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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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18th August 2019

2048 – Bionic eyes are perfected

By the late 2040s, visual prostheses can match the quality of a real human eye.

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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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11th August 2019

Bionic eye technology, 2000-2050

This graph shows the progress in bionic eye technology. It suggests that a retinal implant with pixel resolution equivalent to a human eye could be achieved by 2048.

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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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