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


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