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10 amazing scientific discoveries made in 2015!!

1. MEDICAL - A lab-made molecule that mimics an antibody from our immune system successfully keeps 4 monkeys free of HIV despite large doses, with human trials expected to begin soon.

2. ENERGY - Elon Musk announces the Powerwall battery system that allows consumers to store solar energy and can be used to create “smart microgrids” in an effort to change the way the world uses energy.

3. SPACE - New calculations show that billions of stars in the Milky Way have 1 to 3 planets in the habitable zone, making it possible that they possess liquid water and even life.

4. BIOLOGY - Moscow Sate University secures Russia’s largest-ever scientific grant to collect the DNA of every living and extinct creature for the world’s first database of its kind.

5. CHEMISTRY - Researchers create a genetically modified bacteria that can successfully bypass the biomass step and convert hydrogen into alcohol-based fuel.

6. MEDICAL - Scientists discover teixobatin, the first new antibiotic in 30 years, through a breakthrough method that used an electronic device to isolate antibiotic compounds in soil.

7. NEURO - Researchers create artificial neurons that function like human neurons and bypass damaged nerve cells to restore neural function.

8. MEDICAL - A new bionic lens is announced that will allow people to see 3 times better than 20/20 vision through a painless procedure as early as 2017.

9. NANOTECH - A new method for injecting nanoscale electronic scaffolds directly into the brain is developed to treat everything from neurodegenerative disorders to paralysis.

10. MATERIALS - A team in Italy succeeds in building a transistor from silicene - one atom-thick sheets of silicon - with properties that could revolutionise computing.



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All you have to do is answer these 5 questions about the top 10 scientific discoveries in this week’s blogpost.

1. What type of energy can be stored to create smart microgrids in the Powerwall battery system?

2. Which university is planning to create the world’s first DNA database of all living creatures past and present?

3. What is the name of the first new antibiotic to be discovered in 30 years and where was it found?

4. What will allow people to have ‘superhuman’ vision by the year 2017?

5. In which country have researchers built an ultra-thin transistor that could take the world of computing to a whole new level?

Send your answers to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 8 December 2015

The first correct entry will win a free course and we will announce the winner here on the 9th of December.

Good luck!!

By Jenny Bedwell on 2015 12 03


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Thank you!!

By Jenny Bedwell on 2015 12 04

To answer all the questions correctly you need to read all 10 of the scientific discoveries.

Each day we’ll be posting two more! Competition ends on 8th December!

By Jenny Bedwell on 2015 12 04

Thank you to everyone who entered our 2015 Science Quiz competition.

We have a winner!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Saira Arooj in the UK who answered all 5 questions correctly and wins a free online IELTS course.

The 5 correct answers were:

1- Solar
2- Moscow state university
3- Texibactin / It was found it soil
4- Bionic lenses
5- Italy

By Jenny Bedwell on 2015 12 10

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