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17th September 2021

Alien life chances receive a boost

Three of the large organic molecules necessary for life to form have been detected around stars at up to 100 times the level predicted by models.

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16th September 2021

Co-op to expand use of robots

Co-op Food today announced a partnership with Amazon Prime, enabling same-day grocery deliveries, while also expanding the use of robots from 200 to 500 units.

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13th September 2021

mRNA cancer therapy enters human trials after success in mice

BioNTech, the company that partnered with Pfizer to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, is now testing whether mRNA can be used to treat cancer. A recent trial halted tumour growth and caused a complete regression of cancer in 85% of mice.

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11th September 2021

World's largest direct air capture and CO2 storage plant begins operations

Swiss company Climeworks this week launched "Orca" – the world's largest carbon capture and storage plant. The facility, located in Iceland, could be replicated at other sites across the country and beyond, helping to reverse global warming.

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7th September 2021

Competition winners!

The following people have each won a copy of The Science and Technology of Growing Young, a new book on aging and longevity research by Sergey Young.

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6th September 2021

Major source of lithium found in UK

Geothermal Engineering Ltd, a UK-based developer and operator of geothermal projects, has announced the discovery of record levels of lithium in its geothermal waters.

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4th September 2021

New class of supernova discovered

A new class of supernova has been observed for the first time. The dramatic event is triggered by a black hole or neutron star crashing into the core of a companion star.

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28th August 2021

Book Competition: The Science and Technology of Growing Young

A new book, published this week, explains where aging and longevity research is heading – and what you can do right now to extend your healthspan. We are giving away copies to three lucky readers.

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26th August 2021

Dust-sized supercapacitor has voltage of AAA battery

Scientists have developed the smallest microsupercapacitors to date, which can function in blood vessels and could provide an energy source for tiny sensors.

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25th August 2021

World's first brain-scale AI solution

Cerebras Systems, a California-based developer of semiconductors and AI, has announced a new system that can support models of 120 trillion parameters in a single computer.

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23rd August 2021

New record for 6G data transmission

LG Electronics, working with a team of German researchers, has successfully transmitted data over a distance of 100 metres with a 6G signal.

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22nd August 2021

Artificial camouflage on a robot chameleon

Researchers have created a new material that instantly reacts to match the colour of its surroundings. This has been demonstrated on the skin of a soft robot – and could one day have military or other uses.

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20th August 2021

Fusion breakthrough: 70% yield from input energy

The National Ignition Facility has achieved a major breakthrough in the quest to develop nuclear fusion power.

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18th August 2021

DHL plans electric cargo planes from 2024

DHL Express, in a collaboration with Eviation, will begin deploying electric cargo planes from 2024 in an effort to decarbonise its worldwide operations.

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17th August 2021

Brain organoids develop optic cups that respond to light

Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can be used to generate brain organoids containing an eye structure called the optic cup, according to a study published today in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

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13th August 2021

Asteroid impact chances increased

A study by NASA has used precision-tracking data from its recent OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to more accurately plot the route of a potentially hazardous asteroid, Bennu, from now until the year 2300.

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11th August 2021

New observations of exoplanets in the L 98-59 system

New observations of the M-type star L 98-59 and its surrounding system have revealed a planet with half the mass of Venus, making it the lightest exoplanet ever to be measured using the radial velocity method. Alongside this are a likely water world, and a possible planet in the habitable zone.

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9th August 2021

Monkey brain mapped in 3D at micron resolution

Chinese scientists have produced a 3D map of an entire rhesus monkey brain, which is 200 times larger than a mouse brain, at a resolution of just 0.001 mm (1 micron).

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4th August 2021

Emperor penguins could be quasi-extinct by 2100

New research finds that if global average temperatures continue to increase rapidly, the melting of sea ice in Antarctica could nearly wipe out Emperor penguin populations by the end of this century.

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2nd August 2021

Omega-3 can boost life expectancy

High blood concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, which oily fish such as salmon are known to be rich in, can increase your life expectancy by nearly five years.

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1st August 2021

World's most powerful tidal turbine begins operations

This week, the world's most powerful tidal turbine device – Orbital O2 – began generating zero carbon electricity off the coast of Scotland.

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