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office plants

2nd September 2014

An office enriched with plants makes staff happier and boosts productivity
by 15 per cent

Future working environments could benefit from adding more greenery, if they follow scientific advice from the University of Queensland.



boy with smartphone

1st September 2014

In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?

Children's social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a psychological study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).




31st August 2014

New method automates plastic sorting for recycling

By measuring a plastic item's fluorescence half-life, it's possible to tell what kind of plastic it's made from.




30th August 2014

Scientists discover area of brain responsible for exercise motivation

Scientists have discovered an area of the brain that could control a person's motivation to exercise and participate in other rewarding activities – potentially leading to improved treatments for depression.



internet of things

29th August 2014

The Internet of Things: A Trillion Dollar Market

The Internet of Things is a new paradigm that will revolutionise the world of computers.



Tetrafluoromethane lifetime 50000 years

28th August 2014

52,000 AD – Tetrafluoromethane emissions from 2000 AD have been naturally reabsorbed

Tetrafluoromethane (CF4) is the longest-lived of all the greenhouse gases.



space junk

27th August 2014

Lockheed Martin agrees deal to track space debris

US defence giant Lockheed Martin has formed a partnership with Australian tech firm Electro Optic Systems to monitor the growing problem of space debris.



thymus grown in mouse

26th August 2014

Fully-functional organ grown from scratch inside a living animal for the first time

A whole functioning organ – a thymus – has been grown inside a mouse. The treatment could be available to humans within 10 years.



martin rees ted talk

26th August 2014

Can we prevent the end of the world?

We will face a bumpy ride through the 21st century, as Lord Martin Rees explains in this recent TED Talk.

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human longevity inc logo

24th August 2014

Human Longevity, Inc. signs agreement to develop and commercialise new stem cell therapies

Human Longevity Inc. (HLI) has signed an agreement with Celgene Cellular Therapeutics (CCT) to license, develop, and co-promote Celgene's proprietary placental cell population, PSC-100.



keyboard typing

24th August 2014

Computer program recognises emotions with 87% accuracy

Researchers have designed a computer program able to accurately recognise users’ emotional states as much as 87% of the time, depending on the emotion.



cryosat-2 ice observatory

24th August 2014

New satellite data shows "unprecedented" ice loss from Greenland
and West Antarctic

Ice loss from the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets has more than doubled in the last five years, based on extensive mapping by the European satellite CryoSat-2. This "unprecedented" rate of melting – around 500 cubic kilometres of ice per year – could mean future sea levels have been underestimated.



china beijing coal 2020

23rd August 2014

2020 – Coal is banned in Beijing

By 2020, coal and its associated products are banned from the main central areas and inner suburbs of Beijing.




23rd August 2014


Autómata is an upcoming sci-fi movie set in the year 2044. It stars Antonio Banderas as Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, who investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.

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tidal energy

22nd August 2014

Tidal stream and wave power – slower than expected growth by 2020

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has revised down its forecasts for global tidal stream and wave power deployment in 2020 – by 11 percent and 72 percent respectively.



darpa future tank technology

20th August 2014

DARPA aims to revolutionise tank design

The U.S. military is researching possible designs for a new generation of stealthier, faster, more mobile tanks.



earth overshoot hourglass

19th August 2014

Earth Overshoot Day 2014

Today – 19th August – is the date when our ecological footprint exceeds our planet's budget for this year.




19th August 2014

Atomic-force microscopes 20 times more sensitive

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus.



three person babies 2016

19th August 2014

2016 – Three-person babies

A new method of IVF which involves the creation of babies with three parents has been introduced.



swarm of 1000 robots

16th August 2014

Swarm of 1,000 robots able to self-organise

A huge, self-organising robot swarm consisting of 1,024 individual machines has been demonstrated by Harvard.



humans need not apply

15th August 2014

Humans Need Not Apply

A look at how automation and robots will disrupt employment and society in the decades ahead.

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robot butler

14th August 2014

Robotic butlers to appear in hotels

From next week, guests at the Aloft hotel chain may feel like they are living in the future, as a new robotic butler offers its services.



power plant emissions

13th August 2014

CO2 "sponge" could soak up pollution

A new polymer that could help to absorb man-made emissions from power plants has been announced by the American Chemical Society.



stroke brain scan

12th August 2014

Stem cells show promise for stroke in pilot study

Worldwide, stroke is among the leading causes of death, killing 6.2 million people each year. A new therapy using stem cells extracted from bone marrow has shown promising results in the first trial of its kind in humans.



truenorth brain computer chip

9th August 2014

Brain-like supercomputer the size of a postage stamp

Scientists at IBM Research have created a neuromorphic (brain-like) computer chip, featuring one million programmable neurons and 256 million programmable synapses.



sound from video vibrations

9th August 2014

New technology can extract audio from visual data

A new video processing algorithm can sense microscopic vibrations from soundwaves, turning everyday objects into "visual microphones". Technology of this kind has major implications for privacy and security in the future.




8th August 2014

Air traffic growth will outpace carbon reduction efforts

Carbon reduction efforts by airlines will be outweighed by growth in air traffic, even if the most contentious mitigation measures are implemented, according to new research. The number of aircraft in service is predicted to double by 2031.



Hepatitis C has become a rare disease 2036

7th August 2014

2036 – Hepatitis C has become a rare disease in the U.S.

By 2036, only 1 in every 1,500 people in the U.S. are infected with hepatitis C.



implanted neurons

7th August 2014

Implanted neurons could lead to Parkinson's cure

For the first time, scientists have grafted neurons reprogrammed from skin cells into the brains of mice resulting in long-term stability and functionality. Six months after implantation, the neurons were fully integrated into the brain.



comet 67p

6th August 2014

Rosetta probe arrives at comet 67P

After a 10 year, 4 billion mile journey, the Rosetta spacecraft has successfully arrived in orbit around a comet.



fruits and vegetables

4th August 2014

Five daily portions of fruit and vegetables may be enough to lower risk of
early death

Five daily portions of fruit and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, particularly from cardiovascular disease – but beyond five portions appears to have no further effect, finds a new study.



tesla panasonic gigafactory 2020

3rd August 2014

Tesla and Panasonic to build $5 billion "Gigafactory"

Electric car technology has received a massive boost, following an agreement to build a facility that will churn out 500,000 battery cells annually by 2020.


saturn rings future disappear

2nd August 2014

100,000,000 AD – The rings of Saturn have disappeared

A combination of micrometeoroids, charged particles and gravitational influence has diminished the rings of Saturn.


world data speed transfer record

2nd August 2014

A new data transfer record: 43 terabits per second

Researchers in Denmark have broken the world record for single fibre data transmission, achieving a transfer rate of 43 terabits per second over a distance of 41 miles (67 km). They also report a speed of 1 petabit (1000 terabits) when combining multiple lasers.


biology and self organisation

2nd August 2014

Biology and Self Organisation

Futurist and filmmaker Jason Silva presents the latest in his Shots of Awe series. During this video, he philosophises on the "agency" and "directionality" of biological matter, which gives rise to self-awareness and self-organisation.

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mars rover 2020

1st August 2014

NASA reveals payload for Mars 2020 rover

NASA has announced the payload for its Mars 2020 rover mission – including a device that will produce oxygen from the Martian atmospheric CO2.



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