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


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