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20th November 2017

Slaughterbots

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots has released a fictional video that depicts a disturbing near-future, in which lethal autonomous weapons have become cheap and ubiquitous.

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17th November 2017

Boston Dynamics reveals new Atlas robot

Boston Dynamics has revealed an upgraded version of its Atlas robot. This new and improved machine is able to jump and perform backflips.

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16th November 2017

Gene variant may cause obesity

Experiments have shown that variants in a gene called ankyrin-B, carried by millions of Americans, could cause cells to store fat, potentially leading to obesity.

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16th November 2017

New helium-resistant materials could make fusion energy a reality

Nanocomposite solids could protect the materials in fusion reactors from degradation.

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15th November 2017

The first "digital pill" is approved by the FDA

The FDA has approved "Abilify MyCite", the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. This can record when the medication was taken, via a sensor embedded in the pill.

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13th November 2017

Global CO2 emissions hit record high

After a three-year plateau, global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have risen again, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached.

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11th November 2017

New drug 'melts away' fat inside arteries

UK scientists report that a single dose of the drug Trodusquemine can "melt away" fat inside mouse arteries.

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8th November 2017

Old human cells rejuvenated in aging breakthrough

A new way to rejuvenate old cells has been discovered, making them not only look younger, but start to behave more like young cells.

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7th November 2017

Brain device boosts learning in monkeys by 40%

Scientists have developed a non-invasive cap that stimulates parts of the brain via electrical currents and is shown to improve the learning abilities of macaques. In the future, this technology could be used by humans.

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6th November 2017

Nestlé to source only cage-free eggs by 2025

Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, has announced that it will use only cage-free hens for its products from 2025.

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3rd November 2017

Four genes linked to pancreatic cancer

Researchers have identified four genes responsible for how long patients survive with pancreatic cancer.

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2nd November 2017

CO2 levels now highest in 3 million years

The World Meteorological Organisation has announced that concentrations of CO2 in Earth's atmosphere reached a record high of 403.3 parts per million (ppm) during 2016.

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1st November 2017

New efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells

Researchers in the U.S. have set a new world efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells, at 13.4 percent.

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29th October 2017

New and improved version of CRISPR for more precise genetic engineering

An improved version of the genetic engineering technique known as CRISPR has been published, which can repair even smaller segments of a human genome.

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26th October 2017

Transparent solar tech represents 'wave of the future'

See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, bulkier rooftop solar units, scientists report.

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24th October 2017

2045 – The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is retired from service

After an unprecedented 90 years of service, one of the U.S. Air Force's most iconic military planes is finally being retired from service.

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23rd October 2017

75% decline in flying insect biomass since 1989

Researchers in Germany have found a reduction in flying insect biomass of over 75% in the last three decades, suggesting the possibility of large-scale ecological collapse.

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22nd October 2017

First 5G mobile connection

Qualcomm has announced the first 5G mobile connection, with a data transfer speed of more than 1 Gbps.

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22nd October 2017

2038 – The space industry exceeds $1tn worldwide

By the late 2030s, the worldwide space industry exceeds $1 trillion in size, a quadrupling compared to 2010 and a tenfold increase since the start of the 21st century.

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17th October 2017

Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer

Scientists in the UK have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes.

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16th October 2017

First trans-Neptunian object with a ring

The dwarf planet Haumea is confirmed to have a ring system, the first time such a feature has been discovered around a trans-Neptunian object.

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12th October 2017

Scientists find way to genetically boost nutritional value of corn

Scientists have enhanced the nutritional value of corn, the largest commodity crop grown on Earth, by inserting a bacterial gene from E. coli.

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11th October 2017

Futuristic pedestrian crossing unveiled in London

A prototype "smart crossing" has been demonstrated in London, which uses a combination of LED technology and computer vision to adapt its markings and signals in real-time.

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10th October 2017

Vast energy potential of ocean-based wind farms

A new study finds that wind farms in the North Atlantic could, in theory, provide sufficient energy to meet all of humanity's current needs during wintertime.

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9th October 2017

Batteries that charge up to 20 times faster

A touch of asphalt may be the secret to high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge up to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to scientists.

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5th October 2017

Honda reveals prototype disaster response robot

Japanese conglomerate Honda has unveiled the E2-DR, a prototype humanoid robot that could help to save lives in disaster zones.

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4th October 2017

Sydney and Melbourne could experience 50°C days within a few decades

Australia's two biggest cities could swelter through 50°C days by the 2040s, a new study concludes.

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29th September 2017

SpaceX reveals Big F***ing Rocket

SpaceX has revealed a promotional video for the BFR (Big F***ing Rocket), a future transport system that will enable passengers to reach any destination on Earth in less than one hour. Longer term, it could be used for trips to the Moon and Mars.

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28th September 2017

2022 – Driverless hover-taxis are operational in Dubai

In 2022, a driverless flying taxi service becomes fully operational in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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28th September 2017

Brain-like photonic microchips developed

Researchers from Oxford, Münster and Exeter Universities have created photonic computer chips – that use light rather than electricity – to imitate the way a brain's synapses operate.

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27th September 2017

2024 – Starlink reaches full capacity

Starlink is a new worldwide satellite broadband network developed by SpaceX.

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27th September 2017

After 15 years in a vegetative state, nerve implant restores consciousness

A man in a vegetative state for 15 years after a car accident is reported to have shown signs of consciousness when neurosurgeons implanted a nerve stimulator.

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25th September 2017

Engineers 3-D print high-strength aluminium

Engineers in California have achieved 3-D printing of high-strength aluminium and solved an ages-old welding problem using nanoparticles.

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25th September 2017

Artificial intelligence for human age-reversal

Molecular researchers from the University of Copenhagen have joined forces with an artificial intelligence company to fight premature aging.

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21st September 2017

Electric bus goes 1,100 miles on a single charge

Proterra, a leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, has announced a new world record for the longest distance ever travelled by an electric vehicle on a single charge.

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21st September 2017

What will submarines look like in 50 years?

Concept designs for submarines of the 2060s have been revealed by Britain's Royal Navy.

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19th September 2017

Astronomers find second largest black hole in the Milky Way

Astronomers report the discovery of a black hole with 100,000 solar masses hiding in a gas cloud near the heart of the Milky Way, ranking it as the second largest black hole ever seen in our galaxy.

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18th September 2017

2028 – Los Angeles hosts the Summer Olympic Games

From 21st July to 6th August 2028, Los Angeles hosts the 34th Summer Olympics.

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17th September 2017

2024 – Paris hosts the Summer Olympic Games

From 2nd to 18th August 2024, the French capital hosts the 33rd Summer Olympics.

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14th September 2017

2024 – Total solar eclipse across North America

A total solar eclipse occurs on 8th April 2024, visible across North America.

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13th September 2017

2023 – Driverless high-speed trains begin operating in France

In 2023, France begins rolling out high-speed, autonomous trains on its TGV network.

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11th September 2017

2022 – Collision of two stars in the binary system KIC 9832227

A rare astronomical event – the collision of two binary stars – occurs this year, becoming visible in the night sky as a so-called "red nova".

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9th September 2017

Biggest and most powerful X-ray laser begins operation

The European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) has been opened in Germany. Described as a "high-speed camera for the nanoworld", it will feature 200 times the speed of previous X-ray facilities and a billion times the brightness.

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6th September 2017

400GB microSD card announced

SanDisk has just unveiled a 400 gigabyte (GB) microSD card, which it claims is the world's highest capacity.

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1st September 2017

Repeating radio signals detected from distant galaxy

Astronomers have detected 15 mysterious radio bursts coming from a dwarf galaxy about 3 billion light-years away.

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