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10th July 2020

Robot scientist discovers a new catalyst

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have built an intelligent, mobile, robotic scientist that can solve a range of research problems and has already discovered a new catalyst.

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7th July 2020

Plant tissue engineering improves drought and salinity tolerance

By genetically engineering thale cress, scientists have made it grow like a succulent – more than doubling the plant's water-use efficiency.

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6th July 2020

U.S. autonomous freight network planned for 2023-2024

TuSimple has announced a plan for the world's first Autonomous Freight Network (AFN) – consisting of autonomous trucks, digital mapped routes, terminals, and automated operations monitoring.

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2nd July 2020

Fastest-growing black hole identified

Astronomers report that J2157, discovered in 2018, is now known to have 34 billion solar masses and is consuming the equivalent of nearly 1 solar mass every day, making it the fastest-growing black hole in the Universe.

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30th June 2020

Warehouse robot kills 90% of viruses

U.S. researchers have designed a new robotic system that kills most microorganisms in its proximity using UV light.

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22nd June 2020

Japanese supercomputer is world's fastest

Fugaku – jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu, based on Arm technology – has taken first place on Top500, a ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers.

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20th June 2020

Possible first detection of axion particle

Physicists at the XENON dark matter research facility report an "excess" of 53 events, which may hint at the existence of hypothetical particles called solar axions.

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14th June 2020

New EV battery lasts for 1.2 million miles

Chinese company, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL), this week announced a new battery technology that could revolutionise the electric vehicle market.

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14th June 2020

AI makes blurry faces look 64 times sharper

A new algorithm takes pixelated images of faces and creates realistic-looking versions with up to 64 times the resolution.

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13th June 2020

Carbon nanotube transistors make the leap from lab to factory floor

In a major leap forward for computer chip technology, researchers have shown that carbon nanotube transistors can be made rapidly in commercial facilities, with the same equipment used to manufacture traditional silicon-based transistors.

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10th June 2020

U.S. can reach 90% clean electricity by 2035

A new report – using the latest renewable energy and storage prices – shows that with the right policies, the U.S. can avoid building new fossil fuel plants and increase energy sector jobs by over half a million each year.

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9th June 2020

Synthetic red blood cells mimic natural ones, plus have new abilities

Blood cell replicas – made using a combination of polymers and silica – not only mimic the real thing, but are also capable of delivering new cargoes.

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8th June 2020

Possible Earth-like planet found around Sun-like star

Astronomers report that Kepler-160, a Sun-like star already known to host two planets, likely has a rocky third planet with orbit and light levels very similar to Earth.

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8th June 2020

Robots with flexible feet walk 40% faster

Researchers have developed flexible feet that can help robots walk up to 40% faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips. The work has applications for search-and-rescue missions, as well as space exploration.

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4th June 2020

World's first study of potential COVID-19 antibody treatment in humans

The first patients have been dosed in a study of LY-CoV555, the lead antibody from Lilly's collaboration with AbCellera.

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1st June 2020

Using hydrogen to heat steel

Ovako has announced the results of a full-scale trial using hydrogen to heat steel before rolling, which could slash the industry's carbon emissions.

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