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21st September 2017

Electric bus goes 1,100 miles on a single charge

Proterra, a leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, has announced a new world record for the longest distance ever travelled by an electric vehicle on a single charge.

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21st September 2017

What will submarines look like in 50 years?

Concept designs for submarines of the 2060s have been revealed by Britain's Royal Navy.

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19th September 2017

Astronomers find second largest black hole in the Milky Way

Astronomers report the discovery of a black hole with 100,000 solar masses hiding in a gas cloud near the heart of the Milky Way, ranking it as the second largest black hole ever seen in our galaxy.

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18th September 2017

2028 – Los Angeles hosts the Summer Olympic Games

From 21st July to 6th August 2028, Los Angeles hosts the 34th Summer Olympics.

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17th September 2017

2024 – Paris hosts the Summer Olympic Games

From 2nd to 18th August 2024, the French capital hosts the 33rd Summer Olympics.

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14th September 2017

2024 – Total solar eclipse across North America

A total solar eclipse occurs on 8th April 2024, visible across North America.

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13th September 2017

2023 – Driverless high-speed trains begin operating in France

In 2023, France begins rolling out high-speed, autonomous trains on its TGV network.

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11th September 2017

2022 – Collision of two stars in the binary system KIC 9832227

A rare astronomical event – the collision of two binary stars – occurs this year, becoming visible in the night sky as a so-called "red nova".

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9th September 2017

Biggest and most powerful X-ray laser begins operation

The European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) has been opened in Germany. Described as a "high-speed camera for the nanoworld", it will feature 200 times the speed of previous X-ray facilities and a billion times the brightness.

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6th September 2017

400GB microSD card announced

SanDisk has just unveiled a 400 gigabyte (GB) microSD card, which it claims is the world's highest capacity.

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1st September 2017

Repeating radio signals detected from distant galaxy

Astronomers have detected 15 mysterious radio bursts coming from a dwarf galaxy about 3 billion light-years away.

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31st August 2017

Nanomachines drill into cancer cells and kill them in 60 seconds

Motorised molecules have been used to drill holes in the membranes of individual cells, and show promise for either bringing therapeutic agents into the cells or directly inducing the cells to die.

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30th August 2017

Nanoparticle-drug combo has potential to treat obesity and diabetes

In a potential breakthrough for the treatment of obesity and diabetes, scientists have found a way to deliver a drug directly to stored white fat cells to turn them into more easily burned brown fat cells.

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29th August 2017

A path to 100% clean energy by 2050

Engineers at Stanford University have published a detailed plan showing how 139 of the world's countries could be converted to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.

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25th August 2017

Breakthrough in data storage could lead to 100 times higher density

Researchers have shown that storing data with single-molecule magnets is more feasible than previously thought, and could theoretically give 100 times higher density than current technologies.

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24th August 2017

The most detailed ever image of a star

Astronomers have produced the most detailed ever image of a star, the red supergiant Antares, and created the first map of surface motion on a star other than our Sun.

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21st August 2017

Automation in China is growing exponentially

China is breaking historic records in automation. The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) predicts an annual sales increase for industrial robots of up to 20% until 2020.

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20th August 2017

Elon Musk and over 100 experts call for outright ban on killer robots

Leaders of top robotics and AI companies have called on the UN to enact a worldwide ban on killer robots.

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18th August 2017

Where is everybody? Implications of cosmic silence

If the potential for intelligent life to exist somewhere in the universe is so large, then where is everybody? In a new paper, an astrophysicist argues that species such as ours go extinct soon after attaining high levels of technology.

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14th August 2017

100 times faster Wi-Fi may soon be possible

Scientists report the transmission of data through a terahertz multiplexer at 50 gigabits per second, which could lead to a new generation of ultra-fast Wi-Fi.

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12th August 2017

AI defeats world's best players in competitive eSports

A major breakthrough in artificial intelligence has been announced, with a computer beating the world's best players at competitive eSports for the first time.

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12th August 2017

U.S. Army lab discovers new energy source

Scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Maryland have demonstrated a new nanomaterial powder that creates large amounts of energy by simply mixing it with water.

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11th August 2017

Smart windows could save 20% in energy costs

Researchers have created "smart windows" that rapidly change opacity, depending on how sunny it is. This new technology could cut utility costs.

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10th August 2017

Four Earth-sized planets found orbiting the nearest Sun-like star

Four Earth-sized planets have been found orbiting the nearest Sun-like star, Tau Ceti, which is 12 light years away and visible to the naked eye.

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10th August 2017

Youthful plasticity restored to brains of aging mice

Manipulating a single gene can restore brain plasticity in aging mice, scientists in the U.S. report. The breakthrough could one day be replicated in humans.

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3rd August 2017

Hyperloop One completes phase 2 of testing

Hyperloop One – a new transportation system that could revolutionise how people and cargo move around the world – has completed its second phase of testing, with a 2.7 times faster speed.

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2nd August 2017

CRISPR removes disease from human embryos for the first time

For the first time, scientists have used the CRISPR system in human embryos to "delete" faulty DNA responsible for a hereditary heart condition.

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1st August 2017

New efficiency record for perovskite solar cells

Researchers in South Korea have announced a new world record efficiency of 22.1% for perovskite solar cells.

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29th July 2017

Earth just had near-miss from undetected asteroid

Astronomers have announced the surprise detection of a large rock, possibly up to 93 m (305 ft) in size, which hurtled past Earth last week.

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27th July 2017

Brain stem cells found to control aging

Researchers have discovered that stem cells in the brain's hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body.

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26th July 2017

The last surviving species on Earth may be tardigrades

Tardigrade micro-animals may be one of the most resilient lifeforms on Earth, able to withstand global mass extinctions due to astrophysical events, such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, large asteroid impacts, and passing-by stars.

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24th July 2017

Carbon sequestration made 500 times faster

Researchers in California report how carbon sequestration in the ocean can be made 500 times faster, by simply adding a common enzyme to the process.

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23rd July 2017

Star Trek: Discovery official trailer

Netflix has released a trailer of the new Star Trek series, Discovery, which is set to debut on 25th September.

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19th July 2017

Wearable electronics on skin can provide long-term health monitoring

Researchers have made a "breathable" nanoscale mesh with an electronic sensor that can be worn on the skin for a week without discomfort, and could potentially monitor a person's health continuously for long periods.

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18th July 2017

Genetically modified bananas high in pro-vitamin A developed

Researchers have announced the development of a GM banana with higher levels of pro-vitamin A, which could improve the nutritional content of bananas in Africa.

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14th July 2017

Luxembourg becomes the first European country to pass space mining law

Luxembourg yesterday passed a draft law on the exploration and use of space resources.

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13th July 2017

The first ever movie encoded in DNA

Scientists at Harvard have used the CRISPR gene-editing system to store a GIF animation in the DNA of bacteria.

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13th July 2017

Smallest-ever star discovered

The discovery of the smallest star able to sustain nuclear fusion has been announced; its diameter is just slightly larger than that of Saturn.

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10th July 2017

Large Hadron Collider detects new particle

Physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider report the detection of a new particle, Xi-cc++ (pronounced ka-sigh-see-see-plus-plus), containing two charm quarks and one up quark.

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9th July 2017

China to build first "forest city" in 2020

The masterplan for an eco-friendly "forest city" in China has been revealed.

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6th July 2017

Volvo Cars to go all-electric

Volvo Cars has announced that every car it launches from 2019 will be electric or hybrid, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine and placing electrification at the core of its future business.

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5th July 2017

Future pavements could generate electricity from footsteps

Imagine a city where simply walking on pavements and other flat surfaces can make usable power. One company has demonstrated just such a concept in London's West End.

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3rd July 2017

Select memories can be erased, leaving others intact

A study of snail neurons, published in Current Biology, suggests memories that trigger anxiety and PTSD could be "erased" without affecting normal memory of past events.

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1st July 2017

Climate change will increase inequality in the USA

Unmitigated climate change will exacerbate inequality in the USA, with southern states losing up to 20 percent of their income by century's end.

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30th June 2017

Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

New research concludes that rising sea levels will displace up to 1.4 billion people by 2060 and 2 billion by 2100.

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29th June 2017

No detectable limit to how long people can live

Maximum and average lifespans could continue to increase far into the foreseeable future.

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28th June 2017

"Mind reading" technology can decode complex thoughts

New research by Carnegie Mellon University builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to "mind read." For the first time, thoughts containing several concepts can be decoded.

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27th June 2017

World population to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100

The United Nations has released its latest population forecast for the 21st century.

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25th June 2017

2042 – NASA Uranus mission

One of NASA's longer term mission proposals involved an unmanned spacecraft to Uranus, including a detachable probe descending into the atmosphere. More than half a century after Voyager 2, a new mission is finally undertaken to this remote icy giant.

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22nd June 2017

Gravitational wave observatory to launch in 2034

The European Space Agency has confirmed the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) as the third large-class mission in its future science programme, with launch planned for 2034.

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21st June 2017

Entangled photons sent between suborbital space and Earth

Chinese scientists report the transmission of entangled photons between suborbital space and Earth, using the satellite Micius. More satellites could follow in the near future, with plans for a European–Asian quantum-encrypted network by 2020, and a global network by 2030.

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20th June 2017

Graphene transistors could mean computers that are 1,000 times faster

Next-gen, carbon-based transistors would far outperform today's silicon versions, according to a new research paper from the University of Central Florida.

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19th June 2017

New VR headset will feature "human eye resolution"

Varjo, a Finnish tech startup, has unveiled a new VR/AR technology it has been developing in secret. This features nearly 70 times the pixel count of current generation headsets and is sufficient to match human eye resolution.

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18th June 2017

Drones with defibrillators could speed response times for heart emergencies

In a study involving simulated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, drones carrying an automated external defibrillator arrived in less time than emergency medical services.

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18th June 2017

New moons found orbiting Jupiter

Two new moons are reported to be orbiting Jupiter, bringing the gas giant's total number of known natural satellites to 69. Several "lost" moons have also been rediscovered.

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14th June 2017

Insomnia genes identified

Researchers from the Netherlands and Germany have identified seven risk genes for insomnia.

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13th June 2017

Future milestones in AI predicted by experts

A large survey of experts in artificial intelligence suggests there is a 50% chance of AI outperforming humans in all tasks within 45 years and of automating all human jobs in 120 years.

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11th June 2017

2043 – The Chang'e-3 lander is shutting down

After 30 years of operation, China's first probe to land on the Moon is finally drained of power.

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10th June 2017

Record-breaking year for renewable energy

As the price of installation continues to fall, renewable power has set another new record, with 161 gigawatts (GW) being added in 2016 – increasing total global capacity to more than 2 terawatts (TW).

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5nd June 2017

Exponential wisdom – longevity escape velocity

Peter Diamandis talks about his belief that if we can stay alive for the next 50 years, we will have access to converging technologies that keep us alive indefinitely – a point known as "longevity escape velocity".

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4th June 2017

Intel reveals Core i9 – the next generation of high-end processors

Intel has announced a new generation of processors, including the Core i9 series, its first teraflop desktop CPUs.

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2nd June 2017

Construction begins on the European Extremely Large Telescope

The largest optical and infrared telescope ever to be built is on track for operation in 2024. It will feature 256 times the light gathering area of the Hubble Space Telescope and provide images 16 times sharper.

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