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29th June 2016

Crops grown in Mars-like soil are safe to eat

Scientists report that crops of four vegetables and cereals grown in soil similar to that on Mars are safe to eat.

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27th June 2016

Boston Dynamics introduces 'SpotMini' robot

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot

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23rd June 2016

U.S. drone industry welcomes new regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration has finalised the first operational rules for commercial drone use across the U.S. – greatly relaxing the existing laws.

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21st June 2016

The first supercomputer to reach 100 petaflops

China has unveiled the Sunway TaihuLight, the world's fastest supercomputer, with a Linpack rating of 93 petaflops and peak performance of 125 petaflops.

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20th June 2016

New method of carbon capture turns CO2 into stone underground

A way of pumping CO2 underground and turning it from a gas into solid carbonate minerals has been demonstrated in Iceland – offering a potentially better method of carbon capture and storage.

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19th June 2016

The world has become less peaceful in 2016

The world has become less peaceful this year – reinforcing an underlying, decade-long deterioration in world peacefulness, driven primarily by increased terrorism and higher levels of political instability.

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17th June 2016

The first recorded mammalian extinction due to anthropogenic climate change

Researchers in Australia have announced that the Bramble Cay melomys – the only species of mammal endemic to the Great Barrier Reef – is now likely extinct.

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16th June 2016

2026 – A synthetic human genome is completed

"HGP-Write" is a ten year extension of the original Human Genome Project, to create a synthetic human genome.

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12th June 2016

Four new additions to the periodic table

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has proposed the final names of four new additions to the periodic table.

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11th June 2016

2025 – The first test flight of the Skylon spaceplane

In 2025, a new reusable spaceplane is developed with a single stage, hybrid jet/rocket system.

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10th June 2016

2025-2035 – All television is becoming Internet-based

During this period, cable TV and other traditional modes of television are beginning to disappear in favour of Internet-based streaming.

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8th June 2016

Arctic sea ice hits record low for May

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre reports that Arctic sea ice reached its lowest extent on record for May by an unusually wide margin.

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7th June 2016

2025 – The global crowdfunding market reaches $100bn

By 2025, the crowdfunding market has reached almost $100bn worldwide – roughly 1.8 times the size of the global venture capital industry a decade earlier.

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5th June 2016

Renewable energy grew by largest ever amount in 2015

Worldwide, renewable energy grew by its largest ever amount during 2015, according to a report from the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

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5th June 2016

Elon Musk interview at the Code Conference 2016

At this week's Code Conference, SpaceX and Tesla boss Elon Musk talked about the next generation of rockets and his plans for sending humans to Mars. He also discussed electric and self-driving cars and the power of AI.

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4th June 2016

Pancreatic cancer survival could be increased from 16% to 29%

A new combination of chemotherapy drugs for pancreatic cancer, presented at the world's biggest cancer conference, shows long-term survival could be increased from 16% to 29%.

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2nd June 2016

First gene therapy for children is approved in Europe

Strimvelis, a gene therapy for a rare immune deficiency, which is also the first gene therapy for children, has been granted regulatory approval by the European Commission (EC).

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1st June 2016

World's longest and deepest rail tunnel officially opens in Switzerland

After nearly 20 years of construction work, the Gotthard Base Tunnel was officially opened today.

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1st June 2016

2025 – A billion human genomes have been sequenced

DNA testing is now so cheap, fast and routinely accessible that over a billion human genomes have been sequenced around the world.

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30th May 2016

MasterCard unveils the first commerce application for humanoid robot Pepper

Customers at Pizza Hut restaurants in Asia will soon get the chance to have their order taken by a robot.

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28th May 2016

Futuristic bus concept to be tested in China

A radical new "straddling bus" that allows cars to drive underneath it will be tested in China this summer.

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28th May 2016

Cyborgs closer to becoming a reality of human evolution

A new book, The Dynamic Human, charts the full scope of human evolution with a look at the past, present and future development of our species.

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27th May 2016

Donald Trump vows to end climate change funding

At the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference on Thursday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised to end climate change funding and to greatly expand U.S. fossil fuel production.

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25th May 2016

2024 – BepiColombo arrives in orbit around Mercury

BepiColombo is a joint mission between the European and Japanese space agencies. It is only the third mission to study Mercury at close range and only the second to enter into orbit around the planet.

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24th May 2016

2023-2027 – A tipping point for block chain

A tipping point for government use of block chain technology occurs by 2023, with large-scale adoption by businesses and the public by 2027.

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19th May 2016

Superbugs could kill 10 million people a year by 2050

A major new report warns that antibiotic resistance will kill someone every three seconds by 2050, unless the world takes action now.

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17th May 2016

IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough

A new technology developed at IBM can speed up machine learning and access to the Internet of Things, mobile phone apps and cloud storage.

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17th May 2016

More than a billion people exposed to coastal flooding by 2060

To mark the start of Christian Aid Week, a new report launched by the charity highlights the cities most at risk from future coastal flooding.

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13th May 2016

How far can we go? Limits of humanity.

This video, produced by the YouTube channel Kurzgesagt, explores a problem that our descendants could face in the distant future, limiting their expansion into the universe.

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12th May 2016

NASA confirms largest ever haul of exoplanets

NASA's Kepler space telescope has verified 1,284 new exoplanets – the single largest finding of planets to date.

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11th May 2016

Samsung announces 256GB microSD card

Samsung Electronics has introduced the EVO Plus 256GB MicroSD Card, featuring the highest capacity in its class.

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11th May 2016

Leopards have lost 75% of their historic range

The most detailed ever study of leopard populations reveals that the animals have lost three-quarters of their habitat range since 1750.

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10th May 2016

Robotic diver can improve deep sea exploration

Stanford University has revealed "OceanOne", an underwater robot with artificial intelligence and haptic feedback able to move around the seabed using thrusters.

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7th May 2016

2023 – First crewed flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft

In 2023, NASA conducts the first crewed test flight of Orion, a spacecraft that will eventually take humans to Mars.

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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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