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14th December

Solar power prices to continue falling through 2025, experts say

 


 

12th December

Shape-shifting metamaterial flows like a liquid, remembers its shape

"Chasing Ice" movie reveals largest iceberg break-up ever filmed

 


 

11th December

Do we live in a computer simulation? Researchers say idea can be tested

 


 

6th December

An update on Mars One

In the US, surgeons implant the first brain 'pacemaker' for Alzheimer's disease

 


 

5th December

New wind turbines could be cost-competitive with fossil fuels – even without subsidies

New optical tweezers trap specimens just a few nanometres across

 


 

3rd December

Record high for global carbon emissions

 


 

2nd December

New reference added for 2022 – Nanotech clothes are growing rapidly in use

Breathtaking image of storm clouds on Saturn

 


 

1st December

2072 – Advanced nanotech clothing

Burger-making machine could replace human workers

Major breakthrough in deciphering bread wheat's genetic code

Future astronauts could use Moon rock and 3D printers to make tools and equipment on site

 


 

29th November

The Living Building Challenge

The biggest breakthrough in propulsion since the jet engine

 


 

27th November

Future sea level maps

Alzheimer's disease in mice alleviated, promising therapeutic approach for humans

 


 

26th November

New poll: If offered the chance, would you live on Mars?

Click here for the previous poll results

 


 

24th November

New featured video

Disney teaches a humanoid robot to play catch and juggle balls

Microsoft files patent for augmented reality glasses

 


 

23rd November

Star Trek classroom: the next generation of school desk

 


 

22nd November

Nanotech device mimics dog's nose to detect explosives

European Ministers agree to invest in space to boost competitiveness and growth

Cartilage made easy with novel hybrid printer

Researchers define key events early in the process of cellular aging

 


 

21st November

Mars Science Laboratory has made an "earthshaking" discovery that is "one for the history books."

 


 

20th November

2032 – Britain's ash trees have been wiped out by a fungal disease

2032 – One-third of Saudi Arabia's electricity comes from solar

Pull the plug on killer robots, say Human Rights Watch

 


 

19th November

Shocking decline in UK birdlife

Breakthrough nanoparticle halts multiple sclerosis

 


 

17th November

Free Water

Solar Roadways

Miniature "bio-bots" made of hydrogel and heart cells

 


 

15th November

PBS NOVA: What Will the Future Be Like?

Explore the Galaxy

"You'll hear more": Obama backs national climate debate

 


 

14th November

MasterCard introduces next generation 'Display Card' technology

 


 

13th November

Longevity gene found to make Hydra immortal and humans live longer

 


 

12th November

2060 – Technology has transformed modern education

Herpes 'bottleneck' could lead to new treatment

 


 

11th November

2040 – Pollen counts have more than doubled

2043 – Slovenia closes down its only nuclear power plant

2046 – The UK state pension age has risen to 70

 


 

10th November

Ketamine could rapidly treat depression, scientists say

Speech recognition breakthrough for the spoken, translated word

 


 

9th November

Leisure-time physical activity extends life expectancy as much as 4.5 years

 


 

8th November

2017 – The world's first HIV vaccine is commercially available

'Terminator' arm is world's most advanced prosthetic limb

New super-Earth may be just right to support life

 


 

7th November

Star formation slumps to 1/30th of its peak

NimbRo-OP Humanoid TeenSize Open Platform Robot

Why sea levels are rising ahead of predictions

Public health pandemics that could strike in the future

 


 

5th November

The Solar Foundation reports 13.2% growth in U.S. solar jobs

Cystic kidney growth curbed

 


 

3rd November

CIROS, the salad-making robot

 


 

2nd November

The first gene therapy in the Western world

"Smart highways" coming to the Netherlands in 2013

A step closer to rollable, foldable e-Devices

The $300 prosthetic arm

 


 

1st November

Self-healing concrete

 


 

30th October

Britain's first 4G mobile network is launched

Titan supercomputer performs over 20,000 trillion calculations per second

 


 

29th October

Carbon nanotube breakthrough by IBM could lead to the next generation of computer chips

 


 

28th October

Oakley introduces Airwave ski goggles with heads-up display

Not-so-permanent permafrost

2025 – Completion of Masdar City

 


 

27th October

2020 – The first self-sufficient, car-free city in mainland China

Swarm robots cooperate with augmented reality drone

New York City's greenhouse gas emissions – visualised

 


 

26th October

World's first commercial vertical farm opens in Singapore

 


 

25th October

DARPA's latest humanoid robot

Edited 2030 – Global population is reaching crisis point (includes some additional information and references)

2030 – Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) reaches the Jovian system

 


 

23rd October

Thousands of nano-machines mimic human muscle

 


 

22nd October

Tissue-engineered kidneys: researchers make important strides

World's first mobile service for real-time translation between Japanese and other languages

 


 

21st October

3D Printshow London 2012

2017 – The Cheops satellite is deployed to study exoplanets

2014 – Scotland votes "no" to independence

 


 

20th October

2013 – Food prices are triggering riots around the world

 


 

19th October

2013 – The European Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) is operational

NASA demonstrates robotic exoskeleton for space and possible use on Earth

 


 

18th October

Daily multivitamin use lowers cancer occurrence in men

Massive new rocket being planned by SpaceX

Madagascar's palms near extinction

New techniques stretch carbon nanotubes and make stronger composites

 


 

17th October

Robotic wheelchair from Chiba Tech

Pluto's moons and possible rings may be hazards: New Horizons and the gauntlet it may encounter in 2015

Earth-sized planet found orbitting Alpha Centauri

Tropical cyclones are occurring more frequently than before, study shows

 


 

16th October

2060 – Tropical cyclones are wreaking havoc in the Mediterranean

 


 

15th October

The first quadruple star system to be discovered

2019 – Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system is fully operational

 


 

14th October

Eclectic Method – The Future

 


 

12th October

It's not easy being green: your eco-friendly car is kinder to some cities than others

Astronomers discover a giant diamond in space

True Skin

 


 

11th October

2085 – Five-year survival rates for brain tumours are reaching 100%

Robots using tools

 


 

10th October

Greener industries grow faster than overall economy, new EPI study finds

Astrobotic unveils lunar polar robot

New Alzheimer's drug slows the pace of memory loss by over a third

Study maps greenhouse gas emissions to building and street level for U.S. cities

 


 

9th October

One in five U.S. adults have no religious affiliation

Fully autonomous high-altitude refuelling

2070 – Five-year survival rates for liver cancer are approaching 100%

 


 

7th October

Real-time, full-body motion capture in virtual reality

2039 – Five-year survival rates for leukaemia are approaching 100%

Training computers to understand the human brain

8,400,000 AD – LAGEOS-1 returns to Earth

 


 

6th October

2033 – Five-year survival rates for kidney cancer are approaching 100%

2021 – Five-year survival rates for breast cancer are approaching 100%

New featured video

 


 

5th October

2020-2025 – Five-year survival rates for Hodgkin's lymphoma are approaching 100%

2015-2019 – Five-year survival rates for thyroid cancer are approaching 100%

 


 

4th October

2016 – Launch of the Titanic II

'Green Brain' project aims to create an autonomous flying robot with a honey bee brain

 


 

3rd October

The entry for the East Side Access has been moved from 2016 to 2019, based on a new schedule from the MTA. This entry now also includes a map of the planned route.

2016 – High-definition CCTV cameras are ubiquitous

Sea levels could rise nearly 7 metres by 3000 AD

 


 

2nd October

Marine animals could hold the key to looking young

 


 

1st October

2050 – Fish body size has declined by nearly a quarter

Robot kills weeds on farms with 98% accuracy

Click here for the previous poll results

New poll: Would you trust a self-driving, autonomous car?

Why Siri is the Next Big Thing in Customer Support

 


 

29th September

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, by Ray Kurzweil

2019 – The first manned outpost beyond the Moon begins assembly

 


 

28th September

Oculus Rift – a highly immersive, consumer-priced, virtual reality headset

Great ape habitat in Africa has dramatically declined

Biodegradable electronics that vanish in the environment or the body

Food price spikes will get worse as extreme weather caused by climate change devastates food production

 


 

27th September

Self-driving cars legalised in California

Scientists make old muscles young again in attempt to combat aging

Scientists uncover virus with potential to stop pimples

Spectacular comet to make an appearance in 2013

 


 

26th September

Tesla launches revolutionary Supercharger enabling free long distance driving

 


 

25th September

Scientists prevent heart failure in mice

 


 

24th September

Rapid urban expansion threatens biodiversity

 


 

23rd September

1 petabit per second fibre transmission over 50 km

 


 

19th September

Are we building Gods or Terminators?

 


 

18th September

Rethink Robotics aims to revolutionise manufacturing with humanoid robot

 


 

17th September

New graph added for 2060 – Global extinction rates are peaking

New image added for 2059 – Mars has a permanent human presence

Limiting global warming to 2°C is unlikely to save most coral reefs

 


 

16th September

Face genes identified

2067 - The first generation of antimatter-powered spacecraft is emerging

 


 

15th September

Peter Diamandis on Moore's Law and Changing the World

 


 

14th September

2039 - Japan phases out nuclear energy

 


 

11th September

• Thanks again to everyone who's been emailing us. Please bear in mind – due to the enormous number of messages we now receive, it can sometimes take a while to reply. We appreciate your patience!

New poll

The results of the previous poll can be seen here

 


 

9th September

The Serengeti Highway

Coastal erosion due to rising sea levels has been dramatically underestimated

 


 

8th September

Breast cancer survival could reach 100% by 2034; physically active lifestyle helps lower risk

Dawn probe update

Record-breaking distance for quantum teleportation

 


 

7th September

Sight - a short futuristic film (HD)

 


 

6th September

First commercial wave farm gets go-ahead in the U.S.

Cheetah robot can run faster than humans

 


 

5th September

2040 - China's HSR network has been greatly expanded

 


 

2nd September

High-tech ferry cuts fuel consumption by 50-100%

World's first HIV/AIDS nanomedicines

 


 

1st September

Mars One receives first funding for 2023 manned mission to Mars

2020 - A cure for malaria

A cheap, human-powered washing machine for the developing world

African researchers identify strong candidate for possible single-dose malaria cure

 


 

31st August

World's first prototype bionic eye with 24 electrodes

 


 

30th August

Intel and IDT to develop wireless charging technology

 


 

28th August

Arctic sea ice reaches lowest extent ever recorded

 


 

25th August

R.I.P. Neil Armstrong, 1930–2012

2017 - A new treatment for prostate cancer

2014 - Google Glass is launched to the public

 


 

23rd August

2016 - InSight touches down on Mars

Sea life 'on the brink of a major extinction event'

Lifelike, cost-effective robotic hand can disable IEDs

 


 

22nd August

Mars descent video

LG launches world's first 84-inch UD 3D TV

Flood risk ranking reveals vulnerable cities

 


 

19th August

2021 - Male birth control pills are entering the market

DNA storage breakthrough

 


 

18th August

"Brain hacking" may be possible in the future

2014 - India's first Mars mission

 


 

16th August

Male birth control pill moves a step closer

 


 

14th August

American wind power reaches 50-gigawatt milestone

 


 

13th August

New poll

The results of the previous poll can be seen here

New featured video

More effective treatments for stress and depression could be on the way

 


 

12th August

Mitt Romney announces Paul Ryan as vice-presidential running mate

 


 

11th August

Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors

 


 

9th August

2015-2019 - Genome sequencing continues to improve exponentially

 


 

5th August

Mars Science Laboratory

Sainsbury's now the largest solar panel operator in the UK and Europe

3D-printed exoskeleton helps young girl use her arms

 


 

4th August

'Spray-on skin' offers 52% greater healing of leg ulcers

 


 

3rd August

2026 - Mars Science Laboratory is shutting down

 


 

2nd August

A new treatment target for deadly brain tumors

 


 

1st August

Completion of the International Space Station has been moved from 2012 to 2014.

200,000 AD - Constellations visible from Earth have been rendered unrecognisable

2023 - Asteroid sample return mission

• FutureTimeline now has an RSS feed (see orange button above).

 


 

29th July

2000 - The Pyrenean Ibex goes extinct

2012 - The Abraj Al-Bait Towers are completed in Mecca

• The entry for Memristor Technology has been moved from 2013 to 2014 - based on a new reference.

The future of energy

NASA's Space Launch System passes major review, moves to preliminary design

 


 

28th July

2040 - Completion of the Northeast Corridor high-speed rail route

 


 

22nd July

2060-2100 - Global political and economic systems are in a period of immense transition

 


 

18th July

World record: Scientists produce the lightest material in the world

 


 

17th July

A milestone in HIV prevention

Hypersonic plane to fly at 20 times the speed of sound

 


 

14th July

New featured video.

 


 

12th July

Planetary Resources Inc. announces agreement with Virgin Galactic for payload services

New biofuel process generates energy 20 times higher than existing methods, and uses agricultural waste

 


 

11th July

2014 - Better protection against tooth decay

Hubble discovers a fifth moon orbiting Pluto

 


 

8th July

2047 - Unmanned probe to 2060 Chiron

2035 - World tin reserves are running out

 


 

5th July

Goal-line technology to go ahead

2031 - Global reserves of lead are running out

2029 - Global reserves of silver are running out

 


 

4th July

2026 - Global reserves of indium are running out

CERN experiments observe particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson

 


 

3rd July

2022 - Global reserves of antimony are running out

 


 

2nd July

• Our Facebook page has now reached 1,000 members!

 


 

1st July

Mind-reading scanner helps paralysed to communicate

'Paint-on' batteries demonstrated

100,000,000 AD - The Milky Way has stabilised from an earlier collision

• Updated 750,000,000 AD with a better image.

 


 

30th June

2025-2035 - Mouse revival from cryopreservation

2025 - Solid waste is reaching crisis levels

2025 - A comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. airspace system is complete

Q&A with Aubrey de Grey

Mayan archaeologists unearth new 2012 monument

 


 

28th June

Microparticles allow survival without breathing

 


 

27th June

Robot hand is unbeatable against a human opponent

 


 

26th June

2.56 terabits per second achieved by scientists

 


 

25th June

Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror

 


 

24th June

New featured video.

Robots that can touch and feel?

Manned mission to Mars has been moved from 2032 to 2033, based on an additional new reference.

 


 

23rd June

2020 - The UK has expanded its offshore grid connections

 


 

21st June

Scientists block excess aggression in mice

Inhibition of NF-κB delays aging

Engineers build 50 gigapixel camera

 


 

18th June

IBM supercomputer becomes the world's fastest

Indian drug giant Cipla slashes cancer drug prices in a humanitarian move

 


 

17th June

2050 - China completes the largest water diversion project in history

 


 

16th June

Worldwide decline in physical activity

The Singularity is Near - movie trailer

 


 

14th June

NASA's "black hole hunter" is launched

 


 

13th June

A major step towards fusion power

Breakthrough in lithium-ion battery technology could lead to cheaper electric vehicles

Record high temperatures in the US

Solar PV installations continue to grow exponentially

Unreal Engine 4.0 – the next generation of graphics

European Extremely Large Telescope given go-ahead

 


 

12th June

New poll: Do you support the use of genetically modified (GM) food?

The results of the previous poll can be seen here.

Potential carbon capture role for new CO2 absorbing material

 


 

11th June

This is just a quick note to say a huge thanks for the many, many emails that people have been sending with comments, feedback and suggestions. Please note, due to the sheer number of emails, and growing traffic to this site, it's become increasingly difficult to reply to every one - but rest assured, we do read them all, and we greatly appreciate your messages!

 


 

10th June

Our blog has now been integrated into the main site. The WordPress version has been archived here in its entirety.

 


 

3rd June

Biology & Medicine > Bacteriophage therapy

Blog post: The Geopolitics of Climate Change

 


 

2nd June

2015 - LED lamps dominate the commercial and domestic lighting markets

Blog post: Climate change milestone: CO2 reaches 400ppm in the Arctic

Blog post: A permanent base on Mars by 2023?

 


 

1st June

Blog post: Neuroscientists reach major milestone in whole-brain mapping

Edited the Andromeda-Milky Way galaxy merger. This has been moved from 3 billion to 3.8 billion AD, based on two new references. Plus it now includes a GIF animation, showing how the merger would appear in the night sky.

2023 - Completion of the London "super sewer"

 


 

30th May

Blog post: Nokia Sensing X Challenge

 


 

29th May

Blog post: "Personality genes" may help account for longevity

 


 

28th May

Blog post: Holograms to replace people at NY airports

 


 

26th May

2055 - Spaceflight has taken a leap forward

Blog post: Jet-injected drugs could mean end of needles

New featured video.

 


 

24th May

Blog post: NASA developing concepts for future Mars missions

Blog post: Say goodbye to your mouse and keyboard

 


 

23rd May

Blog post: Russian Space Chief: "We're Talking About Establishing Permanent Bases" On the Moon

Blog post: Hearts damaged by cardiac arrest could be repaired with stem cells

 


 

22nd May

Blog post: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 on historic mission

 


 

20th May

7,200,000 AD - Mount Rushmore has eroded away

 


 

17th May

2058 - The Beatles' music catalogue enters the public domain

 


 

16th May

Blog post: Biodiversity declines as global consumption reaches all-time high

Blog post: Transit of Venus

 


 

15th May

Blog post: First gene therapy against aging is successful: mouse lifespan extended by 24% with a single treatment

 


 

14th May

Blog post: Asteroid Mining: Science or Fiction?

 


 

13th May

Energy & the Environment > Arctic sea ice (minimum volume)

Blog post: Teleportation breakthrough

 


 

10th May

2051 - An interstellar radio message arrives at Gliese 777

 


 

9th May

Blog post: First "microsubmarines" to clean oil spills

Blog post: Russia develops revolutionary new rocket engine

 


 

8th May

Blog post: A potential new treatment for obesity

 


 

7th May

2025-2030 - Rhinos are going extinct in the wild

 


 

6th May

Blog post: The Samsung Galaxy S III

2050 - Humanity is at a crossroads

 


 

5th May

New featured video.

Blog post: Aged stem cells rejuvenated to be functionally younger

 


 

29th April

New poll added.

The results of the previous poll can be seen here.

 


 

24th April

Blog post: Asteroid mining plans revealed by Planetary Resources, Inc.

 


 

23rd April

2037 - The world's largest mud volcano stops erupting

Transport & Infrastructure: Evacuated tube transport

 


 

22nd April

Blog post: Asteroid mining company to be unveiled?

2021 - The world's first artificial kidney

 


 

16th April

Added another supporting reference for 2025 - Human brain simulations are becoming possible

 


 

15th April

Moved India launches its second unmanned lunar probe from 2013 to 2016 (based on a new reference).

Blog post: Could stem cells cure AIDS?

 


 

14th April

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12th April

Blog post: Targeted nanoparticles show success in clinical trials

 


 

11th April

Blog post: Surviving Progress

2025 - Railguns are in use by the U.S. navy

2013 - Launch of the PS4 and Xbox 720

2013 - Highly flexible touch sensors are appearing in a range of gadgets

 


 

10th April

Blog post: Major milestone takes "flying car" closer to first delivery

 


 

9th April

Blog post: Battery switch stations could revolutionise the electric car industry

 


 

8th April

Blog post: Google’s futuristic, Internet-connected glasses

Blog post: Flexible touch sensors could revolutionise mobile device design

 


 

2nd April

2045 - The Chūō Shinkansen high speed maglev route is complete

 


 

1st April

New featured video.

 


 

25th March

2044 - A transglobal highway and rail network has emerged

 


 

21st March

Blog post: A way to reverse global warming – study finds room to store CO2 underground

 


 

11th March

New featured video.

2042 - Global population reaches 9 billion

Edited 2055.

 


 

5th March

Blog post: DARPA's "Cheetah" Sets Land Speed Record for Legged Robots

 


 

1st March

Blog post: Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

 


 

28th February

New poll added.

The results of the previous poll can be seen here.

 


 

27th February

Blog post: Driverless cars can be licensed in Nevada

 


 

26th February

2042 - White people are a minority in the USA

 


 

24th February

Blog post: A cheap, portable and disposable DNA sequencer

 


 

23rd February

Blog post: Scientists extend the lifespan of mice by 15%

 


 

21st February

2041 - Orbital solar power is commercially feasible

 


 

19th February

2040 - Less than two-thirds of the original Congo jungle remains standing

 


 

12th February

Blog post: Artificial jaw made using 3D printer

Blog post: Augmented-Reality contact lenses

 


 

11th February

2035-2040 - Russia is a global food superpower

 


 

5th February

2038 - Capital punishment has greatly declined in use

 


 

4th February

New featured video.

 


 

3rd February

2038 - Older computers are at risk of experiencing major software malfunctions

 


 

2nd February

2037 - The US Air Force introduces a new stealth bomber

 


 

31st January

Blog post: 2011: A look back (part 5)

 


 

22nd January

Blog post: 2011: A look back (part 4)

 


 

20th January

New video added

 


 

15th January

Blog post: 2011: A look back (part 3)

 


 

7th January

2033 - The final phase of Britain's HS2 rail link is completed

Blog post: 2011: A look back (part 2)

 


 

4th January 2012

Blog post: 2011: A look back (part 1)

 


 

 
 
   
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