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2017 in science - Wikipedia

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5 January – A Japanese insurance firm, Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance, announces that 34 of its office workers will be replaced with IBM’s Watson AI.

6 January - Researchers at MIT design one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene. The new material is highly porous. Computer simulations predict it is possible to make materials with a density of just 5 percent of steel, but 10 times stronger.

14 January - SpaceX resumes flights, following a launch pad explosion in September 2016. A reusable Falcon 9 rocket successfully delivers 10 satellites into orbit for a client, Iridium, before returning to a landing pad in the ocean

18 January - Researchers at Harvard develop a customisable “soft robot” that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially offering a new treatment option for patients with heart failure.

18 January - Independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that 2016 was the hottest year on record, at 0.99 °C (1.78 °F) above the mid-20th century global mean average. This follows record warmth in the two preceding years 2015 and 2014

23 January - Researchers demonstrate a prototype 3D printer that can print fully functional human skin.

26 January - Researchers at the Salk Institute create the first human-pig hybrid embryo, containing genetic information from both species.

7 Februay - A mysterious “white dwarf pulsar” is announced, the first known star of its kind, located 380 light years from Earth.

9  March - Researchers at the Institute for Basic Science publish details of a single atom memory storage system

23 March – Dutch scientists report a drug that can reverse aspects of ageing in old mice – restoring their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function – by flushing out “senescent” cells in the body that have stopped dividing. Human trials are planned

24 April – Wax moth larvae are reported to be able to biodegrade polyethylene, one of the toughest, most resilient, and most used plastics. The creatures may be a solution to the growing problem of plastic waste

25 April – Researchers in the U.S. demonstrate an artificial womb-like device on lambs, which could one day be used for saving premature human babies

24 May - Researchers in Switzerland create artificial viruses that can be used to target cancer. These designer viruses alert the immune system and cause it to send killer cells to help fight the tumor. The results, published in Nature Communications, provide a basis for innovative cancer treatments

30 May - A survey of 352 experts in artificial intelligence finds that experts believe there is a 50% chance of AI outperforming humans in all tasks within 45 years and of automating all human jobs in 120 years

22 June – A study of snail neurons, published in Current Biology, suggests memories that trigger anxiety and PTSD could be ‘erased’ without affecting normal memory of past events

26 July - The Breakthrough Starshot initiative announces that it has developed and launched the world’s smallest spacecraft, precursors of “StarChip”, known as “Sprites”, measuring just 3.5 cm and weighing only four grams, but containing solar panels, computers, sensors, and radios.

1 August - Scientists present a detailed description and 3D model image of possibly the first flower that lived about 140 million years ago

2 August - For the first time, scientists use CRISPR in human embryos to remove faulty DNA responsible for a hereditary heart condition.

9 October- A study by the Carnegie Institution for Science finds that wind farms in the North Atlantic could, in theory, provide sufficient energy to meet all of humanity’s current needs during wintertime

19 October - Scientists report further evidence that matter and antimatter, equally produced at the Big Bang, are identical, should completely annihilate each other and, as a result, the universe should not exist.

2 November - Archaeologists using muography report the discovery of a large “void” inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

5  December – Google’s new AlphaZero AI beats a champion chess program after teaching itself in four hours

7 December - Physicists at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign report the discovery of a new form of matter called excitonium.

11 December - University College London reports that a genetic error responsible for Huntington’s disease has been corrected in patients for the first time, using an experimental drug called IONIS-HTTRx

16 December – The Pentagon confirms the existence of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), a secret investigatory effort funded from 2007 to 2012 by the United States Government to research and study unidentified flying objects.

18 December – Scientists report that 3.45 billion year old Australian rocks once contained microorganisms, the earliest direct evidence of life on Earth.

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