RPTE home to tech turning CO2 into rocket fuel

The technology being tested

WAINOVA member the Basque Country Technology Park Network (RPTE) – made up of Alava Technology Park, Bizkaia Science and Technology Park and Gipuzkoa Science and Technology Park – is currently home to impressive technological advancements in the space sector. Its Tekniker Technology Centre is developing a system that can exploit Mars’ unique climatic conditions to produce methane, which can then in turn be used as rocket fuel.

It is expected that this innovative system would allow exploration missions to produce their own supplies for lengthy stays, thus reducing the amount of materials that would need to be transported there. This in turn will reduce the costs and environmental impact associated with getting to Mars, and allow crews to operate more independently.

The Tekniker Technology Centre

The technology centre is working closely with the University of Cantabria as part of this project, and will collaborate together on a number of experiments to see which materials work best before finalising a design for a prototype. Rigorous testing will then be done before it is potentially sent to Mars, where the atmosphere is more than 95% carbon dioxide.

Many barriers remain before we see this innovative technology on the red planet, but its outcomes are extremely exciting. Not only would they have an impact on Mars but on life on Earth too, as this system could recycle carbon dioxide thus reducing emissions and climate change. Perhaps then, a solution to the climate crisis comes from the Basque Country, via Mars.

To read more about this project click here.

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Trust in AI companies lacking

64% of people surveyed by Ipsos claim to have a good understanding of what AI is, but only half trust companies in the AI sector as much as other companies. These figures depend massively on the country, with just 41% of Japanese respondents claiming to have a good understanding of AI compared to almost 78% in South Africa.

Much of this trust correlates with familiarity with AI. With 60% of respondents expecting AI products and services to profoundly change their day-to-day lives over the next five years, companies in this sector can be confident that this expansion will lead to a higher number of people who trust AI companies.

The trust in AI companies also has a strong correlation with the economic development of a country. Nations with emerging economies such as China, Saudia Arabia and India have a large majority that trusts businesses that use AI (76%, 73% and 68% respectively), whilst in the Global North only around 1 in 3 people do. Respondents from Canada, France, the USA, the UK and Australia all polled between 34% and 36%.

These trends continue when asked if AI-powered product make lives easier and have more benefits than drawbacks. What is clear, however, is the hugely positive future for AI companies. The regions and nations which trust and value this technology the most are those where populations and economies are growing rapidly, meaning huge markets for their products.

To read the full Ipsos survey click here.

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WEF Chief Economists outlook

The World Economic Forum has launched its latest quarterly briefing. By building on the latest policy research and consultations with Chief Economists from the public and private sectors, it aims to summarise the current economic environment and identify areas where action is needed.

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Space’s first ever science park

With science parks on every corner of earth, now is the time to take them into space! The George Washington Carver Science Park will allow  scientists and industry experts share findings, collaborate, and use new technologies to advance both scientific and commercial endeavors.

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The science and technology gender gap

According to the UNESCO Science Report 2021, women are underrepresented in a vast number of STEM fields such as mathematics, physics, computing and digital information technology.

In artificial intelligence for example, women account for just 22% of workers, and also make up just a third of researchers worldwide. Cloud computing is another sector that is dominated by men, with just 14% of the workforce being made up of women.

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The racial and ethnic gaps in STEM are still significant

Despite efforts to encourage inclusion in the STEM sector, a new report suggests a striking amount of progress is still needed.

Analysis recently released shows that in the US, Black and Hispanic workers remain underrepresented in STEM jobs. Black professionals account for just 9% of STEM workers and Hispanic professionals a meagre 8%, despite making up 11% and 17% of the US workforce. On the other hand, Asian and white professionals continue to be overrepresented.

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