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29th October 2020

Apophis asteroid may be heading for Earth in 2068

Observations of the near-Earth asteroid, Apophis, have already ruled out a collision with our planet in 2029 and 2036. However, the discovery of a new orbital characteristic suggests that a collision in the year 2068 remains a possibility.

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26th October 2020

Water discovered on sunlit surface of Moon

Astronomers report, for the first time, the detection of molecular water on the sunlit surface of the Moon at concentrations of up to 412 parts per million.

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24th October 2020

World record resolution in cryo-electron microscopy

A novel technique developed by researchers in Germany can visualise individual atoms in a protein with cryo-electron microscopy for the first time.

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23rd October 2020

Betelgeuse is smaller and closer than previously thought

A new study finds that the red supergiant star Betelgeuse is 530 light years away, about 25% closer than previously thought. Additionally, its estimated size has been revised downwards.

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17th October 2020

Superconductivity achieved at 15°C

A room-temperature superconductor has been demonstrated. Although requiring a high pressure of 269 gigapascals (GPa), this new compound is a 28°C improvement on the previous record.

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15th October 2020

Solar power is now "lowest cost electricity ever seen"

Solar power is now consistently cheaper than new coal- or gas-fired power plants in most countries, and solar projects now offer some of the lowest cost electricity ever seen, according to the latest report from the IEA.

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13th October 2020

Stunning video tour of asteroid's surface revealed by NASA

NASA's first asteroid sample return mission will soon be touching down on the surface of Bennu. The space agency has released a stunning video tour of this tiny world, based on data and imagery gathered so far.

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7th October 2020

Competition winners!

The following people have each won a copy of The Ministry for the Future, the new book by Kim Stanley Robinson.

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6th October 2020

NVIDIA's GeForce 30 series – a major leap in graphical processing power

Chipmaker NVIDIA has launched a new family of graphics processing units (GPUs), which the company claims is the "greatest-ever generational leap" in graphics processing technology.

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1st October 2020

Lab-grown meat company raises $55m in funding

Mosa Meat, which introduced the world's first cultured beef hamburger in 2013, has announced the first closing of $55m as part of a larger Series B funding round.

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26th September 2020

First candidate extragalactic planetary system identified

Astronomers report evidence, for the first time, of an exoplanet in a system outside the Milky Way galaxy.

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25th September 2020

The Ministry for the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson – author of the famous Mars trilogy – has a new book, The Ministry for the Future, being published on 6th October. We are giving away copies to three lucky readers.

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24th September 2020

World's largest cement maker pledges carbon neutrality

Swiss multinational company, LafargeHolcim, is planning its first "net zero" cement production facility by 2030 and has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2050.

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22nd September 2020

NASA publishes Moon landing plan for 2024

Following a series of contract awards and hardware milestones, NASA has shared an update on its Artemis program – including the latest Phase 1 plans to land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon in 2024.

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21st September 2020

Wall-mounted technology detects COVID-19 in the air

A new wall-mounted technology – BioCloud – can detect the presence of COVID-19 in the air, and trigger an alert system to provide real time notifications of the pathogen's presence, allowing outbreaks to be contained before they occur.

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20th September 2020

Device captures microplastic pollution from tyre wear

A new wheel-fitted device by technology startup, The Tyre Collective, could help to reduce both air and plastic pollution produced from vehicles.

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16th September 2020

New drug highly effective against SARS-CoV-2

Scientists have isolated the smallest biological molecule to date that completely and specifically neutralises SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19.

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14th September 2020

Possible biosignature detected on Venus

The detection of phosphine in the clouds of Venus is reported by astronomers. This may indicate a biosignature.

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6th September 2020

Molecular analyser is 100 times faster

A new infrared spectroscopy method, 100 times faster than previous techniques, is reported by the University of Tokyo.

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5th September 2020

Largest known black hole merger is confirmed

Astronomers have confirmed the largest known black hole merger, which also provides the first clear evidence of an intermediate-mass black hole, estimated at 142 solar masses.

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