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23rd January 2018

Amazon opens hi-tech automated store

Amazon has opened its "Amazon Go" store to the public, the first completely cashier-less grocery store.

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22nd January 2018

World's top 1% earned 82% of wealth generated in 2017

82% of wealth generated last year across the world went to the richest 1% of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half saw their wealth flatline. On current trends, it will take 217 years to close the gap in pay and employment opportunities between men and women.

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21st January 2018

2028 – Completion of the Deep Space Gateway

The Deep Space Gateway (DSG) is the successor to the International Space Station (ISS). Whereas the ISS was placed in orbit around the Earth, the DSG is close to the Moon.

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18th January 2018

First full-colour motion video from satellites

Earth-i, a mapping service based in England, has launched a prototype of the world's first full-colour, full-motion video satellite constellation.

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17th January 2018

2021 – The ExoMars rover touches down on Mars

Originally planned for launch in 2018, the ExoMars rover was delayed until the next available launch window. After a journey of nine months, it arrives on the Red Planet in April 2021.

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17th January 2018

AI beats humans at reading and comprehension test

Artificial intelligence has achieved better average performance on a Stanford University reading and comprehension test than human beings.

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16th January 2018

Iceland to go plastic-free by 2023

British supermarket chain, Iceland, is to become the first major retailer globally to eliminate plastic packaging from all of its own brand products.

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15th January 2018

New method to map miniature brain circuits

Scientists have developed a new technique to map electrical circuits in the brain far more comprehensively than ever before.

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12th January 2018

Accelerating the production of stem cells through automation: "A giant leap in regenerative medicine"

The FDA has approved the use of an automated bioreactor-based platform that can produce billions of stem cells in days, instead of months.

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11th January 2018

Record year for climate and weather-related disasters in the U.S.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that 2017 was the costliest year on record for climate and weather-related disasters in the United States.

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8th January 2018

2019 – The James Webb Space Telescope is launched

The James Webb Space Telescope is the long-awaited successor to the aging Hubble Space Telescope.

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7th January 2018

2018 – The first image of a black hole

In 2018, the first image of a black hole's event horizon is produced by a giant network of telescopes.

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6th January 2018

2018 – The CHEOPS telescope is deployed to study exoplanets

This year sees the launch of a new telescope to find exoplanets. Called CHEOPS, it is powerful and precise enough to form accurate measurements of a planet's radius, as well as determining the likely density and internal structure.

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6th January 2018

2018 – Launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

TESS is a space telescope that searches for extrasolar planets. It studies around 500,000 stars – more than triple the number that Kepler was designed to observe. Originally planned for 2017, the mission is delayed until March 2018.

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2nd January 2018

2017 highlights

Our top 20 most viewed blogs of 2017, in reverse order.

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1st January 2018

Happy New Year!

We've updated the timeline for 2018, including some new references. Check out our predictions for the year ahead.

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30th December 2017

2035 – Millennials are enjoying an inheritance boom

In some countries, inheritance figures more than double between the 2010s and 2030s, reaching a peak by 2035.

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28th December 2017

FCC approves wireless charging at a distance

A new wireless, power-at-a-distance charging technology has been approved in the United States for the first time.

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28th December 2017

Silicon quantum computer chip revealed

Researchers in Australia have published a complete design for a quantum computer chip that can be manufactured using traditional silicon. Furthermore, their design can be scaled up to millions of qubits.

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23rd December 2017

First plasma achieved by General Fusion

A Canadian company, General Fusion, has reported achieving the first plasma on its newest plasma injector named PI3, the world's largest.

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21st December 2017

Baby born after embryo frozen 25 years ago

In a landmark for IVF treatment, a baby girl in the U.S. has reportedly been born after being frozen as an embryo for almost 25 years.

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21st December 2017

First gene therapy for an inherited condition approved in U.S.

The FDA has approved Luxturna – the first gene therapy for an inherited condition in the U.S. – for patients with a form of vision loss.

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18th December 2017

Personal service robot population, 2000-2050

This graph shows past, present and estimated future numbers of personal service robots operational around the world.

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15th December 2017

NASA uses AI to find hidden exoplanets

NASA astronomers have announced the detection of Kepler-90i, a super-Earth exoplanet, and the eighth in a multi-exoplanetary system, which now hosts the most exoplanets ever found to date orbiting an extrasolar star.

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14th December 2017

Gene therapy for haemophilia A: "Mind-blowing results"

British doctors have used a new form of gene therapy to treat haemophilia A, a genetic defect that leads to excess bleeding.

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14th December 2017

NVIDIA launches graphics card with 110 teraflops of power

NVIDIA has unveiled the TITAN V – the most powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) ever made, equivalent to the world's 3rd fastest supercomputer in 2006.

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13th December 2017

New battery technology could triple range of electric vehicles

A new technology innovation could allow car batteries to hold dramatically more energy, thus leading to an extended travel range per charge in electric vehicles.

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12th December 2017

Major breakthrough in Huntington's disease

University College London reports that a genetic error responsible for Huntington's disease has been corrected in human patients for the first time.

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10th December 2017

Disruptive technologies and dangerous ideas

In this recent interview, Peter Diamandis talks to renowned futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil.

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10th December 2017

2025 – The final Avatar movie is released

In December 2025, the fifth and final movie in the Avatar franchise is released.

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9th December 2017

100-fold increase in nanostructure complexity

Scientists at Harvard University have announced a 100-fold increase in the complexity of "DNA bricks" that can self-assemble into 3D nanostructures.

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8th December 2017

ITER fusion reactor is 50% complete

Construction of the ITER fusion reactor – described as the most complex machine in human history – has reached the halfway point.

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7th December 2017

Industrial robot population, 1990-2040

Past, present and estimated future numbers of industrial robots installed globally.

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5th December 2017

2023 – Completion of the Stad Ship Tunnel

Completed in 2023, the Stad Ship Tunnel is the world's first tunnel for ships.

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4th December 2017

Breakthrough in optical computing

Researchers have announced a breakthrough in optical computing, with a 10,000-fold shrinkage in the distance over which light can interact.

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4th December 2017

Inhibition of common enzyme can extend longevity

Inhibition of a common enzyme found in all mammals, including humans, can extend the lifespan of flies and worms.

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4th December 2017

3D printer uses living bacteria for ink

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a 3D printer that uses living matter for ink, which offers unique properties not found in "dead matter" such as plastics or metals.

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3rd December 2017

Voyager I fires thrusters for first time since 1980

Voyager I, the most distant man-made object, has fired its trajectory thrusters for the first time since 1980, to extend its lifetime by two or three more years.

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1st December 2017

800 million jobs could be lost to automation by 2030

A report by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) concludes that up to 800 million jobs could be lost due to robotic automation by 2030.

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1st December 2017

Global warming could increase volcanic eruptions

A study by the University of Leeds finds that shrinking glacier cover across Iceland could lead to increased volcanism in the region, by reducing pressure on the Earth's surface.

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1st December 2017

Planetary Resources – A Vision for Humanity's Future in Space

Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company formed in 2009, has just released a new promotional video.

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