GGD Weekly Hit List: Oxygen on Mars, Uber’s New Service and More — GGD NEWS

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The GGD Hit List is a weekly, curated list of top inventions in tech and science. For this week’s edition, we rounded up innovations in space, media, service tech, and healthcare. The GGD Hit List does not include general tech news or business updates. We strictly focus on listing items being invented or ground-breaking moments in science. Many discoveries or inventions are not picked up by mainstream outlets. Instead, they are found in academic journals or industry B2B publications. The GGD Hit List will always seek to feature ignored, but relevant tech innovations; as well as trending topics. Here are the top innovation headlines for this week:

1. Oxygen is Produced on Mars : NASA’s Perseverance rover has been on the red planet since 2021, and riding along has been MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment); a special device generating oxygen by converting carbon dioxide over the course of two years. During the Perseverance mission, the device was able to generate 4.3 ounces (122 grams) of oxygen—enough to keep an astronaut alive for about three hours. The MOXIE device was created at MIT. And while the space mission is now officially wrapped up, MOXIE’s work has far exceeded expectations. “MOXIE’s impressive performance shows that it is feasible to extract oxygen from Mars’ atmosphere – oxygen that could help supply breathable air or rocket propellant to future astronauts,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy in a statement.

Image illustration of NASA Perseverance rover nearing Mars.
Photo Credit: NASA x GGD News

2. Uber is Working on a New Task Service: The news first broke via Bloomberg News after a developer discovered code hidden in Uber’s iPhone app. The task service was codenamed “Chore” with a “Tasker” being hired for a maximum of one hour. Uber representatives have not released any statements acknowledging the service expansion or hidden code.

Uber app logo on a map background and a pastel green background.
Photo Credit: Brand Hopper, Uber x GGD News

3. Scientists Grow Human Kidneys in Pigs: Researchers have been able to grow humanized kidneys inside surrogate pig mothers. The entire process took 28 days and represents the very first time human organs were able to develop inside another species. Completed at Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the research team’s ultimate goal is to make organs from patient cells to aid in future transplants. The same group of scientists are also working on developing a heart and pancreas.

Images of human kidneys growing within pig embryos through stem cell research and bioengineering.
Photo Credit: Cell Stem Cell Journal x GGD News

4. Google Kicks Off NFL ‘Sunday Ticket’ this Weekend: On YouTube TV, Google will be officially streaming NFL games along with Peacock, ESPN+, and Amazon (who pays the NFL $1B per year for ‘Thursday Night’ streaming rights). Google pays $2 billion (annually) for the rights to stream/broadcast out-of-market NFL games on Sundays. You can subscribe to the Sunday Ticket for $350 a season. Digital creators across the U.S. will be involved with using game content; as well as chats, polls, highlights, and shorts to help entertain fans and extend reach as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell envisions.

Logo of NFL Sunday Ticket streaming event for YouTube.
Photo Credit: NFL, YouTube x GGD News

Do any of these innovations make you excited or worried? Let us know in the comments below.

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