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29th June 2021

2057 – Smart clothing is a trillion-dollar industry

Having been a small and niche segment of the market in earlier decades, smart clothes are now becoming ubiquitous in many apparel and footwear ranges.

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24th June 2021

27-million-year geological cycle identified

A "pulse" in Earth's geological activity, occurring every 27.5 million years, has been discovered. The next pulse is due in about 20.5 million years.

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22nd June 2021

2067 – Fully automated container vessels at 50,000 TEU

Container ships have continued to grow in size over the decades. The largest are now reaching half a kilometre in length and carry more than twice the capacity of vessels in 2020.

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19th June 2021

2028 – Completion of the Brenner Base Tunnel

In 2028, the Brenner Base Tunnel becomes the longest underground railway connection in the world, linking Scandinavia with the Mediterranean.

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17th June 2021

New method cuts dengue fever cases by 77%

A trial of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria resulted in a 77% reduction of dengue fever incidence and 86% reduction of hospitalisations.

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14th June 2021

New record distance for quantum communications

Toshiba has achieved quantum communications over optical fibres exceeding 600 km in length, three times further than the previous world record distance.

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11th June 2021

AI outperforms humans in microchip designs

Researchers from Google have reported a new machine learning technique for microchip floorplanning that can outperform human experts.

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10th June 2021

Future washable smart clothes powered by Wi-Fi

In the future, ordinary clothes could be turned into smart fabrics that are both waterproof and wirelessly powered.

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8th June 2021

First fully reusable, entirely 3D-printed rocket

Relativity Space has revealed a new rocket that is both 3D printed and fully reusable. The Terran R could serve as a competitor to SpaceX's Falcon 9.

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6th June 2021

2031 – DAVINCI+ lands on Venus

DAVINCI+ is a robotic spacecraft sent to investigate the atmosphere of Venus. Having launched in 2029 and performed a series of flybys, it deploys a descent sphere in 2031.

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6th June 2021

2029-2032 – DAVINCI+ mission to Venus

Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging, Plus (DAVINCI+) is a probe to study the atmosphere of Venus. The mission includes a descent sphere to the surface.

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5th June 2021

2028-2031 – VERITAS mission to Venus

Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography and Spectroscopy (VERITAS) is a three-year mission conducted by NASA to study the planet Venus.

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3rd June 2021

Multi-strain vaccine blocks COVID-19 in monkeys

A pan-coronavirus mRNA nanoparticle vaccine with activity against all major SARS-CoV-2 variants has been described in the journal Nature, showing 100% effectiveness in macaques.

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1st June 2021

Chinese fusion reactor sets world record

China's EAST tokamak has achieved a new world record for superheated plasma, with its reactor becoming 10 times hotter than the core of the Sun.

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1st June 2021

New drone is first to reach Level 4 autonomy

Exyn Technologies, a pioneer in aerial robot systems, has announced the highest documented level of aerial autonomy.

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