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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.



london future population 2020 2030 2040 2050

22nd February 2015

2035 – London's population exceeds 10 million

London's population has continued to expand, placing ever greater pressure on infrastructure and social services.



care-o-bot 4

22nd February 2015

Care-O-bot 4: a universal helper for everyday situations

The latest generation of "Care-O-bot" is both cheaper and more versatile than its predecessors, offering a wide range of applications.



mars one astronaut

17th February 2015

Mars One selects final 100 astronaut candidates

Mars One, an ambitious project to colonise Mars, has announced its latest stage of development.



transistor size timeline 2017 2020 moores law future

15th February 2015

2017 – 10 nanometre chips enter mass production

Originally planned for 2015, the 10nm generation of computer chips is finally released in 2017, bringing major advances in CPU and GPU power, along with reduced energy consumption.



plastic waste entering oceans

14th February 2015

Megatons of plastic waste are entering the oceans each year

Around eight million metric tons of plastic entered the oceans in 2010 from people living within 50 km of the coast – according to the results of a new study. Unless action is taken to improve recycling and waste disposal, the world faces an environmental crisis in the decades ahead.



uk driverless car technology 2015

12th February 2015

UK will begin testing driverless car technology

The UK has joined a growing number of countries planning to allow driverless cars on roads. Yesterday the government announced a review into highway regulations and maintenance checks in preparation for testing the new technology.



boston dynamics spot robot

10th February 2015

New robot from Boston Dynamics

Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Spot has a sensor head that helps it navigate and negotiate rough terrain. Spot weighs about 160 lbs.

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china robots 2017

8th February 2015

China will have the most robots in the world by 2017

China is driving explosive growth in the robotics industry that is likely to continue for many years to come – according to a new report.



Zoltan Istvan

7th February 2015

What if you could live for 10,000 years?

Q&A with Zoltan Istvan – American futurist, philosopher, and transhumanist – founder of the Transhumanist Party and its 2016 US Presidential candidate.

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6th February 2015

Scientists reprogram plants for drought tolerance

Plant biologists report that drought tolerance in plants can be improved by engineering them to activate water-conserving processes in response to an agrochemical already in use – an approach that could be broadly applied to other parts of the same drought-response pathway and a range of other agrochemicals.




4th February 2015

One in two people in the UK will get cancer, experts forecast

New research has predicted that one in two people in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lives – according to the most accurate forecast to date, released on World Cancer Day. At the same time, more and more people are surviving the disease.



moon mining future technology

3rd February 2015

Mining the Moon is becoming a serious prospect

Once confined to the realm of science fiction, the idea of mining the Moon for resources could soon become a reality, according to a new analysis.



ex machina trailer

1st February 2015


EX_MACHINA is a sci-fi thriller that presents a chilling vision of the not-too-distant future of artificial intelligence.

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us navy railgun technology future 2016 2017 2025

1st February 2015

U.S. Navy announces progress with railgun technology

The Electromagnetic Railgun – a weapon that will play a major role in the future of the U.S. Navy – will be shown to the public for the first time on 4th-5th February at a technology expo in Washington DC.



bill gates

31st January 2015

Bill Gates is worried about the rise of AI

In a Reddit AMA this week, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates expressed his concerns over the rise of superintelligent machines.

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mars helicopter drone future rover mission technology

31st January 2015

Helicopter drone could assist Mars rovers

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has proposed a Mars helicopter drone that could scout ahead of rovers and provide operators with a much better view of the surrounding Martian terrain.



vineyard robot

30th January 2015

A robot to help improve agriculture and wine production

A new robot with advanced, non-invasive sensors and mobility could provide fast, accurate and objective data on the state of farms and vineyards.



exoplanet rings

29th January 2015

Astronomers find exoplanet with gigantic ring system

An exoplanet has been found with a gigantic ring system, 200 times larger than that around Saturn.



california high speed rail 2029

26th January 2015

2029 – Phase 1 of the California High-Speed Rail line is complete

The west coast of America is now benefiting from a major upgrade of its rail infrastructure.




25th January 2015

Telomere extension in cultured human cells could lead to anti-aging therapies

Researchers have demonstrated a fast and reliable method of extending the length of telomeres – the protective caps at the end of chromosomes that play a key role in aging.



carbon sequestration

23rd January 2015

Long-term sequestration of carbon may be harder to achieve than previously thought

Long-term carbon sequestration is viewed as a way of mitigating climate change. It may be harder to achieve than previously thought, however, due to problems converting the gas to a solid state after injection underground.



ATLAS humanoid robot by DARPA

23rd January 2015

ATLAS humanoid robot gets an upgrade

This week, DARPA revealed upgrades to ATLAS, one of the most advanced humanoid robots in the world.



google glass

22nd January 2015

Tesco becomes first UK retailer to launch a Google Glass-enabled service

Tesco has become the first UK retailer to launch a customer Glass-enabled service with a basic version of its shopping app now available for users of the wearable device.



5g mobile

22nd January 2015

Laying the foundations for 5G mobile

The next generation of wireless communications will offer data speeds of up to 50 Gbit/s – enabling real-time holographic projections and 3D medical imaging.



wealth inequality

21st January 2015

Richest 1% will own more than all the rest by 2016

The combined wealth of the richest 1 per cent will overtake that of the other 99 per cent of people next year – unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked, Oxfam has warned.



dawn probe ceres image january 2015

20th January 2015

Dawn probe delivers new image of dwarf planet Ceres

NASA has released an animated view of the dwarf planet Ceres, taken by the approaching Dawn spacecraft.



fruit fly

15th January 2015

Fruit fly lifespan extended by up to 60%

Scientists have managed to considerably prolong the lifespan of flies by activating a gene which destroys unhealthy cells. The results could also open new possibilities in human anti-aging research.



vermont senator bernie sanders

12th January 2015

"When we reject science, we become the laughing stocks of the world"

If global warming is to be kept below 2°C this century, then over 80% of coal, 50% of gas and 30% of oil reserves are "unburnable", according to a recent study. In this video, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders makes an impassioned speech about the Keystone Pipeline and the impacts of climate change in future decades.

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neutron star space time warp

11th January 2015

Neutron star hidden by warp in space-time

Astronomers have observed and measured a neutron star slipping out of view because of the warp in space-time its orbit creates. The star is expected to reappear in about 160 years.




10th January 2015

Kepler telescope confirms 1000th exoplanet

NASA has announced the 1000th confirmed exoplanet discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. Three of the newly confirmed exoplanets were found to orbit within habitable zones of their parent stars.



obesity pill

8th January 2015

Progress towards an obesity pill

A new compound has been shown to prevent obesity in mice, with few side effects. Human trials are expected to start in the next few years.



global warming temperature record 2014 hottest year ever on record

6th January 2015

2014 was hottest year on record globally

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has confirmed 2014 as the hottest year on record globally, surpassing the previous record of 1998.



bowhead whale

5th January 2015

Whale genome may provide clues to 200-year lifespan

Scientists have mapped the bowhead whale genome and identified genes responsible for its 200-year lifespan – the longest of any mammal.



japan future population 2040 2050 2060 demographics graph

4th January 2015

2046 – Japan's population falls below 100 million

A demographic crisis has unfolded in Japan.



uk coastal erosion cliff house 2030 2030s 2034 2035 future timeline

1st January 2015

2034 – Coastal erosion has destroyed hundreds of UK homes

By the mid-2030s, the UK coastline is being seriously affected by rising sea levels and increased storm intensity.



future timeline

1st January 2015

2014 highlights

Our most viewed blogs of last year.



2015 back to the future

1st January 2015

Welcome to 2015

Welcome to the future ;-)

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police body camera

30th December 2014

Police body cameras can prevent excessive force

The first full scientific study into police body cameras has shown the technology can substantially reduce both excessive use-of-force by officers and complaints against officers by the public.



robot insect drone

30th December 2014

Bird and insect-like drones being planned by DARPA

The next few years are likely to see micro aerial vehicles based on insects and birds entering military use.




29th December 2014

The Last Days of Ivory

Released this month, The Last Days of Ivory is a short but powerful film about the ivory trade and its connections to funding terrorism. On current trends, African elephants will go extinct in the wild by the middle of the next decade.

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dna bank

29th December 2014

Russia to create "Noah's Ark" of DNA

Moscow State University has announced the creation of a DNA bank to store genetic samples from every living plant and animal species on Earth. This gigantic new facility, funded by the country's largest ever scientific grant, will open in 2018.




28th December 2014

Feeling younger than actual age can extend lifespan

People who feel younger than their real age are more likely to live longer, according to research by University College London. Positive outlooks on life and aging, a sense of empowerment and will to live may explain the difference in life expectancy.



human genomes

26th December 2014

2018 – Completion of the 100,000 Genomes Project

From 2015 to 2018, the National Health Service in England conducts large-scale gene sequencing in an effort to identify common genetic traits of cancers and rare diseases. This paves the way for a new generation of personalised genomics.




25th December 2014

Message from FutureTimeline.net


arthritis future cure

23rd December 2014

2024 – Bio-electronics for treating arthritis are in common use

Implants the size of rice grains are now routinely used to treat the symptoms of arthritis.



ibuprofen chemical structure

20th December 2014

Ibuprofen may extend lifespan

Regular doses of ibuprofen can extend the lifespan of yeast, worms and flies by 15 percent, it is reported.



digital pickpocketing

20th December 2014

RFID-blocking jeans and blazer

Digital pickpocketing has become a serious problem, with over 10 million identities stolen each year. Two companies have partnered to create RFID-blocking materials in clothes.



first man with two mind controlled prosthetic limbs

19th December 2014

First man with two mind-controlled prosthetic limbs

A Colorado man has become the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear – and simultaneously control – two modular prosthetic limbs using his thoughts alone.



brain computer artificial intelligence

19th December 2014

Scientists to begin 100-year study on artificial intelligence

Stanford University will lead a 100-year effort to study the long-term implications of AI in all aspects of life.



mars drilling hole

17th December 2014

Possible hints of organic life on Mars

NASA reports detecting an unusual increase, then decrease, in the amounts of methane in the atmosphere of the planet Mars, as well as Martian organic chemicals in powder drilled from a rock by the Curiosity rover.



Lithuania joins the Eurozone 2015 map

16th December 2014

2015 – Lithuania joins the Eurozone

On 1st January 2015, Lithuania becomes the 19th Eurozone country.



Laser weapon US Navy

14th December 2014

Laser gun is deployed and operational on U.S. Navy warship

After several years of research and testing, the U.S. Navy has introduced a new laser gun designed to protect ships without using ammunition.



the five hundred meter aperture spherical radio telescope fast project 2016 timeline

13th December 2014

2016 – The world's largest single-aperture telescope is completed in China

A telescope half a kilometre wide is completed in China this year.



fracking 2040

13th December 2014

Fracking wells to increase eightfold by 2040

The U.S. government predicts an eightfold increase in the number of fracking wells around the country by 2040.

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12th December 2014

The world has 60 years of topsoil left

If present rates of degradation continue, all of the world's topsoil could be gone by 2075.



smart textiles

10th December 2014

Clothes that can monitor and transmit biomedical info

Researchers at Université Laval in Canada have developed "smart textiles" able to monitor and transmit wearers' biomedical information via wireless or cellular networks.




7th December 2014

How common is alien life in our galaxy?

Using new data from Kepler, an astrobiologist has attempted to update the famous Drake equation. It is estimated that a biotic planet may be expected within 10-100 light years from Earth, while the nearest intelligent life is probably a few thousand light years away.



future timeline facebook

6th December 2014

10,000 members!

Today we registered our 10,000th member on Facebook. You can follow us here.

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nasa orion launch

5th December 2014

NASA conducts first unmanned test flight of Orion

A spacecraft that will take humans to Mars in the 2030s had its first unmanned test flight today.



japan asteroid probe

5th December 2014

Asteroid sample return mission is successfully launched by Japan

JAXA has successfully launched its Hayabusa 2 mission, intended to study an asteroid in 2018.



3d haptic shape in mid air

4th December 2014

3-D haptic shapes can be seen and felt in mid-air

New research, using ultrasound, has developed a 3-D haptic shape that can be seen and felt in mid-air.



solar cell efficiency record 2014

4th December 2014

New solar cell efficiency record

A new solar cell efficiency record of 46% has been achieved by a French-German collaboration.



mediterranean diet

3rd December 2014

Mediterranean diet linked to longer life

A new study provides evidence that a Mediterranean diet can increase longevity by preserving telomere lengths.



horizontal elevator technology

2nd December 2014

Horizontal, cable-free elevators arriving in 2016

In the future, elevators could handle much higher volumes of passengers, thanks to a new system being developed by a German company.




30th November 2014

Wanderers – a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System

Featuring the voice of Carl Sagan, these amazing visuals offer a glimpse of humanity's potential future in space.

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bladder illustration

29th November 2014

Breakthrough in treating advanced bladder cancer

Researchers at Queen Mary, University of London, have announced "a hugely exciting step forward" in treating advanced bladder cancer.



ebola virus

27th November 2014

Ebola vaccine shows promise

An experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola has shown promising results in a Phase 1 human clinical trial.



sql 2079

25th November 2014

2079 – SQL Server databases are hit by a major glitch

A glitch similar to the Year 2038 problem is affecting old databases in 2079.



ocean spiral

24th November 2014

Ocean Spiral – an underwater city

A Japanese engineering company has unveiled its futuristic concept for an undersea habitat that could become a reality in the 2030s.



bald eagle

23rd November 2014

2075 – The distribution of birds in the United States has been altered substantially

Rising temperatures and land use changes have disrupted the habitats of bird species across the United States. While some have benefited, most have not, and a number of iconic birds are vanishing.



leadbeaters possum extinct

22nd November 2014

2064 – Leadbeater's possum is going extinct in the wild

Leadbeater's possum, a faunal symbol of Australia, is the latest of many well-known species to lose their habitat.



ai software program google stanford university object recognition technology images videos human level understanding

21st November 2014

AI software can identify objects in photos and videos at near-human levels

A new AI software program developed by researchers at Google and Stanford University can recognise objects in photos and videos at near-human levels of understanding.



Lunar Mission One 2024

19th November 2014

2024 – Lunar Mission One drills into the Moon's south pole

In 2024, an unmanned spacecraft attempts to land on the Moon's south pole and drill deep below the surface.



lightning bolts

19th November 2014

Lightning strikes will increase due to global warming

Global warming will cause lightning strikes in the U.S. to increase 50 percent by 2100, according to a new study by the University of California.



ectogenesis artificial womb technology

18th November 2014

2034-2044 – Ectogenesis is transforming reproductive rights

Artificial wombs are becoming available, with much controversy and ethical debate surrounding the process.



senator al franken

16th November 2014

Net neutrality explained in simple terms

Net neutrality is hugely important to the future of the Internet, as explained by Senator Al Franken.

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15th November 2014

Hottest October on record

A new global temperature record for October has been set.




13th November 2014

Genomes of the world's oldest people are published

The genomes from 17 of the world's oldest people have been published. Researchers were unable to find genes significantly associated with extreme longevity.



greenland independence 2021

12th November 2014

2021 – Greenland moves towards full independence

Greenland is diversifying and expanding its economy, paving the way for independence from Denmark.



blood platelets healing

10th November 2014

Synthetic platelets could accelerate healing of injuries

Basic wound healing has been advanced with a synthetic platelet that accumulates at sites of injury, clots and stops bleeding three times faster. The synthetic platelets have realistic size, disk-shape, flexibility, and the same surface proteins as real platelets.



panama canal expansion project map 2016

8th November 2014

2016 – Completion of the Panama Canal expansion project

Following a series of delays, the Panama Canal receives a major upgrade in early 2016, doubling its capacity.



amazon echo

8th November 2014

Amazon launches "Echo" speaker with interactive AI

Online retail giant Amazon has unveiled a new hi-tech speaker system with a wide range of interactive features.




7th November 2014

The world's first solar-powered road

The first solar-powered bicycle path will be officially opened in the Netherlands next week. If successful, it could be applied to 20% of the country's roads in the future.



young planets forming around star HL Tau

7th November 2014

The clearest ever image of planets forming around a young star

The birth of planets has been revealed in astonishing detail by a telescope with 10 times the resolution of Hubble.



ras protein

5th November 2014

Scientists uncover potential drug to tackle 'undruggable' fault in third of cancers

Scientists have found a possible way to halt one of the most common faults in many types of cancer.



darpa circuit

4th November 2014

DARPA circuit achieves speed of 1 terahertz (THz)

The fastest ever integrated circuit has been announced by DARPA – achieving one terahertz (1012 Hz), or a trillion cycles per second.



hp 3d printer 10 times faster

3rd November 2014

3D printer is 10 times faster than current models

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has unveiled a 3D printer that it claims will be 10 times faster than current models.



solar impulse 2015

2nd November 2014

2015 – The first solar aircraft to circumnavigate the globe

The first solar-powered aircraft to fly around the world is achieved in 2015.



broadband internet technology 2014

2nd November 2014

2014 – The global average Internet connection is broadband

The Internet reached a milestone in 2014 as the average connection speed passed the 4 Mbit/s threshold considered to be fast enough for "broadband".



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