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21st January 2020

Capitalism: more harm than good?

A new survey reveals that despite a strong global economy and near full employment, a majority of respondents in every developed market do not believe they will be better off in five years' time, and 56% believe that capitalism in its current form is now doing more harm than good in the world.

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20th January 2020

World's largest offshore wind farm begins construction

Construction has started on Dogger Bank Wind Farm, off the eastern coast of England in the North Sea. This will become the world's largest offshore wind farm when completed in 2025.

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20th January 2020

World's first truly smart contact lens will feature built-in display

Mojo Vision, a technology company founded in 2015 and based in Silicon Valley, has announced it is building the world's first truly "smart" contact lens, called the Mojo Lens.

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17th January 2020

Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030

Microsoft has announced an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove its carbon footprint.

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16th January 2020

2060-2080 – The next Nankai megathrust earthquake occurs

During this period, Japan is struck by one of the biggest earthquakes of the 21st century.

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14th January 2020

World's first "living robots"

Scientists have taken living cells scraped from frog embryos and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These tiny "xenobots" can move around and even heal themselves if damaged.

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14th January 2020

Liver storage time increased from 12 hours to one week

A new machine can repair human livers and keep them alive outside the body for up to a week. This breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation, saving the lives of many patients.

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14th January 2020

Record fall in U.S. cancer death rate

The American Cancer Society reports a 2.2% drop in the cancer death rate between 2016 and 2017, the largest single-year decline in mortality for this disease ever recorded in the United States.

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10th January 2020

Longevity breakthrough: 500% increase in nematode lifespan

Scientists have identified synergistic cellular pathways that extend lifespan fivefold in C. elegans, a nematode worm used as a model in aging and longevity research.

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7th January 2020

Deep Genomics raises $40 million in series B financing

Deep Genomics – a leading artificial intelligence (AI) therapeutics company – has announced the closing of its Series B round with $40 million in new investment.

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7th January 2020

Earth-sized exoplanet found in habitable zone

NASA reports the discovery of TOI 700 d, the first Earth-sized exoplanet in the habitable zone discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

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6th January 2020

2020 – First orbital test flight of the SpaceX Starship

The Starship is a fully reusable transportation system intended to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit – but also potentially more distant locations, such as the Moon and Mars.

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6th January 2020

2020 – Great conjunction

A so-called "great conjunction" is a rare planetary alignment, when Jupiter and Saturn appear very close together.

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6th January 2020

2020 – Internet use reaches 5 billion worldwide

[Update of an older prediction, with latest info and a new graph]

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6th January 2020

2020 – The PlayStation 5 is launched

[Update of an existing prediction, with latest known specs and release date. It appears on track for a 2020 launch]

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