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23rd April 2017

2044 – The works of J.R.R. Tolkien enter the public domain

Tolkien's books and writings – including his famous Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit – are entered into the public domain on 1st January 2044.

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22nd April 2017

World's first electric VTOL jet completes maiden flight

Lilium Jet, the first zero-emission electric plane capable of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), has completed a series of rigorous flight tests in the skies above Germany.

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21st April 2017

Newly discovered "super-Earth" may be best candidate yet for life

Astronomers report the discovery of a rocky "super-Earth" in the habitable zone of a red dwarf star, which they say is among the best ever candidates in the search for extraterrestrial life.

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19th April 2017

2042-2067 – The majority of primate species are disappearing from the wild

During this time, most of the world's primate species are finally going extinct in the wild, despite many decades of conservation efforts. This includes the majority of prosimians, monkeys, lesser apes and great apes such as gorillas.

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18th April 2017

Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by Sun

Scientists have created a device that pulls water from dry air, powered only by the Sun. Even under conditions of relatively low (20-30%) humidity, it can produce 2.8 litres of water over a 12-hour period.

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11th April 2017

Two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef hit by back-to-back mass coral bleaching

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is reported to be experiencing a second consecutive mass coral bleaching event, affecting two-thirds of its area.

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10th April 2017

Robotics breakthrough could lead to fully automated warehouses

A problem that keeps warehouse work from being fully automated has just been solved.

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9th April 2017

Hyperloop track ready for first trial run

Hyperloop One has completed a tube installation at Las Vegas DevLoop, the world's first full-system test track.

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9th April 2017

NASA at Saturn: Cassini's Grand Finale

This video tells the story of Cassini's final, daring assignment and looks back at what the mission has accomplished over the last 20 years.

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8th April 2017

Major breakthrough in smart printed electronics

For the first time, researchers have made printed transistors consisting entirely of 2-D nanomaterials. This could enable a wide range of new, futuristic applications.

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6th April 2017

Law requires reshaping as AI and robotics alter employment, states new report

The present wave of automation – driven by rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) – is creating a gap between current legislation and the new laws necessary for an emerging workplace reality, states a major report from the world's leading association of lawyers.

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5th April 2017

Atmosphere could resemble Triassic period by 22nd century

If greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, or if subsequent efforts to reverse climate change end in failure, the world's atmosphere could resemble that of the Triassic period by the 22nd century, according to a new study.

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4th April 2017

Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

Researchers at the University of Manchester have demonstrated a graphene-based sieve able to filter seawater. This could lead to affordable desalination technologies.

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1st April 2017

2042 – The City of Trees project is completed in Manchester, England

The City of Trees is a 25-year project to plant three million new trees in Greater Manchester, England.

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