Graphene is a two-dimensional form of carbon one molecule thick that was discovered in 2004. It’s incredibly thin, light and strong and has numerous potential applications. But creating reliable sources of clean water might be one of its most important uses. If superfine graphene mesh filters can be scaled up it could transform billions of lives.
Imagine slipping on a smartphone-connected headset to explore holiday options and taking a seamless virtual-reality tour of a beach resort in Phuket – all courtesy of an online travel agent, who has paid for the cost of transmitting the data.
A raft of new technologies is set to fundamentally change the way we live, work and relate to one another. Individually, each piece of tech is a game changer. Collectively, they’re revolutionary. Explore the infographic.
Sweeping advances in manufacturing, transport and broadband capacity are creating waves of change across the globe. Soon these industries will meet, in a confluence of technologies that is set to trigger a tipping point.
Elon Musk hopes to revolutionise public transport with Hyperloop - a system capable of speeds of more than 1200 kilometres per hour with zero emissions. Musk’s company Space X is running a student competition to advance the technology.
Many patients forget to take their medicine, but as FT science commentator Anjana Ahuja explains, now there’s a pill that ‘knows’ when it’s been swallowed. It can send a time-stamped signal to the patient, and with consent, their doctor.
It may seem hard to believe but for every person who benefits from taking one of the top 10 selling medical drugs in the US, far more people - between one in four and one in 25, depending on the drug - see no benefit whatsoever.
Space junk is a massive challenge for a fast-growing satellite industry worth billions of dollars. There are hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk whizzing around in earth’s orbit and even a fleck of paint can do serious damage.
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