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30th June 2022

UK's first industrial-scale carbon capture and usage plant

Tata Chemicals Europe has opened the UK's first industrial-scale carbon capture and utilisation plant.

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29th June 2022

2028 – One-third of new cars are electric

In 2022, electric cars made up 10% of new cars sold globally. By 2028, this share has reached 33%.

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26th June 2022

First solar-powered car will debut this year

A futuristic new solar-powered vehicle is now road-legal, with first delivery expected as early as November and will give drivers the freedom to exceed 1,000 km of range between charges.

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24th June 2022

NASA plans nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are collaborating to advance space-based nuclear technologies.

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21st June 2022

2028 – 1.4 nm nodes begin mass production

The 1.4 nanometre (nm) process is the next die shrink following the 2 nm process node.

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19th June 2022

Starfield – upcoming RPG set in 2330

Bethesda Game Studios, known for the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, has revealed gameplay from Starfield – its first wholly-original franchise in over 20 years.

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18th June 2022

Batteries 98% charged in under 10 minutes

California-based Enovix is developing 3D silicon lithium-ion batteries with faster charging times and higher energy densities than current cells.

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16th June 2022

New drug for hair loss approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Olumiant, a drug that restores hair growth and can be used as a treatment for alopecia areata.

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14th June 2022

Google engineer believes chatbot AI is sentient

A senior software engineer at Google has been placed on paid leave after claiming that one of its AI programs might have feelings and emotions.

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12th June 2022

Competition winners!

Three of our readers have each won a copy of Future Superhuman: Our transhuman lives in a make-or-break century, by Elise Bohan.

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10th June 2022

Whole human genome sequencing for $100

Ultima Genomics, a biotech company in California, has emerged from stealth mode with a new high-throughput, low-cost sequencing platform that it claims can deliver a $100 genome.

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8th June 2022

First ocean crossing by autonomous cargo ship

Avikus – a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate HD Hyundai – has conducted the autonomous navigation of a large ship across the ocean, becoming the first company in the world to do so.

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31st May 2022

Future Superhuman: Our transhuman lives in a make-or-break century

Enter our competition for a chance to win this new book!

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31st May 2022

Walmart expands drone delivery service

Retail giant Walmart is bringing the convenience of drone delivery to 4 million households, in partnership with DroneUp.

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30th May 2022

World's first exascale supercomputer is officially confirmed

In a major milestone for computing, Oak Ridge National Laboratory today announced that its next-generation supercomputer Frontier has achieved 1.1 exaFLOPS.

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30th May 2022

Southern African hornbill's survival threatened by 2027

The yellow-billed hornbill of southern Africa – a cousin of Disney character Zazu from The Lion King – is reported to be at risk of local extinction due to rising temperatures in the region.

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29th May 2022

2027 – The EU ends all energy imports from Russia

By 2027, the EU has invested €210 billion ($225 billion) in upgrading its energy infrastructure, allowing it to completely end any dependence on Russia for imports of oil, gas, and coal.

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28th May 2022

2026 – United States Semiquincentennial

4th July 2026 is the 250th anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776. Festivities are scheduled to mark various events leading up to the anniversary date.

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28th May 2022

World's smallest remote-controlled walking robot

The world's smallest remote-controlled walking robot, measuring just half a millimetre wide, has been demonstrated by Northwestern University. Its potential applications include the clearing of blocked arteries.

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27th May 2022

Asteroid mining company raises $13m

AstroForge, a new asteroid mining startup, emerged from stealth mode this week.

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26th May 2022

2025 – The next solar maximum

The peak of the current solar cycle occurs in mid-2025. The number of sunspots is greater than had been earlier predicted.

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24th May 2022

2024 – A global agreement on plastic pollution

In 2024, the most important international environmental deal since the Paris Climate Accord is signed. This follows an earlier meeting of UN Member States to address the ever-growing problem of plastic waste.

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22nd May 2022

U.S. pledges $3.5 billion for direct air capture

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new multibillion-dollar program to develop carbon dioxide removal technologies.

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22nd May 2022

2024 – First crewed flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft

Artemis 2 is the first crewed spacecraft to travel beyond Earth orbit since Apollo 17 in 1972.
[moved from 2023 to 2024. Latest known schedule is May 2024]

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21st May 2022

2023 – Launch of China's Xuntian space telescope

Xuntian is China's first major space-based telescope. Its standout feature is a field of view 350 times larger than that of the Hubble Space Telescope.

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20th May 2022

2023 – Canada's first supertall skyscraper

This year sees the completion of a major high-rise project in Toronto, which becomes the first skyscraper in Canada to exceed 300 m (984 ft) in height.

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17th May 2022

Google Maps to add "immersive view"

The world's most-downloaded travel app will soon become more immersive and intuitive thanks to a major upgrade.

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16th May 2022

Dead eyes brought back to life

Scientists have revived light-sensing neuron cells in organ donor eyes and restored communication between them as part of a series of discoveries that could transform research into the brain-vision system.

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13th May 2022

First image of black hole at Milky Way's core

Astronomers have revealed the first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy.

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12th May 2022

Future pandemic risks are increasing

COVID-19 may prove to be just the first in a series of pandemics throughout the 21st century – unless humans drastically improve their relationship with animals and the natural world.

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10th May 2022

Algae ponds could sequester gigatons of carbon

A new method of carbon capture is being developed using microalgae grown in open-air, pond-based systems on coastal desert land. This can be achieved without the need for fresh water.

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9th May 2022

Avatar 2 – teaser trailer

A trailer for the long-awaited sequel to sci-fi epic Avatar has been released online. Avatar: The Way of Water will be in cinemas on 16th December 2022.

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5th May 2022

Jack in the Box to trial robots for kitchen work

Jack in the Box has become the latest American food chain to experiment with automation, as it seeks to handle staffing challenges and improve the efficiency of its service.

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4th May 2022

Major advance in microwave power beaming

Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of terrestrial microwave power beaming by transmitting 1.6 kilowatts (kW) over a distance of 1 kilometre (km) – the most significant advance for this technology in nearly 50 years.

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2nd May 2022

2025 – Direct flights from Sydney to London and New York

In 2025, Qantas begins offering Project Sunrise flights, described as "the final frontier of long-haul travel".

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1st May 2022

69,163 AD – Transit of Mercury and Venus

One of the rarest astronomical events in the Solar System – a simultaneous transit of both Mercury and Venus – occurs on 26th July 69,163 AD.

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