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24th September 2020

World's largest cement maker pledges carbon neutrality

Swiss multinational company, LafargeHolcim, is planning its first "net zero" cement production facility by 2030 and has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2050.

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22nd September 2020

NASA publishes Moon landing plan for 2024

Following a series of contract awards and hardware milestones, NASA has shared an update on its Artemis program – including the latest Phase 1 plans to land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon in 2024.

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21st September 2020

Wall-mounted technology detects COVID-19 in the air

A new wall-mounted technology – BioCloud – can detect the presence of COVID-19 in the air, and trigger an alert system to provide real time notifications of the pathogen's presence, allowing outbreaks to be contained before they occur.

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20th September 2020

Device captures microplastic pollution from tyre wear

A new wheel-fitted device by technology startup, The Tyre Collective, could help to reduce both air and plastic pollution produced from vehicles.

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16th September 2020

New drug highly effective against SARS-CoV-2

Scientists have isolated the smallest biological molecule to date that completely and specifically neutralises SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19.

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14th September 2020

Possible biosignature detected on Venus

The detection of phosphine in the clouds of Venus is reported by astronomers. This may indicate a biosignature.

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14th September 2020

2025 – The ITER experimental fusion reactor is switched on

[Moved from 2022 to 2025, based on latest schedule, and updated with new details.]

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12th September 2020

2023 – Rosalind Franklin touches down on Mars

[Moved from 2021 to 2023, with updated text based on latest info.]

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10th September 2020

2021 – First flight of Ariane 6

[Moved from 2020 to 2021, with updated text based on latest info.]

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8th September 2020

2021 – NASA's Perseverance rover lands on Mars

In February 2021, the latest NASA rover touches down on Mars, to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples for return to Earth. The mission includes technology demonstrations to prepare for future human missions.

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6th September 2020

Molecular analyser is 100 times faster

A new infrared spectroscopy method, 100 times faster than previous techniques, is reported by the University of Tokyo.

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5th September 2020

Largest known black hole merger is confirmed

Astronomers have confirmed the largest known black hole merger, which also provides the first clear evidence of an intermediate-mass black hole, estimated at 142 solar masses.

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