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japan automated lettuce factory

1st September 2015

Japan to open fully automated lettuce factory in 2017

Japanese factory operator SPREAD Co. has announced it will develop the world's first large-scale vegetable factory that is fully automated from seeding to harvest and capable of producing 30,000 heads of lettuce per day.

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hi seas mars hawaii

30th August 2015

Mars colony simulation begins

A year-long experiment to simulate a Mars colony has begun in a remote part of Hawaii.

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galaxy life map oases future timeline

30th August 2015

Interstellar seeds could create oases of life

Astrophysicists have shown that if life can travel between the stars (a process called panspermia), it would spread in a characteristic pattern that we could potentially identify.

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fusion energy breakthrough 2015

29th August 2015

Breakthrough in fusion energy

Physicists in the U.S. have achieved a breakthrough in fusion power by containing superheated hydrogen plasma for five milliseconds, far longer than any other effort before.

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cancer

29th August 2015

Scientists find possible "off switch" for cancer

A new way of "switching off" cancer cell growth, based on adhesion proteins, is reported by the Mayo Clinic.

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deforestation future timeline

27th August 2015

Studies highlight deforestation risk in the 21st century and beyond

Two separate studies highlight the need for major policy changes to protect the world's forests over the next century and beyond.

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rhino

23rd August 2015

Sumatran rhino declared extinct in Malaysia

The Sumatran rhinoceros has been declared extinct in the wild in Malaysia – leaving only nine in captivity and 100 or fewer individuals in neighbouring Indonesia.

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india flag

22nd August 2015

2022 – India becomes the most populous country on Earth

India is now overtaking China to become the most populous country on the planet, with over 1.4 billion people.

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butterfly

18th August 2015

Butterfly wings offer clues to vastly improved solar power

By studying the structure and temperature of butterfly wings, researchers have observed physical properties that could hugely improve the efficiency of solar energy.

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brainy mouse

17th August 2015

Single gene alteration boosts intelligence in mice and reduces anxiety

Genetically engineered "brainy" mice with better resilience to fear and anxiety could raise hopes of better treatments for cognitive disorders in the future.

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spicy foods longevity

17th August 2015

Spicy foods may be linked to increased longevity

Spicy foods may be linked to increased longevity, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

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universe dying future timeline

14th August 2015

The Universe is slowly dying

By measuring the energy output from a large portion of the Universe with greater precision than ever before, astronomers have determined that the Universe is gradually fading across all wavelengths. In effect, the Universe is slowly dying.

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earth overshoot day 2015

13th August 2015

Earth Overshoot Day 2015

Today, 13th August, is Earth Overshoot Day – the point at which our planet's ecological budget has been exhausted for the year. From now until the end of 2015, we are operating in "ecological overdraft".

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trillionaire

12th August 2015

2039 – The world's first trillionaire

By the late 2030s, a well-known American business magnate has achieved a net worth exceeding $1 trillion.

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glacier melting collapse

11th August 2015

Glacier loss "unprecedented" worldwide

A new comprehensive analysis of global glacier changes in the Journal of Glaciology concludes that melting rates are "unprecedented" and occurring faster than ever.

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first autonomous vessel to cross the ocean

10th August 2015

First autonomous vessel to cross the ocean

Plans have been unveiled for "Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship", the world's first full-sized, fully autonomous unmanned ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

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lexus hoverboard

7th August 2015

Lexus completes testing of hoverboard

Luxury vehicle maker Lexus has released a video showing off a real-life, working hoverboard.

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state of the future 2015 2016 report

7th August 2015

Millennium Project releases "2015–16 State of the Future" report

The Millennium Project's newly-released "2015-16 State of the Future" confirms that the world is winning more than losing, but where it is losing is very serious.

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aubrey de grey

5th August 2015

An interview with aging and longevity expert Aubrey de Grey

Aubrey de Grey believes that the first humans who will live to be 1,000 years old could already be alive today. Yesterday, he appeared on Reddit to answer questions posed by futurology enthusiasts.

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3dxpoint

4th August 2015

New memory technology is 1,000 times faster

Intel and Micron have unveiled a new memory technology that is 1,000 times faster than NAND and 10 times denser than conventional DRAM.

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ebola vaccine july 2015 syringe

3rd August 2015

Ebola vaccine is 100% successful

An Ebola vaccine has shown 100% success in an initial trial, the World Health Organisation reports.

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nanoscale brain imaging technology 2015

3rd August 2015

New technique for nanoscale images of the brain

A new technique for obtaining nanoscale images of the brain at higher resolution than ever before is announced.

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deep learning neural network

31st July 2015

Neural network is 10 times bigger than the previous world record

Digital Reasoning, a developer of cognitive computing, recently announced that it has trained the largest neural network in the world to date with a stunning 160 billion parameters. Google’s previous record was 11.2 billion, while the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory trained a neural network with 15 billion parameters.

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beijing china 2022 winter olympic games timeline

31st July 2015

2022 – Beijing hosts the Winter Olympics

The 2022 Winter Olympics take place from 4th February to 20th February 2022, in Beijing, China.

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Pyeongchang South Korea 2018 winter olympic games timeline

31st July 2015

2018 – South Korean city Pyeongchang hosts the Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics take place from 9th February to 25th February 2018, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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antibiotics breakthrough sugar molecule 2015

31st July 2015

New antibiotics breakthrough

A potential new class of antibiotics based on modified sugar molecules is reported by scientists in Australia.

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world population future timeline 2050 2100

30th July 2015

World population projected to hit 9.7 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100

The current world population of 7.3 billion will reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to a new UN report.

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jupiter

29th July 2015

From the Sun to Jupiter at the speed of light

What would it be like to travel at the speed of light?

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mech robot

28th July 2015

Autonomous weapons: an open letter from AI and robotics researchers

The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence is currently taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Today an open letter was announced at the conference, warning against the dangers of killer robots and a military AI arms race.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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arkyd-3

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.

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pentaquark

15th July 2015

Large Hadron Collider discovers new particle

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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