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

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