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23rd February 2017

NASA discovers an entire solar system of seven Earth-sized planets

NASA astronomers have announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, a dwarf star 39 light years from Earth – all of which may have the potential to support liquid water.

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22nd February 2017

Life expectancy to reach 90 for the first time

A study in The Lancet shows that in many countries, life expectancy will rise significantly by 2030, exceeding 90 for the first time in South Korea. This trend will be slower in the USA, however – due to obesity, homicides and lack of equal access to healthcare.

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21st February 2017

2041 – Cases of lung cancer have spiked in New York

The health impacts of 9/11 continue to persist, 40 years after the attacks.

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17th February 2017

Organic material identified on Ceres

NASA's Dawn mission has found evidence of organic material on Ceres – the first clear detection of organic molecules from orbit on a main asteroid belt object.

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17th February 2017

U.S. solar installations grew by 95% in 2016

Annual solar PV installations in the U.S. nearly doubled last year – growing from 7,492 MW to 14,626 MW.

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17th February 2017

Oxygen levels in the world's oceans have fallen 2% since the 1960s

A study published in the journal Nature finds that oxygen levels in the oceans have declined by 2 percent globally in the last 50 years, due to warming and stratification.

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16th February 2017

Gene editing of human embryos receives backing from U.S. science committee

A committee from the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has given cautious backing to gene editing of human embryos.

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15th February 2017

2037 – America's sixth-generation fighter jet enters service

By 2037, deliveries of the F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. military have ceased. The U.S. Navy's existing fleet of F/A-18 Super Hornets is also being retired now, necessitating a replacement.

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15th February 2017

Dubai unveils "Mars 2117 Project"

The United Arab Emirates has announced an ambitious long-term project to build a city on Mars by 2117.

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14th February 2017

Human activity is changing the climate 170 times faster than natural processes

A new study, for the first time, has produced a mathematical equation describing the global impact of human activity on the Earth system, known as the Anthropocene equation.

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13th February 2017

NASA reveals plan for Europa surface lander in 2031

NASA has published a report outlining the mission goals of an unmanned Europa surface lander and which instruments the probe may need.

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13th February 2017

Types of Artificial Intelligence

A guest piece by Yuli Ban.

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13th February 2017

Japan to build world's largest floating solar power plant

In a joint venture, Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation have announced plans to start construction of the world's largest floating solar power plant, on the Yamakura Dam reservoir.

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9th February 2017

World economy predicted to double in size by 2042

A new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) forecasts the global economic changes between now and 2050.

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7th February 2017

New technology could triple sharpness of displays

Researchers have developed a new blue-phase liquid crystal that could triple the sharpness of TVs, computer screens, and other displays while also reducing the power needed to run the device.

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6th February 2017

Directed energy atmospheric lens could revolutionise future battlefields

Within the next 50 years, scientists believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens. This would enhance commanders' ability to observe adversaries' activities over much greater distances than existing sensors.

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3rd February 2017

Quantum computer blueprint published

Researchers have published the first practical blueprint for how to build a large-scale quantum computer.

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2nd February 2017

2037 – Total solar eclipse in Australia and New Zealand

A total solar eclipse occurs on 13th July 2037, passing over Australia and New Zealand.

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31st January 2017

Cafe X Technologies launches robotic cafe

Cafe X Technologies, a new startup based in San Francisco, yesterday opened its first robotic cafe in the U.S.

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30th January 2017

InterReflections – by Peter Joseph

Peter Joseph – creator of the world-renowned "Zeitgeist" films – has announced he is closing his prior socially conscious series as a trilogy, only to launch a brand new film set titled: "InterReflections."

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30th January 2017

First 3-D observation of protein complexes working inside cells

Researchers have combined genetic engineering, super-resolution microscopy and biocomputation to witness in 3-D the protein machinery inside living cells. Their method unveils key functional features of protein assemblies that are vital for life, and will make it possible to study cellular protein machinery in health and in disease.

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30th January 2017

3-D printer can make human skin

Researchers in Madrid have demonstrated a prototype 3-D printer that can print fully functional human skin.

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30th January 2017

U.S. crops at risk of "abrupt and substantial yield losses"

Some of the most important crops in the U.S. are at risk of "abrupt and substantial yield losses" from rising temperatures later this century, with harvests potentially declining by 20% for wheat, 40% for soybean and almost 50% for maize.

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27th January 2017

AI matches humans on standard visual intelligence test

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed an AI system that performs at human levels on a standard visual intelligence test.

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27th January 2017

Metallic hydrogen created for the first time

Scientists at Harvard have created a small amount of metallic hydrogen for the first time, a century after it was theorised. This material could have revolutionary applications in transport, energy and deep space travel.

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26th January 2017

Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the hands of the iconic "Doomsday Clock" forwards by 30 seconds.

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26th January 2017

2036-2040 – Transhuman sports competitors

By the late 2030s, genetic therapies and bio-technological implants have become so cheap, accessible and mainstream that it has dramatically altered the world of sports and recreation.

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26th January 2017

The first stable semi-synthetic organism

Scientists have created the first stable semi-synthetic organism. This can hold two artificial bases, x and y, in its genetic code indefinitely. This could lead to entirely new forms of life with synthetic DNA, the team says, with many potential uses in medicine.

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26th January 2017

Sci-fi holograms a step closer

Scientists at the Australian National University have invented a tiny device that creates the highest quality holographic images ever achieved, opening the door to 3D imaging technologies like those seen in Star Wars.

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26th January 2017

Technological progress alone won’t stem resource use

A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) finds no evidence of an overall reduction in the world’s consumption of materials.

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24th January 2017

EU considers "electronic personhood" for robots

The European Parliament has proposed a new legal framework to govern the rapidly evolving fields of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).

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19th January 2017

China to build first exascale supercomputer prototype in 2017

The Chinese government has announced plans for a prototype exascale supercomputer by the end of the year.

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19th January 2017

World's first "floating city" moves a step forward

The world's first "floating city" has moved a step closer to reality after the French Polynesian government signed a historic agreement with the nonprofit Seasteading Institute.

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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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