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18th April 2018

AI company wants to empower a billion entrepreneurs by 2040

ORS Group, an artificial intelligence software company, is using blockchain technology to create "hypersmart contracts" to help entrepreneurs and small businesses compete with larger corporations.

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16th April 2018

Tiny injectable sensor could monitor long-term alcohol use

Engineers have developed a miniature, wireless, injectable biosensor that could be used for continuous, long-term alcohol monitoring. The chip is small enough to be implanted in the body just beneath the surface of the skin.

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13th April 2018

Centuries' worth of rare-earth metals found in Japanese waters

Researchers in Japan, writing in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, describe finding centuries' worth of rare-earth metals in deep sea mud located near the island of Minami-Tori-shima.

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12th April 2018

Next-gen optical disk holds 10TB of data for 600 years

Scientists from Australia and China have used gold nanomaterials to demonstrate a new high-capacity optical disk able to hold data securely for more than 600 years, while using 1,000 times less power.

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10th April 2018

Proposed future telescope could view exoplanets with multipixel detail

NASA has revealed it is working on a long-term concept to produce direct multipixel imaging of habitable Earth-like planets within 100 light years.

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6th April 2018

Maritime transport could be almost fully decarbonised by 2035

Deployment of all currently known technologies could make it possible to almost completely decarbonise maritime shipping by 2035, according to a new report.

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5th April 2018

Experts call for boycott of South Korean university developing AI weapons

Artificial intelligence experts from 30 countries are boycotting a South Korean university over concerns that a new lab in partnership with a leading defence company could lead to autonomous weapons lacking human control.

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4th April 2018

Space junk removal mission blasts off

An experimental spacecraft that could remove space junk around Earth has been launched into orbit and will test a number of new technologies.

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2nd April 2018

2027 – The Venera-D mission arrives at Venus

Venera-D is the first spacecraft in over 40 years to land on the surface of Venus.

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29th March 2018

Solar megaproject to boost global capacity by 200GW

A solar power development with 200 gigawatts of capacity, 100 times larger than anything else to date, may become a reality by 2030.

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28th March 2018

Landfills: A future source of raw materials

Decontamination of landfills and open dumpsites could prove profitable – both financially and for the environment.

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28th March 2018

Vascular aging reversed in mice

Scientists have treated old mice with a compound that successfully reversed vascular aging, stimulated blood vessel growth and blood flow, and boosted exercise capacity. Human trials are already underway.

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24th March 2018

The New Politics

It is the year 2056, and the two major political superpowers are on the brink of war with one another.

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24th March 2018

Great Pacific garbage patch:
16 times larger than previously thought and "growing exponentially"

About 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are now floating in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – and the problem is rapidly getting worse.

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23rd March 2018

2028 – Launch of the ARIEL spacecraft

Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (ARIEL), is a space observatory launched in mid-2028 by the European Space Agency.

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22nd March 2018

IBM developing world's smallest computer

IBM is developing a computer smaller than a grain of salt, but more powerful than a computer from the early 1990s and costing less than 10¢.

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21st March 2018

U.S. automation could threaten African manufacturing within 15 years

Operating robots in US factories could become cheaper than hiring workers in Kenya by 2033.

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18th March 2018

South Korea to commercialise 10 Gbit/s broadband

South Korea aims to give 50% of its population access to 10 Gbit/s Internet speeds by 2022.

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17th March 2018

Laser-heated nanowires produce micro-scale nuclear fusion

Using a compact but powerful laser to heat arrays of ordered nanowires, scientists have demonstrated micro-scale nuclear fusion in the lab.

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14th March 2018

2034 – Service robots number a billion worldwide

By 2034, the number of service robots has reached a billion worldwide and continues to grow rapidly. The disruption caused by AI, automation and robotisation has accelerated in recent years.

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7th March 2018

Burger-flipping robot starts work in California

A restaurant in Pasadena, California, is now employing a burger-flipping robot. There are plans to install the system in dozens of other locations.

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6th March 2018

Competition winners!

Announcing the winners of our recent competition.

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5th March 2018

World's most powerful offshore wind turbine planned for 2021

GE Renewable Energy has unveiled its plan for the largest ever offshore wind turbine, featuring 12 MW of power and towering 260 metres (853 feet) high.

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2nd March 2018

Sea levels will continue to rise until at least 2300

Even if the Paris Agreement is implemented in full, global sea levels will continue to rise for the next few centuries.

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