We’re certainly not in Star Trek’s neighborhood when it comes to technological capability, but the car is packed and ready to go.
While it’s easy to lose yourself in daydreams of teleportation and interplanetary travel, already we can do amazing things, like turn the ocean into a big glass of drinking water.
A cancer-killing computer chip can run wild in a patient’s bloodstream and wreak havoc on cancer cells.
NASA’s even putting legitimate effort towards building a Star Trek-like warp drive system. So maybe we’re closer to a science fiction universe than initially suspected.
Nanofiber salt filters could be used to harvest ocean water for drinking.
Living near the ocean may one day mean your drinking water is so plentiful that it’s free or cheap.
Nanofiber is a fibrous material that’s incredibly thin (less than 100 nanometers). It functions very effectively as a salt filter since individual grains of salt are too big to pass through the holes in the nanofiber.
A cancer-killing computer chip could live in a patient’s bloodstream.
It’s called a “microfluidic” chip, covered in long strands of DNA. The DNA absorbs the malicious cancer cells, and if they need to be studied later, the cancer cells can be retrieved from the chip later.
Graphene supercapacitors could lead to the electric car of your dreams.
Imagine an electric car that could drive a couple hundred miles, then fully recharge its battery in one minute.
Graphene supercapacitors are what will make this possible. A supercapacitor can hold as much power as a battery, but they charge far more quickly. Graphene has a high energy density though, which is a fancy way of saying it can hold more electrons (and therefore electric charge) than a standard battery.
As graphene is no longer cost-prohibitive to manufacture at scale, graphene supercapacitors could easily end up in our phones, laptops, and basically anything that runs on a battery.