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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Clean coal, breakthrough captures CO2 from power plants and turns it into profit

Clean coal, breakthrough captures CO2 from power plants and turns it into profit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF CO2 is a major greenhouse gas but until now capturing it was difficult and expensive, this new technology could help reduce global emissions by 10%.   India have made a breakthrough in the race to make useful products out of planet heating CO2 emissions, and...

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World first as scientists sequence the genome of the Ash tree

World first as scientists sequence the genome of the Ash tree

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In recent years Ash trees have been decimated by ash dieback disease, now that scientists have sequenced their genome conservations can craft new ways to save them for future generations.   The genome of the Common Ash tree, fraxinus excelsior, has been sequenced for the first...

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New heat resistant material shatters records

New heat resistant material shatters records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we push the boundaries and create new, more powerful nuclear reactors, and faster vehicles, protecting them from thermal harm becomes increasingly important, this breakthrough could mean more powerful reactors and faster hypersonic vehicles   A team of researchers in the UK have discovered that...

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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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UK approves designer babies and the first will be born in 2017

UK approves designer babies and the first will be born in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By authorising the creation of so called designer babies UK regulators are permitting doctors to use new gene therapy treatments to save, and change, lives, but without proper oversight we could quickly enter the wild west.   Last year the UK changed its laws in order...

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Amazon Prime Air completes its first UK commercial drone delivery

Amazon Prime Air completes its first UK commercial drone delivery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Brick and mortar retailers have always had an advantage over their online cousins when it comes to delivery times, walk in, buy your item, walk out, but on demand, real time drone deliveries will erode that advantage   Amazon announced today that his company has successfully...

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Futurist keynote, London: The Future of Asset Management, Euromoney Asset Management 2.0 Summit

Futurist keynote, London: The Future of Asset Management, Euromoney Asset Management 2.0 Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world of asset management is changing faster than ever before so it’s imperative that in these times, when there are more demographic, regulatory and technological than ever before senior leaders stay informed and ahead of the curve.   Firstly, thank you to Alyona for...

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Scientists discovered a planet ravaged by storms of rubies and sapphires

Scientists discovered a planet ravaged by storms of rubies and sapphires

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is the first time that we have observed weather on another planet, the fact that the clouds are made from rubies and sapphires just makes it alot cooler   Elon Musk wants to travel to Mars, but I think he should seriously reconsider after...

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