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23rd February 2019

Privately funded Moon mission blasts off

SpaceIL has launched its Beresheet probe, the world's first privately financed mission to the Moon.

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21st February 2019

Samsung reveals folding smartphone and S10 model

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Fold, a foldable device creating a new mobile category, along with the S10.

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20th February 2019

Graphene-based wearables for health monitoring

The Graphene Flagship – one of the EU's biggest research projects – is presenting over 20 graphene-based prototypes at Mobile World Congress.

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20th February 2019

New startup wants to extend the human lifespan to 200 years

A new venture capital fund, which has already raised $100m, seeks to invest in companies that aim to extend the period of healthy human life.

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19th February 2019

Massive collision in the planetary system Kepler-107

Two extrasolar planets orbiting the star Kepler-107 are likely the result of an impact similar to that which made the Earth produce our Moon.

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17th February 2019

Harpoon successfully captures space debris

The RemoveDEBRIS satellite, one of the world's first attempts to address the build-up of dangerous space debris, has successfully used its on-board harpoon-capture system in orbit.

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16th February 2019

The future of robots and artificial intelligence

Robots and AI bring exciting opportunities to industries, promising to make our future more automated and efficient.

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15th February 2019

Asteroid mining colonies are technically feasible

Researchers conclude that a hypothetical 500-metre asteroid with its interior hollowed out could provide suitable conditions for a mining colony.

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14th February 2019

Artificial Intelligence could help to foil online dating scams

Dating apps and websites could soon use computing algorithms that 'think' like humans to pinpoint fake profiles designed to con victims out of thousands of pounds.

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13th February 2019

Top scientists form academy to boost longevity research

A new nonprofit, the Academy for Health and Lifespan Research (AHLR), has been founded by a group of 16 experts on aging and longevity.

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12th February 2019

Australia on track to reach climate targets by 2025

Australia is now installing more renewable power per person each year than any other country – putting it on course to meet its entire Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets five years early.

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12th February 2019

Robotic delivery startup raises $1bn

Nuro, an American robotics company based in Mountain View, California, has raised $940 million in financing from the SoftBank Vision Fund.

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9th February 2019

Negative CO2 emissions project gets underway

The first carbon dioxide has been captured using C-Capture technology at Drax Power Station in the UK. This pilot project could lead to a fully operational plant by the mid-2020s, helping to reverse the emissions responsible for climate change.

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5th February 2019

Himalayas will lose at least one-third of glaciers by 2100

A new study concludes that 36% of glaciers along the Hindu Kush and Himalaya range will disappear by 2100, even with rapid cuts in carbon emissions. Without emission reductions, the loss could reach two-thirds.

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4th February 2019

Near-Earth asteroids could provide a billion tons of water resources

A new study of asteroids published by the American Geophysical Union reveals a potential abundance of water resources in the vicinity of Earth.

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2nd February 2019

Game-playing AI is 10 times faster than Google's DeepMind

A new AI, trained to play a 1980s video game, is reported to be 10 times faster than Google's DeepMind and able to finish the game.

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1st February 2019

36 million Americans hold jobs with "high exposure" to automation

A report by the Brookings Institution concludes that 36 million Americans – nearly 25% of the total workforce – hold jobs with a potential for "high exposure" to automation.

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1st February 2019

Robot learns to play Jenga

A new robot developed by MIT engineers is capable of playing Jenga – a game in which players take turns removing one piece at a time from a tower of 54 wooden blocks.

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31st January 2019

First 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage for smartphones

Powered by fifth-generation V-NAND, Samsung's new Universal Flash Storage offers 20x more storage than a 64GB internal memory and 10x the speed of a typical microSD card.

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31st January 2019

Car-towing robots planned for UK airport

A three-month trial of autonomous robotic valets is set to begin at Gatwick, the UK's second busiest airport.

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30th January 2019

Brain signals converted directly into speech

In a scientific first, neuroengineers from Columbia University have developed a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognisable speech.

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28th January 2019

New technology uses lasers to transmit audible messages to specific people

Researchers have demonstrated that a laser can transmit an audible message to a person without any type of receiver equipment. The ability to send highly targeted audio signals over the air could be used to communicate across noisy rooms, or warn individuals of a dangerous situation such as an active shooter.

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28th January 2019

Axolotl genome could lead to human body regeneration

The complete axolotl genome has been sequenced by the University of Kentucky.

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25th January 2019

AI dramatically cuts time to process chest X-rays

A new algorithm could help to clear a backlog of chest radiographs, by cutting the time required for an expert analysis from 11 days to less than three.

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25th January 2019

Breakthrough in fabricating nanochips

In the quest for smaller, faster 2D processors, researchers have developed a new thermal lithography process with potential for mass production at higher quality and lower cost.

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24th January 2019

A plan to start mining on the Moon by 2025

ArianeGroup has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to examine the possibility of going to the Moon before 2025 and starting to mine the regolith.

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23rd January 2019

Electric vehicle sales to increase ten-fold by 2030

More than 20 million electric vehicles will be sold annually by the end of the next decade, according to a new analysis.

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23rd January 2019

Greenland ice sheet melting faster than previously thought

Scientists report that the Greenland ice sheet is melting four times faster than in 2003.

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18th January 2019

Florida utility plans to install 30 million solar panels by 2030

Florida Power & Light Company has announced a "30-by-30" plan to install over 30 million solar panels by 2030 and make the state of Florida a world leader in the production of solar energy.

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18th January 2019

New study shows smoking accelerates aging

Researchers have used AI to show that smoking accelerates aging.

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15th January 2019

Six-fold increase in Antarctic ice loss since 1979

A new study in the journal PNAS finds that Antarctica experienced a six-fold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017.

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15th January 2019

IBM unveils quantum computer

IBM has unveiled the IBM Q System One, its first integrated quantum computing system for commercial use.

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14th January 2019

First direct evidence that white dwarfs form crystal cores

The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals has been discovered by astronomers. Our own Sun will meet this fate in 10 billion years.

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12th January 2019

Bioengineering of rice could boost grain yield by 27%

A new bioengineering approach for boosting photosynthesis in rice plants could increase grain yield by up to 27%, according to a study published in the journal Molecular Plant.

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11th January 2019

Interstellar "precursor" mission could reach 1,000 AU by 2080

Scientists are proposing a mission to the inner Oort cloud that would launch by 2030 and reach it within 50 years.

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10th January 2019

"Walking car" could save lives in disaster zones

Hyundai has demonstrated a future concept vehicle that could activate robotic legs to "walk" over rough terrain.

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10th January 2019

World's first terabyte SD card

The first SD card with a storage capacity of 1 terabyte (TB) has been announced by Lexar.

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8th January 2019

Excitons could lead to more efficient electronics

Scientists report a way to control properties of excitons, which could lead to transistors that undergo less energy loss and heat dissipation.

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8th January 2019

Genetic "shortcut" boosts plant growth by 40%

Scientists report the engineering of crops with a photorespiratory "shortcut" to boost plant growth by 40% in real-world agronomic conditions.

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3rd January 2019

2018 highlights

Our top 20 most viewed blogs of 2018, in reverse order.

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28th December 2018

Egg scanning tech could prevent culling of 7 billion chicks per year

A new method being developed in Germany could eliminate the need for male chick culling.

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28th December 2018

Revolutionary new bioplastics could help conserve oceans, land and fresh water

Researchers have described a new process to make truly sustainable bioplastics, which degrade easily and don't require land or fresh water to produce.

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26th December 2018

Reindeer numbers crashed by half in the last two decades

A report on climate change in the Arctic warns that populations of wild reindeer, or caribou, have crashed from 4.7 million to just 2.1 million in the last two decades.

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22nd December 2018

World's first lab-grown sirloin steak

An Israeli startup has become the first company to produce a slaughter-free sirloin steak, grown in the laboratory.

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20th December 2018

Newly found object is the most distant known in our Solar System

Astronomers led by Scott Sheppard have announced the discovery of 2018 VG18 – nicknamed "Farout" – the most distant body ever observed in the Solar System at approximately 120 AU.

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14th December 2018

Voyager 2 has left the Solar System

Voyager 2 is now confirmed to have left the Solar System for interstellar space, six years after its sister probe, Voyager 1.

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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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