings could disappear in less than 100 million years as they are already being pulled apart by Saturn’s gravity and turned into ‘ring rain.’ The new study says the rings are being destroyed at the maximum speed estimated decades before.
The Voyager 2 became just the second human-made object to enter interstellar space early last month. The Voyager 2 probe was launched in 1977 and is NASA’s longest-running mission operating for 41 years. The probe is carrying the unique Plasma Science Experiment Instrument which will allow the collection of unprecedented observations in interstellar space.
In a historic first a healthy baby was born using a womb transplanted from a dead body. While previous attempts were made the transplants failed or ended in miscarriage. The transplant and fertility treatment took place in 2016 in Brazil on a woman born without a womb. The baby was born last December.
He Jiankui the Chinese scientist who claims he created the world’s first genetically edited babies defended his work at a genome summit in Hong Kong. He announced the possibility of a third child being born following the twin girls born this month. The controversial gene editing program has been halted following international opposition.
After seven months of traveling through space, the NASA InSight mission has landed on Mars. A few minutes after landing, InSight sent the official “beep” to NASA to signal that it was alive and well, including a photo of the Martian surface where it landed. InSight, or Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is going to explore a part of Mars that the scientists know the least about: its deep interior.
Scientists decided to overhaul the way the kilogram is defined at the General Conference on Weights and Measures on Friday. The kilogram is currently defined by the weight of a platinum-based inglot called ‘Le Grand K.’ It will now be defined in terms of an electric current starting in May of 2019.