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24th February 2020

Artificial intelligence creates new antibiotic

Using a machine-learning algorithm, researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. It can kill some of the world's most problematic disease-causing bacteria – including strains that are resistant to all existing antibiotics.

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23rd February 2020

Computing in the 2020s

In this video, computer expert Christopher Barnatt gives us his predictions for the next decade – including the rise of AI and attentive computing, shrinking desktop PCs, mainstream NPUs, and Peak Smartphone.

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22nd February 2020

3D atomic-scale image could lead to coronavirus vaccine

Using cryogenic electron microscopy – a Nobel Prize-winning technique – scientists have produced an atomic-level image of an essential protein required to access cells by SARS-CoV-2.

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21st February 2020

New £1.2bn supercomputer will improve weather and climate models

A new supercomputer will shrink the resolution of weather maps from 10 sq. km down to a single square kilometre and provide an 18-fold boost in the UK's processing power for weather and climate models.

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20th February 2020

Major expansion of SETI observations

The SETI Institute and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) have announced a collaboration to bring a state-of-the-art search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) instrument to the Very Large Array (VLA) for the first time.

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19th February 2020

Four new missions to study the Solar System proposed by NASA

NASA has announced the finalists for its next Discovery Program missions. The four candidates include spacecraft to explore Venus, Jupiter's volcanic moon Io, and Neptune's icy moon Triton.

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18th February 2020

Radiation shielding made 30% lighter

Scientists have demonstrated a new technique for shielding electronics in military and space exploration technology from ionising radiation. The new approach allows cheaper, more effective, lightweight materials.

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17th February 2020

AI-developed drug could treat OCD

A new drug created with artificial intelligence (AI) to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) will be entering human clinical trials for the first time.

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17th February 2020

Ultra-fast 3D printing of objects

Researchers in Switzerland have demonstrated a new technique for 3D printing objects in a matter of seconds.

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16th February 2020

12% budget increase for NASA

This week, the White House unveiled its NASA budget proposal for 2021, which requests $25.2 billion in funding, a 12% increase from the previous year.

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14th February 2020

Competition winners!

The following people have each won a copy of The Future is Faster Than You Think, by Peter Diamandis.

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13th February 2020

Giant dams could protect Northwestern Europe from rising sea levels

A pair of giant dams, completely enclosing the North Sea, could protect up to 25 million Europeans from rising sea levels, according to a new study.

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12th February 2020

A bridge linking Scotland and Northern Ireland?

The UK government is studying the feasibility of a Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge. If built, the project would be the most significant of its kind in the British Isles since the early 1990s, when the Channel Tunnel linked England and France.

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11th February 2020

5,000 self-driving delivery vehicles approved by U.S. regulators

The U.S. Department of Transport has given permission for Nuro Inc. to deploy up to 5,000 self-driving delivery vehicles across the country.

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6th February 2020

2022 – The X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Transport is tested over U.S. cities

In 2022, NASA tests a new experimental plane designed to be only 1/1000th as loud as previous supersonic aircraft.

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5th February 2020

Sea level rise could reshape the United States and trigger migration inland

Using a machine learning algorithm, scientists have found that climate change-driven sea-level rise could trigger a mass migration of Americans to inland cities in the coming decades.

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2nd February 2020

Competition – win a copy of Peter Diamandis' new book!

This week saw the publication of The Future is Faster Than You Think – the latest book by entrepreneur Peter Diamandis.

We are giving away copies to three lucky readers.

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2nd February 2020

"The Turning Point", by Steve Cutts

Steve Cutts is a freelance animator and illustrator based in London. His latest video, 'The Turning Point', explores the destruction of the environment, climate change and species extinction from a different perspective.

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2nd February 2020

Nanoparticle eats away plaque that causes heart attacks

Scientists in the U.S. have created a nanoparticle that eats away – from the inside out – portions of the plaques that cause heart attacks.

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1st February 2020

2021 – First flight of the New Glenn reusable rocket

New Glenn is a heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle developed by Jeff Bezos' company, Blue Origin, designed to be partially reusable in order to reduce costs. A first demonstration occurs in 2021.

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