Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending September 27, 2015

I scan trending science stories in the search for story prompts and worldbuilding details. This is what I found this week.

Jurassic Park has already been written but what if the practise was used for other extinct species? Can Genetic Engineering Bring Back Extinct Animals?

I learned that not all drones are evil this week these deliver medical supplies and electrical parts in remote areas:Lord Norman Foster to build world’s first droneport in Rwanda

Scientists have built an ultra-thin lens that can focus on ridiculously small details

Encryption might be the reason we’ve never heard from aliens, says Snowden

Here’s some good ideas for a cyberpunk novel with international politics or military sci-fi.
Mike Adams gives eye-opening interview revealing space weapon capabilities of US military

Pentagon intrigued by breakthrough in cloaking technologywhich is to be expected

Good for techno thrillers you wish to write and better if you can afford them in the here and now.
Top gadgets and accessories for hardware and data security

Good ideas for a medical thriller/dystopia:
One in three people born in the UK in 2015 could get dementia

The US Is Finally Taking Action on Antibiotic Resistance

A modern day concern and good dystopia idea: Huge hikes in prices of drugs raise protests and questions

Sober news: Humanity makes first ever withdrawal from the doomsday seed vault yet it’s reassuring we have one at all. It could be a great McGuffin in a dystopia.

We were also assured That Arctic Seed Vault Isn’t Just There for a Doomsday

There’s some encouraging news in the fight against cancer:

Enzyme’s role could help fight cancer and autoimmune diseases

Two new kidney cancer drugs ‘work’

Some details that will be useful for near future space exploration novels:

Man On Mars? NASA Says It’s Happening — And Soon

New ion engine is so efficient that it could go to Mars and back on a single tank of fuel

Some things to keep in mind if you want to write about the Singularity:

Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips

New light-based memory chip is the first ever to permanently store data

Plastic may be on the way out as most popular manfacturing material: Scientists figure out how to make flexible materials 3 times stronger than steel

3D Printing becomes more popular and versatile:

The world’s largest 3D printer can now make entire houses out of clay

Forget plastic — Glowforge’s 3D laser printer makes objects with wood, fabric, and leather

Some new health breakthroughs:

Infertile Males may be able to have biological children: First Lab-Grown Human Sperm Technique Revealed By Scientists

Scientist Grow Kidneys In A Laboratory That Function When Transplanted Into An Animal

New Artificial Pancreas Could Be A Life Changer For Type 1 Diabetics

Paralyzed Man Walks Again Using Brain-Wave System

Scientists discover new system for human genome editing

US Defence scientists have invented a brain implant that boosts memory


Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending September 20, 2015

I cam across things that are good for worldbuilding and story prompts in different sci-fi sub-genres:

It’s old news by now but this article shows that being misunderstand and brilliant can be dangerous in the modern age. Not “inspiring” but it will help create believable conflict in any semi-realistic sci-fi you wish to write. #IStandWithAhmed: Scientists and the public surge to support boy arrested for homemade clock

I wonder if lightsabers would be good for more than a novelty toy if this technology is perfected? Physicists figure out how to make ‘molecules’ of pure light

New Antenna Could Give Mars Rovers a Direct Line to Earth

US Military Foresees Robot-Run ‘Transportation Hub’ in Space

Terahertz Radiation Breakthrough Could Lead To 100 Times Faster Wireless Networks

This is development is a definite help for worldbuidling hard science fiction: The world’s first all-electric propulsion satellite is now operational

Vast Ocean Underlies Ice on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus which may help the quest for life off Earth

There’s some encouraging developments on the health front:

TCD Alzheimer’s breakthrough could hold ‘tremendous potential’

Prosthetic hand restores a man’s sense of touch

Scientists Have Developed A Patch That Regenerates Damaged Heart Tissue

3-D printed guide helps regrow complex nerves after injury

There were some green technology developments:

This Tower Purifies a Million Cubic Feet of Air an Hour

Fuel Made From Algae Could Help Fukushima–and the Rest of the World

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: 3D-printed suites and a new Prius

Sustainable development, science, and the UN

This transparent lithium-ion battery charges itself with sunlight

These could make cool gadgets in the future:

Making 3-D objects disappear: Researchers create ultrathin invisibility cloak

Scientists have developed a shark-repelling device for your surfboard

I’m not sure if I’d like the menu but this gives me world building ideas for sci-fi cuisine

The future of food: from jellyfish salad to lab-grown meat

You Ain’t Seen Sustainable Dining Until You’ve Eaten Here

I found some items for a “is this cool or creepy?” feature!:

One for the Zombie lovers: A Wasp That Turns a Spider Into the Walking Dead

These Headphones Transmit Sound Into Your Skull

A blending of hard and soft science: Here’s why our most irrational decisions could be a result of quantum theory

Some say it is inevitable that adult toys become more advanced. I’ve altered the title to something
I’m more comfortable having on my blog, but have included this link.

This might be inspiring if you like to write/read sword and sorcery tales: Ancient Script Spurs Rethinking of Historic ‘Backwater’

Here are some tidbits for those of us that want to worldbuilding for near future sci-fi or technological thrillers:

Big banks consider using Bitcoin blockchain technology

MI5 boss warns of technology terror risk

This new self-destructing computer chip explodes on command

Joining Twitter as @khiatons

I hear Twitter is a good platform for a writer to reach out to their readers and peers. Yet I fear it will become a timesink. The only way to know for sure is to set up an account and try it out. Therefore I am setting up an account this week. I will see if I can make it work for me, and keep up a presence on it. If it doesn’t work out I will close it down, but it’s worth a shot.

Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending September 13, 2015

I found lots of things this week.

This Artificial “Leaf” Can Produce Fuels From Carbon Dioxide And Sunlight

New Implant “Mops Up” Wandering Cancer Cells

12 year old girl beats Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking’s record in MENSA IQ

This could be used to create an updated Martian Chronicles series: Elon Musk reveals plan to drop thermonuclear weapons on Mars to prepare planet for humans

Marriott Hotels use VR to connect consumers with tech and travel innovation

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

Size Comparisons of the Largest Objects in the Known Universe

This is good for worldbuilding: Six amazing sights that look even better from the International Space Station

New wireless technology uses your body to transmit data

Some things writers should keep in mind if they want to reboot Indiana Jones for the modern age: 7 Ancient Mysteries Archaeologists Will Solve This Century

Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists

Hopping ‘Hedgehog’ Robot Could Explore Comets and Asteroids

Spanish cancer patient gets a 3D-printed titanium rib cage

UNC smart cells teach neurons damaged by Parkinson’s to heal themselves