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26th September 2016

World's largest radio telescope is operational

The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) has become operational in China.

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24th September 2016

UK: Gender pay gap to remain until 2069

The gender pay gap in the UK will not close until 2069, based on current salary progression, according to research by accountancy firm Deloitte.

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24th September 2016

2030 – Child mortality is approaching 2% globally

By 2030, the number of children dying under the age of five has fallen to around 2% globally, half the figure in 2016 and one-seventh as many as in 1970.

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21st September 2016

1 terabit per second achieved in optical fibre trial

Terabit-per-second data transmission over optical fibre has been announced by researchers in Germany.

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21st September 2016

World's first 1 terabyte SD card is announced

Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital has announced the first 1 terabyte capacity SD card at Photokina 2016.

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19th September 2016

How AI might affect urban life in 2030

A diverse panel of academic and industrial thinkers has looked ahead to 2030 to forecast how advances in AI might affect life in a typical North American city, and to spur discussion about how to ensure that artificial intelligence is deployed in ways that are safe, fair and beneficial.

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14th September 2016

A tenth of the world's wilderness lost since the 1990s

If trends continue, there will be few areas of wilderness left untouched by human activity by 2050.

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12th September 2016

New Zealand to get nationwide gigabit broadband

Chorus will extend its one gigabit (1Gbps) residential and SME business fibre broadband service across its entire Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) footprint from 1st October 2016.

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9th September 2016

NASA launches asteroid sample return mission

NASA has launched the seven-year OSIRIS-REx mission, which aims to reach the 500m-wide asteroid Bennu and bring a sample back to Earth in 2023.

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7th September 2016

Technology vs. Humanity: The coming clash between man and machine

In his latest book, Technology vs. Humanity, futurist Gerd Leonhard asks: "How can society stay in control as machines enter deeper into our lives, our bodies, and eventually our brains?"

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7th September 2016

Global population to reach 10 billion by 2053

The world's population will rise by more than 33% between now and 2050, reaching the 10 billion mark by 2053, according to the latest forecast from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).

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6th September 2016

Latest update of threatened species list brings good and bad news

The IUCN has removed the giant panda from its endangered species list, but added the eastern gorilla to its critically endangered list.

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4th September 2016

A promising new treatment for Alzheimer's

A new antibody has been shown to substantially reduce the harmful beta-amyloid plaques in patients with early-stage Alzheimer's disease. Its makers have described it as "the best news for dementia in 25 years."

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3rd September 2016

DNA is sequenced in outer space for the first time

DNA has been sequenced in space for the first time, with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins using a MinION device aboard the International Space Station.

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29th August 2016

2029 – Mass application of gene drives on mosquitoes

By the end of the 2020s, a sharp drop in cases of malaria is being witnessed, thanks to a new technique that involves artificially biasing genetic inheritance.

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26th August 2016

World's first commercial drone delivery service

Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited has joined forces with a global leader in drone deliveries, Flirtey, to launch the first commercial drone delivery service in the world.

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25th August 2016

World's first public trial of self-driving taxi

A company in Singapore is conducting the world's first public trial of a self-driving taxi. If successful, the service will be launched in 2018.

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24th August 2016

Earth-mass world in habitable zone of nearest star

In a major milestone for exoplanet science, astronomers have today announced an Earth-mass world in orbit around Proxima Centauri – the nearest star to our own.

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23rd August 2016

2028 – British newspapers are going out of circulation

Towards the end of the 2020s, the last of Britain's national newspapers are going out of circulation.

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20th August 2016

The iMom

"The iMom" is a sci-fi short that explores the consequences of parents shirking their responsibilities and leaving their children in the care of an artificially intelligent nanny.

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15th August 2016

Computer program learns to replicate human handwriting

Researchers in London have devised a software algorithm able to scan and replicate almost anyone's handwriting.

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12th August 2016

New record for longest-lived vertebrate

New research has found that the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) is the longest-lived vertebrate ever known, able to reach a lifespan of nearly 400 years.

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10th August 2016

First commercial asteroid mining mission set to begin before 2020

Asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries (DSI) has announced the first commercial mission to a near-Earth asteroid, with launch planned by the end of the decade.

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8th August 2016

Limb regeneration in humans may be possible

Scientists have identified genetic regulators governing regeneration that are common across multiple species. The process could one day be replicated in humans.

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6th August 2016

Megadam in the heart of Amazon is cancelled

The Brazilian government has announced that São Luiz do Tapajós (SLT), a giant dam planned in the Amazon, has been cancelled. This follows major environmental issues and a campaign supported by over 1.2 million people.

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5th August 2016

Google and GSK invest £540M to create bioelectronic medicines

Google's Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) has announced a partnership with British pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), to form Galvani Bioelectronics – a new company focused on the research, development and commercialisation of bioelectronic medicines.

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3rd August 2016

2028 – Total solar eclipse in Australia and New Zealand

A total solar eclipse occurs on 22nd July 2028 – passing through much of Australia including Sydney before moving down to New Zealand.

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1st August 2016

Abundant and diverse ecosystem found in area targeted for deep-sea mining

The seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone – an area in the Pacific being targeted for deep-sea mining – has been found to contain an abundance and diversity of life, with over half of the species collected being new to science.

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31st July 2016

New TV series will follow Mars mission set in 2033

National Geographic has announced "MARS" – a six-part TV series debuting around the world in November that will follow the first human exploration of the Red Planet.

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30th July 2016

Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law

A new laser that travels in a corkscrew pattern is shown to carry ten times or more the information of conventional lasers, potentially offering a way to extend Moore's Law.

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30th July 2016

Breakthrough solar cell captures CO2 and sunlight, produces burnable fuel

Researchers have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell. Their invention can cheaply and efficiently convert atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.

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28th July 2016

New antibiotic discovered in the human nose

German researchers have found bacteria in the human nose that produce a novel antibiotic which is effective against multiresistant pathogens.

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27th July 2016

The first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth

Solar Impulse 2 has become the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth – a journey of 43,000 km (26,700 miles) – proving that clean technologies can achieve the impossible.

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26th July 2016

2027 – The asteroid 1999 AN10 makes a close approach

1999 AN10 is an asteroid of the Apollo group, a collection of Earth-crossing bodies, many of which are considered potentially hazardous. On 7th August 2027, it makes a particularly close approach.

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22nd July 2016

First atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have performed the first spectroscopy of the atmospheres of Earth-sized exoplanets.

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20th July 2016

2016 climate trends continue to break records

Two key climate change indicators – global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent – have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA.

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19th July 2016

Smallest ever hard disk writes information atom by atom

Scientists working at the limits of miniaturisation have used one bit per atom to create 1 kilobyte of data storage.

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18th July 2016

New dwarf planet found beyond Neptune

Astronomers have announced the discovery of 2015 RR245, a dwarf planet candidate in the Kuiper Belt with a highly elliptical orbit.

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18th July 2016

Graphene-infused packaging is a million times better at blocking moisture

U.S. and Indian scientists report that graphene-infused packaging is a million times better at blocking moisture than traditional plastic.

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15th July 2016

Hyper-Reality

Hyper-Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media.

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14th July 2016

Robots could build giant telescopes in space

Researchers have published a new concept for space telescope design that uses a modular structure and robot to build an extremely large telescope in space, faster and more efficiently than human astronauts.

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14th July 2016

Global airline fleet to double by 2035

Boeing has predicted a demand for 39,620 new airplanes over the next 20 years, an increase of 4.1 percent over their previous forecast.

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12th July 2016

Imagining life in 2036

A new survey reveals the technologies Americans think will disrupt traditional industries over the next 20 years.

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9th July 2016

2026-2031 – India's reusable launch vehicle is operational

During this period, a new two-stage-to-orbit (TSTO) reusable launch vehicle is developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), greatly expanding the nation's capabilities in space.

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7th July 2016

African Union to launch new "single African passport"

The African Union (AU) is introducing a common passport that will allow visa-free access to all 54 member states.

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5th July 2016

NASA's Juno spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter

After a five-year journey to the Solar System's largest planet, NASA's Juno probe has successfully entered Jupiter's orbit during a 35-minute engine burn.

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5th July 2016

2026 – The High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) is operational

The High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) is a major upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that is completed by 2026.

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