Modern science has problems enough with viruses’ which mutate as they develop such as AIDS and Hepatitis C . What would happen if a genetically engineered virus or bacteria could escape the laboratory. This would be a virus which our immune systems have never encountered before. Could it wipe out all human life? Several instances have been noted in which genetically engineered food items have resulted in widespread illness and even death . For example, in 1989, 37 people were killed and 1,500 were left permanently disabled by an unknown illness that was linked to “the food supplement tryptophan, which had been contaminated with a new toxin when it was produced by genetically engineered bacteria.” However, this was an isolated incident and the benefits verses the costs must be weighed. By regulating genes in agricultural products for food consumption, scientists can increase the efficacy of the process of photosynthesis, bolster resistance to a variety of afflictions, such as drought, virus infection, or salinity, or reduce a particular plant’s demand for environmentally harmful fertilizers or pesticides, which makes for healthier eating products.
Hyperloop One, a company based in Los Angeles, California, is leading the effort to commercialize the future of transport for moving passengers and/or cargo at airline speeds at a fraction of the cost of air travel. Hyperloop One is designing, testing and building this new mode of transportation. The architecture is structured around a custom linear electric motor that accelerates and decelerates an electromagnetically levitated pod through a low-pressure tube. The vehicles will glide silently for miles at speeds of up to 300 m/s with no turbulence. The system is designed to be entirely autonomous, on-demand, energy efficient, quiet and safe—built on columns or tunneled underground, which eliminates the dangers of at-grade crossings and requires smaller rights of way than high-speed rail or a highway.