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11th September 2021

World's largest direct air capture and CO2 storage plant begins operations

Swiss company Climeworks this week launched "Orca" – the world's largest carbon capture and storage plant. The facility, located in Iceland, could be replicated at other sites across the country and beyond, helping to reverse global warming.

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4th September 2021

New class of supernova discovered

A new class of supernova has been observed for the first time. The dramatic event is triggered by a black hole or neutron star crashing into the core of a companion star.

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26th August 2021

Dust-sized supercapacitor has voltage of AAA battery

Scientists have developed the smallest microsupercapacitors to date, which can function in blood vessels and could provide an energy source for tiny sensors.

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23rd August 2021

New record for 6G data transmission

LG Electronics, working with a team of German researchers, has successfully transmitted data over a distance of 100 metres with a 6G signal.

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22nd August 2021

Artificial camouflage on a robot chameleon

Researchers have created a new material that instantly reacts to match the colour of its surroundings. This has been demonstrated on the skin of a soft robot – and could one day have military or other uses.

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20th August 2021

Fusion breakthrough: 70% yield from input energy

The National Ignition Facility has achieved a major breakthrough in the quest to develop nuclear fusion power.

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19th July 2021

Japan sets new Internet speed record: 319 Tbit/s

Researchers in Tokyo, Japan, have achieved a data rate of 319 terabits per second (Tbit/s) over a distance of 3,001 km, smashing the previous record set in 2020.

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13th July 2021

World's first 3D printed school opens in Malawi

UNICEF estimates a shortage of 36,000 classrooms in Malawi. It would take 70 years – until 2090 – to fund and construct all these buildings with conventional methods. However, 3D printing could reduce that timeframe to just a single decade.

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5th July 2021

New chip wiring method scales down to 3nm

U.S. company Applied Materials has revealed a new process to engineer the wiring of advanced logic chips that can scale down to 3 nanometres (nm).

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4th July 2021

Construction begins on the Square Kilometre Array

This week, construction officially began on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – set to become the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built – with first light scheduled for 2027.

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3rd July 2021

World's first scalable multi-chip quantum processor

Rigetti Computing, a California-based developer of quantum integrated circuits, has announced it is launching the world's first multi-chip quantum processor.

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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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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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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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23rd May 2021

Atoms viewed at highest ever resolution

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a new microscopy technique that can shrink spatial resolutions to less than 20 picometres.

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8th May 2021

New 3D printing process uses wood waste

Desktop Metal has become the first manufacturer to upcycle wood waste into 3D printing for the creation of custom and luxury wood products.

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6th May 2021

New extraction method could revolutionise mining

A new process that involves drilling electrodes directly into an ore body could lead to a more sustainable mining industry, without the need to remove huge volumes of surface soil and overburden.

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24th April 2021

Carbon dioxide turned into oxygen on Mars

This week, NASA's Perseverance rover performed a test of its MOXIE instrument to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen for the first time on Mars.

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19th April 2021

Ultra-white paint cools surfaces by 10°C

Researchers have demonstrated the whitest ever paint formulation, which reflects up to 98.1% of sunlight and could reduce the need for energy-hungry air conditioners.

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9th April 2021

First ever 3D atomic imaging of amorphous solid

Researchers have solved a 100-year-old problem in science – capturing the 3D structure of an amorphous solid, in this case metallic glass.

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17th March 2021

First model of physical warp drives

A theoretical way to create a sub-light warp drive has been described that does not require negative mass. This could enable fast travel through our Solar System and onwards to distant star systems.

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16th March 2021

Earth's oxygen will last another billion years

A new study calculates how long Earth's oxygen-rich atmosphere will persist, with a most likely timeframe of 1.08 billion years until the planet is rendered uninhabitable for most life.

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