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4th May 2016

Climate exodus predicted in North Africa and the Middle East

Experts have calculated that in future decades, North Africa and the Middle East may become so hot that human habitability is compromised.

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3rd May 2016

Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness

A new paper suggests a way to simplify the famous Drake equation, based on observations of exoplanets discovered in the past two decades.

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3rd May 2016

Three potentially habitable worlds just 40 light years from Earth

Astronomers at ESO's La Silla Observatory have discovered three potentially habitable planets orbiting an ultracool brown dwarf star just 40 light years away from Earth.

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27th April 2016

Telomere lengthening via gene therapy achieved in a human for the first time

U.S. biotech company BioViva has announced the first successful use of gene therapy to extend telomeres – believed to be vitally important in the fight against human aging.

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26th April 2016

New dwarf galaxy found orbiting the Milky Way

Astronomers have announced the discovery of "Crater 2" – a new member of the Local Group.

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25th April 2016

2023 – The Type 26 Global Combat Ship enters service

The Type 26 Global Combat Ship is a British Royal Navy vessel that replaces the aging Type 23 frigates. It remains in service until 2060.

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22nd April 2016

Ultra-long carbyne stronger than graphene is synthesised for the first time

European scientists have synthesised ultra-long carbyne inside double-walled nanotubes. This exotic form of carbon is even stronger than graphene.

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21st April 2016

Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade

The worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels to create energy could be phased out in a decade, according to an article published by a major energy think tank.

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21st April 2016

NASA seeks proposals for deep space habitation prototypes

NASA is inviting proposals for the development of prototype space habitats that will give astronauts a place to call home during long-duration missions supporting the agency's Journey to Mars program.

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19th April 2016

2022 – The Dark Ages Radio Explorer (DARE) is launched

A new observatory launched in 2022 reveals the first moments when starlight appeared in the early universe.

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16th April 2016

Artificial intelligence finds cancer cells more efficiently

By using a laser at nanosecond speeds, in combination with deep learning algorithms, a new microscope detects cancer cells more efficiently than standard methods.

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16th April 2016

High-speed probes could travel to Alpha Centauri within 20 years

A group of scientists has announced "Breakthrough Starshot" – a program to develop a fleet of nanocraft probes able to reach the nearest star within 20 years and return images to Earth.

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13th April 2016

Dubai to build tallest tower by 2020

A futuristic new tower in Dubai will surpass the height of the current world record holder – the Burj Khalifa – and utilise the most advanced technology, engineering and materials available.

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11th April 2016

The first high-res 3D images of DNA segments

First-of-their-kind images by researchers at Berkeley Lab could aid in the use of DNA to build nanoscale devices.

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10th April 2016

New search for signals from 20,000 star systems begins

The SETI Institute has inaugurated a greatly expanded hunt for deliberately produced radio signals that would indicate the presence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Over the next two years, it will scrutinise the vicinities of 20,000 red dwarf stars.

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10th April 2016

Self-driving trucks complete journey across Europe

Fleets of self-driving trucks this week completed the European Truck Platooning Challenge.

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9th April 2016

SpaceX lands Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship

In a historic achievement, SpaceX has landed a Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship for the first time.

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7th April 2016

2020-2040 – The Arctic is becoming free of sea ice

Between 2020 and 2040, the extent and volume of sea ice in the Arctic region falls to essentially zero.

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3rd April 2016

2020-2025 – Gene therapy for deafness

During the first half of the 2020s, advances are made in developing a gene therapy for deafness.

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