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Artificial womb gives new meaning to Lamb in a Bag
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hundreds of thousands of babies are born prematurely and, one day, this breakthrough will offer parents new hope, it could also signal the beginning of humanity’s ability to create huge Star Wars like clone armies…   In February a team of researchers from the... Read more
Researchers have captured the first images of a Dark Matter web
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dark matter makes up 25% of the known, and unknown, universe but very little is known about it, however bit by bit it’s giving up it’s mysteries   Researchers at the University of Waterloo have captured the first composite image of a dark matter... Read more
Harvard gets ready to geoengineer the Earth’s atmosphere
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Climate change still looks like it’s a runaway train, albeit that optimists think that hope is on the horizon, but there are still many people in the scientific community that think we need Plan B in case Plan A fails   In a first... Read more
An AI hedge fund designed a cryptocurrency to open source Wall Street
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The finance marketplace is unique in that, unlike the technology sector, it has little to no “network effect” but one entrepreneur is trying to change that   Wall Street is a competition, a Darwinian battle for the almighty dollar. Gordon Gekko said that greed... Read more
US General: ‘Swarms of autonomous Hunter-Killer drones will lead Marines into battle’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The automation of war, and warfare, is accelerating as countries race to embrace new AI powered autonomous platforms   The US Marines, who recently announced they want their own fully autonomous F-35’s are getting their “Low Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarming Technology” platform, also... Read more
The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone
  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Militaries around the world are weaponising AI and drones to create semi, or fully, autonomous weapons platforms and the pace of development is accelerating   Earlier this week the US Air Force (USAF) announced that it has managed to turn  an F-16 fighter... Read more
Scientists discover that a virus might be triggering Coeliac disease
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Coeliac disease affects millions of people around the world, and in extreme cases cause a lot of pain and distress and this discovery could pave the way for new cures and treatments   Coeliac disease, which is bought about by an intolerance to Gluten,... Read more
Fuel-less flights are on the horizon as electric aircraft taxi for take off
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The airline industry is one of the world’s most polluting industries but as battery technology improves more companies are piling in to create the world’s first, viable electric passenger planes   All of a sudden there’s a lot of gossip and activity buzzing around... Read more
Meet the robot that wants to replace fork lift truck drivers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Forklift drivers have so far been lucky to escape the clutches of automation, but now that could be about to change   It seems to be all go in the world of warehouses. Robot pickers can now pick goods as fast, and as accurately... Read more
OpenAI thrashes DeepMind using an AI from the 1980’s
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Decades old AI algorithms are increasingly demonstrating that, with some fine tuning, they can thrash today’s best systems – and people are taking notice   Artificial intelligence (AI) researchers have a long history of going back in time to explore old ideas, and now... Read more
Adidas unveils their first 3D printed mass market sneaker
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing will usher in a new era of on demand, personalised clothing that will revolutionise products, supply chains, and companies   Adidas, who recently made a sneaker from recycled ocean plastic, and other clothing manufacturers have been experimenting with new ways to manufacture... Read more
An AI backed by Elon Musk just ‘evolved’ to learn by itself
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF True unsupervised learning, that allows AI’s to learn by themselves, will represent a quantum leap in AI development and begin pushing it to the next level   Most of today’s artificial intelligence (AI) systems rely on machine learning algorithms that can predict specific outcomes... Read more
Locus’s new robots learn to navigate warehouses by themselves
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The process of automating, and replacing more human workers, is paved with small advances like this one   Last week Locus Robotics unveiled a robotic navigation system that lets their LocusBots work more effectively together, and with humans in crowded, bustling warehouses. The LRAN... Read more
A miniature CERN, scientists create a ‘Particle Accelerator on a Chip’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Particle accelerators are enormous beasts but being able to miniaturise them and put them onto chips will democratise the technology and open doors for new discoveries in energy, healthcare, materials and many more fields of science   Sixteen months ago The Gordon and Betty... Read more
Second anti-aging pill that extends lifespans by a quarter heads to human trials
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A bacterium found on Easter Island is the source of a drug that extends life in lab animals, and researchers want to know if it could do the same for humans, but research and regulatory hurdles may make the road ahead a long one... Read more
Warehouse robot’s upgrade helps it pick goods at human speed
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are now as fast and accurate as human workers when it comes to identifying and picking goods from warehouse bins and shelves, and that’s a problem if that’s your job   Buried deep within a building in Somerville, Massachusetts, a robot arm spends... Read more
Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike powered rocket set for 2018 launch
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of today’s rockets are expensive, complex multi stage systems, but ARCA’s new Aerospike powered rocket will be the world’s first single stage rocket to travel from Earth to orbit   Today, every rocket that’s launched into space is what is known in the... Read more
New spinal chord treatment lets paralysed man walk again for the first time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Put simply paralysis may no longer be a life sentence   In the past paralysis meant just that, and it was forever. But now we are witnessing amazing breakthroughs in treating, and curing, paralysis that include the development of artificial neurons and cyborg implants, to brain chips and... Read more
CaliBurger rolls out the world’s first burger flipping robot
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robot manufacturers are increasingly targeting the services sector, and that includes flipping burgers   Flippy, a burger flipping robot has just completed its first day on the job at CaliBurger, a burger chain in California, and in doing so it broke the hearts of tens... Read more
SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will attempt upper stage recovery
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Re-using rockets, let alone the world’s largest, is fraught with technical challenges but Musk is confident he can overcome them and dramatically reduce the cost of space exploration   On Friday, after the successful re-use of its Falcon 9 rocket, Elon Musk surprised people... Read more
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