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15th September 2019

2069 – Underground habitats are commonplace

By the mid-21st century, severe climate change gripped much of the world. Underground habitats are one form of refuge becoming relatively commonplace in the late 2060s.

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14th September 2019

A second interstellar object?

Astronomers at the Minor Planet Center report the detection of comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), which is likely a second interstellar object, following the earlier discovery of 'Oumuamua.

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13th September 2019

First detection of water vapour in atmosphere of habitable zone exoplanet

Astronomers report the detection of water vapour in the atmosphere of the habitable-zone exoplanet K2-18b, which may be between 0 and 40°C.

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12th September 2019

Report warns of brain hacking technology

By 2040, neural interfaces could treat a wide range of physical and mental ailments – as well as being used for gaming, fitness and other areas. However, this technology poses risks to privacy and security, according to a new report.

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8th September 2019

Japanese neutrino detector will observe proton decay

A new underground neutrino detector, beginning operations in the late 2020s, could make the world's first observation of proton decay, and reveal new clues as to how supernovae explosions create heavy elements.

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7th September 2019

Ad Astra – "the most realistic depiction of space travel in a movie"

Ad Astra is an upcoming science fiction adventure film that follows astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) as he travels to the outer Solar System to find his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones).

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7th September 2019

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7th September 2019

AI creates new drug compounds in just 21 days

Insilico Medicine reports the creation, via artificial intelligence, of six new drug compounds in 21 days, with a lead candidate tested and showing positive results in mice.

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5th September 2019

Samsung predicts life in the year 2069

Six of Britain's leading academics and futurists have collaborated to create a vision of the future in 50 years' time.

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4th September 2019

Gene therapy reduces obesity and reverses type 2 diabetes in mice

Scientists have used CRISPR to switch off a fat storage gene in mice, resulting in a 20% weight loss and improved insulin resistance.

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3rd September 2019

Scientists regrow tooth enamel

Scientists in China report a way of regrowing the complex structure of tooth enamel, using calcium phosphate ion clusters as a precursor layer.

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31st August 2019

Funding boost for longevity company

Juvenescence, which aims to extend human lifespans to 150, has raised $100 million in its latest funding round.

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26th August 2019

Robot restaurant opens in southern India

A new restaurant has opened in the southern Indian city of Bangalore where customers are served by a team of robots.

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25th August 2019

New model shows how buildings could slash their carbon emissions by 80% by 2050

A combination of energy-efficient technologies, smart building controls, and the electrification of systems that currently use fossil fuels could play a major role in cutting CO2 emissions.

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24th August 2019

Breakthrough in quantum teleportation

Scientists report the first teleportation of three-dimensional quantum states, known as "qutrits", which are more complex than two-dimensional qubits.

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23rd August 2019

2029 – Close approach of the near-Earth asteroid Apophis

On 13th April 2029, the asteroid Apophis passes within 31,000 km of Earth – 10 times closer than the Moon, and even closer than some man-made satellites.

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21st August 2019

July 2019 was hottest month on record globally

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that July 2019 was the hottest month on record globally, at 0.95°C (1.71°F) above the 20th century average.

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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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