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1st October 2022

New drug slows progression of Alzheimer's

A breakthrough in treating Alzheimer's disease is reported by pharmaceutical companies Eisai and Biogen, using a new drug called lecanemab, which is designed to remove beta-amyloid proteins from the brain.

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30th September 2022

Stanford Torus by Mark A. Garlick

Last year, we featured Mark A. Garlick in our gallery. Now he's back with another futuristic visualisation – this time depicting the interior of a Stanford Torus.

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23rd September 2022

Climate extremes, viruses, social unrest ... war? We desperately need a Plan B

A guest piece by Richard Fox.

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19th September 2022

Humanoid robot combined with GPT-3

Ameca, a highly realistic android, has now been upgraded to include GPT-3, one of the largest neural networks and language prediction models.

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17th September 2022

2033 – The first samples from Mars are returned to Earth

In 2033, a capsule from Mars is brought back to Earth, containing samples obtained by the Perseverance rover.

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13th September 2022

Gene-edited tomato can fight cancer and heart disease

U.S. regulators have approved a new purple tomato, genetically engineered to be packed with antioxidants and anthocyanins. The fruit will go on sale in 2023.

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12th September 2022

Efficient simulation of 1 billion particles

By redesigning how fluids are simulated, researchers have demonstrated an order of magnitude speed increase on the previous state-of-the-art for slow-flowing viscous liquids.

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8th September 2022

2032-2037 – A transition from ICE to battery-electric shipping

During this period, battery-electric propulsion becomes affordable for the majority of containerships around the world.

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4th September 2022

Gene editing of soybean boosts yield by 20%

Multiple gene editing of soybean can improve photosynthesis and boost crop yields by 20%, according to a study by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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4th September 2022

Largest ever offshore windfarm is fully operational

This week, the massive Hornsea Two project became fully operational off the coast of the UK.

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3rd September 2022

2032 – End of support date for Windows 10

Microsoft set 14th October 2025 as the retirement date for Windows 10 Home and Pro. However, extended support would be offered for enterprise/IoT versions until 13th January 2032.

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3rd September 2022

James Webb takes its first direct image of an exoplanet

The James Webb Space Telescope has captured its first images of a planet beyond our own Solar System.

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31st August 2022

2033 – The Hoover Dam is offline due to low water levels

Changing rainfall patterns, reduced snow melt runoff, and the growing demand for water have placed increasing pressure on Lake Mead, the largest artificial reservoir in the United States.

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27th August 2022

First detection of CO2 in atmosphere of exoplanet

The James Webb Space Telescope has captured the first clear evidence for carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere of a planet beyond our Solar System.

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26th August 2022

2031-2045 – Cargo Sous Terrain becomes operational in Switzerland

This prediction has been updated, based on new references, and now has a date range of 2031-2045 (was previously 2030).

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25th August 2022

Global average Internet speed, 1990-2050

This graph shows the global average Internet speed from 1990 to the present day, with a future trend projected to 2050.

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19th August 2022

1 in 6 chance of catastrophic volcano eruption within a hundred years

The world is "woefully underprepared" for a massive volcanic eruption and the likely repercussions on global supply chains, climate and food, according to experts.

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18th August 2022

20 exaFLOP supercomputer proposed for 2025

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a request for information from computer hardware and software vendors to assist in the planning, design, and commission of next-generation supercomputing systems.

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17th August 2022

Scientists plan "de-extinction" of Tasmanian tiger

The last known thylacine, also called the Tasmanian tiger, died at Australia's Hobart Zoo in 1936. Now, a team of scientists believe they can resurrect the extinct species within 10 years, using stem cells and gene editing technology.

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14th August 2022

Bioengineered cornea restores vision

A bioengineered cornea made from pig's skin is shown to restore vision to blind people. It can be mass produced and stored for up to two years, unlike donated human corneas that are scarce and must be used within two weeks.

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10th August 2022

Super-Earth found "skimming" habitable zone of red dwarf

The discovery of a super-Earth around the red dwarf Ross 508 is reported by astronomers in Japan. Part of the planet's elliptical orbit takes it within the star's habitable zone, where liquid water may exist.

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8th August 2022

Progress towards a pan-coronavirus vaccine

Researchers have shown that a specific area of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is a promising target for a pan-coronavirus vaccine that could offer protection against new variants, as well as common colds.

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7th August 2022

2030 – Global warming continues to increase

Despite recent progress in slowing the rate of emissions, global warming in 2030 is at 1.3°C and continues to increase.

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