The ultimate bioweapon, scientists have developed an Extinction Gene

The ultimate bioweapon, scientists have developed an Extinction Gene

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists now have the knowledge and the tools they need to create, and deliver, Doomsday genes which can selectively target and exterminate entire species.   Here’s a question that occurs only to madmen and geneticists… How do you get a gene that kills a species...

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Scientists turn nuclear waste into diamond batteries that last forever

Scientists turn nuclear waste into diamond batteries that last forever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nuclear waste is normally buried beneath ground and left forever, this new breakthrough gives nuclear processing companies a new option and a new revenue stream.   Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed a method to turn radioactive graphite blocks, a waste product of...

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Scientists fry ions with microwaves to build highly scalable quantum computers

Scientists fry ions with microwaves to build highly scalable quantum computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more Qubits a quantum computer can run the more powerful it becomes, this breakthrough could give researchers a new way to create ultra powerful, highly scalable systems in an affordable, simple way   Physicists from the University of Sussex, a member of the UK’s...

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BAE uses AI to defeat todays state of the art electronic jamming systems

BAE uses AI to defeat todays state of the art electronic jamming systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More countries are using increasingly advanced electronic warfare and jamming systems to disable everything from drones to entire fleets and countering them has become a top priority for military and security services around the world.   Radar used to be a slow science. Electronic warfare...

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Drone ray gun gets FAA approval to take out drones at airports

Drone ray gun gets FAA approval to take out drones at airports

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones are increasingly being used by criminals and terrorists to disrupt and destroy high value targets so security services around the world are now in an arms race to make sure they stay one step ahead of the threat.   A UK created “ray gun”...

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New Deloitte study says 861,000 UK public sector jobs can be automated

New Deloitte study says 861,000 UK public sector jobs can be automated

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technologies including AI, bots, drones and robots will lead to the automation of large parts of the global workforce   More than 861,000 public sector jobs could be lost by 2030 through automation, according to a study that comes as a further blow after hundreds...

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Scientists discover a way to delete fears from the brain

Scientists discover a way to delete fears from the brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers are slowly unravelling the mysteries of the brain and how memories are formed, as we edge nearer to being able to delete memories from peoples minds we also get closer to knowing how to implant artificial memories too.   All of us have fears....

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Super molecules help researchers create stable Qubits for Quantum computers

Super molecules help researchers create stable Qubits for Quantum computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Stable Qubits will help people store and manipulate information that can then be processed millions of times faster by Quantum Computers.   Researchers from the University of Manchester have taken a significant step closer to demonstrate that it is possible to create miniscule – but...

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Researchers used Jennifer Aniston to discover how we form long term memories

Researchers used Jennifer Aniston to discover how we form long term memories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Understanding how our brain creates memories paves the way for new treatments for neurodegenerative disorders and one day could help us discover new ways to improve memory retention and learning.   Brain researchers in the UK and US have collaborated to make “a spectacular discovery”...

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Photosynthesis breakthrough crams millions of years of plant evolution into months

Photosynthesis breakthrough crams millions of years of plant evolution into months

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have used gene editing to turn off specific plant genes to boost plant growth by 15%, if transplanted into rice, maize and wheat this could help reduce famine and hunger in the world without the need to use extra fertilisers or chemicals.   Scientists...

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British girl who died of cancer wins right to be cryogenically frozen

British girl who died of cancer wins right to be cryogenically frozen

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where we are making so many advances in healthcare it is increasingly conceivable that we may be able to bring people back from the dead which opens up a myriad of moral, ethical and religious questions about life and death.   A...

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Jurors will soon be able to walk through crime scenes in virtual reality

Jurors will soon be able to walk through crime scenes in virtual reality

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Jurors often have to rely on reconstructed scenes to help them visualise how a crime unfurled, now, using virtual reality they can see and move around the actual scene days, months or even years after the crime(s) took place   A physical crime scene may...

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Report finds that global internet freedom declines for sixth straight year in a row

Report finds that global internet freedom declines for sixth straight year in a row

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Internet freedom is on the decline with over two thirds of the worlds population now subject to government and institutional censorship.   Independent watchdog Freedom House has issued its 2016 report along with a chilling warning that internet privacy is becoming something of an oxymoron. Freedom...

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Scientists lay out plans to build an artificial human genome by 2036

Scientists lay out plans to build an artificial human genome by 2036

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When scientists can create artificial genomes they will be able to create new designer organisms, and humans, with entirely new, engineered properties and abilities.   Scientists have put forward plans for a follow up to the Human Genome Project (HGP) with a proposal to create...

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Encryption’s arch nemesis is a ticking quantum time bomb

Encryption’s arch nemesis is a ticking quantum time bomb

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Encryption is the primary tool that organisations and governments use to keep data safe and secure, when Quantum computers become more wide spread criminals, hackers and state sponsored actors will be able to use them to decrypt data and render most encryption algorithms obsolete.  ...

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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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Brazil releases billions of genetically modified Mosquitos to combat Zika

Brazil releases billions of genetically modified Mosquitos to combat Zika

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There will always be questions about the viability and impact of releasing genetically modified organisms into our environment but with billions of mosquitos being released it might already be a moot point   Every Saturday morning, Maria do Carmo Tunussi goes door to door asking...

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Thomas Cook lets you experience your holiday in virtual reality before you buy

Thomas Cook lets you experience your holiday in virtual reality before you buy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual reality holidays come to the high street.   Virtual reality content is being trialled for the first time by Thomas Cook at a new concept store at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent. Customers will be able to ‘enter’ a virtual world where they...

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Stephen Hawking says creating AI is the biggest event of our civilisation

Stephen Hawking says creating AI is the biggest event of our civilisation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence can do great good, or great evil.   Speaking at the launch of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), a new artificial intelligence (AI) think tank based in Cambridge, that aims to help shape how AI is developed, used and...

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Scientists are creating a detailed map of all 35 trillion cells in the human body

Scientists are creating a detailed map of all 35 trillion cells in the human body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Human Cell Atlas will exponentially accelerate our understanding of disease and “the Human Condition.”   Last week in at a meeting in London, convened by the Broad Institute of MIT, Harvard University, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Wellcome Trust, a group of international scientists...

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