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18th September 2018

SpaceX rocket will send a passenger around the Moon in 2023

SpaceX has confirmed that it will deliver a paying passenger on a trip around the Moon, using its planned "Big Falcon Rocket" (BFR) by 2023.

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16th September 2018

2034 – Australia has fully decarbonised its electricity supply

By 2034, virtually 100% of Australia's electricity is supplied from renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, biomass and hydro-power.

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14th September 2018

Robots can now pick up any object after inspecting it

A breakthrough at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) could allow robots to perform a variety of useful tasks in homes and workplaces.

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14th September 2018

Fusion breakthrough: improved control of plasma

Researchers have predicted the entire set of beneficial 3-D distortions for controlling the edge localised modes (ELMs) in tokamak plasma.

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13th September 2018

Amazon to open checkout-free store in NYC

Online retailer Amazon is to open another of its automated, cashier-less "Go" stores, this time in New York City.

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12th September 2018

Researchers identify molecule with anti-aging effects on vascular system

A molecule produced during fasting or calorie restriction has anti-aging effects on the vascular system, which could reduce the occurrence and severity of human diseases related to blood vessels, according to a new study.

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11th September 2018

Graphene enables clock rates in the terahertz range

Graphene – an ultrathin material consisting of a single layer of interlinked carbon atoms – is considered a promising candidate for the nanoelectronics of the future. In theory, it should allow clock rates up to a thousand times faster than today’s silicon-based electronics.

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10th September 2018

New cancer vaccine is 100% effective in mouse model

A new experimental cancer vaccine, when administered in conjunction with other therapies, could boost the immune system's ability to fight aggressive tumours.

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10th September 2018

2025-2029 – The Martian Moons Exploration probe collects and returns samples

Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) is a probe designed to bring back the first samples from Mars' largest moon, Phobos.

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9th September 2018

New "powered clothing" can enhance physical abilities

A startup company seeks to improve quality of life through quality of motion, fusing apparel with discreet robotics to create "powered clothing".

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8th September 2018

Large-scale solar and wind power could help in "greening" the Sahara

A study by the University of Illinois finds that large-scale solar farms and wind turbines in the Sahara desert would have a major impact on rainfall, vegetation and temperatures – potentially greening the region.

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8th September 2018

World's largest offshore wind farm officially opens

The 659-megawatt Walney Extension has become operational off the coast of North West England.

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5th September 2018

Nanobot swarming behaviour demonstrated by Chinese scientists

A new way of controlling nanobots has the potential to help surgeons do complex tasks, such as passing drugs through tiny spaces in the human body.

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4th September 2018

New robotic surgery system arriving in 2019

A next-generation surgical robotic system has been developed in Cambridge, UK. It will be used on NHS patients for the first time next year.

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3rd September 2018

SpaceX reveals new details about human Mars mission

In this video, SpaceX's Principal Mars Development Engineer, Paul Wooster, talks about the company's future plans – including at least two cargo missions to Mars in 2022, followed by the first crewed missions in 2024.

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2nd September 2018

2051 – The Suburban Rail Loop is operational in Melbourne

The Suburban Rail Loop is Australia's largest ever transport project.

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2nd September 2018

California approves bill mandating 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045

Senate Bill 100 makes California the single largest economy in the world to commit to a 100% clean energy grid.

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1st September 2018

Launch costs to low Earth orbit, 1980-2100

This graph shows the declining costs of launching people and cargo into space.

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