Google DeepMind uses bitcoin like tech to track NHS patient data

Google DeepMind uses bitcoin like tech to track NHS patient data

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plagued by critics who accuse Google DeepMind of getting too much “free” access to NHS patient data, DeepMind’s new “bitcoin like” audit platform will let people know exactly how data is being accessed and used   Google’s AI powered health tech subsidiary, DeepMind Health, is planning to...

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Researchers design a DNA computer that outperforms future Quantum computers

Researchers design a DNA computer that outperforms future Quantum computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA computers, up until now, have been theoretical but now they’re feasible, and that’s a huge step towards the next step – building one.   A team of researchers from the University of Manchester, the same university that’s recently been making breakthroughs in quantum computing, led by...

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The Terminator bought to life, researchers want to put artificial human skin onto robots

The Terminator bought to life, researchers want to put artificial human skin onto robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots with human skin are nothing new, at least in sci-fi terms, but we now have the technology and a reason to make it happen…   This week researchers Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr from the University of Oxford announced that they believe robots dressed...

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New stem cell therapy freezes Multiple Sclerosis in its tracks

New stem cell therapy freezes Multiple Sclerosis in its tracks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, but new therapies and treatments are bringing new hope to the people affected by it.   A new multiple sclerosis treatment that “resets” the human immune system has been found to “freeze”...

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Microsoft’s AI has learnt how to write it’s own code and create its own programs

Microsoft’s AI has learnt how to write it’s own code and create its own programs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An AI that can code and build new computer programs from scratch could change the world, give rise to a whole new generation of entrepreneurs. And put a lot of people out of jobs…   For many of us the digital world’s an alien place....

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Scientists get ready to take the world’s first photo of a Black Hole

Scientists get ready to take the world’s first photo of a Black Hole

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Taking a photo of a Black Hole was always thought to be impossible, until now and it’s going to be awesome.   Scientists believe they are on the verge of obtaining the first ever picture of a black hole, and in order to accomplish the...

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Scientists have a plan to re-freeze the Arctic

Scientists have a plan to re-freeze the Arctic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Arctic is melting at its fastest rate ever, and with temperatures 20C above normal scientists want us to take drastic action.   Physicist Steven Desch has come up with a novel solution to the problems that now beset the Arctic. He and a team...

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New virtual reality project lets doctors fly through cancers to save lives

New virtual reality project lets doctors fly through cancers to save lives

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to visualise and fly through cancers will help researchers create better treatments and better outcomes for cancer patients   In May this year, in a project that’s reminiscent of the US Army’s announcement to create digital avatars of its soldiers, Cancer Research UK...

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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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Scientists have developed the world’s first working artificial womb

Scientists have developed the world’s first working artificial womb

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age when we can create motherless and fatherless embryos, and where artificial humans are on the horizon, one day artificial wombs could be commonplace.   In what’s considered a landmark experiment, researchers in the US and the UK have managed grow human embryos to 14...

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Scientists publish a breakthrough architecture for the world’s first Quantum Computer

Scientists publish a breakthrough architecture for the world’s first Quantum Computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Building the world’s first commercial quantum computer will require international collaboration, and a plan, and it looks like we now have that plan.   An international team, led by a scientist from the University of Sussex, and made up of scientists from Google, Aarhus University...

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Scientists propose using sound to stop killer tsunamis at sea

Scientists propose using sound to stop killer tsunamis at sea

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the years tsunami’s have killed hundreds of thousands of people, now scientists think they have a way to stop them in their tracks before they reach shore.   Most people know that if you want to cancel a wave out – whether it’s a...

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Futurist keynote, London: The Future of Capital Markets, Accenture Capital Markets Summit

Futurist keynote, London: The Future of Capital Markets, Accenture Capital Markets Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Investments and the capital markets, arguably, sit at the heart of our capitalist society, but they, and the industries they rely on to find Alpha, are starting to change at a faster rate than at any point in their illustrious history and it’s sending shockwaves...

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British Aerospace unveils the world’s first laser deflector shield concept

British Aerospace unveils the world’s first laser deflector shield concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plenty of companies are developing new laser and direct energy weapons systems but none have ever managed to create one, that might be about to change.   Deflector shields are the stuff of science fiction – whether it’s the rippling green shields that saw off...

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Nissan’s self-driving cars are coming to London

Nissan’s self-driving cars are coming to London

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The UK and Europe lag behind the US and other countries in trialling autonomous vehicles, but now the UK Government looks like it’s starting to thaw and let manufacturers loose in the cities   In the first test of its kind in Europe, next month...

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UK’s NHS gives millions of Londoners their own on call AI doctor

UK’s NHS gives millions of Londoners their own on call AI doctor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For better or worse, more and more healthcare services are being augmented and automated using new artificial intelligence services, only time will tell what the results will be.   A few months ago Baidu rolled out a limited trial of a new virtual doctors service,...

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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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Airbus will test its new “Sky taxi” later this year

Airbus will test its new “Sky taxi” later this year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With more people moving into the cities gridlock is becoming the bane of most people’s lives, Airbus and others, including Uber propose taking to the skies but people with vertigo should watch out.   Airbus has been eyeing the increasingly interesting, and viable, flying taxi...

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New breakthrough polymer could charge electric cars in seconds

New breakthrough polymer could charge electric cars in seconds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Electric vehicles have been held back by battery and charging technologies, now a single supercapacitor technology might be able to solve both in one hit.   UK technology firm Augmented Optics and its partners, the University of Surrey and the University of Bristol have revealed a...

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Researchers discover the brain helps kill bacteria and boost antibiotics

Researchers discover the brain helps kill bacteria and boost antibiotics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s a well known fact that bacterial resistance to antibiotics has reached crisis levels, now a new breakthrough could give antibiotics a well needed boost.   It turns out that our brain might control much more than just our thoughts and physical actions. Announced this week...

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