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31st August 2020

50-fold increase in transistor density is possible by 2030

Intel's Chief Architect, Raja Koduri, has presented a roadmap for increasing the number of transistors able to fit on a chip by a factor of 50.

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30th August 2020

2029 – The number of satellites in Earth orbit has grown exponentially

By the end of this decade, the number of active satellites in orbit around Earth has reached nearly 60,000 – a 75-fold increase since the start of the century.

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29th August 2020

Elon Musk reveals new details of Neuralink

In this video, Elon Musk demonstrates a prototype brain–computer interface chip – implanted in a pig – that his company Neuralink has been working on. The device could one day be used by humans to augment their abilities.

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26th August 2020

Progress towards a cure for herpes

In a new study by U.S. researchers, gene editing produced a 92% decrease in oral herpes – enough to keep the infection from coming back.

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25th August 2020

Africa has eradicated wild poliovirus

Africa has today been declared free of wild polio, the second human virus to be eradicated from the continent since smallpox 40 years ago.

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24th August 2020

New fastest Internet speed: 178 Tbps

Scientists have achieved a data transmission rate of 178 terabits per second (tbps) – a speed at which you could download the entire Netflix library in less than a second.

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21st August 2020

2333 – The Dounreay nuclear site becomes safe

In 2333, after a decontamination process lasting over three centuries, one of the UK's earliest nuclear sites is finally restored to its natural state.

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20th August 2020

IBM reveals next-generation processor

IBM has revealed its first commercialised 7nm processor: the IBM POWER10.

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17th August 2020

Greenland ice sheet melting has passed point of no return

Based on 40 years of satellite data, scientists at Ohio State University conclude that melting of the Greenland ice sheet has now passed the point of no return – locking in several metres of global sea level rise.

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15th August 2020

Quantum coherence breakthrough: 10,000 times longer

Universal coherence protection has been achieved in a solid-state spin qubit – a modification allowing quantum systems to stay operational ("coherent") for 10,000 times longer than before.

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14th August 2020

World's first mass-produced transparent TV

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has revealed a see-through OLED TV with transparent components, reminiscent of displays previously seen only in science fiction films.

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11th August 2020

Ceres confirmed to be water-rich world

The dwarf planet Ceres is confirmed to be a water-rich body, containing a deep reservoir of brine – based on analysis of gravity data and other measurements from the Dawn mission.

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6th August 2020

Virgin Galactic unveils Mach 3 aircraft design

Aerospace company Virgin Galactic has announced a first stage design scope for the build of a new aircraft capable of reaching speeds of Mach 3 (3,700 km/h, or 2,300 mph).

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5th August 2020

Vertical farming of wheat: up to 600 times greater yield

A new study finds that wheat grown using a 10-layer indoor vertical farm could have a yield between 220 and 600 times greater than current farming methods.

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