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22nd May 2019

Self-driving trucks to begin carrying U.S. mail

TuSimple, a self-driving truck company, announced yesterday that the United States Postal Service has awarded it a contract to perform five round trips, for a two-week pilot, hauling USPS trailers more than 1,000 miles.

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20th May 2019

Majority of voters fear the EU could collapse in the next 10 to 20 years

Levels of support for membership of the European Union are currently high, but so too is pessimism about the future of the European project.

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18th May 2019

Nearly a quarter of West Antarctic is now unstable

A study reveals that nearly a quarter of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is now unstable, with melt rates up to five times faster than 25 years previously.

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17th May 2019

Bacteria that produce 10% of world's oxygen are threatened by plastic pollution

Researchers at Macquarie University report that plastic pollution is harming the growth, photosynthesis and oxygen production of Prochlorococcus, the ocean's most abundant photosynthetic bacteria, responsible for 10% of oxygen breathed by humans.

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16th May 2019

Homai Sapiens: Facing Up to Our Extinction

A guest piece by author Marcus van der Erve, PhD.

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9th May 2019

Radical new desalination technique may disrupt the water industry

Researchers at Columbia University report a new desalination method for hypersaline brines, known as "temperature swing solvent extraction (TSSE)", which is low-cost and efficient.

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9th May 2019

Phage therapy treats patient with drug-resistant bacterial infection

A British teenager is the first patient to receive a genetically modified phage therapy to treat a drug-resistant infection.

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7th May 2019

Researchers identify key process linked to plaque formation in blood vessels

Researchers have determined how "bad cholesterol" enters artery walls, causing plaque that narrows blood vessels and leads to heart attacks and strokes.

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7th May 2019

Rare chemical element could power spacecraft for up to 400 years

UK scientists have reported the first generation of usable electricity from americium, which could lead to the development of "space batteries" that power missions for up to 400 years.

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4th May 2019

AI generates entire photorealistic people

A new AI system can smoothly and automatically generate high-quality images of entire virtual people.

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29th April 2019

Dead users may outnumber the living on Facebook by 2070

The dead may outnumber the living on Facebook within 50 years, a trend that will have grave implications for how we treat our digital heritage in the future.

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28th April 2019

CRISPR accuracy increased 50-fold

Biomedical engineers have developed a new technique for improving the accuracy of CRISPR genome editing by an average of 50-fold.

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27th April 2019

First drone delivery company gains approval in the U.S.

A Google/Alphabet offshoot company, Wing Aviation, has become the first drone delivery service to receive Air Carrier Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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26th April 2019

Dark matter project observes "rarest event ever recorded"

The XENON project has observed the radioactive decay of xenon-124, which has a half-life of 1.8 sextillion years.

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25th April 2019

Synthetic speech generated from brain recordings

New technology developed at the University of California San Francisco is a stepping-stone to a "neural speech prosthesis", researchers say.

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25th April 2019

Scientists create first billion-atom biomolecular simulation

Detailed models can reveal new insight into the 3-D structures of genes and the role of 3-D organisation in gene function.

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24th April 2019

Mining for clean tech will place huge strain on environment

A report by nonprofit organisation Earthworks highlights the impact of a clean technology boom on mineral demand.

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23rd April 2019

Arctic emissions of N2O may be 12 times higher than thought

Warming Arctic permafrost may be releasing far more nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, than previously thought.

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22nd April 2019

World's first rollable OLED TV

At this year's Milan Design Week, electronics company LG demonstrated the world's first rollable OLED TV.

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19th April 2019

PS5 will support 8K graphics and ray tracing

Technical details have emerged about the PlayStation 5, the anticipated successor to the PlayStation 4 games console.

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17th April 2019

Pig brains partially revived after death

Circulation and cellular activity were restored in a pig's brain four hours after its death, Yale scientists report today in the journal Nature.

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17th April 2019

NASA reveals future technology concepts

NASA has announced funding for 18 studies to determine the feasibility of early-stage technologies that could one day change what's possible in space.

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16th April 2019

New cancer drug targets can accelerate path to precision medicine

Researchers have discovered thousands of genes essential for cancer's survival and ranked which ones show the most promise as drug targets for developing new treatments.

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15th April 2019

First 3D-printed heart using patient's own cells

In a major medical breakthrough, researchers have "printed" the world's first 3D vascularised engineered heart using a patient's own cells and biological materials.

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13th April 2019

Floating city concept presented at UN

Architects working alongside a company called Oceanix have presented a concept for floating cities, which could allow people to live sustainably while surviving the effects of climate change.

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11th April 2019

Public invited to help name largest unnamed world in our Solar System

More than 10 years since its discovery, 2007 OR10 is the largest minor planet in our solar system without a name, and the three astronomers who discovered it want the public's help to change that.

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10th April 2019

First ever image of a black hole

Scientists have today announced the first ever image of a black hole, located 54 million light years away in the centre of the M87 galaxy.

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8th April 2019

Enzyme-blocking molecule extends worm lifespan by 45%

The discovery of a new life-extension pathway in roundworms could provide a better, faster way to study aging.

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7th April 2019

Mars rover captures two solar eclipses

NASA has released animated images of solar eclipses by the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, as viewed by the Curiosity rover.

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2nd April 2019

Futuristic new tower wins planning approval in London

A new 305m (1,000 ft) observation tower will become the tallest structure in the City of London when completed in 2025.

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2nd April 2019

Food giant aims to regenerate one million acres of farmland by 2030

One of the world's largest food companies has announced a long-term sustainability plan to address soil health, biodiversity, farmer economic resilience and climate change.

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2nd April 2019

Handle robot reimagined for logistics

Boston Dynamics has revealed a modified version of its "Handle" robot, which can now perform warehouse operations autonomously.

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1st April 2019

First direct detection of exoplanet using optical interferometry

ESO astronomers, employing the GRAVITY instrument on their Very Large Telescope, have announced the first direct detection of an exoplanet, HR 8799 e, using optical interferometry.

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