Glow-in-the-Dark Plants | Crunch Report | Summary and Q&A

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Blue Origin successfully tests their Crew Capsule 2.0, MIT scientists create glow-in-the-dark plants, and Google announces the opening of an AI Center in China.

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Q: What is Blue Origin's Crew Capsule 2.0 and how did its inaugural flight go?

Blue Origin's Crew Capsule 2.0 is the latest version of the vehicle designed for passenger flights. The inaugural flight, without any passengers, was successful, reaching an altitude of 322,000 feet.

Q: How do MIT scientists make plants glow in the dark?

MIT researchers used the enzyme luciferase, found in fireflies, to engineer plants that emit light. Although currently limited to arugula, kale, spinach, and watercress, they aim to create trees that can replace streetlights.

Q: What are the plans for Google's AI Center in China?

Google's AI Center in Beijing will not only conduct its own research but also support the AI research community by funding conferences and workshops. The center aims to collaborate with the Chinese AI research community and compete with other tech giants like Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu.

Q: How does Google's AI Center in China contribute to the company's overall strategy?

The opening of an AI Center in China allows Google to tap into the vast AI talent pool in the country and establish a presence in the AI research community, while also expanding its global AI initiatives.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Blue Origin's Crew Capsule 2.0 completes its first flight test, paving the way for future passenger flights scheduled for early 2019.

  • MIT researchers have developed plants that glow in the dark using the enzyme luciferase, with plans to create trees that can replace streetlights.

  • Google opens an AI Center in Beijing, China, aiming to support AI research, collaborate with the Chinese AI community, and compete with other tech giants in the country.

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