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9th December 2018

The 100,000 Genomes Project is completed

This week, the pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project officially reached its goal.

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7th December 2018

AI can solve CAPTCHA tests in under 0.05 seconds

Researchers have created a new algorithm, based on deep learning, which is able to solve text-based CAPTCHA tests in less than 0.05 seconds.

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6th December 2018

World's largest container shipping group pledges to go carbon neutral by 2050

Danish conglomerate Maersk, the world's largest container ship and supply vessel operator, has announced a plan to cut its carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

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4th December 2018

NASA probe reaches asteroid Bennu

NASA has confirmed the arrival of OSIRIS-REx at the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu after a two-year journey. It will return a sample to Earth in 2023.

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4th December 2018

Walmart to deploy cleaning robots

Retail giant Walmart plans to deploy up to 360 autonomous cleaning robots by the end of January 2019.

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3rd December 2018

Future devices for cancer treatment could zap tumours in less than a second

New machines, which could see human clinical trials in the 2020s, will reduce the side effects of radiation therapy by vastly shrinking the length of a typical session.

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1st December 2018

World's first 8K TV channel

Japan is launching the world's first 8K TV channel – featuring image dimensions of 7680×4320, also known as 4320p.

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1st December 2018

UK to begin carbon capture and storage in 2020s

The UK government has announced plans for the country's first carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) project. Thousands of such facilities will be needed worldwide by 2060.

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28th November 2018

Fusion experiment in China exceeds 100 million °C

China has confirmed that plasma in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) exceeded 100 million degrees Celsius.

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27th November 2018

NASA InSight probe arrives on Mars

NASA confirms that the InSight Lander arrived successfully on the planet Mars, returning two images.

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26th November 2018

New process for converting CO2 into plastics and other useful products

Scientists have developed catalysts that can convert carbon dioxide – the main cause of global warming – into plastics, fabrics, resins and other products.

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24th November 2018

Scientists identify genes linked to kidney disease

In a breakthrough described as "hugely important", 35 genes for chronic kidney disease (CKD) – which affects 10% of the global population – have been discovered.

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23rd November 2018

India seeks proposals for Venus mission in 2023

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced plans to send an unmanned probe to Venus in 2023 and has invited scientists from around the world to submit proposals for onboard equipment.

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22nd November 2018

China plans 6G mobile with terabit speeds by 2030

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology confirms that it started work on 6G earlier this year, but the first commercial networks are likely at least 12 years away.

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21st November 2018

World's first TV advert scripted entirely by AI

Luxury carmaker Lexus has used IBM's Watson to create the first TV advert scripted entirely by artificial intelligence.

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20th November 2018

NASA confirms landing site for Mars 2020 rover

NASA has chosen Jezero crater as the landing site for its 2020 rover, which is to launch on 17th July 2020, and touch down on Mars on 18th February 2021.

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19th November 2018

Humanoid robot can install drywall by itself

Researchers in Japan have demonstrated a humanoid robot prototype – called HRP-5P – designed to autonomously perform heavy labour or work in hazardous environments.

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15th November 2018

Planet found orbiting Barnard's Star

Astronomers report the discovery of a "Super-Earth" just six light years from our Solar System.

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14th November 2018

World's first 7nm GPUs

Chip giant AMD has unveiled the world's first 7 nanometre GPUs, offering a 58% improvement in transistor density.

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12th November 2018

Nanobots propelled through eye tissue

For the first time, scientists have developed nano-scale vehicles that can move through dense tissue like the vitreous humour of the eye.

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7th November 2018

Ancient star suggests Milky Way is older than thought

Astronomers report the discovery of a tiny "ultra metal-poor" star, possibly one of the very first stars, which consists almost entirely of materials released from the Big Bang. Its location in the Milky Way suggests that our galaxy may be three billion years older than previously thought.

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7th November 2018

Ozone layer expected to heal fully by 2060

A new assessment of the ozone layer, published by the UN, shows it to be recovering faster than previously thought.

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4th November 2018

The Earth BioGenome Project is launched

The Earth BioGenome Project – a 10-year effort to sequence the genomes of all 1.5 million known animal, plant, protozoan and fungal species (eukaryotes) – was officially launched this week.

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3rd November 2018

World's largest neuromorphic supercomputer is operational

The world's largest neuromorphic supercomputer, the million-core 'SpiNNaker' machine, has been switched on by the University of Manchester, England.

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1st November 2018

World's first commercial foldable smartphone

Royole Corporation has introduced the world's first commercial foldable smartphone, a combined mobile phone and tablet with a flexible screen, called the Royole FlexPai.

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