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30th April 2021

2080-2085 – NASA's Interstellar Probe reaches 1,000 AU

The Interstellar Probe is a very long-term and long-range space mission to explore beyond the edge of the Solar System further than any previous spacecraft.

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30th April 2021

3D biomaterial used as 'sponge' for stem cell therapy to reverse arthritis

A new biomaterial scaffold, designed to slowly release stem cells, has worked to ensure implanted stem cells can stick around to relieve pain and reverse arthritis in mice knee joints.

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29th April 2021

Electric vehicles could number 230 million worldwide by 2030

The International Energy Agency has published a report showing that, despite the pandemic, growth in electric vehicle sales has remained strong and will likely continue to boom in the coming decade.

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27th April 2021

Weed-killing robot is 20 times faster than humans

Carbon Robotics, a Seattle-based developer of autonomous farm technology, has announced its third generation of weed elimination robots.

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26th April 2021

Competition winners!

Four of our readers have each won a copy of The Future Starts Now, by Theo Priestley and Bronwyn Williams.

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25th April 2021

Malaria vaccine is first to exceed 75% efficacy

Researchers have completed a Phase II trial of R21/Matrix-M, a candidate malaria vaccine, which demonstrated an efficacy of 77% over 12 months of follow-up.

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24th April 2021

Carbon dioxide turned into oxygen on Mars

This week, NASA's Perseverance rover performed a test of its MOXIE instrument to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen for the first time on Mars.

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21st April 2021

2030 – 8K VR headsets are common

8K displays (amounting to 33 MP of resolution per eye) are a fairly standard feature of virtual reality in 2030.

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19th April 2021

Ultra-white paint cools surfaces by 10°C

Researchers have demonstrated the whitest ever paint formulation, which reflects up to 98.1% of sunlight and could reduce the need for energy-hungry air conditioners.

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16th April 2021

New processor will enable 10 times faster training of AI

NVIDIA has unveiled 'Grace' – its first data centre CPU, which will deliver a 10x performance leap for systems training AI, using energy-efficient ARM cores. The company also revealed plans for a 20 exaflop supercomputer.

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15th April 2021

The Future Starts Now, by Theo Priestley and Bronwyn Williams

A new book, published today, provides fascinating insights into how technology, society and business will transform in the years to come. We are giving away copies to three lucky readers.

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15th April 2021

180,000,000 AD – Earth has a 25 hour day

By the year 180,000,000 AD, incremental changes in the gravitational interaction between Earth and the Moon have extended the length of Earth's day by one hour.

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15th April 2021

3,000,000 AD – Earth's day has been lengthened by one minute

By the year 3,000,000 AD, incremental changes in the gravitational interaction between Earth and the Moon have extended the length of Earth's day by one minute.

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15th April 2021

52,000 AD – Earth's day has been lengthened by one second

By the year 52,000 AD, incremental changes in the gravitational interaction between Earth and the Moon have extended the length of Earth's day by one second.

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12th April 2021

Largest increase in methane emissions since records began

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports the largest annual increase in methane emissions since records began, with a rise of 14.7 parts per billion (ppb) in 2020.

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11th April 2021

Monkey uses brain implants to play Pong

Neuralink, which Elon Musk co-founded in 2016, has revealed a macaque with chips embedded on each side of its brain, playing a mind-controlled version of the 1972 video game, Pong.

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10th April 2021

"Neutrobots" deliver cancer drugs to the brain

Researchers in China have designed a new bio-hybrid microbot, able to cross the blood-brain barrier and deliver drugs directly to brain tumours.

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9th April 2021

First ever 3D atomic imaging of amorphous solid

Researchers have solved a 100-year-old problem in science – capturing the 3D structure of an amorphous solid, in this case metallic glass.

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8th April 2021

Space art by Mark A. Garlick

The latest artist to be featured in our gallery is Mark A. Garlick, a freelance illustrator, author and computer animator based in Hove, UK.

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5th April 2021

2033-2035 – Quantum computers are cracking RSA-2048 keys

By now, quantum computers are becoming so powerful – and with such long coherence times – that they can unlock previously high-level encryption systems with hundreds of digits in a matter of seconds.

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3rd April 2021

Artificial life can grow and divide normally

A breakthrough in synthetic biology could shed new light on mechanisms controlling the most basic processes of life.

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2nd April 2021

First high-bandwidth wireless brain-computer interface for humans

Researchers have created a brain-computer interface (BCI) with 200 electrodes providing 48 megabits per second (Mbit/s) of neural signals.

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1st April 2021

2030 – 100 terabyte HDDs reach consumer level

By 2030, new innovations in data density have more than quintupled the maximum storage available for home PCs.

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1st April 2021

Concentrated solar to provide carbon-free energy for mining

Rio Tinto, the world's second largest metals and mining corporation, has announced a partnership with Heliogen to explore the use of a breakthrough solar technology for mining operations in California.

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