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18th January 2019

Florida utility plans to install 30 million solar panels by 2030

Florida Power & Light Company has announced a "30-by-30" plan to install over 30 million solar panels by 2030 and make the state of Florida a world leader in the production of solar energy.

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18th January 2019

New study shows smoking accelerates aging

Researchers have used AI to show that smoking accelerates aging.

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15th January 2019

Six-fold increase in Antarctic ice loss since 1979

A new study in the journal PNAS finds that Antarctica experienced a six-fold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017.

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15th January 2019

IBM unveils quantum computer

IBM has unveiled the IBM Q System One, its first integrated quantum computing system for commercial use.

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14th January 2019

First direct evidence that white dwarfs form crystal cores

The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals has been discovered by astronomers. Our own Sun will meet this fate in 10 billion years.

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12th January 2019

Bioengineering of rice could boost grain yield by 27%

A new bioengineering approach for boosting photosynthesis in rice plants could increase grain yield by up to 27%, according to a study published in the journal Molecular Plant.

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11th January 2019

Interstellar "precursor" mission could reach 1,000 AU by 2080

Scientists are proposing a mission to the inner Oort cloud that would launch by 2030 and reach it within 50 years.

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10th January 2019

"Walking car" could save lives in disaster zones

Hyundai has demonstrated a future concept vehicle that could activate robotic legs to "walk" over rough terrain.

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10th January 2019

World's first terabyte SD card

The first SD card with a storage capacity of 1 terabyte (TB) has been announced by Lexar.

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8th January 2019

Excitons could lead to more efficient electronics

Scientists report a way to control properties of excitons, which could lead to transistors that undergo less energy loss and heat dissipation.

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8th January 2019

Genetic "shortcut" boosts plant growth by 40%

Scientists report the engineering of crops with a photorespiratory "shortcut" to boost plant growth by 40% in real-world agronomic conditions.

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3rd January 2019

2018 highlights

Our top 20 most viewed blogs of 2018, in reverse order.

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28th December 2018

Egg scanning tech could prevent culling of 7 billion chicks per year

A new method being developed in Germany could eliminate the need for male chick culling.

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28th December 2018

Revolutionary new bioplastics could help conserve oceans, land and fresh water

Researchers have described a new process to make truly sustainable bioplastics, which degrade easily and don't require land or fresh water to produce.

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26th December 2018

Reindeer numbers crashed by half in the last two decades

A report on climate change in the Arctic warns that populations of wild reindeer, or caribou, have crashed from 4.7 million to just 2.1 million in the last two decades.

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22nd December 2018

World's first lab-grown sirloin steak

An Israeli startup has become the first company to produce a slaughter-free sirloin steak, grown in the laboratory.

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20th December 2018

Newly found object is the most distant known in our Solar System

Astronomers led by Scott Sheppard have announced the discovery of 2018 VG18 – nicknamed "Farout" – the most distant body ever observed in the Solar System at approximately 120 AU.

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14th December 2018

Voyager 2 has left the Solar System

Voyager 2 is now confirmed to have left the Solar System for interstellar space, six years after its sister probe, Voyager 1.

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9th December 2018

The 100,000 Genomes Project is completed

This week, the pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project officially reached its goal.

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7th December 2018

AI can solve CAPTCHA tests in under 0.05 seconds

Researchers have created a new algorithm, based on deep learning, which is able to solve text-based CAPTCHA tests in less than 0.05 seconds.

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6th December 2018

World's largest container shipping group pledges to go carbon neutral by 2050

Danish conglomerate Maersk, the world's largest container ship and supply vessel operator, has announced a plan to cut its carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

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4th December 2018

NASA probe reaches asteroid Bennu

NASA has confirmed the arrival of OSIRIS-REx at the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu after a two-year journey. It will return a sample to Earth in 2023.

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4th December 2018

Walmart to deploy cleaning robots

Retail giant Walmart plans to deploy up to 360 autonomous cleaning robots by the end of January 2019.

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3rd December 2018

Future devices for cancer treatment could zap tumours in less than a second

New machines, which could see human clinical trials in the 2020s, will reduce the side effects of radiation therapy by vastly shrinking the length of a typical session.

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1st December 2018

World's first 8K TV channel

Japan is launching the world's first 8K TV channel – featuring image dimensions of 7680×4320, also known as 4320p.

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1st December 2018

UK to begin carbon capture and storage in 2020s

The UK government has announced plans for the country's first carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) project. Thousands of such facilities will be needed worldwide by 2060.

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