Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending January 10, 2016

Astronomy

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

Geololgy

Humans Have Caused Earth To Enter A New Geological Epoch

Archaeology

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

Gadgets

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

Singularity

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

Telecommunications

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

Physics

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

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

Paleontology

Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Had Dancing Competitions Over Mates

 

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