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31st March 2017

World's first reflight of an orbital class rocket

In a major milestone for the space industry, SpaceX has conducted a historic first reflight of an orbital class rocket.

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28th March 2017

New drug can dramatically cut bad cholesterol

A new drug has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol by 59%, in a trial said to be the most important result of a cholesterol-lowering drug in over 20 years.

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27th March 2017

Critical step found in DNA repair and cellular aging

A new study on mice has found a possible treatment for DNA damage from aging and radiation. This finding could be especially helpful for astronauts in space, who are at greater risk of DNA damage from cosmic radiation.

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24th March 2017

Aging partially reversed in mice by flushing out senescent cells

Scientists have announced a drug treatment able to reverse aspects of aging in old mice – restoring their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function – by flushing out "senescent" cells in the body that have stopped dividing. Human trials are planned.

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21st March 2017

Could fast radio bursts be powering alien probes?

A speculative hypothesis by Harvard physicists argues that fast radio bursts from distant galaxies could be artificial in origin.

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21st March 2017

Canada to get its first spaceport in 2020

Maritime Launch Services, a Canadian space transport services company founded last year, has announced that it will establish a launch site in Nova Scotia by 2020. This will be Canada's first spaceport, with up to eight launches occurring each year from 2022 onwards.

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18th March 2017

Artificial "power island" to be built in the North Sea

A trio of European energy firms is collaborating to build a gigantic wind power hub in the North Sea. Providing clean energy transmission between six neighbouring countries, this will be a major step towards meeting Europe's 2050 climate goals.

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16th March 2017

New York 2140

The latest novel by Kim Stanley Robinson depicts a scarily plausible future, in which New York has been inundated by rising sea levels.

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15th March 2017

2042 – The Diary of Anne Frank enters the U.S. public domain

In 2042, the Diary of Anne Frank enters the U.S. public domain, 95 years after it was first published.

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14th March 2017

Renewables are now Australia's cheapest energy option

A major new report claims that renewable energy is now Australia's cheapest energy option, even when the cost of storage to make the intermittent power sources reliable is added.

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13th March 2017

Soil's contribution to climate change much higher than previously thought

Deeper soil layers are more sensitive to warming than previously thought, Berkeley Lab scientists have found.

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10th March 2017

IBM unveils roadmap for quantum computers

IBM has announced "IBM Q", an initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computing systems.

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10th March 2017

2041 – Oil spills in the Niger Delta have been cleaned up

By the early 2040s, a 25-year ecological restoration project in the Niger Delta has been largely completed.

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5th March 2017

The incredible inventions of intuitive AI

A tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti.

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5th March 2017

AI beats top human players at poker

The University of Alberta has announced details of DeepStack, a new artificial intelligence program able to beat professional human players at poker for the first time.

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1st March 2017

Two-way communication in brain-machine interface achieved for the first time

Optical techniques for imaging and stimulating brain activity could lead to a new generation of more precise, bidirectional neural prostheses.

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28th February 2017

"Handle" – the latest robot from Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics, the engineering and robotics company best known for the development of BigDog, has revealed its latest creation.

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28th February 2017

SpaceX will send tourists around the Moon in 2018

U.S. rocket company SpaceX has announced that two private citizens have paid to be sent around the Moon.

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27th February 2017

Ultra-flexible brain probes demonstrated

Researchers have developed ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread (NET) brain probes, designed to achieve more reliable long-term neural recording than existing probes, and without causing scar formation when implanted.

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26th February 2017

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24th February 2017

2041-2046 – Japan experiences a major volcanic eruption

The Japanese city of Kagoshima is threatened by a nearby volcano, undergoing its biggest eruption in 130 years.

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23rd February 2017

NASA discovers an entire solar system of seven Earth-sized planets

NASA astronomers have announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, a dwarf star 39 light years from Earth – all of which may have the potential to support liquid water.

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22nd February 2017

Life expectancy to reach 90 for the first time

A study in The Lancet shows that in many countries, life expectancy will rise significantly by 2030, exceeding 90 for the first time in South Korea. This trend will be slower in the USA, however – due to obesity, homicides and lack of equal access to healthcare.

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21st February 2017

2041 – Cases of lung cancer have spiked in New York

The health impacts of 9/11 continue to persist, 40 years after the attacks.

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17th February 2017

Organic material identified on Ceres

NASA's Dawn mission has found evidence of organic material on Ceres – the first clear detection of organic molecules from orbit on a main asteroid belt object.

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17th February 2017

U.S. solar installations grew by 95% in 2016

Annual solar PV installations in the U.S. nearly doubled last year – growing from 7,492 MW to 14,626 MW.

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17th February 2017

Oxygen levels in the world's oceans have fallen 2% since the 1960s

A study published in the journal Nature finds that oxygen levels in the oceans have declined by 2 percent globally in the last 50 years, due to warming and stratification.

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16th February 2017

Gene editing of human embryos receives backing from U.S. science committee

A committee from the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has given cautious backing to gene editing of human embryos.

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15th February 2017

2037 – America's sixth-generation fighter jet enters service

By 2037, deliveries of the F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. military have ceased. The U.S. Navy's existing fleet of F/A-18 Super Hornets is also being retired now, necessitating a replacement.

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15th February 2017

Dubai unveils "Mars 2117 Project"

The United Arab Emirates has announced an ambitious long-term project to build a city on Mars by 2117.

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14th February 2017

Human activity is changing the climate 170 times faster than natural processes

A new study, for the first time, has produced a mathematical equation describing the global impact of human activity on the Earth system, known as the Anthropocene equation.

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13th February 2017

NASA reveals plan for Europa surface lander in 2031

NASA has published a report outlining the mission goals of an unmanned Europa surface lander and which instruments the probe may need.

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13th February 2017

Types of Artificial Intelligence

A guest piece by Yuli Ban.

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13th February 2017

Japan to build world's largest floating solar power plant

In a joint venture, Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation have announced plans to start construction of the world's largest floating solar power plant, on the Yamakura Dam reservoir.

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9th February 2017

World economy predicted to double in size by 2042

A new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) forecasts the global economic changes between now and 2050.

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7th February 2017

New technology could triple sharpness of displays

Researchers have developed a new blue-phase liquid crystal that could triple the sharpness of TVs, computer screens, and other displays while also reducing the power needed to run the device.

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6th February 2017

Directed energy atmospheric lens could revolutionise future battlefields

Within the next 50 years, scientists believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens. This would enhance commanders' ability to observe adversaries' activities over much greater distances than existing sensors.

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3rd February 2017

Quantum computer blueprint published

Researchers have published the first practical blueprint for how to build a large-scale quantum computer.

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2nd February 2017

2037 – Total solar eclipse in Australia and New Zealand

A total solar eclipse occurs on 13th July 2037, passing over Australia and New Zealand.

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