2010s-to date

2014 - Aeroboat

Propelled by the same Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine that powered Britain's Spitfires to victory in World War II: the yacht designers, Claydon Reeves, also based the boat’s design on the ‘sleek lines’ of the famous fighter planes. It can ‘fly’ like a jet across water at 109mph. The boat costs £3 million.

2013 - Supersub

Built by BAE Systems, HMS Ambush has enough nuclear fuel to carry on cruising for up to 25 years non-stop and is capable of hearing a ship leaving port in New York whilst sat underwater in the English channel.

2013 - Large Hadron Collider

LHC (a 27-kilometre doughnut-shaped particle accelerator that smashes protons together) is activated. Discovering a force-carrying particle possibly linked to mass (the God particle or Higgs Boson).

2012 - 2013 - Synthetic meat

The meat is grown from stem cells, marking the first step for a possible revolution in meat production. However, taste tests (2013) and costs currently limit the project.

2012 - 2013 - Electric vehicle stations

As of December 2012, there were around 50,000 non-residential slow charging points and about 2,000 fast chargers deployed in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China. As of March 2013, the United States had 5,678 public charging stations across the country with 16,256 public charging points. As of November 2012, about 15,000 charging stations had been installed in Europe The world's top-selling highway-capable all-electric cars are the Nissan Leaf, with global sales of over 71,000 units by mid July 2013.

2012 - Sound barrier broken by body

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner breaks the sound barrier without the use of a vehicle, diving 24.23 miles and reaching a speed of 843.598 mph.

2010 - Project Bloodhound

Project launches to take the land speed record above 1,000 mph.