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china india usa economy 2026 2050 future

27th July 2015

China to lead the world's economy by 2026

China is set to edge ahead of the US in just over a decade, while India is expected to move up the rankings into third place – pushing Japan out of the world's top three economies.



deep genomics

24th July 2015

Deep Genomics creates deep learning technology to transform genomic medicine

Deep Genomics, a new technology start-up, was launched this week. The company aims to use deep learning and artificial intelligence to accelerate our understanding of the human genome.




24th July 2015

New computer program is first to recognise sketches more accurately than a human

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have built the first computer program that can recognise hand-drawn sketches better than humans.



kepler 452b earth like planet

23rd July 2015

NASA finds the most Earth-like planet yet

NASA has announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, an exoplanet that is near-Earth-size and orbiting the habitable zone of a Sun-like star.



argus ii bionic eye second sight

23rd July 2015

World's first bionic eye implant for a patient with macular degeneration

An age-related macular degeneration patient has received the Argus II bionic eye at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in the UK, as part of a ground-breaking study.



vertical building city

23rd July 2015

A modular vertical city concept

Luca Curci architects have presented their "Vertical City" concept, a project proposal for a modular city-building settled in the water.



global warming el nino 2015 timeline

22nd July 2015

Global warming update – July 2015

The first half of 2015 was the hottest such period on record, at 0.85°C (1.53°F) above the 20th century average, surpassing the previous record set in 2010 by 0.09°C (0.16°F).



eris 23rd century future timeline

22nd July 2015

2257 – Eris reaches perihelion

Eris gains importance in the 23rd century – as both a source of water extraction, and a staging post to remote destinations in the Oort Cloud and beyond.



manned mars mission 2030s

21st July 2015

Cost of human missions to the Moon and Mars could be shrunk by a factor of ten

Through private and international partnerships, the cost of colonising other worlds could be reduced by 90 percent, according to a joint study released by the National Space Society and the Space Frontier Foundation and reviewed by an independent team of NASA experts.




21st July 2015

New promotional video of the TF-X flying car

U.S. aircraft designer Terrafugia aims to launch a new practical flying car – the TF-X – within the next decade.



nanowires solar fuel cell hydrogen technology 2015 nanotechnology nanotech breakthrough future timeline

20th July 2015

Nanowires boost solar fuel cell efficiency tenfold

Nanowires have been used by Dutch researchers to boost solar fuel cell efficiency tenfold, while using 10,000 times less precious material.



weyl fermion

20th July 2015

New massless particle is observed for the first time

Scientists report the discovery of the Weyl fermion after an 85-year search. This massless quasiparticle could lead to future electronics that are faster and with less waste heat.



pluto neptune orbit switch

19th July 2015

2227-2247 – Pluto is closer to the Sun than Neptune

Between 2227 and 2247, Pluto's eccentric orbit takes it closer to the Sun than Neptune, resulting in warmer temperatures on the surface. The dwarf planet is being heavily exploited for resources during this time.



new horizons pluto future timeline 2030s 2038

18th July 2015

2038 – The New Horizons probe is 100 AU from the Sun

By 2038, the New Horizons probe is 100 astronomical units from the Sun and is heading towards the outermost reaches of the Solar System.



pluto new horizons timeline kuiper belt object 2018 2022

18th July 2015

2022 – New Horizons completes its study of the Kuiper Belt

Following its 2015 encounter with Pluto, the New Horizons probe ventured even further into the Solar System, exploring a Kuiper Belt Object. By 2022, this study is complete.



pluto new horizons timeline 2015

18th July 2015

2015 – New Horizons arrives at Pluto

In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft performed a close flyby of Pluto, becoming the first mission in history to visit the distant world.




16th July 2015

Asteroid mining test craft is successfully deployed

Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company, announced today that its Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) spacecraft was deployed successfully from the International Space Station's (ISS) Kibo airlock and has begun its 90-day mission.




15th July 2015

Large Hadron Collider discovers new particle

Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider report strong evidence of a new particle – the pentaquark.



china supercomputer technology 2015

14th July 2015

China maintains supercomputing lead

For the fifth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China, has retained its position as the world's no.1 system – according to the 45th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list.



7nm chip size

13th July 2015

7 nanometre chips enable Moore's Law to continue

Researchers have announced a breakthrough in the manufacture of 7 nanometre (nm) computer chips, enabling the trend of Moore's Law to continue for the next few years.



small modular nuclear reactor future timeline technology 2020 2025 2030 2035

10th July 2015

2025-2035 – Small modular nuclear reactors gain widespread adoption

A new class of smaller, safer and more flexible nuclear reactors is emerging from 2025 to 2035.



samsung 2tb ssd

8th July 2015

The world's first 2TB consumer SSDs

Samsung has announced the first 2 terabyte solid state drives (SSDs) for the consumer market – continuing the exponential trend in data storage.



woolly mammoth dna genome

4th July 2015

The first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome

The first comprehensive analysis of the mammoth genome has been completed – revealing a number of traits that enabled the animals to survive the Arctic cold.



oregon marijuana legal 1 july 2015

1st July 2015

Oregon becomes the fourth US state to make recreational marijuana legal

A new voter-approved law comes into effect today allowing for adult possession and home cultivation of marijuana in the US state of Oregon.



pancreatic cancer breakthrough 2015

27th June 2015

Two important breakthroughs in pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest known cancers, with a very low survival rate. Two separate but related studies were recently published that offer new hope for both detecting and treating the disease.



us supreme court

26th June 2015

Gay marriage is legal throughout the USA

In a historic and landmark decision, the US Supreme Court today ruled in favour of same-sex marriage throughout the USA.



future timeline mobile smartphone technology 2020

26th June 2015

70% of the world using smartphones by 2020

By 2020, advanced mobile technology will be commonplace around the globe, according to a new report.



comet like planet discovered

25th June 2015

New type of comet-like planet is discovered

Astronomers report the discovery of a new type of planet, resembling a giant comet.




23rd June 2015

New Horizons teaser video

With only three weeks to go until the New Horizons probe arrives at Pluto, the National Space Society has released this teaser video.

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3d printed rhino horn

21st June 2015

3D-printed rhino horn could make poaching obsolete

A biotech startup firm has come up with an ingenious use of 3D printing that could save the rhino from extinction.



nanopore minion

19th June 2015

First full genome of a living organism sequenced and assembled using technology the size of a smartphone

For the first time, researchers have sequenced and assembled the full genome of a living organism – the bacteria Escherichia Coli – using a sequencer that can fit in the palm of your hand.



bebionic small hand

18th June 2015

World's most lifelike bionic hand will transform the lives of amputees

A congenital amputee from London has become the first user in the UK to be fitted with a new prosthetic hand that launches this week and sets a new benchmark in small myoelectric hands.



nasa gistemp

17th June 2015

NASA: 2015 is the hottest year on record (so far)

The first five months of this year were the hottest five-month period on record by a considerable margin.



mount everest region

16th June 2015

2048-2058 – Glacier volume in the Everest region has declined by half

By the mid-21st century, melting glaciers in the Himalayas are causing a major water crisis in the region.



mars phobos deimos

15th June 2015

2022 – Japanese probe to a Martian moon

In 2022, Japan launches a sample return mission to one of the tiny moons of Mars.



future job automation technology

14th June 2015

2025-2050 – Unemployment is soaring

The second quarter of the 21st century is marked by a rapid rise in unemployment. Many countries begin to introduce a new system of unconditional basic income (UBI) during this period.



america 2050 clean energy timeline

10th June 2015

A plan to convert USA to 100% clean energy by 2050

Engineers at Stanford University have developed a state-by-state plan to convert the USA to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.



IBA eyewitness mobile app technology

8th June 2015

New mobile app could revolutionise human rights justice

The International Bar Association (IBA) today launched the eyeWitness app – a new tool for documenting and reporting human rights atrocities in a secure and verifiable way, so the information can be used as evidence in a court of law.



pluto artists impression

8th June 2015

New artist's renderings of Pluto

The New Horizons probe is now just 36 days away from its historic encounter with Pluto. Based on the little visual information gleaned so far, NASA has released new artist's renderings of the dwarf planet and its moons.




3rd June 2015

The Large Hadron Collider is reactivated

The Large Hadron Collider has been reactivated after a two-year pause, during which upgrades and repairs were taking place. The machine is now able to experiment with higher energies, increasing from 8 to 13 trillion electron volts (TeV).



cheetah robot technology jumping

30th May 2015

Cheetah robot can jump over obstacles

Engineers at MIT have developed a new version of the Cheetah robot, which is able to leap over obstacles while running at high speed.



ford electric vehicle technology

29th May 2015

Ford releases electric vehicle technology patents

Following Tesla's example, Ford is releasing its patents to encourage the development of electric vehicles.



deep learning robot technology future timeline

28th May 2015

Robot masters new skills through trial and error

Researchers have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a significant milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.



ireland gay marriage vote 2015 future timeline

24th May 2015

Ireland votes to legalise gay marriage

Ireland has become the first country in the world to use a constitutional referendum for the legalisation of same-sex marriage.



england coastal path 2020

23rd May 2015

2020 – England's Coastal Path is open to walkers

A publicly accessible footway now covers the entire perimeter of England. Originally planned for completion in 2030, additional government funding brought the project forward to 2020.



mouse maze brain plasticity

21st May 2015

Brain plasticity restored in older mice

Scientists have reactivated neuroplasticity in older mice, restoring their brains to a more youthful state. In the future, this treatment could be replicated in human patients.




20th May 2015

A breakthrough in large-scale graphene fabrication

Researchers have taken a step towards large-scale fabrication of graphene, using chemical vapour deposition to produce composites containing 2-inch-by-2-inch sheets of the material.



uae mars mission 2021

17th May 2015

2019 – The final collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf

By 2019, Larsen B has shared the same fate as its smaller brother Larsen A, collapsing completely.



uae mars mission 2021

17th May 2015

UAE mission to Mars planned for 2021

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reaffirmed its commitment to sending a probe to Mars in 2021.



el nino

14th May 2015

"Substantial" El Niño predicted for 2015

The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia has confirmed that the tropical Pacific is in the early stages of an El Niño that is likely to persist in the coming months.




10th May 2015

3-D technology detects 40 percent more breast cancers than mammography

A 3-D technology known as tomosynthesis is shown to detect 40 percent more breast cancers than mammography while also lowering the radiation dose.



co2 levels

8th May 2015

Monthly average CO2 is at 400ppm and rising

Atmospheric CO2 remained above 400 parts per million (ppm) through March 2015, the first time it has been at this level for an entire month, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The current concentration of greenhouse gases is the highest it has been for millions of years.



automated truck

7th May 2015

The first licenced autonomous driving truck in the US

Vehicle manufacturer Daimler this week announced that its Freightliner Inspiration Truck has become the world's first autonomous truck to be granted a licence for road use in the State of Nevada.



pizza drone delivery gps technology

5th May 2015

'Centimetre accurate' GPS system could transform virtual reality and mobile devices

Researchers have developed a centimetre-accurate GPS-based positioning system that could revolutionise geolocation on VR headsets, cellphones and other technologies.



tesla energy powerwall 2015 battery technology

1st May 2015

Revolutionary new energy storage system announced by Tesla

Tesla has revealed a new battery technology for homes and businesses, which provides a way to store energy from localised renewables and can function as a backup system during power outages.




30th April 2015

Rubella has been eradicated from the Americas

The World Health Organisation has officially declared that rubella – also known as the German measles – has been eradicated from the Western Hemisphere.



human embryos china designer babies 2015

29th April 2015

SABRE engine passes US Air Force feasibility test

The US Air Force Research Laboratory has confirmed the feasibility of the SABRE, a revolutionary new rocket engine that could provide cheaper space tourism and hypersonic air travel.



nick bostrom ted talk 2015 superintelligence risks singularity technology timeline

28th April 2015

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

A recent talk by Professor Nick Bostrom – known for his work on superintelligence risks.

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2018 japan lunar moon probe mission

25th April 2015

2018 – Japan lunar rover mission

A Japanese probe designed to perfect soft-landing technologies is delivered to the Moon's surface in 2018.



human embryos china designer babies 2015

24th April 2015

Human embryos genetically modified by Chinese scientists

In a world first, researchers at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, admit to having edited the genome of live human embryos to see the effect on a fatal blood disorder, thalassaemia.



global warming timeline 2050

22nd April 2015

World must aim to be fully decarbonised by 2050

A group of leading scientists have issued a statement as part of Earth Day 2015, highlighting the importance of action on climate change ahead of a UN conference later this year.



robotic kitchen 2017

18th April 2015

World's first robotic kitchen to debut in 2017

A new automated kitchen is able to scan and replicate the movements of a human chef to produce recipes.



alzheimers in mouse

17th April 2015

New potential cause for Alzheimer's identified

Following groundbreaking studies on mice, American scientists claim to have found a potential cause of Alzheimer's disease in the behaviour of immune cells, which it may be possible to target with drug treatments.



pluto charon

16th April 2015

First colour image of Pluto and Charon is returned by New Horizons

NASA's New Horizons probe has returned its first colour image of Pluto and its moon Charon. The spacecraft is now within three months of encountering the distant world.




15th April 2015

Search for advanced civilisations finds "nothing obvious" in 100,000 galaxies

A search for heat signatures left by extraterrestrial civilisations has found "nothing obvious" in 100,000 galaxies.



pillars of creation

13th April 2015

3000 AD – The Pillars of Creation are no longer visible from Earth

A supernova has destroyed this once famous and iconic part of the Eagle nebula. It has taken 7,000 years for the light to reach Earth.



complex organic molecules in young protoplanetary disc

13th April 2015

Complex organic molecules detected in young star system

For the first time, astronomers have detected the presence of complex organic molecules, the building blocks of life, in a protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star. This discovery reaffirms that the conditions that spawned the Earth and Sun are not unique in the Universe.



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canada glaciers 2100

8th April 2015

Western Canadian glaciers will lose 70% of their volume by 2100

Seventy percent of glacier ice in British Columbia and Alberta could disappear by the end of the 21st century, creating major problems for local ecosystems, power supplies, and water quality, according to a new study.



islam 2050 2070 religion future

7th April 2015

2070 – Islam is the world's dominant religion

By 2070, Islam has more followers than any other religion. While non-religiously affiliated people have continued to increase in number, when measured as a percentage of the world's population their share has actually declined.



future uk homes 2030 2030s 2032

6th April 2015

2032 – The majority of UK homes are rented

By 2032, house prices in the United Kingdom have become so unaffordable that the majority of people are forced to take rented accommodation.



polar bears arctic sea ice future melting 2050 2100

3rd April 2015

Polar bears are unlikely to survive the 21st century

As the Arctic warms and melts, polar bears forced ashore will be unable to gain sufficient food on land. Two-thirds of polar bears will be lost by 2050 and the species could go extinct by 2100.



aubrey de grey

29th March 2015

Aubrey de Grey – How To Live Forever

Professor Aubrey de Grey talks about the roadmap for developing age reversal treatments. He also discusses the various cultural and ethical issues surrounding the topic.

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costa rica volcano

28th March 2015

Costa Rica achieves 100 percent renewable energy for Q1 2015

The National Electric System (NES) in Costa Rica has announced that 100% of its electricity has been supplied from renewable sources during the first quarter of 2015.



10tb solid state drive intel technology 2015 timeline

28th March 2015

10TB solid state drives may soon be possible

An innovative new process architecture can extend Moore's Law for flash storage – bringing significant improvements in density while lowering the cost of NAND flash.



america shopping mall 2030 future abandoned

25th March 2015

2030 – Half of America's shopping malls have closed

For much of the 20th century, shopping malls were an intrinsic part of American culture. In the early 21st century, however, major changes began to occur.



lava tubes city on moon future timeline

24th March 2015

Huge lava tubes could house cities on the Moon

Old lava tubes big enough to house entire cities could be structurally stable on the moon, according to a theoretical study presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.



virtual reality future timeline technology 2015 2020

21st March 2015

Consumer virtual reality will grow exponentially between 2015 and 2020

Several years ago, in the early days of this website, we predicted that virtual reality (VR) would see a major comeback during the second half of the 2010s. This prediction appears to be right on track.



google wearable medical device future technology

21st March 2015

Google files patent for wearable medical device

Google has filed a patent application for a wearable medical device, able to use nanoparticles to detect and treat illnesses such as cancer.



clip 3d printing technology 2015

18th March 2015

Revolutionary 3-D printing method is 100 times faster

A new 3-D printer uses light and oxygen to synthesise materials from a pool of liquid, up to 100 times faster and with far more accuracy than previous methods.




16th March 2015

California marine sanctuaries to more than double in size

The U.S. government has announced plans to expand two major marine sanctuaries off the coast of California – home to a vast array of sea life.




15th March 2015

New class of drugs could slow the aging process in multiple ways

A new class of drugs known as "senolytics" has been shown to increase the healthy lifespan of mice. Not only that but multiple different aspects of the aging process can be improved simultaneously.



alzheimers ultrasound mice treatment 2015

14th March 2015

Alzheimer's breakthrough using ultrasound

A way of treating Alzheimer's disease with ultrasound has been demonstrated in mice, clearing the amyloid plaques in 75% of the animals.




14th March 2015

Panda population increases by 17%

The number of wild giant pandas has increased nearly 17% over the last decade, according to a new survey conducted by the Chinese government.



dubai museum of the future 2017

13th March 2015

Dubai to open "Museum of the Future" in 2017

Dubai is planning a major new attraction devoted to showcasing the latest technological breakthroughs.

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nasa sls engine test

12th March 2015

NASA tests Mars rocket engine

The engine of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) – the most powerful solid rocket booster ever built – had its first ground test yesterday with officials claiming a "perfect" result. This rocket will eventually send humans to Mars.



genital herpes

11th March 2015

Genital herpes vaccine shows promise in mouse study

Scientists have designed a radical new type of vaccine that could be the first ever for preventing genital herpes.



solar impulse

9th March 2015

Solar-powered plane attempts to fly around the world

The Solar Impulse team have begun their epic journey around the world.



goodyear future tire concept technology 2015 2020

8th March 2015

Futuristic tires could boost electric vehicles

Two futuristic concept tires unveiled by Goodyear at this week’s Geneva International Motor Show could radically change the role of car tires in the future.



total solar eclipse 2045 map usa timeline

7th March 2015

2045 – Total solar eclipse in the USA

A total solar eclipse occurs on 12th August 2045; the fourth longest of the 21st century. It is visible throughout much of the continental United States.



lung cancer illustration stem cells therapy 2015

7th March 2015

Stem cell therapy for lung cancer to begin human trials

A pioneering therapy using bone marrow stem cells to treat lung cancer patients has been announced in the UK.



ceres dawn probe

6th March 2015

NASA's Dawn probe arrives at Ceres

NASA's Dawn probe has begun to orbit Ceres, becoming the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet.



cloud city

5th March 2015

Should we colonise Venus instead of Mars?

When it comes to humanity's future colonisation efforts, the space community is focussed intently on Mars. But is that really the best option? Venus may offer a number of advantages, as shown in this video.

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circle line copenhagen 2019

4th March 2015

2019 – The City Circle Line opens in Copenhagen

The City Circle Line is a major upgrade of the Danish capital's metro system, increasing its total number of stations from 22 to 39. Originally planned for completion in 2018, the line is delayed by a year, opening in 2019.



sandisk microsd 200gb capacity exponential technology 2015 timeline

3rd March 2015

200GB microSD card announced by SanDisk

SanDisk has announced the first 200GB capacity microSD card, a 56% increase on its previous record of 128GB just one year earlier.



htc vive consumer virtual reality headset technology 2015

2nd March 2015

"The Vive" – new VR headset being developed by HTC and Valve

HTC, in partnership with Valve, has announced plans to bring mass-market virtual reality a step closer.



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