Best Tech Stories around the web #274

This week: Chemists captured einsteinium, the elusive 99th element, GKN aerospace launches a program to develop the future Skybus, Nike unveils an easy-on, easy-off no-lace sneaker, and Reddit vs. Wall Street: the GameStop saga.

SCIENCE

Chemists create and capture einsteinium, the elusive 99th element by livescience.com

Scientists have successfully studied einsteinium — one of the most elusive and heaviest elements on the periodic table — for the first time in decades. The achievement brings chemists closer to discovering the so-called "island of stability," where some of the heftiest and shortest-lived elements are thought to reside. Read more

MOBILITY

GKN to lead three sustainable aerospace collaborations by pesmedia.com

GKN Aerospace is taking a leading role in three collaborative programmes as part of the Future Flight Challenge. GKN is delivering the programmes from its new £32 million Global Technology Centre in Bristol. The Future Flight Challenge is a four-year, £125 million ISCF programme from UK Research and Innovation to develop more sustainable aviation solutions. The current phase is focused on the development of integrated aviation systems that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. Read more

DESIGN

NIKE unveils the NIKE GO FlyEase, an easy-on, easy off no-lace sneaker by designboom.com

NIKE has unveiled the NIKE GO FlyEase, a contact-less, easy-on, easy off sneaker. the design evidences how innovation and engineering come together to answer an ambitious question: how to put your shoes on and off without using your hands. Read more

QUERKY

Reddit vs. Wall Street: the latest in the GameStop saga by theverge.com

Subreddit r/WallStreetBets has been the talk of the Internet this week, as its members have driven GameStop’s stock prices from around $20 to over $300. The community brands itself as “like 4chan found a Bloomberg Terminal,” and as time has gone on, it’s targeted other unlikely stocks like AMC, Blackberry, and Tootsie Roll. They’ve also been banned from Discord for hate speech. Read more