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robotic kitchen 2017

18th April 2015

World's first robotic kitchen to debut in 2017

A new automated kitchen is able to scan and replicate the movements of a human chef to produce recipes.

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alzheimers in mouse

17th April 2015

New potential cause for Alzheimer's identified

Following groundbreaking studies on mice, American scientists claim to have found a potential cause of Alzheimer's disease in the behaviour of immune cells, which it may be possible to target with drug treatments.

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pluto charon

16th April 2015

First colour image of Pluto and Charon is returned by New Horizons

NASA's New Horizons probe has returned its first colour image of Pluto and its moon Charon. The spacecraft is now within three months of encountering the distant world.

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galaxy

15th April 2015

Search for advanced civilisations finds "nothing obvious" in 100,000 galaxies

A search for heat signatures left by extraterrestrial civilisations has found "nothing obvious" in 100,000 galaxies.

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pillars of creation

13th April 2015

3000 AD – The Pillars of Creation are no longer visible from Earth

A supernova has destroyed this once famous and iconic part of the Eagle nebula. It has taken 7,000 years for the light to reach Earth.

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complex organic molecules in young protoplanetary disc

13th April 2015

Complex organic molecules detected in young star system

For the first time, astronomers have detected the presence of complex organic molecules, the building blocks of life, in a protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star. This discovery reaffirms that the conditions that spawned the Earth and Sun are not unique in the Universe.

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canada glaciers 2100

8th April 2015

Western Canadian glaciers will lose 70% of their volume by 2100

Seventy percent of glacier ice in British Columbia and Alberta could disappear by the end of the 21st century, creating major problems for local ecosystems, power supplies, and water quality, according to a new study.

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islam 2050 2070 religion future

7th April 2015

2070 – Islam is the world's dominant religion

By 2070, Islam has more followers than any other religion. While non-religiously affiliated people have continued to increase in number, when measured as a percentage of the world's population their share has actually declined.

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future uk homes 2030 2030s 2032

6th April 2015

2032 – The majority of UK homes are rented

By 2032, house prices in the United Kingdom have become so unaffordable that the majority of people are forced to take rented accommodation.

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polar bears arctic sea ice future melting 2050 2100

3rd April 2015

Polar bears are unlikely to survive the 21st century

As the Arctic warms and melts, polar bears forced ashore will be unable to gain sufficient food on land. Two-thirds of polar bears will be lost by 2050 and the species could go extinct by 2100.

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aubrey de grey

29th March 2015

Aubrey de Grey – How To Live Forever

Professor Aubrey de Grey talks about the roadmap for developing age reversal treatments. He also discusses the various cultural and ethical issues surrounding the topic.

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costa rica volcano

28th March 2015

Costa Rica achieves 100 percent renewable energy for Q1 2015

The National Electric System (NES) in Costa Rica has announced that 100% of its electricity has been supplied from renewable sources during the first quarter of 2015.

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10tb solid state drive intel technology 2015 timeline

28th March 2015

10TB solid state drives may soon be possible

An innovative new process architecture can extend Moore's Law for flash storage – bringing significant improvements in density while lowering the cost of NAND flash.

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america shopping mall 2030 future abandoned

25th March 2015

2030 – Half of America's shopping malls have closed

For much of the 20th century, shopping malls were an intrinsic part of American culture. In the early 21st century, however, major changes began to occur.

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lava tubes city on moon future timeline

24th March 2015

Huge lava tubes could house cities on the Moon

Old lava tubes big enough to house entire cities could be structurally stable on the moon, according to a theoretical study presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

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virtual reality future timeline technology 2015 2020

21st March 2015

Consumer virtual reality will grow exponentially between 2015 and 2020

Several years ago, in the early days of this website, we predicted that virtual reality (VR) would see a major comeback during the second half of the 2010s. This prediction appears to be right on track.

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google wearable medical device future technology

21st March 2015

Google files patent for wearable medical device

Google has filed a patent application for a wearable medical device, able to use nanoparticles to detect and treat illnesses such as cancer.

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clip 3d printing technology 2015

18th March 2015

Revolutionary 3-D printing method is 100 times faster

A new 3-D printer uses light and oxygen to synthesise materials from a pool of liquid, up to 100 times faster and with far more accuracy than previous methods.

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dolphin

16th March 2015

California marine sanctuaries to more than double in size

The U.S. government has announced plans to expand two major marine sanctuaries off the coast of California – home to a vast array of sea life.

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mouse

15th March 2015

New class of drugs could slow the aging process in multiple ways

A new class of drugs known as "senolytics" has been shown to increase the healthy lifespan of mice. Not only that but multiple different aspects of the aging process can be improved simultaneously.

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alzheimers ultrasound mice treatment 2015

14th March 2015

Alzheimer's breakthrough using ultrasound

A way of treating Alzheimer's disease with ultrasound has been demonstrated in mice, clearing the amyloid plaques in 75% of the animals.

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panda

14th March 2015

Panda population increases by 17%

The number of wild giant pandas has increased nearly 17% over the last decade, according to a new survey conducted by the Chinese government.

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dubai museum of the future 2017

13th March 2015

Dubai to open "Museum of the Future" in 2017

Dubai is planning a major new attraction devoted to showcasing the latest technological breakthroughs.

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nasa sls engine test

12th March 2015

NASA tests Mars rocket engine

The engine of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) – the most powerful solid rocket booster ever built – had its first ground test yesterday with officials claiming a "perfect" result. This rocket will eventually send humans to Mars.

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genital herpes

11th March 2015

Genital herpes vaccine shows promise in mouse study

Scientists have designed a radical new type of vaccine that could be the first ever for preventing genital herpes.

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solar impulse

9th March 2015

Solar-powered plane attempts to fly around the world

The Solar Impulse team have begun their epic journey around the world.

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goodyear future tire concept technology 2015 2020

8th March 2015

Futuristic tires could boost electric vehicles

Two futuristic concept tires unveiled by Goodyear at this week’s Geneva International Motor Show could radically change the role of car tires in the future.

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total solar eclipse 2045 map usa timeline

7th March 2015

2045 – Total solar eclipse in the USA

A total solar eclipse occurs on 12th August 2045; the fourth longest of the 21st century. It is visible throughout much of the continental United States.

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lung cancer illustration stem cells therapy 2015

7th March 2015

Stem cell therapy for lung cancer to begin human trials

A pioneering therapy using bone marrow stem cells to treat lung cancer patients has been announced in the UK.

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ceres dawn probe

6th March 2015

NASA's Dawn probe arrives at Ceres

NASA's Dawn probe has begun to orbit Ceres, becoming the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet.

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cloud city

5th March 2015

Should we colonise Venus instead of Mars?

When it comes to humanity's future colonisation efforts, the space community is focussed intently on Mars. But is that really the best option? Venus may offer a number of advantages, as shown in this video.

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circle line copenhagen 2019

4th March 2015

2019 – The City Circle Line opens in Copenhagen

The City Circle Line is a major upgrade of the Danish capital's metro system, increasing its total number of stations from 22 to 39. Originally planned for completion in 2018, the line is delayed by a year, opening in 2019.

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sandisk microsd 200gb capacity exponential technology 2015 timeline

3rd March 2015

200GB microSD card announced by SanDisk

SanDisk has announced the first 200GB capacity microSD card, a 56% increase on its previous record of 128GB just one year earlier.

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htc vive consumer virtual reality headset technology 2015

2nd March 2015

"The Vive" – new VR headset being developed by HTC and Valve

HTC, in partnership with Valve, has announced plans to bring mass-market virtual reality a step closer.

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