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16th January 2017

Eight people own same wealth as half the world

A pre-Davos report from Oxfam shows that the gap between the world's richest and poorest is even greater than feared.

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13th January 2017

Scientists discover master regulator of cellular aging

Scientists report the discovery of TZAP, a protein that binds the ends of chromosomes and determines how long telomeres can be.

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12th January 2017

New drug stops spread of melanoma by 90%

Researchers have discovered that a new chemical compound, and potential drug, reduces the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90%.

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12th January 2017

New tooth repair method could revolutionise dental treatments

Researchers at Kings College London report a way of using an Alzheimer's drug to stimulate the renewal of living stem cells in tooth pulp.

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12th January 2017

Researchers design one of the strongest and lightest materials known

A team at MIT has designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene. Tests show it could lead to materials with a density just 5% that of steel, but 10 times stronger.

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12th January 2017

A groundbreaking new carbon capture and utilisation plant

An Anglo-Indian company has developed a way of making useful products from CO2 captured at just $30 per tonne. The project will allow over 60,000 tonnes of CO2 to be captured and re-used each year.

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10th January 2017

Hubble provides interstellar road map for Voyager probes

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have measured the material along the Voyager 1 and 2 probes' trajectories as they move through space. Hubble data, combined with the Voyagers, have also provided new insights into how our Sun travels through interstellar space.

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8th January 2017

NASA announces new space probes for the 2020s

NASA has announced its choices for the next Discovery Program missions.

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6th January 2017

IBM predicts five innovations for the next five years

IBM has unveiled its annual "5 in 5" – a list of ground-breaking innovations that will change the way people work, live, and interact during the next five years.

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2nd January 2017

2036-2060 – Breakthrough Starshot obtains images of Alpha Centauri

Breakthrough Starshot is a major scientific project that aims 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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31st December 2016

2016 highlights

Our top 20 most viewed blogs of 2016.

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30th December 2016

China promises to ban ivory trade by end of 2017

Conservationists are celebrating a major win today, following China's announcement to end its domestic ivory trade in 2017. China is currently responsible for about 70% of the global ivory market.

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30th December 2016

Wave of economic, social and technological change will reshape Britain in the 2020s

The IPPR has published a landmark report analysing the factors shaping Britain up to 2030.

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28th December 2016

Giant robot could patrol military borders

A four metre (13 ft), 1.5-ton bipedal robot, built by military scientists in South Korea, has taken its first steps.

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27th December 2016

The future of robotics: 10 predictions for 2017 and beyond

Technology research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has published a report highlighting the key drivers for robotics and how these are likely to accelerate developments from 2017 through 2020.

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26th December 2016

Reindeer populations in sharp decline

Reindeer have traditionally been associated with the festive season, but these animals could be threatened with extinction in the future. Two separate studies, one in Russia and another in Norway, provide clear evidence of how climate change is affecting their survival.

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25th December 2016

Merry Christmas and a happy 2017!

From the staff and contributors at FutureTimeline.net

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24th December 2016

Record low sea ice cover

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) has announced record low sea ice extents for both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. There is "exceptionally low" sea ice cover for the globe as a whole.

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23rd December 2016

2035-2045 – The first definitive evidence of life beyond Earth

During the late 2030s and early 2040s, the sheer volume of data being acquired by telescopes, combined with revolutionary new ways of analysing the results, leads to a profound discovery.

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19th December 2016

Blade Runner 2049

A teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner.

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17th December 2016

America's first offshore wind farm is operational

This week, America's first commercial offshore wind farm became operational at Block Island, in the Atlantic Ocean.

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17th December 2016

Aging partially reversed in mice

Scientists have used a new form of gene therapy to partially reverse aging in mice. The treated animals appeared younger, had straighter spines, better cardiovascular health, healed quicker when injured, and lived 30% longer. Human trials could follow within the next decade.

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16th December 2016

What will humans look like in 100 years?

We can evolve bacteria, plants and animals, but futurist Juan Enriquez asks: is it ethical to evolve the human body?

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15th December 2016

2035 – The global airline fleet has doubled

By 2035, the number of commercial airplanes in service has doubled, with Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern airlines becoming far more prominent in global aviation.

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13th December 2016

Direct flights from Europe to Australia starting in 2018

Airline operator Qantas has announced that it will begin offering the first non-stop flights between Europe and Australia using the 787-9 Dreamliner.

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9th December 2016

Giraffes threatened with extinction

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced that giraffes are now listed as "vulnerable" after a huge population decline over the last 30 years.

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8th December 2016

Earth's 'technosphere' now weighs 30 trillion tons, research finds

Researchers have calculated the weight of Earth's technosphere as 30 trillion tons, a mass greater than 50 kilos for every square metre of the planet's surface.

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5th December 2016

Hydrogen-powered truck with 1,200 mile range to be launched by 2020

American hybrid truck design company, Nikola Motors, has unveiled a class 8 truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that will have an operational range of up to 1,200 miles (1,900 km) when launched by 2020.

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5th December 2016

Construction of practical quantum computers radically simplified

Scientists have invented a ground-breaking new method that puts the construction of large-scale quantum computers within reach of current technology.

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1st December 2016

Almost half of tech professionals expect their job to be automated within ten years

45% of technology professionals believe a significant part of their job will be automated by 2027 – rendering their current skills redundant. Changes in technology are so rapid that 94% say their career would be severely limited if they didn't teach themselves new technical skills.

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1st December 2016

Great Barrier Reef suffers largest ever coral die-off

Higher water temperatures during 2016 have caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, with 67% dying in the worst-hit northern section.

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