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4th February 2016

Asteroid mining initiative announced by Luxembourg

The Luxembourg government has announced a series of measures to position the country as a European hub in the exploration and use of space resources.

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2nd February 2016

Graphene shown to safely interface with neurons in the brain

Researchers have demonstrated that graphene can be successfully interfaced with neurons, while maintaining the integrity of these vital nerve cells. It is believed this could lead to greatly improved brain implants.

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30th January 2016

Giant cloud heading for Milky Way originated from within our galaxy

New observations of Smith's Cloud, which is predicted to collide with our galaxy in 27 million AD, show that it originated from the Milky Way. Like a boomerang effect, it now appears to be heading back to its galactic home.

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29th January 2016

New research challenges long-held views on time evolution

Research into the nature of time by Griffith University's Centre for Quantum Dynamics shows how an asymmetry for time reversal might be responsible for making the universe move forwards in time.

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29th January 2016

Pen-sized microscope identifies cancer cells

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new handheld, pen-sized microscope that could identify cancer cells in doctor's offices and operating rooms.

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28th January 2016

Doomsday Clock stays at three minutes to midnight

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board has announced that their closely monitored "Doomsday Clock" will remain at three minutes to midnight.

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27th January 2015

The Choice is Ours

The Choice is Ours is a new documentary released by the team at the Venus Project, founded by industrial designer and futurist Jacque Fresco. Similar in style to Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, it is split into four parts, each exploring a different aspect of the world we live in and how this relates to our potential future.

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23rd January 2016

Strong evidence of a ninth planet in our Solar System

Astronomers at Caltech have found the strongest evidence yet that a ninth planet – or "Planet X" – is present within our Solar System, orbiting the Sun every 20,000 years.

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22nd January 2016

Brain implant will connect a million neurons with superfast bandwidth

A neural interface being created by DARPA aims to greatly improve the resolution and connection speed between biological and non-biological matter.

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21st January 2016

Nanoparticles kill 90% of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Light-activated nanoparticles able to kill over 90% of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been demonstrated at the University of Colorado.

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21st January 2016

Tiny electronic implants that monitor brain injury, then melt away

Researchers have developed a new class of small, thin electronic sensors that monitor temperature and pressure within the skull – crucial health parameters after a brain injury or surgery – then melt away when no longer needed. This can eliminate the need for additional surgery, reducing the risk of infection and hemorrhage.

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20th January 2016

2017 – The first human head transplant

In 2017, Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero attempts to perform the first human head transplant.

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18th January 2016

62 people own same as half the world

Runaway inequality has created a world where 62 people own as much as the poorest half of the global population, according to an Oxfam report published today

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18th January 2016

Next ice age delayed by 100,000 years

Man-made carbon emissions have delayed the next ice age by as much as 100,000 years, according to researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

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16th January 2016

U.S. government pledges $4bn for self-driving vehicles

The U.S. government this week revealed plans for a 10-year, nearly $4 billion investment to accelerate the development and adoption of safe vehicle automation, through real-world pilot projects.

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14th January 2016

2016 – The first test launch of the Falcon Heavy

After a series of delays, the massive new Falcon Heavy rocket has its first test launch in 2016.

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12th January 2016

World's first virtual reality rollercoaster

In a groundbreaking move that could revolutionise the world of theme parks, Alton Towers Resort announces today it is launching a rollercoaster entirely dedicated to virtual reality.

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12th January 2016

2058 – A billion human brains can be simulated in real time

By the late 2050s, the world's most advanced supercomputers can simulate a billion human brains simultaneously.

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5th January 2016

2041 – Supercomputers reach the yottaflop scale

By the early 2040s, the world's most advanced supercomputers have reached the yottaflop scale.

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4th January 2016

2016 – Supercomputers reach 100 petaflops

Two supercomputers in China are now capable of 100 quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

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1st January 2016

2015 highlights

Our most viewed blogs of last year.

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1st January 2016

New social and telepresence robots developed in Singapore

Two new humanoid robots have been demonstrated by researchers at Nanyang Technological University.

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31st December 2015

World's first in-office paper recycling system

"PaperLab" is the world's first in-office papermaking system that turns waste paper into new sheets.

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31st December 2015

James Webb Space Telescope mirror halfway complete

This week, the ninth of 18 flight mirrors was installed on the James Webb Space Telescope. This marks the halfway completion point for the segmented primary mirror.

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28th December 2015

InSight mission to Mars postponed until at least 2018

NASA has postponed its launch of the InSight Mars mission in March 2016, due to an air leak in one of the primary scientific instruments. It is currently unclear if the mission will be cancelled entirely or delayed until 2018.

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27th December 2015

Lions added to endangered species list

In response to the alarming decline of lion populations in the wild, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed two lion subspecies as endangered and threatened. Without action to protect them, African lions could see their populations halved by 2035.

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26th December 2015

New genes associated with extreme longevity identified

A new Big Data statistical method has identified five longevity loci, providing clues about successful aging.

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25th December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Happy holidays from Boston Dynamics (and from us here at FutureTimeline)!

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22nd December 2015

SpaceX rocket achieves historic vertical landing

Following previous failed attempts, U.S. company SpaceX headed by Elon Musk has achieved a historic milestone in space flight by landing a Falcon 9 rocket vertically.

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21st December 2015

Global coal demand stalls after more than a decade of relentless growth

The latest annual report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows the coal market under intense pressure, reflecting Chinese economic restructuring and global environmental policies.

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19th December 2015

New microscope is 2,000 times faster

A new atomic force microscope can scan images 2,000 times faster than existing commercial models. This allows it to capture near-real-time video of nanoscale processes.

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16th December 2015

"OpenAI" – a new venture to create benevolent artificial intelligence

A team of world-class researchers, engineers and technology experts have announced a non-profit collaboration – OpenAI – that will work to encourage the development of AI that benefits humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.

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12th December 2015

Ford will invest $4.5 billion in electric vehicles by 2020

US car giant Ford has announced it will invest an additional $4.5 billion in electric vehicle technology by 2020, as well as changing how the company develops vehicle experiences for customers.

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11th December 2015

Fusion reactor begins testing in Germany

The first helium plasma test has been successfully conducted at the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device in Germany.

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9th December 2015

Why we should go to Mars

In this recent video, aerospace engineer Dr Robert Zubrin explains the three main reasons for going to Mars.

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8th December 2015

Genes for longer and healthier life identified

From a 'haystack' of 40,000 genes in three different organisms, scientists have found genes that are involved in physical aging. If you influence only one of these genes, the healthy lifespan of laboratory animals is extended – and possibly that of humans, too.

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7th December 2015

Global human freshwater footprint has been underestimated

Dams and irrigation raise the global human freshwater footprint almost 20 percent higher than previously thought, according to new research.

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4th December 2015

1,000-fold increase in 3-D imaging resolution

A new system developed by MIT can increase the resolution of conventional 3-D imaging devices by 1,000 times.

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1st December 2015

Amazon reveals new Prime Air drone prototypes

Amazon has revealed its new drone prototype, which aims to deliver packages in under 30 minutes.

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