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17th January 2020

Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030

Microsoft has announced an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove its carbon footprint.

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14th January 2020

World's first "living robots"

Scientists have taken living cells scraped from frog embryos and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These tiny "xenobots" can move around and even heal themselves if damaged.

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14th January 2020

Liver storage time increased from 12 hours to one week

A new machine can repair human livers and keep them alive outside the body for up to a week. This breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation, saving the lives of many patients.

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14th January 2020

Record fall in U.S. cancer death rate

The American Cancer Society reports a 2.2% drop in the cancer death rate between 2016 and 2017, the largest single-year decline in mortality for this disease ever recorded in the United States.

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10th January 2020

Longevity breakthrough: 500% increase in nematode lifespan

Scientists have identified synergistic cellular pathways that extend lifespan fivefold in C. elegans, a nematode worm used as a model in aging and longevity research.

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7th January 2020

Deep Genomics raises $40 million in series B financing

Deep Genomics – a leading artificial intelligence (AI) therapeutics company – has announced the closing of its Series B round with $40 million in new investment.

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7th January 2020

Earth-sized exoplanet found in habitable zone

NASA reports the discovery of TOI 700 d, the first Earth-sized exoplanet in the habitable zone discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

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31st December 2019

2019 highlights

Amid all the doom and gloom around the world, some pretty impressive breakthroughs were achieved in 2019, as we hope you'll agree!

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30th December 2019

North Atlantic Current may cease temporarily in the next century

The North Atlantic Current transports warm water from the Gulf of Mexico towards Europe – providing much of north-western Europe with a relatively mild climate. Scientists predict a small, but not insignificant (15%) chance of a temporary halt to the current in the next 100 years.

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28th December 2019

New laser method provides ultra-fast observations of electrons

Scientists have demonstrated X-ray Laser-Enhanced Attosecond Pulse generation (XLEAP), a new method for observing the movements of electrons on timescales measured in attoseconds.

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27th December 2019

Volkswagen accelerates production of electric cars

Volkswagen will achieve its goal of 1 million electric cars per year two years earlier than planned – turning out a million battery-powered cars by 2023, instead of 2025. The company has also presented a future concept for autonomous charging via mobile robots.

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21st December 2019

Nearly half of U.S. predicted to have obesity by 2030

About half of the adult U.S. population will have obesity and about a quarter will have severe obesity by 2030, according to a new study by Harvard University.

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19th December 2019

Genetic 'clock' predicts lifespan in vertebrates

Using the human genome, researchers have found that the 'natural' lifespan of humans is 38 years.

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18th December 2019

CHEOPS: Exoplanet mission blasts off

The CHEOPS telescope, a mission to study the formation of exoplanets and determine their precise radius, likely density and internal structure, was successfully launched today.

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16th December 2019

Military drones armed with machine guns

Turkey will become the first country in the world to deploy a drone equipped with a high precision machine gun.

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11th December 2019

First cross-country commercial freight run by a self-driving truck

Plus.ai has announced its first coast-to-coast commercial freight run, in collaboration with food company Land O'Lakes.

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10th December 2019

Drax aims to be world's first carbon negative company by 2030

Drax Power Station could become carbon negative by 2030, helping to remove millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.

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10th December 2019

ESA commissions world's first space debris removal

ClearSpace-1, planned for launch in 2025, will be the first mission to identify and remove an item of debris from orbit.

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6th December 2019

New treatment reduces pancreatic cancer cells by 90%

Scientists report that a molecule known as PJ34 triggers the self-destruction of pancreatic cancer cells, with a reduction of 90% in mouse models.

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6th December 2019

Artificial neurons developed to cure chronic diseases

Scientists report the creation of artificial neurons that reproduce the electrical properties of biological neurons onto semiconductor chips.

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