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18th September 2019

Robotic farming company raises $14.5m in funding

FarmWise, a robotic farming company, is developing AI software and high-precision automation to cleanly pick weeds from fields and eliminate the need for harmful chemical inputs.

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17th September 2019

CRISPR removes antibiotic resistance gene from bacterium

Using CRISPR, researchers in the U.S. have engineered a plasmid to remove an antibiotic resistance gene from a common hospital superbug.

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14th September 2019

A second interstellar object?

Astronomers at the Minor Planet Center report the detection of comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), which is likely a second interstellar object, following the earlier discovery of 'Oumuamua.

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13th September 2019

First detection of water vapour in atmosphere of habitable zone exoplanet

Astronomers report the detection of water vapour in the atmosphere of the habitable-zone exoplanet K2-18b, which may be between 0 and 40°C.

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12th September 2019

Report warns of brain hacking technology

By 2040, neural interfaces could treat a wide range of physical and mental ailments – as well as being used for gaming, fitness and other areas. However, this technology poses risks to privacy and security, according to a new report.

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8th September 2019

Japanese neutrino detector will observe proton decay

A new underground neutrino detector, beginning operations in the late 2020s, could make the world's first observation of proton decay, and reveal new clues as to how supernovae explosions create heavy elements.

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7th September 2019

AI creates new drug compounds in just 21 days

Insilico Medicine reports the creation, via artificial intelligence, of six new drug compounds in 21 days, with a lead candidate tested and showing positive results in mice.

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5th September 2019

Samsung predicts life in the year 2069

Six of Britain's leading academics and futurists have collaborated to create a vision of the future in 50 years' time.

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4th September 2019

Gene therapy reduces obesity and reverses type 2 diabetes in mice

Scientists have used CRISPR to switch off a fat storage gene in mice, resulting in a 20% weight loss and improved insulin resistance.

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3rd September 2019

Scientists regrow tooth enamel

Scientists in China report a way of regrowing the complex structure of tooth enamel, using calcium phosphate ion clusters as a precursor layer.

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31st August 2019

Funding boost for longevity company

Juvenescence, which aims to extend human lifespans to 150, has raised $100 million in its latest funding round.

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26th August 2019

Robot restaurant opens in southern India

A new restaurant has opened in the southern Indian city of Bangalore where customers are served by a team of robots.

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25th August 2019

New model shows how buildings could slash their carbon emissions by 80% by 2050

A combination of energy-efficient technologies, smart building controls, and the electrification of systems that currently use fossil fuels could play a major role in cutting CO2 emissions.

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24th August 2019

Breakthrough in quantum teleportation

Scientists report the first teleportation of three-dimensional quantum states, known as "qutrits", which are more complex than two-dimensional qubits.

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21st August 2019

July 2019 was hottest month on record globally

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that July 2019 was the hottest month on record globally, at 0.95°C (1.71°F) above the 20th century average.

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20th August 2019

The first trillion transistor chip

Cerebras Systems, a California-based startup dedicated to accelerating AI computing speeds, has unveiled the largest chip ever built.

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19th August 2019

Earthlike planet frequency estimated

The most accurate study of exoplanets to date, published by Penn State, estimates that one in six Sun-like stars host planets of a similar size and orbital period to Earth.

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13th August 2019

Mysterious brightening at the galactic core

Astronomers report a sudden brightening of Sagittarius A*, which became 75 times brighter than usual, suggesting that the supermassive black hole may have encountered another object.

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12th August 2019

Scientists create "cyborg organoids" to monitor cell development

Researchers at Harvard report the creation of "cyborg organoids", which consist of 3D organoids grown from stem cells, with embedded sensors to measure activity in the developmental process.

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7th August 2019

Ice-making submarine could help restore Arctic

A recent design competition hosted in Thailand included a geoengineering proposal to help re-freeze the Arctic using fleets of ice-making submarines.

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7th August 2019

World's thinnest gold: 0.47 nanometres

Scientists in the UK have created a new form of gold just two atoms thick. In addition to being the thinnest unsupported gold ever produced, it functions 10 times more efficiently as a catalytic substrate than larger gold nanoparticles.

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6th August 2019

In the future, this electricity-free tech could help cool buildings

A new device can help to cool parts of buildings by up to 11°C (20°F), without using electricity.

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5th August 2019

Nikolai Kardashev, 1932-2019

Nikolai Kardashev, an inspiration to many in the futurist community, has died aged 87.

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3rd August 2019

A step closer to 3D printed human hearts

A new, first-of-its-kind technique enables 3D bioprinting of tissue scaffolds made from collagen, the major structural protein in the human body.

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31st July 2019

Energy storage market to exceed 1,000GW globally by 2040

Bloomberg New Energy Finance is predicting a 122-fold increase in global energy storage capacity in the next 20 years.

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30th July 2019

Teslasuit: A full-body VR suit

A new wearable electronic suit with various built-in features could be a stepping stone to highly immersive VR technologies of the future.

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26th July 2019

Large asteroid approaches Earth undetected

Astronomers report that "2019 OK", a previously undetected asteroid, passed within 45,000 miles (72,500 km) of Earth on 25th July 2019 at 01:22 GMT.

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25th July 2019

Microsoft to invest $1 billion in OpenAI

A multi-year partnership, which includes an investment of $1 billion from Microsoft, will focus on building a platform that OpenAI can use to create new AI technologies and accelerate progress towards Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).

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23rd July 2019

Iceland: A letter to the future

Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change will be remembered with a monument at its former site, intended to deliver a message to future generations.

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22nd July 2019

Indian Moon mission blasts off

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has today launched Chandrayaan-2, its second lunar exploration mission, which includes an orbiter, lander and rover.

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21st July 2019

Elon Musk plans brain–machine interface to upgrade humans

This week, Elon Musk's company Neuralink applied to U.S. regulators to begin trials of a new brain enhancement technology, which could be tested on human volunteers from 2020.

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20th July 2019

Moon-forming disk discovered around exoplanet

Astronomers report, for the first time, detection of a moon-forming circumplanetary disk around a distant planet.

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11th July 2019

Two new antibiotics are effective against resistance

The discovery of a new molecule and subsequent creation of two entirely new antibiotics could help in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

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8th July 2019

Veritas Genetics cuts price of whole genome sequencing by 40% to $600

Veritas Genetics made headlines in 2016 by breaking the $1,000 barrier for whole genome sequencing. Now, the company is set to disrupt the genetic testing industry once again.

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8th July 2019

An automatic landing system for small aircraft

German researchers have created an onboard, automatic landing system for small aircraft. This can function without the need for any technology on the ground, and could lead to a new era of safer, autonomous flight.

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6th July 2019

Reforestation could capture two-thirds of carbon emissions

A new assessment of global tree cover has found 0.9 billion hectares of land available for planting forests. This could store more than 200 gigatonnes of carbon.

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5th July 2019

Breakthrough achieved with non-invasive brain-computer interface

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated the first non-invasive, mind-controlled robotic arm with smooth and continuous control.

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4th July 2019

Chicago-to-Cleveland hyperloop gets funding from U.S. House of Representatives

The proposed Great Lakes Hyperloop System could allow ultra-fast journeys at 730 mph and pave the way for additional routes throughout the Midwest.

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4th July 2019

New way to direct stem cells to heart tissue

Scientists have reported a new way to direct stem cells to heart tissue, using a designer adhesin protein.

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3rd July 2019

California company raises $35m for security robots

Cobalt Robotics, which builds indoor autonomous robots to make security and facility operations more effective, has just announced the completion of $35 million in Series B financing.

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2nd July 2019

Asteroid mining market to be worth $3.9bn by 2025

Ongoing and future space missions, rising investment in new mining technologies, and use of materials obtained from asteroids in 3D printing will drive the growth of the asteroid mining market, according to Allied Market Research.

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