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14th August 2020

World's first mass-produced transparent TV

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has revealed a see-through OLED TV with transparent components, reminiscent of displays previously seen only in science fiction films.

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11th August 2020

Ceres confirmed to be water-rich world

The dwarf planet Ceres is confirmed to be a water-rich body, containing a deep reservoir of brine – based on analysis of gravity data and other measurements from the Dawn mission.

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6th August 2020

Virgin Galactic unveils Mach 3 aircraft design

Aerospace company Virgin Galactic has announced a first stage design scope for the build of a new aircraft capable of reaching speeds of Mach 3 (3,700 km/h, or 2,300 mph).

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5th August 2020

Vertical farming of wheat: up to 600 times greater yield

A new study finds that wheat grown using a 10-layer indoor vertical farm could have a yield between 220 and 600 times greater than current farming methods.

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30th July 2020

NASA launches Mars 2020 rover mission

The next Mars rover mission, Perseverance, is on its way to the Red Planet to look for signs of ancient life and collect samples for return to Earth.

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30th July 2020

AI can spot prostate cancer with almost 100% accuracy

A new AI algorithm developed by the University of Pittsburgh has achieved the highest accuracy to date in identifying prostate cancer, with 98% sensitivity and 97% specificity.

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29th July 2020

Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceShipTwo cabin interior

British aerospace and space travel company Virgin Galactic today revealed the cabin interior of its SpaceShipTwo vehicle – VSS Unity.

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27th July 2020

World's first cultivated bacon and pork belly

Higher Steaks, a UK food technology start-up, has announced the world's first cultivated bacon and pork belly.

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27th July 2020

700-petaflop AI supercomputer planned for 2021

As the world edges closer towards exascale computing, the University of Florida has announced a partnership with chipmaker NVIDIA that will create a 700-petaflop AI supercomputer next year.

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26th July 2020

2028 – The final Avatar movie is released

[Moved from 2027 to 2028, based on updated reference.]

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26th July 2020

Ocean plastic pollution forecast to triple by 2040

A new analysis finds that without immediate and sustained action, the annual flow of plastic into the ocean could nearly triple by 2040.

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25th July 2020

2026 – NASA's Psyche spacecraft makes orbital insertion

On 31st January 2026, a probe called Psyche enters orbit around the large metallic asteroid known as 16 Psyche.

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25th July 2020

8703 AD – The return of Comet NEOWISE

NEOWISE first came to the world's attention in 2020. A long period comet with a highly eccentric orbit, its return period had been calculated at 6,683 years.

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24th July 2020

Apple commits to carbon neutrality by 2030

Apple is already carbon neutral for its corporate facilities. The consumer electronics giant now intends to make its entire supply chain – from manufacturing to transportation to end-of-life material recovery – net zero by 2030.

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21st July 2020

Inhaler cuts risk of severe COVID-19 by 79%

Drug company Synairgen has announced promising results from its trial of SNG001 in hospitalised COVID-19 patients.

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17th July 2020

Flight over Korolev Crater on Mars

The European Space Agency has released a new video, based on images by Mars Express, showing the 81 km (51 mile) Korolev crater on Mars.

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17th July 2020

New cobalt-free lithium-ion battery reduces costs without sacrificing performance

Researchers in the U.S. have demonstrated a cobalt-free, high-energy, lithium-ion battery, which could help in meeting the exponentially growing demand for energy storage.

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16th July 2020

Pentadiamond, a new addition to the carbon family

Pentadiamond has been theorised by scientists in Japan. They calculate it has a Young's modulus of almost 1700 GPa, compared with 1200 GPa for conventional diamond.

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16th July 2020

New 8K video standard compresses data by 50%

The Versatile Video Coding standard (H.266) has been finalised by industry partners – designed to halve the bitrate of previous formats, and paving the way for on-demand 8K streaming services.

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15th July 2020

World population expected to peak by 2064

A new study concludes that the global population is likely to peak in 2064 at 9.7 billion and fall to 8.8 billion by 2100. Geopolitical power will see major shifts, producing a more multi-polar world, according to the report.

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13th July 2020

Internet balloons provide 4G coverage in Kenya

A fleet of balloons launched by Google's sister firm Loon will provide 4G access to remote areas of Kenya.

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10th July 2020

Robot scientist discovers a new catalyst

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have built an intelligent, mobile, robotic scientist that can solve a range of research problems and has already discovered a new catalyst.

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9th July 2020

3D-printed Mars habitat, by AI SpaceFactory

AI SpaceFactory, a space architecture and technology design agency, recently won first prize in NASA's competition to build a prototype Mars habitat.

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7th July 2020

Plant tissue engineering improves drought and salinity tolerance

By genetically engineering thale cress, scientists have made it grow like a succulent – more than doubling the plant's water-use efficiency.

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6th July 2020

U.S. autonomous freight network planned for 2023-2024

TuSimple has announced a plan for the world's first Autonomous Freight Network (AFN) – consisting of autonomous trucks, digital mapped routes, terminals, and automated operations monitoring.

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4th July 2020

2049 – The Boeing 747 is retired from service

Once an icon of the skies, the Boeing 747 delivers its final cargo freight in the late 2040s.

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2nd July 2020

Fastest-growing black hole identified

Astronomers report that J2157, discovered in 2018, is now known to have 34 billion solar masses and is consuming the equivalent of nearly 1 solar mass every day, making it the fastest-growing black hole in the Universe.

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