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21st January 2021

Razer unveils smart mask and futuristic gaming chair

Consumer electronics company Razer has revealed two new technology concepts – a hi-tech mask, for improved socially distanced interaction, and a next-generation gaming station with immersive features and a transformable design.

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19th January 2021

Five-minute charge EV battery enters production

In a major milestone for electric vehicles, the factory production of extreme fast charging battery technology has begun, utilising nano-scale metalloids and proprietary compounds.

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16th January 2021

Upper ocean temperatures hit record high in 2020

New record high temperatures in the world's oceans have been reported, measured from the surface level down to a depth of 2,000 metres.

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15th January 2021

Humans would be unable to control an artificial superintelligence

Using theoretical calculations, a team including scientists from the Max Planck Institute have shown that humans would be unable to control a superintelligent AI.

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12th January 2021

A potential vaccine for multiple sclerosis

A potential mRNA vaccine for multiple sclerosis (MS) has been announced by a collaboration including BioNTech, with a study in mice showing great promise for improving symptoms and stopping disease progression.

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7th January 2021

Gene-editing method shows promise for premature aging syndrome

Scientists have fixed a genetic mutation in mice with progeria, a rapid aging disease. The treatment could one day be used in humans who would otherwise die in childhood.

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4th January 2021

Scientists find way to boost desalination efficiency by up to 40%

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have determined that desalination membranes are inconsistent in density and mass distribution, and shown a way to increase their efficiency by up to 40 per cent.

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1st January 2021

2020 highlights

A look back at 2020 in science and tech.

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25th December 2020

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021!

Future Timeline would like to wish our readers a merry Christmas and all the best for 2021!

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24th December 2020

World's first robotic kitchen goes on sale

Following six years of research and testing, a British technology company has officially launched what it claims to be the world's most advanced domestic robot.

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20th December 2020

Lab-made milk could replace dairy cows

A new startup company is creating lab-made dairy that it claims is indistinguishable from natural dairy.

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18th December 2020

Milestone towards a viable quantum internet

Scientists at Fermilab in the U.S. have demonstrated, for the first time, sustained and long-distance teleportation of qubits of photons with fidelity greater than 90%.

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15th December 2020

Thymus built from human stem cells

A human thymus rebuilt using stem cells and a bioengineered scaffold has been demonstrated by researchers in London.

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13th December 2020

Mass of human-made materials now equals the planet's biomass

We are doubling the mass of the human-made, "anthropogenic" part of the world every 20 years. The entire planet Earth could be converted to human uses within the next several centuries if this trend continues.

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10th December 2020

Europe's largest vertical farm will have 1,000-tonne annual capacity

The first phase of construction on Europe's largest vertical farm has been completed. It stands 14 levels high in a 7,000 square metre facility on the outskirts of Denmark's capital.

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7th December 2020

Radishes grown in space for first time

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have collected the first harvest of radishes grown on the station.

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5th December 2020

China claims quantum supremacy

Chinese researchers claim to have achieved quantum supremacy, using a 76-qubit system, which performed calculations at 100 trillion times the speed of classical supercomputers.

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3rd December 2020

2020 in top three warmest years

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports that 2020 is among the three warmest years on record, at 1.2 °C above the pre-industrial level. There is at least a one in five chance of temporarily exceeding 1.5 °C by 2024.

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30th November 2020

50-year mystery of protein folding solved by AI

Protein folding, one of the biggest mysteries in biology, has been solved by artificial intelligence company DeepMind.

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23rd November 2020

CRISPR-based treatment destroys two cancer types

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have demonstrated that the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system is very effective in treating brain and ovarian cancers, without side effects.

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21st November 2020

Largest 3D-printed apartment building in Europe

This week, a German company deployed 3D printing technology to begin construction of a new residential block, which is set to become the largest printed apartment building in Europe.

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19th November 2020

Wind-powered, transatlantic car carrier planned for 2024

In the near future, large vessels carrying vehicles or other cargo across the ocean could be powered by wind, thanks to innovative sail technology.

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17th November 2020

World's first cultured chicken restaurant is launched

The world's first restaurant that provides clientele the opportunity to eat meat grown directly from chicken cells has been opened in the Israeli town of Ness Ziona.

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16th November 2020

UK government to research space-based solar power

The UK government has commissioned new research into space-based solar power systems. These would use very large orbiting satellites to beam the Sun's energy to ground-based receivers.

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14th November 2020

New technology could turn Moon dust into oxygen and useful metals

British firm Metalysis has won a European Space Agency contract to develop technology to turn Moon dust and rocks into oxygen, leaving behind metal powders for use in construction.

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12th November 2020

New algorithm provides 50 times faster deep learning

Using algorithms derived from neuroscience, AI research company Numenta has achieved a dramatic performance improvement in deep learning networks, without any loss in accuracy.

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10th November 2020

First successful phase III trial of a COVID-19 vaccine

The first successful phase III trial of a possible COVID-19 vaccine – BNT162b2 – has been announced by drug companies Pfizer and BioNTech, which is able to prevent 90% of infections.

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9th November 2020

First passengers travel safely on a Hyperloop

In the Nevada desert yesterday, Virgin Hyperloop tested human travel in a Hyperloop pod for the first time.

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31st October 2020

Building in China "walks" using robotic legs

A five-storey building in China has been relocated using an innovative system of robotic legs.

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29th October 2020

Apophis asteroid may be heading for Earth in 2068

Observations of the near-Earth asteroid, Apophis, have already ruled out a collision with our planet in 2029 and 2036. However, the discovery of a new orbital characteristic suggests that a collision in the year 2068 remains a possibility.

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26th October 2020

Water discovered on sunlit surface of Moon

Astronomers report, for the first time, the detection of molecular water on the sunlit surface of the Moon at concentrations of up to 412 parts per million.

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24th October 2020

World record resolution in cryo-electron microscopy

A novel technique developed by researchers in Germany can visualise individual atoms in a protein with cryo-electron microscopy for the first time.

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23rd October 2020

Betelgeuse is smaller and closer than previously thought

A new study finds that the red supergiant star Betelgeuse is 530 light years away, about 25% closer than previously thought. Additionally, its estimated size has been revised downwards.

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17th October 2020

Superconductivity achieved at 15°C

A room-temperature superconductor has been demonstrated. Although requiring a high pressure of 269 gigapascals (GPa), this new compound is a 28°C improvement on the previous record.

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15th October 2020

Solar power is now "lowest cost electricity ever seen"

Solar power is now consistently cheaper than new coal- or gas-fired power plants in most countries, and solar projects now offer some of the lowest cost electricity ever seen, according to the latest report from the IEA.

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13th October 2020

Stunning video tour of asteroid's surface revealed by NASA

NASA's first asteroid sample return mission will soon be touching down on the surface of Bennu. The space agency has released a stunning video tour of this tiny world, based on data and imagery gathered so far.

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7th October 2020

Competition winners!

The following people have each won a copy of The Ministry for the Future, the new book by Kim Stanley Robinson.

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6th October 2020

NVIDIA's GeForce 30 series – a major leap in graphical processing power

Chipmaker NVIDIA has launched a new family of graphics processing units (GPUs), which the company claims is the "greatest-ever generational leap" in graphics processing technology.

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1st October 2020

Lab-grown meat company raises $55m in funding

Mosa Meat, which introduced the world's first cultured beef hamburger in 2013, has announced the first closing of $55m as part of a larger Series B funding round.

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26th September 2020

First candidate extragalactic planetary system identified

Astronomers report evidence, for the first time, of an exoplanet in a system outside the Milky Way galaxy.

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25th September 2020

The Ministry for the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson – author of the famous Mars trilogy – has a new book, The Ministry for the Future, being published on 6th October. We are giving away copies to three lucky readers.

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24th September 2020

World's largest cement maker pledges carbon neutrality

Swiss multinational company, LafargeHolcim, is planning its first "net zero" cement production facility by 2030 and has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2050.

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22nd September 2020

NASA publishes Moon landing plan for 2024

Following a series of contract awards and hardware milestones, NASA has shared an update on its Artemis program – including the latest Phase 1 plans to land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon in 2024.

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21st September 2020

Wall-mounted technology detects COVID-19 in the air

A new wall-mounted technology – BioCloud – can detect the presence of COVID-19 in the air, and trigger an alert system to provide real time notifications of the pathogen's presence, allowing outbreaks to be contained before they occur.

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20th September 2020

Device captures microplastic pollution from tyre wear

A new wheel-fitted device by technology startup, The Tyre Collective, could help to reduce both air and plastic pollution produced from vehicles.

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16th September 2020

New drug highly effective against SARS-CoV-2

Scientists have isolated the smallest biological molecule to date that completely and specifically neutralises SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19.

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14th September 2020

Possible biosignature detected on Venus

The detection of phosphine in the clouds of Venus is reported by astronomers. This may indicate a biosignature.

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6th September 2020

Molecular analyser is 100 times faster

A new infrared spectroscopy method, 100 times faster than previous techniques, is reported by the University of Tokyo.

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5th September 2020

Largest known black hole merger is confirmed

Astronomers have confirmed the largest known black hole merger, which also provides the first clear evidence of an intermediate-mass black hole, estimated at 142 solar masses.

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