Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending January 31, 2016

SingularityThese are the scientific fields I found trending this week. Most times I take what I can get, but are there fields more popular than others? Are there better headings for my links?

Update: I tried to make the headings clickable links, but it’s not working out right and takes to long to code so I will have the headings up before the more tab so you can have an idea what kind of links I’m offering this week.

Update: I figured out how to make jump links within posts after all. When you are in the full blog post you can click the heading you want and you can jump to it. Now that I know a simple way to code it in html it will be featured in future posts.

Space Race     Singularity     Gadgets

Environment     Physics     Paleontology

Social Sciences      Wildlife     Dystopian Details

Health Research     Aviation     Geology

Evolution     Green Technology     Archaeology


See the latest science trends


Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending January 24, 2016

I started this feature as a way to document the reference reading I do for my writing. I read these articles to look for story ideas and world building details that I can use in my writing. I’m getting more informed than I used to be, but I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to write hard science fiction.

I hope this feature is educational and interesting to my fellow writers and potential readers. I’m finding lots of great material, which is good, but makes these posts too bulky if posted as a series of links so I’m now using a new format

The links are grouped under headers within the post. Only the headers show on the visible blog posts so as not to overwhelm you with details you may not be interested in. The headers serve as links to their individual sections. Now you can click directly to what interests you and ignore the rest if you like.

If nothing else these weekly blog posts have helped me increase my html coding skills even if my knowledge of science topics isn’t where I want it to be yet!


Dystopian Details


Space Race




Health Research

There were interesting developments in the legalized marijuana debate this week.






Assistive Devices

Military Science Fiction Details

Just click the links to the section you want to look at.

Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending January 17, 2016

I’m not up to writing hard science fiction, but these stories help me write fresh soft sci-fi instead of rehashes of stuff I liked as a kid.


There were continuous updates on Tim Peake’s spacewalk this week.

Tim Peake set for historic spacewalk

Tim Peake spacewalk ends early

SpaceX just released never-before-seen footage of its epic rocket landing last month


Gamma ray map offers best view yet of our galaxy’s energy

Villages on the Moon can be reality by 2030: Scientists

There was a follow up to the ‘possible megastructure surrounding a star story’ this week. That bizarre-looking star just got a lot weirder — and yes, it could be aliens

Enormous Volcano On Pluto Might Be The Biggest In The Outer Solar System


Crime-Fighting Robots Now Patrolling The Streets Of California


There were some new ones I hadn’t seen before and others me and my blog readers have already seen in earlier posts in 2015. The best smart gadgets that stole the show at CES 2016

Will the future be augmented reality glasses?

Green Technology

New material can harvest sunlight by day and release heat at night

Researchers Create Device That Produces Electricity When You Walk

Elon Musk: You’ll be able to summon your Tesla from anywhere in 2018 It’ll be interesting when electic self driving cars are mainstream.

Electric Cars Aren’t Enough. Tesla Is Now Going Vegan

Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs

Health Research

Artificial Pancreas Trials To Begin In The U.S.

Newly discovered type of sound wave allows for inhalable vaccines

How to deal with a medical emergency on the Space Station

8 genetic mutations that can give you ‘superpowers’

Scientists develop three-minute test that seeks out superbugs, E.coli and sexually transmitted diseases

Illumina’s Bid to Beat Cancer with DNA Tests

Watch: Why immortality is so hard for humans

Anatomy Of Addiction: How Heroin And Opioids Hijack The Brain

Nanotechnology offering cancer treatment, diagnosis and surgery solutions

Organs For Human Transplant Are Being Grown Inside Sheep And Pigs

Scientists have started growing human fallopian tubes in the lab

Panel recommends FDA approve implant to treat opiate addiction

Researchers kill drug-resistant cancer in the lab using 50 times less chemo

Man flu is real: How oestrogen protects women against the influenza A virus but not men

‘New research hope’ from pancreatic cancer tissue bank

Have scientists discovered the elixir of youth? Hormone ‘extends lifespan by 40%, protecting the immune system against the ravages of age’

Why EVERYONE over 40 forgets their PIN number but oldies are better at crosswords than their children! Decade by decade, how your age affects your memory

AI can save lives. Swansea Uni’s AI cancer cell detection ‘brilliant’

Your bones could soon heal a whole lot better thanks to polymer nanoshells

Who knew a clinical trial could be so dangerous? Clinical Trial In France Leaves Six Participants In ‘Critical Condition’

Urine odor may help researchers detect Alzheimer’s disease

This is good information if you want to create a steampunk villain.
Eyeballs pierced, feet hacked off and tongues cut in two – and all WITHOUT anaesthetic: Gruesome images show the barbaric nature of 19th century surgery

Could cannabis prevent migraines? Patients suffer ‘significantly fewer chronic headaches after taking medical marijuana’

The Mysterious Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Abilities

Immunology Study Suggests the Appendix Has a Use After All


Rumors Are Flying That We Finally Found Gravitational Waves

A mathematician has proposed a way to create and manipulate gravity

Physicists posit quantum gravity’s rainbow


Will LiFi Take Big Data And The Internet Of Things To A New Level?


Paleontologists Believe They Have Discovered The First Fossil Bed From The Dinosaur Extinction Event Itself

Incredibly Preserved 75 Million-Year-Old Baby Dinosaur Discovered

Guys, you can now interact with life-sized dinosaurs at an Australian university, which makes it the closest you can get to a real life Jurassic Park.


The “Pompeii” Of Bronze Age Houses Was Just Uncovered In Britain


All Multicellular Life On Earth Is The Result Of A Random 600-Million-Year-Old Accident

Who’s Invited to the Royal Society Evolution Paradigm Shift Meeting? – The Unofficial List


This article makes it sound like climate change is working in our favor. Human Activity Has Postponed The Next Ice Age


This is a good reference for military sci-fi. ‘Trident is old technology’: the brave new world of cyber warfare

Someone worth watching in the future

An 11-year-old girl from Britain just achieved the highest possible IQ score

Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending January 10, 2016


Tim Peake set for first spacewalk by British astronaut

NASA Confirms 100 New Alien Planets

Australian geologists have found a meteorite that’s older than Earth

Hawking’s solution to black hole problem

The Europa Multi-Flyby Mission: ‘This is going to be a mission that’s one of the best that NASA has ever done’

Watch: The facts behind the most common misconceptions about space

New way to measure gravity can spot alien life with “autocorrelation function timescale technique”.

This Is What Two Galaxies Look Like When They Merge Together As One

This is what the entire known Universe looks like in a single image

European Space Agency announces plans to build a ‘Moon village’ by 2030

Visible light emitted from a black hole has been detected for the first time

Interstellar Civilizations Might Be Living In Globular Clusters

Sun Still Capable Of Monstrous Super-Flares, Say Astronomers


Humans Have Caused Earth To Enter A New Geological Epoch


Untangling an Accounting Tool and an Ancient Incan Mystery

The Romans lack of knowledge of the germ theory made them just as prone to infections as less developed peoples in their time despite their more advanced hygiene practices. Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Us Your Toilets (Without Parasites)

Health Research

Gut Bacteria Benefits From Exercise Early In Life, May Promote Healthy Brain And Metabolism

New Rules For Our Health’s Digital Future

Watch: The nearsighted epidemic is real

Emergency Contraception: What Is The Morning-After Pill?

These Are The First States To Make Birth Control Available Without A Prescription

First there was Fitbit now there is a Magical gadget scans your food to reveal its nutritional value

This new brain implant has the potential to restore paralysed limbs

The bionic eye changing a woman’s life Though I get the impression the bionic eye’s resolution isn’t as good as natural eyesight at this moment in time.

Service dogs to help with mental health issues? Veterans Say Trained Dogs Help With PTSD, But The VA Won’t Pay

End of the vasectomy? New implant allows men to turn their fertility on and off with the flick of a switch

Blocking brain inflammation ‘halts Alzheimer’s disease’

Google Cardboard saves baby’s life

This hormone, fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), could help us suppress cravings for sugar and alcohol, studies find


LG made an 18-inch display you can roll up like a newspaper

Nvidia announces ‘supercomputer’ for self-driving cars at CES 2016

Hyundai’s augmented reality app helps idiot-proof car maintenance that acts like a VR owner’s manual.

Samsung’s tiny new portable SSD puts 2TB in your pocket

Futuristic Electric Self-Driving Car Unveiled With Adjustable Battery Design

First passenger drone makes its debut at CES

3D Printing Lets Blind People “See” Paintings

VR porn is here and it’s scary how realistic it is


Mark Zuckerberg to build AI to help at home and work

LEGO’s WeDo 2.0 Robotics Kit Teaches Science And Engineering To Elementary School Students

Isolating and controlling qubits for quantum information processing


New Wi-Fi system ‘HaLow’ offers longer range and uses less power

Big Data Uncovered: What Does a Data Scientist Really Do?

Microscopic 3D-Printed Gold Walls Could Make More Sensitive Touchscreens


Physicists achieve early stages of a new, solid state of hydrogen

“Zeno Effect” Verified: Atoms Won’t Move When They’re Being Watched


Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Had Dancing Competitions Over Mates


Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending January 3, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Science fiction Weekly Inspiration Posts. I’m surprised this week’s post is so long considering I had a separate year in review section yesterday.

I will open with a link to Tim Peake’s New Year message from International Space Station

Predictions for Futurist

Mostly a market forecast for businesses, but it has useful information for futurists: Roundup Of Internet of Things Forecasts and Market Estimates, 2015

Here’s How Climate Change Will Affect What You Eat


What Meteorites Mean for Science, Culture, and Kitsch

Advance in astronomy ‘can help find other worlds’

Astronomers find new way to measure the pull of gravity at the surface of distant stars

Space Technology

Force Fields for Spacecraft Coming to a Galaxy Near You

What Does Space Do To Your Immune System?

Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 rocket SpaceX successfully landed is ‘ready to fire again’

Now we can 3D print ceramics, which they say will be useful to the aerospace industry.

Watch: A junkyard of space debris around Earth This is a good worldbuilding detail to know for sci-fi writing.

Will 2016 Be the Year Elon Musk Reveals his Mars Colonial Transporter Plans?

Cybersecurity Isses for Cyberpunk Writers

The top ten hackers of all times according to Anonymous hacktivist group

How Artificial Immune Systems May Be the Future of Cybersecurity

What is a TPM, and Why Does Windows Need One For Disk Encryption?

Microsoft will alert you if a government hacks your accounts The article says that Facebook and Twitter has also instituted similar policies.

HTTP Error 451 now adopted as global standard for web pages that are censored by governments


Naukratis: ancient Egypt’s version of Hong Kong unearthed by British team

Kinder, Gentler Vikings? Not According to Their Slaves

Ancient Irish had Middle Eastern ancestry, study reveals

Papyrus Reveals Ancient Egyptian Astronomical Knowledge, which helps modern astronomy with its recorded observations.

Health Research

A comic strip that explains addiction: Understanding Addiction

The Terrible Beauty of Brain Surgery In case you were wondering about the lives on neurosurgeons.

Have Insomnia? Researchers Identify Brain Circuit Responsible For Wakefulness, Sleep

There’s No Age Limit On Rewiring Your Brain, Research Suggests

There’s No Age Limit On Rewiring Your Brain, Research Suggests

14-year-old receives first 3-D printed nose in US

3D Prosthetics aren’t just for humans! 3D Prosthetic Paws Allow a Pup to Run, Stand Upright

There was a story regarding women’s health.A Nigerian Actress Had An Unlikely Dream: Make A Movie About Fistula

Using video games in moderation, just like alcohol, can be beneficial to your health. How Video Games Might Actually Help Our Brains

However, complusive gaming is a bonafide addiction. The brains of compulsive gamers are wired differently, study finds

Here’s what happens when you develop an allergy to water I didn’t know this was possible.

Brain Imaging Shows Why Kids with Autism Have Social Difficulties

Blood Pressure Medication Benefits Those Without Hypertension, Could ‘Save Millions Of Lives’

‘Concussion’ Shines Light on Brain Injuries and Football

Human Tissue Successfully Grafted Into Monkeys With Damaged Retinas

How exactly does a human embryo form?

Cartilage growing to rebuild body parts ‘within three years’

My takeaway is: never shower with contact lenses: Blinded by a contact lens: Retired engineer is left in agony and unable to drive due to vicious infection caused by tap water

Gene Editing Offers Hope for Treating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Studies Find

No, there’s still no evidence e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking, which goes to prove that the results and interpretation of health studies can be debatable even if the results seem definitive.

New genes born by accident lead to evolutionary innovation

How to spot a psychopath: Expert reveals the traits to look out for in others and how to tell if YOU have the personality disorder This article includes a link to a self test.

Are you inheriting more than genes from your father?

Dementia loved ones ‘benefit from visits’ Your being there can make them happy even if they don’t recognize you or remember your visit.

Mysterious Syndrome Can Cause People to Become ‘Drunk’ Without Drinking

Erectile dysfunction ‘linked to risk of early death’ As if the condition weren’t troubling enough to its sufferers.

Total recall sounds great, but some things should be forgotten or else there wouldn’t be such a thing as PTSD.


Meet the animal that may live forever…as long as it doesn’t meet an accident or predator.

Green Technology

New polymer made of sugar molecules purify water ‘in seconds,’ study says

Preparing for large-scale solar deployment


Sonar Glove May Allow People to ‘See’ Underwater With Their Hands

Seeing new horizons in 2016 with ‘virtual reality’

Give your fetus a concert with vaginal sound system, Babypod

Japanese scientists have created a new type of hologram that you can actually feel

3D printing with glass sounds cool, but I can’t see the practical applications of the technology yet. ‘Sewing’ with molten glass and maths


Human-Like Robot ‘Nadine’ Who Has a ‘Personality, Mood and Emotions’ Unveiled in Singapore

Meet Knightscope’s Crime-Fighting Robots

Human-machine superintelligence can solve the world’s most dire problems

Meet the woman leading the race to build the world’s first quantum computer

Meet the world’s smallest camera-equipped drone It’s so tiny, users don’t have to register it with the FAA, which may make it a cool plot point.


Four elements earn permanent seats on the periodic table

Science Fiction Inspiration Year in Review for 2015

There were alot of year in review articles trending this week. I found some info I missed because I just started this feature in August 2015. I decided that I should have a special year in review feature and this
will be separate from the weekly post on Sunday.

The Most Amazing Science Stories Of 2015

The Top 10 Weirdest Science Stories Of 2015


9 mind-blowing archaeological discoveries that transformed history in 2015

Green Technology

8 Tech Breakthroughs of 2015 That Could Help Power the World


10 Things We Learned About the Earth in 2015


Exoplanet Hunters Made Key Finds in 2015

The Most Awe-Inspiring Space Pictures of 2015


Robot panic peaked in 2015 – so where will AI go next?

Health Sciences

2015 in Biomedicine: Baby Engineering, Spray-On GMOs, and Cancer Cures

The Six Most Interesting Psychology Papers of 2015

Breakthroughs galore: A transformative year in medicine


Year in review: Collider creates pentaquarks


Big Data: 12 Amazing Highs And Lows Of 2015

Open Source Software Went Nuclear This Year