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22nd May 2019

Self-driving trucks to begin carrying U.S. mail

TuSimple, a self-driving truck company, announced yesterday that the United States Postal Service has awarded it a contract to perform five round trips, for a two-week pilot, hauling USPS trailers more than 1,000 miles.

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20th May 2019

Majority of voters fear the EU could collapse in the next 10 to 20 years

Levels of support for membership of the European Union are currently high, but so too is pessimism about the future of the European project.

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18th May 2019

Nearly a quarter of West Antarctic is now unstable

A study reveals that nearly a quarter of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is now unstable, with melt rates up to five times faster than 25 years previously.

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17th May 2019

Bacteria that produce 10% of world's oxygen are threatened by plastic pollution

Researchers at Macquarie University report that plastic pollution is harming the growth, photosynthesis and oxygen production of Prochlorococcus, the ocean's most abundant photosynthetic bacteria, responsible for 10% of oxygen breathed by humans.

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16th May 2019

Homai Sapiens: Facing Up to Our Extinction

A guest piece by author Marcus van der Erve, PhD.

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13th May 2019

Going to space to benefit Earth

At a presentation event in Washington, D.C., Jeff Bezos unveiled a new lunar lander developed by his space company, Blue Origin. He outlined his vision of an "incredible civilisation" with trillions of people living in space.

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10th May 2019

Radical new desalination technique may disrupt the water industry

Researchers at Columbia University report a new desalination method for hypersaline brines, known as "temperature swing solvent extraction (TSSE)", which is low-cost and efficient.

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9th May 2019

Phage therapy treats patient with drug-resistant bacterial infection

A British teenager is the first patient to receive a genetically modified phage therapy to treat a drug-resistant infection.

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7th May 2019

Researchers identify key process linked to plaque formation in blood vessels

Researchers have determined how "bad cholesterol" enters artery walls, causing plaque that narrows blood vessels and leads to heart attacks and strokes.

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7th May 2019

Rare chemical element could power spacecraft for up to 400 years

UK scientists have reported the first generation of usable electricity from americium, which could lead to the development of "space batteries" that power missions for up to 400 years.

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4th May 2019

AI generates entire photorealistic people

A new AI system can smoothly and automatically generate high-quality images of entire virtual people.

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3rd May 2019

2049 – Completion of China's Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative is a multi-trillion dollar programme of infrastructure development, which improves the flow of goods, services, people and capital in Eurasia and Africa.

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