New micro-rocket will one day travel round your body fighting disease

New micro-rocket will one day travel round your body fighting disease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Miniaturised rockets that can travel around your body at will, tracking and tackling disease, repairing tissue and looking for the early signs of cancer would usher in a healthcare revolution.   In the 1980’s one of the decade’s most popular films was one called “Innerspace” where...

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New nano material gives buildings, energy and stealth a big boost

New nano material gives buildings, energy and stealth a big boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new nano material that can selectively tune out specific parts of the electromagnetic spectrum paves the way for cheaper solar power, stealthier fighter aircraft and more energy efficient buildings.   A new flexible nano super material that’s been developed by a team at the University...

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Researchers unveil the first telepathic link between a robot and a human

Researchers unveil the first telepathic link between a robot and a human

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of the biggest problems in manufacturing is having to re-train robots to complete new tasks, but now Robot-Human telepathy could make that problem disappear.   Those of you who wish others could read your mind must think it’s Christmas – whether it’s because Zuckerberg seems...

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Robot sales in 2016 were the best ever

Robot sales in 2016 were the best ever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sales of robots, particularly in China, are booming and analysts expect more of the same in 2017.   The rise of automation and its impact on jobs has dominated headlines for a while now, whether it’s because Foxconn are cutting 1.2 million jobs, or companies...

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NASA wants to turn asteroids into spacecraft

NASA wants to turn asteroids into spacecraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Turning an asteroid into a spacecraft sounds easy, but it isn’t, however, thanks to 3D printing and some brainy experts we could see the first asteroid spacecraft appear in the 2030’s.   The concept of mining things in space, whether it’s mining the Moon for...

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Norwegian robot learns to self-evolve and 3D print itself in the lab

Norwegian robot learns to self-evolve and 3D print itself in the lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For the first time we are seeing how it’s possible for robots in the future to design and evolve, manufacture and assemble themselves without human input.   Experts at the University of Oslo, Norway have discovered a new way for robots to design, evolve and manufacture...

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World first as scientists use two new DNA letters to create new “alien” life form

World first as scientists use two new DNA letters to create new “alien” life form

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Life’s DNA has always been coded using just four letters, but now researchers have added two new letters and it opens the door to a whole new world of alien lifeforms never seen before.   Ever since life gained a foothold on this fragile rock...

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World’s tightest atomic knot will help scientists create new super materials

World’s tightest atomic knot will help scientists create new super materials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Knots haved helped society advance, whether it’s helping us make clothes or kevlar, now the world’s tightest atomic knot might help create a new generation of super materials.   In a feat that breaks one of the most obscure world records in science, a team...

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New 3D graphene is as light as air and ten times stronger than steel

New 3D graphene is as light as air and ten times stronger than steel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Five percent the density of steel and ten times stronger, 3D graphene is the world’s strongest lightweight material.   It’s incredibly strong and has unique electrical, thermal, optical, and chemical properties, and naturally it only exists in 2D but now a team at MIT  have developed...

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Under Armour’s new trainers are inspired by nature, designed by an AI and 3D printed

Under Armour’s new trainers are inspired by nature, designed by an AI and 3D printed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The rise of a new breed of creative machines is helping companies design and iterate new products at an accelerating rate, couple these together with new manufacturing techniques and we’ll soon be on the cusp of another manufacturing revolution.   The next pair of trainers...

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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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