Governments have to invest in the fourth industrial revolution | Larry Elliott

Despite the unprecedented speed of current breakthroughs investment is weak and money is either stashed away or distributed to shareholdersPrepare for the age of the driverless car and the robot that does the housework. That was the message from the Wo…

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Soon we’ll be able to spot diseases like cancer before we even feel sick

Within five years nanotechnology will examine bodily fluids for tiny bioparticles that reveal signs of cancer – helping to stop disease before it progresses

The sooner a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be well managed or cured. The challenge to finding a disease early is that most of us don’t seek treatment until we have symptoms, which means the disease has already progressed.

But breakthroughs in nanobiotechnology techniques mean that in five years we will be able to examine and filter bodily fluids for tiny bioparticles that reveal signs of disease like cancer before we have any symptoms, letting us know immediately if we should consult a doctor.

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The innovators: Irish lab develops coating to ward off superbug

Coating applied to everyday objects such as smartphones, tablets and door handles reportedly has 99.99% success in preventing spread of MRSA and E coliGeorge Osborne was just one of the latest people to warn about the growing threat of antibiotic resis…

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The innovators: nanoscale devices making big strides in surgery

An Imperial College London team is pioneering nanoscale robotic surgical instruments which can, among other uses, better target cancer cells with chemotherapy drugs

When Chinese president Xi Jinping visited Britain last October, one of the more unusual gifts he received was one he couldn’t actually see – a model of the Great Wall of China which was the same width as a human hair.

Researchers at Imperial College had used advanced 3D printing techniques to make the model. But the more practical use of the technology is for the development of advanced surgical instruments. The detail of these precision surgery instruments cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are expected to replace the large robotic instruments used in operating theatres at present.

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