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15th December 2017

NASA uses AI to find hidden exoplanets

NASA astronomers have announced the detection of Kepler-90i, a super-Earth exoplanet, and the eighth in a multi-exoplanetary system, which now hosts the most exoplanets ever found to date orbiting an extrasolar star.

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14th December 2017

Gene therapy for haemophilia A: "Mind-blowing results"

British doctors have used a new form of gene therapy to treat haemophilia A, a genetic defect that leads to excess bleeding.

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14th December 2017

NVIDIA launches graphics card with 110 teraflops of power

NVIDIA has unveiled the TITAN V – the most powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) ever made, equivalent to the world's 3rd fastest supercomputer in 2006.

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13th December 2017

New battery technology could triple range of electric vehicles

A new technology innovation could allow car batteries to hold dramatically more energy, thus leading to an extended travel range per charge in electric vehicles.

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12th December 2017

Major breakthrough in Huntington's disease

University College London reports that a genetic error responsible for Huntington's disease has been corrected in human patients for the first time.

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9th December 2017

100-fold increase in nanostructure complexity

Scientists at Harvard University have announced a 100-fold increase in the complexity of "DNA bricks" that can self-assemble into 3D nanostructures.

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8th December 2017

ITER fusion reactor is 50% complete

Construction of the ITER fusion reactor – described as the most complex machine in human history – has reached the halfway point.

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4th December 2017

Breakthrough in optical computing

Researchers have announced a breakthrough in optical computing, with a 10,000-fold shrinkage in the distance over which light can interact.

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4th December 2017

Inhibition of common enzyme can extend longevity

A common enzyme found in all mammals, including humans, can extend the lifespan of flies and worms.

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4th December 2017

3D printer uses living bacteria for ink

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a 3D printer that uses living matter for ink, which offers unique properties not found in "dead matter" such as plastics or metals.

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3rd December 2017

Voyager I fires thrusters for first time since 1980

Voyager I, the most distant man-made object, has fired its trajectory thrusters for the first time since 1980, to extend its lifetime by two or three more years.

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1st December 2017

800 million jobs could be lost to automation by 2030

A report by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) concludes that up to 800 million jobs could be lost due to robotic automation by 2030.

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1st December 2017

Global warming could increase volcanic eruptions

A study by the University of Leeds finds that shrinking glacier cover across Iceland could lead to increased volcanism in the region, by reducing pressure on the Earth's surface.

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28th November 2017

Future plans for Future Timeline...

We are excited to announce the launch of our new responsive website.

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17th November 2017

Boston Dynamics reveals new Atlas robot

Boston Dynamics has revealed an upgraded version of its Atlas robot. This new and improved machine is able to jump and perform backflips.

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16th November 2017

Gene variant may cause obesity

Experiments have shown that variants in a gene called ankyrin-B, carried by millions of Americans, could cause cells to store fat, potentially leading to obesity.

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16th November 2017

New helium-resistant materials could make fusion energy a reality

Nanocomposite solids could protect the materials in fusion reactors from degradation.

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15th November 2017

The first "digital pill" is approved by the FDA

The FDA has approved "Abilify MyCite", the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. This can record when the medication was taken, via a sensor embedded in the pill.

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13th November 2017

Global CO2 emissions hit record high

After a three-year plateau, global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) have risen again, dashing hopes that a peak might soon be reached.

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11th November 2017

New drug 'melts away' fat inside arteries

UK scientists report that a single dose of the drug Trodusquemine can "melt away" fat inside mouse arteries.

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8th November 2017

Old human cells rejuvenated in aging breakthrough

A new way to rejuvenate old cells has been discovered, making them not only look younger, but start to behave more like young cells.

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7th November 2017

Brain device boosts learning in monkeys by 40%

Scientists have developed a non-invasive cap that stimulates parts of the brain via electrical currents and is shown to improve the learning abilities of macaques. In the future, this technology could be used by humans.

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6th November 2017

Nestlé to source only cage-free eggs by 2025

Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, has announced that it will use only cage-free hens for its products from 2025.

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3rd November 2017

Four genes linked to pancreatic cancer

Researchers have identified four genes responsible for how long patients survive with pancreatic cancer.

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2nd November 2017

CO2 levels now highest in 3 million years

The World Meteorological Organisation has announced that concentrations of CO2 in Earth's atmosphere reached a record high of 403.3 parts per million (ppm) during 2016.

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1st November 2017

New efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells

Researchers in the U.S. have set a new world efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells, at 13.4 percent.

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29th October 2017

New and improved version of CRISPR for more precise genetic engineering

An improved version of the genetic engineering technique known as CRISPR has been published, which can repair even smaller segments of a human genome.

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26th October 2017

Transparent solar tech represents 'wave of the future'

See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, bulkier rooftop solar units, scientists report.

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23rd October 2017

75% decline in flying insect biomass since 1989

Researchers in Germany have found a reduction in flying insect biomass of over 75% in the last three decades, suggesting the possibility of large-scale ecological collapse.

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22nd October 2017

First 5G mobile connection

Qualcomm has announced the first 5G mobile connection, with a data transfer speed of more than 1 Gbps.

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17th October 2017

Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer

Scientists in the UK have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes.

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16th October 2017

First trans-Neptunian object with a ring

The dwarf planet Haumea is confirmed to have a ring system, the first time such a feature has been discovered around a trans-Neptunian object.

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12th October 2017

Scientists find way to genetically boost nutritional value of corn

Scientists have enhanced the nutritional value of corn, the largest commodity crop grown on Earth, by inserting a bacterial gene from E. coli.

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11th October 2017

Futuristic pedestrian crossing unveiled in London

A prototype "smart crossing" has been demonstrated in London, which uses a combination of LED technology and computer vision to adapt its markings and signals in real-time.

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10th October 2017

Vast energy potential of ocean-based wind farms

A new study finds that wind farms in the North Atlantic could, in theory, provide sufficient energy to meet all of humanity's current needs during wintertime.

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9th October 2017

Batteries that charge up to 20 times faster

A touch of asphalt may be the secret to high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge up to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to scientists.

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5th October 2017

Honda reveals prototype disaster response robot

Japanese conglomerate Honda has unveiled the E2-DR, a prototype humanoid robot that could help to save lives in disaster zones.

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4th October 2017

Sydney and Melbourne could experience 50°C days within a few decades

Australia's two biggest cities could swelter through 50°C days by the 2040s, a new study concludes.

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28th September 2017

Brain-like photonic microchips developed

Researchers from Oxford, Münster and Exeter Universities have created photonic computer chips – that use light rather than electricity – to imitate the way a brain's synapses operate.

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27th September 2017

After 15 years in a vegetative state, nerve implant restores consciousness

A man in a vegetative state for 15 years after a car accident is reported to have shown signs of consciousness when neurosurgeons implanted a nerve stimulator.

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25th September 2017

Engineers 3-D print high-strength aluminium

Engineers in California have achieved 3-D printing of high-strength aluminium and solved an ages-old welding problem using nanoparticles.

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25th September 2017

Artificial intelligence for human age-reversal

Molecular researchers from the University of Copenhagen have joined forces with an artificial intelligence company to fight premature aging.

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21st September 2017

Electric bus goes 1,100 miles on a single charge

Proterra, a leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, has announced a new world record for the longest distance ever travelled by an electric vehicle on a single charge.

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21st September 2017

What will submarines look like in 50 years?

Concept designs for submarines of the 2060s have been revealed by Britain's Royal Navy.

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19th September 2017

Astronomers find second largest black hole in the Milky Way

Astronomers report the discovery of a black hole with 100,000 solar masses hiding in a gas cloud near the heart of the Milky Way, ranking it as the second largest black hole ever seen in our galaxy.

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9th September 2017

Biggest and most powerful X-ray laser begins operation

The European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) has been opened in Germany. Described as a "high-speed camera for the nanoworld", it will feature 200 times the speed of previous X-ray facilities and a billion times the brightness.

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6th September 2017

400GB microSD card announced

SanDisk has just unveiled a 400 gigabyte (GB) microSD card, which it claims is the world's highest capacity.

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1st September 2017

Repeating radio signals detected from distant galaxy

Astronomers have detected 15 mysterious radio bursts coming from a dwarf galaxy about 3 billion light-years away.

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31st August 2017

Nanomachines drill into cancer cells and kill them in 60 seconds

Motorised molecules have been used to drill holes in the membranes of individual cells, and show promise for either bringing therapeutic agents into the cells or directly inducing the cells to die.

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30th August 2017

Nanoparticle-drug combo has potential to treat obesity and diabetes

In a potential breakthrough for the treatment of obesity and diabetes, scientists have found a way to deliver a drug directly to stored white fat cells to turn them into more easily burned brown fat cells.

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29th August 2017

A path to 100% clean energy by 2050

Engineers at Stanford University have published a detailed plan showing how 139 of the world's countries could be converted to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.

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25th August 2017

Breakthrough in data storage could lead to 100 times higher density

Researchers have shown that storing data with single-molecule magnets is more feasible than previously thought, and could theoretically give 100 times higher density than current technologies.

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24th August 2017

The most detailed ever image of a star

Astronomers have produced the most detailed ever image of a star, the red supergiant Antares, and created the first map of surface motion on a star other than our Sun.

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21st August 2017

Automation in China is growing exponentially

China is breaking historic records in automation. The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) predicts an annual sales increase for industrial robots of up to 20% until 2020.

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20th August 2017

Elon Musk and over 100 experts call for outright ban on killer robots

Leaders of top robotics and AI companies have called on the UN to enact a worldwide ban on killer robots.

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18th August 2017

Where is everybody? Implications of cosmic silence

If the potential for intelligent life to exist somewhere in the universe is so large, then where is everybody? In a new paper, an astrophysicist argues that species such as ours go extinct soon after attaining high levels of technology.

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14th August 2017

100 times faster Wi-Fi may soon be possible

Scientists report the transmission of data through a terahertz multiplexer at 50 gigabits per second, which could lead to a new generation of ultra-fast Wi-Fi.

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12th August 2017

AI defeats world's best players in competitive eSports

A major breakthrough in artificial intelligence has been announced, with a computer beating the world's best players at competitive eSports for the first time.

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12th August 2017

U.S. Army lab discovers new energy source

Scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Maryland have demonstrated a new nanomaterial powder that creates large amounts of energy by simply mixing it with water.

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11th August 2017

Smart windows could save 20% in energy costs

Researchers have created "smart windows" that rapidly change opacity, depending on how sunny it is. This new technology could cut utility costs.

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10th August 2017

Four Earth-sized planets found orbiting the nearest Sun-like star

Four Earth-sized planets have been found orbiting the nearest Sun-like star, Tau Ceti, which is 12 light years away and visible to the naked eye.

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10th August 2017

Youthful plasticity restored to brains of aging mice

Manipulating a single gene can restore brain plasticity in aging mice, scientists in the U.S. report. The breakthrough could one day be replicated in humans.

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3rd August 2017

Hyperloop One completes phase 2 of testing

Hyperloop One – a new transportation system that could revolutionise how people and cargo move around the world – has completed its second phase of testing, with a 2.7 times faster speed.

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2nd August 2017

CRISPR removes disease from human embryos for the first time

For the first time, scientists have used the CRISPR system in human embryos to "delete" faulty DNA responsible for a hereditary heart condition.

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1st August 2017

New efficiency record for perovskite solar cells

Researchers in South Korea have announced a new world record efficiency of 22.1% for perovskite solar cells.

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29th July 2017

Earth just had near-miss from undetected asteroid

Astronomers have announced the surprise detection of a large rock, possibly up to 93 m (305 ft) in size, which hurtled past Earth last week.

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27th July 2017

Brain stem cells found to control aging

Researchers have discovered that stem cells in the brain's hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body.

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26th July 2017

The last surviving species on Earth may be tardigrades

Tardigrade micro-animals may be one of the most resilient lifeforms on Earth, able to withstand global mass extinctions due to astrophysical events, such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, large asteroid impacts, and passing-by stars.

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24th July 2017

Carbon sequestration made 500 times faster

Researchers in California report how carbon sequestration in the ocean can be made 500 times faster, by simply adding a common enzyme to the process.

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19th July 2017

Wearable electronics on skin can provide long-term health monitoring

Researchers have made a "breathable" nanoscale mesh with an electronic sensor that can be worn on the skin for a week without discomfort, and could potentially monitor a person's health continuously for long periods.

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18th July 2017

Genetically modified bananas high in pro-vitamin A developed

Researchers have announced the development of a GM banana with higher levels of pro-vitamin A, which could improve the nutritional content of bananas in Africa.

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14th July 2017

Luxembourg becomes the first European country to pass space mining law

Luxembourg yesterday passed a draft law on the exploration and use of space resources.

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13th July 2017

The first ever movie encoded in DNA

Scientists at Harvard have used the CRISPR gene-editing system to store a GIF animation in the DNA of bacteria.

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13th July 2017

Smallest-ever star discovered

The discovery of the smallest star able to sustain nuclear fusion has been announced; its diameter is just slightly larger than that of Saturn.

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10th July 2017

Large Hadron Collider detects new particle

Physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider report the detection of a new particle, Xi-cc++ (pronounced ka-sigh-see-see-plus-plus), containing two charm quarks and one up quark.

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9th July 2017

China to build first "forest city" in 2020

The masterplan for an eco-friendly "forest city" in China has been revealed.

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6th July 2017

Volvo Cars to go all-electric

Volvo Cars has announced that every car it launches from 2019 will be electric or hybrid, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine and placing electrification at the core of its future business.

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5th July 2017

Future pavements could generate electricity from footsteps

Imagine a city where simply walking on pavements and other flat surfaces can make usable power. One company has demonstrated just such a concept in London's West End.

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3rd July 2017

Select memories can be erased, leaving others intact

A study of snail neurons, published in Current Biology, suggests memories that trigger anxiety and PTSD could be "erased" without affecting normal memory of past events.

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1st July 2017

Climate change will increase inequality in the USA

Unmitigated climate change will exacerbate inequality in the USA, with southern states losing up to 20 percent of their income by century's end.

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