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26th February 2021

Holographic touchscreens could improve public hygiene

Two companies from Japan have partnered to develop a new holographic display system that could eliminate the need to touch physical surfaces in public environments.

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23rd February 2021

Unusual concentration of black holes discovered

The core of NGC 6397, a globular cluster about 8,000 light years from Earth, has been found to contain an unusual concentration of black holes, based on new data from the Hubble Space Telescope and Gaia observatory.

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22nd February 2021

First cloning of endangered American animal

Scientists in the U.S. have successfully cloned an endangered black-footed ferret, using DNA from an identical animal frozen since 1988.

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15th February 2021

Green tea compound may help fight cancer

An antioxidant found in green tea may increase levels of p53, a natural anti-cancer protein, known as the "guardian of the genome" for its ability to repair DNA damage or destroy cancerous cells.

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11th February 2021

New device for scaling up quantum computers

Scientists in Australia have developed a new cryogenic computer system called Gooseberry which has potential for scaling up quantum computers from dozens to thousands of qubits.

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10th February 2021

New versions of the Spot robot

Boston Dynamics, famous for its highly mobile robots, has announced an expanded product line for the agile "Spot".

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8th February 2021

$100m prize for carbon removal funded by Elon Musk

XPRIZE, a non-profit organisation that hosts competitions for technological development intended to benefit humanity, has today announced a $100m prize for carbon removal sponsored by Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation.

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6th February 2021

Australia plans world's biggest battery for 2023

A new $2.4bn battery will have a power capacity of 1,200 megawatts (MW), which is quadruple the current world's largest, and 24 times greater than the record holder in 2016.

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3rd February 2021

Brain stem cells could improve AI

Scientists have begun working on a project that will see human brain stem cells used to power artificial intelligence and could bring about a revolution in computing.

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2nd February 2021

Guinea worm disease close to being eradicated

Guinea worm cases in humans fell by 50% in 2020, according to the Carter Center. The disease could be eradicated worldwide by 2030.

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30th January 2021

Rare system of six exoplanets discovered

Astronomers report the discovery of TOI-178, a rare system of six exoplanets, five of which are locked in a complex "chain of resonance".

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28th January 2021

Wireless brain linkage gets DARPA funding

A new DARPA-funded project aims to create non-invasive, head-worn devices with two-way brain links. As well as helping blind patients to perceive the world around them, it could lead to wireless control of external devices and might even augment a healthy user's vision.

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21st January 2021

Razer unveils smart mask and futuristic gaming chair

Consumer electronics company Razer has revealed two new technology concepts – a hi-tech mask, for improved socially distanced interaction, and a next-generation gaming station with immersive features and a transformable design.

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19th January 2021

Five-minute charge EV battery enters production

In a major milestone for electric vehicles, the factory production of extreme fast charging battery technology has begun, utilising nano-scale metalloids and proprietary compounds.

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16th January 2021

Upper ocean temperatures hit record high in 2020

New record high temperatures in the world's oceans have been reported, measured from the surface level down to a depth of 2,000 metres.

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15th January 2021

Humans would be unable to control an artificial superintelligence

Using theoretical calculations, a team including scientists from the Max Planck Institute have shown that humans would be unable to control a superintelligent AI.

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12th January 2021

A potential vaccine for multiple sclerosis

A potential mRNA vaccine for multiple sclerosis (MS) has been announced by a collaboration including BioNTech, with a study in mice showing great promise for improving symptoms and stopping disease progression.

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7th January 2021

Gene-editing method shows promise for premature aging syndrome

Scientists have fixed a genetic mutation in mice with progeria, a rapid aging disease. The treatment could one day be used in humans who would otherwise die in childhood.

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4th January 2021

Scientists find way to boost desalination efficiency by up to 40%

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have determined that desalination membranes are inconsistent in density and mass distribution, and shown a way to increase their efficiency by up to 40 per cent.

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1st January 2021

2020 highlights

A look back at 2020 in science and tech.

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