Satellite launch kick starts Elon Musk’s quest to connect everyone on Earth

Satellite launch kick starts Elon Musk’s quest to connect everyone on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over 3.5 billion people on the planet aren’t connected to the internet, for better or worse, and space internet is here to change that.   They’ve finally done it – for years I’ve been talking about how a raft of companies were planning on launching...

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Scientists hunt for “Kryptonite to stop CRISPR,” the world’s most powerful gene editing tool

Scientists hunt for “Kryptonite to stop CRISPR,” the world’s most powerful gene editing tool

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In time the cost and ease of modifying any living organisms genome and genetic makeup, for better and worse, will fall to almost zero, and as gene editing tools become democratised and sought after by Bio-Terrorists, researchers are trying to find the technology’s Kryptonite –...

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Jeff Bezos lays out his vision to take millions of people to the stars and beyond

Jeff Bezos lays out his vision to take millions of people to the stars and beyond

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the world gets more crowded billionaires are lining up to make humans an inter-stellar species, with interesting results.   The plan of Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, to transport humans from Earth to the Moon and house millions of us in space colonies...

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Colour night vision breakthrough turns the darkest midnight into day

Colour night vision breakthrough turns the darkest midnight into day

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to see in colour, even during the darkest nights, is a game changer that will have ramifications for multiple industries.   When we think of night vision our minds automatically turn to grainy black and green images. But today things have begun to...

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“Unblinking Eye” pre-crime tech gets investment boost from UK government

“Unblinking Eye” pre-crime tech gets investment boost from UK government

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the pace of terrorism accelerates agencies around the world are trying to find the needles in the data haystack that can help them predict attacks before they happen.   In the movie Fast and the Furious 7 movie a secretive US government agency created...

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China announces plans to build a Moonbase in the next decade

China announces plans to build a Moonbase in the next decade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space exploration and building colonies on Mars and the Moon are in vogue as countries and billionaires vie to out do one another.   Just like the European Space Agency, Jeff Bezos, who wants to also move heavy industry off Earth, and NASA, China has...

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This is the first ever photo of a black hole

This is the first ever photo of a black hole

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now it’s been thought it’d be impossible to take a photo of a black hole, but where there’s a will there’s a way.   Recently scientists managed to find a way to read information from the very heart of a black hole, but...

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Revolutionary polymorphic liquid metal paves the way for shape shifting robots

Revolutionary polymorphic liquid metal paves the way for shape shifting robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our ability to create robots that can shape shift and change their shape is a matter of when, not if, and we’re getting closer.   Between the US Pentagon’s use of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) to defend its critical systems from attack, DARPA’s proposal to...

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Pentagon demands satellites that can dodge incoming fire like an NBA all star

Pentagon demands satellites that can dodge incoming fire like an NBA all star

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Once satellites are in orbit they stay there, in the same position until they run out of fuel, then they fall back to Earth, but as the militarisation of space hots up satellites need to be able to move.   In the event of a...

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Revolutionary Bio-Compatible transistors will let AI’s interface with your brain

Revolutionary Bio-Compatible transistors will let AI’s interface with your brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Neural interfaces that let us communicate with each other and the machines around us, as well as stream our thoughts to TV, will revolutionise humanity, but we need bio-compatible hardware.   It’s a fact that silicon transistors and the brain don’t mix, and while you...

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Chinese researchers turned hard drives into covert listening devices

Chinese researchers turned hard drives into covert listening devices

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many ways people can spy on you, and now they can listen in on your conversations by monitoring your hard drives vibrations.   Everything can be hacked in order to spy on “stuff” it seems, whether it’s hacking ultra secure air gapped systems,...

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Chinese researchers hack “Unhackable” quantum encryption, reveal method

Chinese researchers hack “Unhackable” quantum encryption, reveal method

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum communications systems, and quantum encryption, are supposed to be unhackable, but they aren’t.   According to experts, and the pioneering companies looking to commercialise the technology, the greatest promise of quantum communications, such as the world’s first quantum video call that took place recently,...

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NASA to test revolutionary X-Ray communications system on the ISS soon

NASA to test revolutionary X-Ray communications system on the ISS soon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Traditional RF communications in space are slow, and can be blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere during re-entry, X-Ray communications have no such problems.   Recently NASA tested the world’s first interplanetary space internet by sending a selfie from the Arctic to the International Space Station...

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US Military puts the call out for autonomous AI’s that can defend its networks

US Military puts the call out for autonomous AI’s that can defend its networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF After the US Pentagon announced it can no longer keep up with the variety or voracity of cyber attacks the US DOD wants to develop autonomous AI’s that can.   After a damning admission from the Pentagon that warned that the US military can no...

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule lands successfully in crucial step toward human spaceflight

Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule lands successfully in crucial step toward human spaceflight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of Elon Musk’s ambitions is to allow people to live off world, but first you have to get them there and this is the first step in a long journey.   SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which Elon Musk first showed off a few months ago,...

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Future EV’s with 16,000km range and space elevators made possible with new Chinese Nano-Cable

Future EV’s with 16,000km range and space elevators made possible with new Chinese Nano-Cable

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are multiple uses for incredibly strong cables and materials, from defence to space elevators, and even helping electric cars travel 16,000km on one charge.   Recently I’ve discussed advances across a wide variety of materials, including the development of a wonder material that lasts...

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The US Pentagon releases it’s plan to become a world leader in AI

The US Pentagon releases it’s plan to become a world leader in AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence has great promise in the civilian and military realms, and as countries weaponise it the US doesn’t want to be left behind.   The Pentagon, which last year embedded the world’s best robo-hacker into its critical systems to protect them from cyber attacks,...

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US researchers have found a safe way to 3D print explosives

US researchers have found a safe way to 3D print explosives

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to 3D print explosives is a turning point for the military and other industries that rely on explosives, but it also opens up a debate on the potential dangers of the uses of the technology.   According to new research out of the...

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MIT’s new neural network can explain its decisions

MIT’s new neural network can explain its decisions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI gets more deeply embedded into the world’s digital fabric, in everything from self-driving cars to high frequency stock trading, it’s crucial we know how it makes its decisions.   A child is presented with a picture of various shapes and is asked to...

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Scientists have created the blackest material ever, and it’s great for gaming

Scientists have created the blackest material ever, and it’s great for gaming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are certain situations, such as calibrating satellite systems, or in cinemas where nearly dark doesn’t cut it, Vantablack is the darkest material ever produced.   Have you ever gotten up to use the restroom during a movie screening, then struggled to find your seat...

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