Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending December 27, 2015

This will be the last Science Fiction Inspiration post for 2015. I’ve got no special way to mark the occasion other than to post the current week’s trends. Trends don’t stop on the holidays.

Take a VR tour of the White House to celebrate the holidays


Remains Of Captive Carnivores Discovered At Mexican Pyramid

Gadgets-some sound cool even if they only have novelty value

These Earthquake-Proof Beds Are Absolutely Freaking Terrifying

This bomb-proof bag can suppress explosions on aircraft

In the Future, Magnets May Track Your Fingers in Virtual Reality


Who knew physics was applicable to medical technology? A quirk in the laws of physics is the basis of a fast new blood test

Physicists figure out how to retrieve information from a black hole

This timeline shows the entire history of the Universe, and where it’s headed

Communications Technology

Error 451 is the new Ray Bradbury-inspired HTTP code for online censorship

Engineers demo first processor that uses light for ultrafast communications

Researchers propose using patterns and icons for passwords

Health Research

Migraine breakthrough as scientists discover the [‘oxidative stress’] process that triggers EVERY symptom – paving the way for a cure

Scientists have discovered brain networks linked to intelligence for the first time

High On The Highway: Scientists Try To Build A Marijuana Breathalyzer

Compulsive Gamers Display Unusual Brain Wiring

Nine-year-old boy has testicular tissue frozen because brain cancer treatment may make him infertile.

Gene Editing Is Huge Leap Forward in Fight Against Cancer

The science of sex: Experts reveal why love hurts, how sex helps us live longer – and why it’s so important to kiss

Space Flight Technology

SpaceX Will Launch (And Land?) Its Most Powerful Rocket Yet

And there was this follow-up later in the week:Musk’s Triumph: A Falcon 9 Rocket Lands Upright in Florida

Scientists are attempting to grow potatoes on a simulated Mars

This may seem like a boring piece of trivia, but it’s a detail that will help flesh out space novels. Just In Time for Christmas: Russian Cargo Ship Makes Space Station Delivery

Social Sciences

I found a fun social sciences article: The “Dark Triad” Of Personality Traits Will Help You Get Ahead In Your Career


Exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal created with inclusion of nanoparticles.

Cyberpunk Worldbuilding Details

Anonymous anoint Gary McKinnon as the greatest hacker of all times

This is how you can join Anonymous hacktivist group


Investing In Artificial Intelligence


Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending December 20, 2015

Let’s see what we writers can do with what I found this week, and let this serve as a heads up to sci-fi readers.

Star Wars gives me and many others a future worth working towards so it’ll be the first post.

Star Wars: how future world conflicts will be decided in space though not as fun as the movies unless you’re a military sci-fi fan.

For military sci-fi: US Air Force will have laser weapons on planes by 2020: Claims Star Wars technology is at a ‘tipping point’ – and there are even plans for a force field protection bubble

And now to move back to Earth

Here’s what you need to know about the new Paris climate deal

The latest in Health Research

Experimental drugs that change energy supply in cells could slow brain tumor growth

Bionic eye could ‘cure’ blindness by bypassing retina entirely

VA to provide robotic legs to paralyzed vets

Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer May Become Possible

A useful PSA: The Science — Or Lack Of It — Behind Genetic Tests Offered In The Workplace

These Are The World’s 8 Most Dangerous Pathogens you may want to use in medical thrillers.

Developments In Bone Grafting: New Synthetic Graft Will Reduce The Number Of Additional Surgeries

Here’s a PSA and maybe a medical thriller plotpoint. 3 Ways Antibiotics Can Do More Harm Than Good

I started this feature in mid 2015 so I saw some things I missed in this article: Cancer Treatment Has Come A Long Way In 2015: These Are The 5 Biggest Breakthroughs

Here’s some developments in green tech

Adidas created this 3D-printed shoe out of plastic from the ocean

Engineers are building solar balloons that float above the clouds for constant sun


New results from world’s most sensitive dark matter detector

Here are the top five candidates for ‘dark matter’

Physicists in Europe Find Tantalizing Hints of a Mysterious New Particle

New Studies Suggest the Speed of Light is Variable

Singularity News

This new ‘skyscraper’ chip could make computers run 1,000 times faster

Spaceflight Technology

NASA seeking astronauts for Mars mission, apply online

China launches dark matter detecting satellite into orbit

Astronomers discover closest potentially habitable planet: Wolf 1061c

Two NASA astronauts will perform an unscheduled spacewalk next week

I admire hard science fiction authors though the most I can do is write soft sci-fi at the moment.

No Warp Drives, No Transporters: Science Fiction Authors Get Real


New Dinosaur Had a Sail on Its Back


Did the ROMANS discover America? Radical theory claims sword found on Oak Island suggests ancient mariners set foot on the New World before Columbus


New Clues on How and When Wolves Became Dogs

I found some random bits good for worldbuilding details in sci-fi I thought worth including in this week’s post.

Hydrogen fuel cells promise to keep drones flying for hours

Good to know for murder mysteries: How to Destroy a Hard Drive—Permanently

This may become a major plot point or a minor detail in futuristic tales. Bitcoin’s ‘blockchain’ tech may transform banking

Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending December 13, 2015

I think it best to lead with the results of the Climate Talks in Paris:

COP21: Climate deal ‘final draft’ reached in Paris

Climate deal ‘to keep rises well below 2C’

Carbon Farming Gets A Nod At Paris Climate Conference

Here’s the latest news on the Singularity front

Google Says It Has Proved Its Controversial Quantum Computer Really Works

Google says its quantum computer is more than 100 million times faster than a regular computer chip

Computer learns like a human and (sort of) beat the Turing Test

DNA-based electromechanical switch demonstrated which may lead to DNA being used as nanoscaled computer components.

Elon Musk And Sam Altman Launch OpenAI, A Nonprofit That Will Use AI To “Benefit Humanity”

Scientists have developed an algorithm that learns as fast as humans

Engineers build biologically powered chip

Here’s the latest developments in Health Research. Note: there were also some news regarding sexual health I thought worth incorporating into future sci-fi stories so I have added them, and used the correct terms for them even if it’s a more overt than I’m comfortable with using for a public post. I need to clearly state what they are so my readers will know what they are about.

New ibuprofen skin patch to deliver 12 hours of pain relief

What Really Happens When You Get Shot, and here’s a new treatment program for them FDA Approves Device That Can Plug Gunshot Wounds in 15 Seconds

Powered Exoskeletons Could Replace Wheelchairs One Day

Losing just 1 gram of fat in the pancreas can reverse type 2 diabetes

Band-Aid Of The Future: MIT Develops Electronic Bandage That Heals Wounds Faster

Google Teams Up With Scientists To Track STD Outbreaks

This looks like it could be the basis of a good sci-fi story: Are There Genes for Intelligence—And Is It Racist to Ask?

‘Suicide’ gene therapy kills prostate cancer cells

Blind Colorado Mother Tears Up After Seeing Son for ‘1st Time in Years’ With New Bionic Eye

Google files patent for needle-free blood test system that could be used as a smartwatch

Longer Life in a Pill May Already Be Available at Your Local Drug Store

It’s risky and experimental but they have plenty of volunteers!Penis Transplants Being Planned to Help Wounded Troops

Diagnosing malaria with a cell phone

How It Works: Breast Reduction Surgery And Treatment Of Macromastia

Taurine-like chemical restores cognitive function in mice with Alzheimer’s

Playing 3-D video games can boost memory formation, study finds

FDA clears cold cap to save hair during breast cancer chemo

For those of you who like to hear the latest news in Physics

Physicists investigate unusual form of quantum mechanics

Paradox at the heart of mathematics makes physics problem unanswerable

Still room for speculation even among scientists themselves. Why Trust A Theory? Physicists And Philosophers Debate The Scientific Method

For the first time, researchers have proved that a fundamental physics problem is actually unsolvable

German physicists see landmark in nuclear fusion quest

German scientists achieve ‘landmark breakthrough’ in nuclear fusion, which would be useful in the clean/green energy front.

Time Travel Could Solve Complex Math Problems by using entanglement and “closed timelike curve.”

Here’s a shout out to futurists.

Hyperloop Technologies Readies for First Test of Futuristic Transportation System

Here’s who comes after Generation Z — and they’re going to change the world forever

10 Advanced Technologies Shaping The Future of Manufacturing: Predictive Analytics Leads The Way

This is a useful product I’m sure will become mainstream: This Sound-Absorbing Modular Wall Lets You Build an Office Anywhere

Science can also help historical writers unearth facts for their writing.

Dinosaur Blood Vessels Survived 80 Million Years Without Fossilizing

Viking hoard discovery reveals little-known king ‘airbrushed from history’

Stonehenge Was Moved

New Triceratops Cousin Had a Gnarly, Bumpy Skull

I found some Space Exploration tidbits this week.

The Hunt for Alien Molecules Astrochemists are discovering many compounds in the cosmos that cannot exist on Earth

This is a new discovery that might be worth following: Report of discovery of large object in far outer edges of solar system incites skeptical reactions

Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending December 6, 2015

In honor of the Climate Change Talks I’m putting Green Tech news first this week:

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and other tech titans form the Breakthrough Energy Coalition to invest in zero-carbon energy technologies

New global alliance signs on 121 ‘sun-drenched’ countries to fund solar power tech

Scientists develop super-absorbent sponge material to soak up oil spills

Scientists have figured out how to store electricity in ‘paper’ Hope they learn how to mass produce this.

Here’s the latest developments in Space Flight Technology:

The Dawn Of The Space Age: Why You Should Care About The Private Space Race

Air Force Funds 3D-Printing Study for Rocket Engines

The first spacecraft that feels from the future will blast off soon

The latest developments in Physics:

Physicists confirm thermodynamic irreversibility in a quantum system ,which brings quantum computers closer to reality

The Universe’s “Missing Matter” Found Within Superheated Cosmic Web Filaments

Here’s what happened in health sciences this week:

Human editing was the main health science news:Should We Be Editing Human DNA?

Human gene editing gets green light but not on “germline” cells that transmit DNA to future generations.

Scientists show that gene editing can ‘turn off’ human diseases

Compound Found In Aspirin Might Stop Diseases Like Alzheimer’s And Parkinson’s

This sounds like the premise of a good sci-fi/murder mystery: Could hackers break my heart via my pacemaker?

Licensed Diabetes Drug Could Dramatically Increase Human Life Span

Gene which delays Alzheimer’ Disease by 17 years discovered by scientists

Scientists have identified the genes responsible for ageing and a longer lifespan but is not ready for use on humans yet.

A step in affordable health care: A cheap, disposable device for diagnosing disease

3D Printing has multiple applications: 3D-Printed Body Parts Help Surgeons Separate Conjoined Twins

There was a follow up to the transplanted face story: How transplanted faces change over time

Virtual wound will teach medics how to treat soldiers

The alternative infertility treatment that’s helping some women get pregnant in vitro maturation (IVM) is used instead of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in vitro fertilization (IVF)

We may be closer to seeing a familiar sci-fi trope become reality: China ‘clone factory’ scientist eyes human replication

I’m including this for anyone who’s ever been curious. (Don’t worry it’s CGI): Male-To-Female Sex Reassignment Surgery: Watch A Reconstruction And Witness The Procedure

The all-in-one solution to sexual health is on its way: New drugs and products ‘prevent HIV, STDs AND unplanned pregnancies’

There were also some random tidbits I thought worth including in this week’s science trends post:

This should be checked out by writers of military sci-fi: China Unveils New Laser Weapon On State Television

For those interested in the Singularity…A new start-up wants to transfer your consciousness to an artificial body so you can live forever though it doesn’t look like a viable business plan.

Ultrasonic, Highly Sensitive Graphene Microphones Developed By Researchers

A good reference for cyberpunk stories: The Dark Web

Almost reads like a paid advertisement but is a cool high tech toy that could become mainstream: How Nokia is reinventing itself with a $60,000 virtual reality camera

Good for historical research: Recreate the old-school internet with this web browser emulator

Researchers find new phase of carbon, make diamond at room temperature. I know there are practical applications in manufacturing, but I wonder if this will be used in jewelry?