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Thoughts on uncertainty and COVID-19

Thoughts on uncertainty and COVID-19

Many have described the impact on COVID-19 across the world, and we are all living through the disruption of everyday life. As it is testing our economic, health and social systems, it reveals ... read more

The future of scientific discovery

The future of scientific discovery

Could and should we be outsourcing our discovery to AI, and what does this mean for scientific discovery and creativity? How can society prepare for future AI and human collaboration? read more

A Future in Quantum

A Future in Quantum

Dr Neil Alford on how quantum may herald a new science fiction future. read more

The 4D printing revolution is upon us

The 4D printing revolution is upon us

By building new responsive qualities into objects using 4D printing, we turn them into shapeshifters. Discover possible future applications as our physical realities become responsive. read more

High-performance decision-making

High-performance decision-making

When it comes to visionary aims, such as improving the health of entire populations, decision-making is beset by challenges. Dr Katharina Hauck discusses the effects of high performance computing read more

Unlocking the patterns of disease hidden in medical images

Unlocking the patterns of disease hidden in medical images

Visual perception is one area where humans excel, but what if a machine could match or even exceed our ability to discriminate objects and identify patterns in what we see? read more

No more toys: 3D printing grows up

No more toys: 3D printing grows up

3D printing has grabbed popular imagination. But the polymer printers widely available today are not the technologies that will transform manufacturing and mass customisation of products. read more

Transforming surgery with real-time multi-scale imaging

Transforming surgery with real-time multi-scale imaging

Every successful operation depends on surgical skill to navigate the body. Pre-operative scans play a critical role, guiding surgeons like a map. But these are just snapshots. What if the map ... read more

Imaging the health of our planet

Imaging the health of our planet

From the discovery of DNA to the identification of water on Mars, lab-based spectroscopy is fundamental to understanding the chemical composition of matter. But what if you could apply ... read more