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gotham greens

23rd July 2014

Urban rooftop farms can yield 20 times more produce than traditional farms

Hi-tech greenhouses utilising urban rooftops can eliminate the long journeys food travels from rural to city areas.

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hiv blood human cell culture

22nd July 2014

HIV eliminated from human cell cultures

For the first time, researchers have demonstrated proof-of-concept that the HIV virus can be eliminated from the DNA of human cell cultures. Although years away from clinical application, this breakthrough has been described as an important step forward in the search for a cure.

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protein

21st July 2014

Scientists have mapped one of the most important proteins in life – and cancer

One of the most important and complicated proteins involved in cell division has been mapped in 3D – a finding that could transform the understanding of cancer.

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rosetta probe

21st July 2014

New images of comet as Rosetta probe nears target

The European Space Agency has released striking new images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. As part of the Rosetta mission, a robotic lander will be deployed on the surface.

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Fatima Dyczynski

20th July 2014

Let's make space personal

Fatima Dyczynski, 25-year-old aerospace engineer and founder of Xoterra Space, talks about a new generation of tiny "nanosatellites" and how they could personalise space.

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arab mars 2021

20th July 2014

2021 – The first Arabian mission to Mars

By 2021, the Arab League nations have established a pan-Arab space agency, led by the UAE, which has delivered its first probe to Mars.

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multiverse

19th July 2014

Direct evidence of a multiverse?

Scientists are working to bring the multiverse hypothesis – which sounds like science fiction to some – firmly into the realm of testable science.

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pepper robot

17th July 2014

An interview with Japanese humanoid robot Pepper

AFP interviews a Japanese robot called Pepper, who understands up to 80 percent of spontaneous conversations.

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australia future rainfall map

16th July 2014

Southern Australia in permanent drought: 40% less rainfall by late 21st century

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have developed a new high-resolution climate model, showing that southwestern Australia's long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall is caused by manmade greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion.

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mall of the world

15th July 2014

World's first climate-controlled city planned for Dubai

Dubai will host the world's first temperature-controlled city – incorporating the largest mall and largest domed park, taking 10 years to construct.

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project adam

15th July 2014

Project Adam: a new deep-learning system

Researchers have announced yet another breakthrough in artificial intelligence.

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vantablack

15th July 2014

Scientists have created the world's darkest material: absorbs 99.9% of visual light

Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity, thanks to a UK company's breakthrough in developing a "super black" material.

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fukushima cleanup timeline

14th July 2014

2049 – The Fukushima disaster is cleaned up

The Fukushima disaster was the largest nuclear incident since Chernobyl, requiring a massive cleanup operation that lasted decades. By 2049, this process is finally reaching its conclusion.

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fruit and vegetables

14th July 2014

Largest ever study of its kind finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food

The largest study of its kind has found significant differences between organic food and conventionally-grown crops. Organic food contains almost 70% more antioxidants – equivalent to eating between 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day – and significantly lower levels of toxic heavy metals.

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firefly rocket

13th July 2014

The world's first dedicated launch service for nanosatellites

A new rocket that incorporates methane fuel can provide a low-cost platform for launching clusters of tiny satellites, greatly improving broadband delivery and Earth observation missions.

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usa global warming map 2100

13th July 2014

Interactive map shows city temperatures by 2100

A new interactive graphic and analysis illustrates how much hotter summers will be in U.S. cities by 2100, if current emissions trends continue, and shows which cities they are going to most feel like.

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peter diamandis

12th July 2014

Reddit AMA with Peter Diamandis

Tech entrepreneur Peter Diamandis has appeared on Reddit to answer questions posed by futurology enthusiasts.

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hypersonic aircraft

12th July 2014

DARPA plans to speed process for developing new advanced materials

Military research agency DARPA intends to cut the average time to develop new advanced materials from 10 years to less than three.

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city

12th July 2014

Global building stock will expand by 24 percent by 2023

Driven by accelerating urbanisation – particularly in the Asia Pacific region – the global building stock is expected to grow strongly over the next 10 years, putting further pressure on resource demands and the environment.

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star

11th July 2014

Astronomers discover the most distant Milky Way stars detected to date

The boundaries of our home galaxy may have to be redrawn, as two stars have been found orbiting the Milky Way at distances of 775,000 and 900,000 light-years from Earth, respectively.

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bee

10th July 2014

Bee foraging chronically impaired by pesticide exposure

A study that involved fitting bumblebees with tiny RFID tags shows long-term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide hampers bees' ability to forage for pollen.

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tellurium 128 half life future

8th July 2014

2,200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 AD –
Tellurium-128 reaches the end of its half-life

Tellurium-128 has the longest known half-life of any known radioisotope.

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flowers aging cure japan

6th July 2014

Scientists prevent aging... in flowers

By suppressing a gene, researchers in Japan have slowed the aging process in flowers, meaning bouquets could remain fresh for much longer.

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nf3

6th July 2014

2550 AD – Nitrogen trifluoride emissions from 2000 have been naturally reabsorbed

Nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) is a type of greenhouse gas with an atmospheric lifetime of 550 years. Although present in only trace quantities, it was far more powerful on a per molecule basis than CO2, and growing rapidly in use during the early 21st century.

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space fuel trend

6th July 2014

Trillion dollar market: fuel in space from asteroids

Within a few decades, asteroid mining could transform how companies operate in space – providing a cheap and abundant source of metals, minerals and liquids.

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Titan

4th July 2014

Ocean inside Titan could be as salty as the Dead Sea

Scientists analysing data from NASA's Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn's largest moon, Titan, might be as salty as Earth's Dead Sea.

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caribbean coral reef future

3rd July 2014

2034 – Caribbean coral reefs are in danger of being wiped out

The Caribbean, home to 9% of the world's coral reefs, has been severely impacted by human activities.

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peter diamandis

2nd July 2014

Technological unemployment

Peter Diamandis asks, what's going to happen when robots replace our jobs?

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smoking trend

2nd July 2014

Increases in life expectancy are likely to be even greater than current estimates

By failing to consider future trends in smoking, most projections for life expectancy in low-mortality nations have been underestimated.

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3d printed clothes

1st July 2014

2024 – Open-source, 3D printed clothes at near-zero cost

By 2024, 3D printing is so cheap, fast and easy to use that it can produce items of clothing for just a few cents within a matter of minutes.

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molecular movies

1st July 2014

"Molecular movie" technology will enable huge gains in bioimaging and health research

Researchers have announced the creation of an imaging technology more powerful than anything that has existed before, and is fast enough to observe life processes as they actually happen at the molecular level.

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