Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending November 29, 2015

I found some trending stories that apply to spaceflight technology, medical research, green technoloy and communication technology. Plus some tidbits that would be good for murder mysteries, cyberpunk and military sci-fi.

Here’s the latest news in spaceflight technology:

Diamond Nanothreads Could Support Space Elevator

Jeff Bezos beats Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the reusable rocket race

A search for gravitational waves: Will this European satellite confirm Einstein’s last unproven idea?

Good for worldbuilding. What Happens When You Light A Candle In Space?

The latest developments in health research:

3D-printed vascular systems help doctors practice for your surgery

Diabetic pancreas cells made to produce insulin by bone protein

New theory integrates dopamine’s role in learning, motivation

Functional human liver cells grown in the lab

Can stem cell technology be harnessed to generate biological pacemakers?

Watch: The science of genetic inheritance is weirder than we thought

Wonder if this study’s findings will be used to counter depression? Neurologists ‘work out the key to finding happiness’

Researchers just made graphene 100 times more cheaply than ever before which could help in the manufacture of touch sensitive prosthetics

Electric fields remove nanoparticles from blood with ease which could help in drug delivery systems

Child able to speak after surgeons create new voice box using his own tissue

Hacking the Brain — Restoring Lost Abilities With the Latest Neurotechnologies

A Peek At Brain Connections May Reveal Attention Deficits

Virtual reality isn’t just for video games! Virtual reality successfully used in cardiac operation

Those of you interested in the Singularity might want to know Company Plans To Resurrect Humans With Artificial Intelligence By 2045

On the green energy front:

Bill Gates is launching a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund

Scientists have developed a power cell that harnesses electricity from algae

the end of constant smartphone recharging?

Scientists Develop World’s First Cyber Plant This seemed unnecessary at first, but it’s actually to make a living solar cell with photosynthesis.

Good for military sci-fi: The first 3D-printed revolver fires 8 shots, just add a roofing nail and elastic

Some cool developments in the world’s communication technology took place this week:

Physicists just sent a quantum message across 2km, setting a new record

Want your own Star Trek Communicator? Google experiments with a Star Trek-style wearable

It’s not just the information age in the First World. How to charge your mobile phone using a mud oven

It’ll be cool when this is mainstream: Li-Fi has just been tested in the real world, and it’s 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

Cool worldbuilding detail: Temporary tech tattoos could monitor your health, pay for your coffee

An interesting tidbit to add to sci-fi stories. How does our brain form creative and original ideas?

Murder mysteries don’t try to be sci-fi but still need to keep up to date with modern methods of commiting crime: Hackers may hit home for the holidays

Good detail for cyberpunk: Top ten operating systems for ethical hackers and security researchers

A brand new particle has been predicted by physicists

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