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12th April 2021

Largest increase in methane emissions since records began

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports the largest annual increase in methane emissions since records began, with a rise of 14.7 parts per billion (ppb) in 2020.

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11th April 2021

Monkey uses brain implants to play Pong

Neuralink, which Elon Musk co-founded in 2016, has revealed a macaque with chips embedded on each side of its brain, playing a mind-controlled version of the 1972 video game, Pong.

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10th April 2021

"Neutrobots" deliver cancer drugs to the brain

Researchers in China have designed a new bio-hybrid microbot, able to cross the blood-brain barrier and deliver drugs directly to brain tumours.

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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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3rd April 2021

Artificial life can grow and divide normally

A breakthrough in synthetic biology could shed new light on mechanisms controlling the most basic processes of life.

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2nd April 2021

First high-bandwidth wireless brain-computer interface for humans

Researchers have created a brain-computer interface (BCI) with 200 electrodes providing 48 megabits per second (Mbit/s) of neural signals.

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1st April 2021

Concentrated solar to provide carbon-free energy for mining

Rio Tinto, the world's second largest metals and mining corporation, has announced a partnership with Heliogen to explore the use of a breakthrough solar technology for mining operations in California.

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30th March 2021

Asteroid collision ruled out for 100+ years

A collision between Earth and the asteroid 99942 Apophis can be ruled out, for at least the next century, based on new observations by NASA.

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29th March 2021

Autonomous hives could save bee populations

With bees in decline globally, one Israeli company has developed a technological solution that could restore their populations.

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29th March 2021

Boston Dynamics warehouse robot to debut in 2022

Boston Dynamics has revealed its latest creation – a new robot called 'Stretch' that will automate warehouse operations.

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22nd March 2021

Artificial neurons are smaller and more energy efficient

Researchers have developed a new device able to run neural network computations using 100 times less energy and area than existing CMOS-based hardware.

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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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16th March 2021

Six electric utilities announce plans for a massive EV charging network

Six major U.S. utilities are collaborating to ensure that electric vehicle (EV) drivers have access to a seamless network of charging stations connecting major highway systems from the Atlantic Coast, through the Midwest and South, and into the Gulf and Central Plains regions.

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15th March 2021

Engineers design "lunar ark" to save Earth's species

An ambitious project designed by a University of Arizona team aims to preserve humankind – and animal-kind, plant-kind and fungi-kind – in the event of a global crisis.

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13th March 2021

Doubling of antimatter created in the laboratory

Scientists have achieved a breakthrough in the production of antimatter in the laboratory, with a near 100% increase.

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12th March 2021

"Camera-in-a-pill" helps to spot cancer

The NHS in England has begun trials of a new miniature camera device that a patient can swallow, to check if they have bowel cancer, as an alternative to traditional colonoscopy.

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11th March 2021

New data cable exceeds 100 Gbit/s

Researchers have developed a new data transfer system that is 20 times faster than USB 3.0.

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3rd March 2021

Nanoparticle cuts cholesterol by 57%

Scientists have used lipid nanoparticles to deliver CRISPR genome editing into mouse livers, resulting in a 57% reduction of cholesterol levels.

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3rd March 2021

New deepfake tool reanimates the dead

Israeli genealogy company MyHeritage has released a groundbreaking new feature to animate faces in still photos.

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1st March 2021

Hydrogel could repair heart attack damage

Researchers have developed an injectable hydrogel that could help repair and prevent further damage to the heart muscle after a heart attack.

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27th February 2021

Michelin tyres will be 100% sustainable by 2050

By 2050, all Michelin tyres will be made entirely from renewable, recycled, biosourced or otherwise sustainable materials.

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26th February 2021

Holographic touchscreens could improve public hygiene

Two companies from Japan have partnered to develop a new holographic display system that could eliminate the need to touch physical surfaces in public environments.

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23rd February 2021

Unusual concentration of black holes discovered

The core of NGC 6397, a globular cluster about 8,000 light years from Earth, has been found to contain an unusual concentration of black holes, based on new data from the Hubble Space Telescope and Gaia observatory.

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22nd February 2021

First cloning of endangered American animal

Scientists in the U.S. have successfully cloned an endangered black-footed ferret, using DNA from an identical animal frozen since 1988.

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15th February 2021

Green tea compound may help fight cancer

An antioxidant found in green tea may increase levels of p53, a natural anti-cancer protein, known as the "guardian of the genome" for its ability to repair DNA damage or destroy cancerous cells.

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11th February 2021

New device for scaling up quantum computers

Scientists in Australia have developed a new cryogenic computer system called Gooseberry which has potential for scaling up quantum computers from dozens to thousands of qubits.

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10th February 2021

New versions of the Spot robot

Boston Dynamics, famous for its highly mobile robots, has announced an expanded product line for the agile "Spot".

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8th February 2021

$100m prize for carbon removal funded by Elon Musk

XPRIZE, a non-profit organisation that hosts competitions for technological development intended to benefit humanity, has today announced a $100m prize for carbon removal sponsored by Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation.

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6th February 2021

Australia plans world's biggest battery for 2023

A new $2.4bn battery will have a power capacity of 1,200 megawatts (MW), which is quadruple the current world's largest, and 24 times greater than the record holder in 2016.

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3rd February 2021

Brain stem cells could improve AI

Scientists have begun working on a project that will see human brain stem cells used to power artificial intelligence and could bring about a revolution in computing.

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2nd February 2021

Guinea worm disease close to being eradicated

Guinea worm cases in humans fell by 50% in 2020, according to the Carter Center. The disease could be eradicated worldwide by 2030.

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