1.2 million jobs to vanish as Foxconn unveils plans for fully autonomous factories

1.2 million jobs to vanish as Foxconn unveils plans for fully autonomous factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Foxconn is one of the world’s largest employers, and its pursuit of 100% automation at all of its factories will put millions out of work and give China a headache   We’re hearing a lot recently about how most of our jobs are going to...

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Soldiers digital twins let US Army 3D print replacement body parts in battle

Soldiers digital twins let US Army 3D print replacement body parts in battle

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Thousands of soldiers are injured in battle every year, now the US Army is scanning, digitising and creating digital twins of its soldiers that will let field medics 3D print new body parts in the field that could save their lives.   The US military...

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Scientists win €3 million in funding to 3D print a living human brain

Scientists win €3 million in funding to 3D print a living human brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The brain is, arguably, one of the last great mysteries left for mankind to unravel but doing so needs a combination of approaches, ranging from computer simulations to direct manipulation and observation.   The Meso-Brain consortium, which is run out of Aston University in the UK, has...

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GE’s 3D printed engine sets new 3D printing record

GE’s 3D printed engine sets new 3D printing record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the quality and durability of 3D printed parts increases it is inevitable that more organisations will embrace the technology and reap the benefits.   While many people might think that we should have been able to 3D print entire engines, and other industrial equipment,...

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Researchers 3D print body parts that work like the real thing

Researchers 3D print body parts that work like the real thing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to 3D print body parts, or parts of bodies, on demand changes the long term health and survivability prospects for every person on the planet. It will let us all live healthier, longer lives and is nothing less than revolutionary.   Using 3D...

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New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials that don’t react to heat, or cold could make structures safer and solve one of the aerospace industry’s most troublesome issues.   Researchers at the University of Southern California have been trying to make a material that doesn’t respond to heat, and it seems...

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SolarCity’s solar Gigafactory to produce 10GW, or three large power stations, a year

SolarCity’s solar Gigafactory to produce 10GW, or three large power stations, a year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The new SolarCity Gigafactory will boost supply of solar products, helping to reduce their cost, which in turn should accelerate the adoption of solar power technologies.   While discussing potential improvements in manufacturing efficiency with Tesla investor Ron Baron at his conference in New York...

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Physicists just turned a non superconductive material into a superconductor

Physicists just turned a non superconductive material into a superconductor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Superconductors that could operate at room temperature would transform the healthcare, energy, technology and transportation industries.   For the first time, researchers have achieved superconductivity – the phenomenon of electrical conductivity with zero resistance – in a material that’s not a superconductor. The new technique...

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Wiivv paves the way for perfect fitting, 3D printed apparel

Wiivv paves the way for perfect fitting, 3D printed apparel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The technology to create personalised, perfectly fitting clothing, or orthopedics, exists and it provides retailers and manufacturers with new market opportunities but the customer experience has to be as frictionless as possible.   The proliferation of 3D printing has made it possible to manufacture almost...

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Britain’s Royal Mint unveils the most secure coin in the world

Britain’s Royal Mint unveils the most secure coin in the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Royal Mint calls its new £1 coin a “pioneering” design and says that it will be much harder to counterfeit.   Having a currency that is hard to counterfeit is not only a matter of national security but it also helps to build confidence...

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Inside Ginkgo, the gene factory where robots help make new weird synthetic organisms

Inside Ginkgo, the gene factory where robots help make new weird synthetic organisms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creating new lifeforms sounds like fun and they taste great too.   Raising glasses of genetically modified beer, the synthetic biologists at Ginkgo Bioworks celebrated the launch of their new automated lab last month and you can take a virtual tour of their facility here. By...

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Scientists create breakthrough everything-phobic nanomaterial

Scientists create breakthrough everything-phobic nanomaterial

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sadly ANU’s new everything-phobic spray won’t keep children clean but everything else is game.   If you have not been able to bag an iPhone 7 or are still looking jealously at your friend’s dunk proof Galaxy, do not worry as scientists have created a...

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Scientists use brain controlled DNA nanobots to release drugs inside roaches

Scientists use brain controlled DNA nanobots to release drugs inside roaches

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mind controlled DNA nanobots, next generation medicine delivery and glowing cockroaches what’s not to like…   It sounds like sci fi but it isn’t and one day it will usher in a new era in medicine.     A team of Israeli scientists have developed a product that...

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US to turn its aircraft carriers into floating drone factories

US to turn its aircraft carriers into floating drone factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aircraft carriers are the perfect forward operating platforms to create, deploy and support countless autonomous drone platforms, this move signals a new way to wage war and conduct operations.   Earlier this month, the British Royal Navy ship HMS Protector made history. An ice patrol ship,...

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New programmable material breakthrough lets plastic flowers bloom

New programmable material breakthrough lets plastic flowers bloom

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Who needs to buy real flowers any longer when plastic ones are good enough?   Tick tock. Shape-shifting objects can now have their own version of a biological clock, thanks to a new material that transforms at a given time. Morphing materials are interesting because...

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Scientists travel to the edge of space to 3D print a heart

Scientists travel to the edge of space to 3D print a heart

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D bioprinting has long held the promise of ending organ donation lists, now there’s an end in sight.   A team of scientists working for the NASA and SpaceX contractor Techshot have become the first people in history to successfully 3D print a heart structure in zero gravity using human...

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Nano watermarks sort the fakes from the originals

Nano watermarks sort the fakes from the originals

New nanotechnology aims to put a dent in the $745 billion counterfeit goods market Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a technique for embedding nanoscale photonic crystals into the glass face of a watch so that when it is exposed to UV light, the design...

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DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for hypersonic speed has never been hotter.   In August 2011 a superfast unmanned military drone, the Falcon HTV-2 (Force Application and Launch from the Continental US Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2) travelling at 20 times the speed of sound, or 13,000 miles per hour, managed to...

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BAE’s trials a molecular assembler that one day will grow drones in the field

BAE’s trials a molecular assembler that one day will grow drones in the field

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Growing your own products just became a thing.   If you needed to be convinced just how fast technology is progressing then think of this. For Millennia humans have assembled individual, pre crafted components together to make products of every shape and form. In 1986...

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Nature, the world’s new factory

Nature, the world’s new factory

Nature has always been more efficient at making products than Man but now we’re harnessing it for our own ends Most people would agree we still have much to learn from nature. Nature is vastly more efficient at recycling and reusing matter than humans have been. The whole field and...

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