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!

Singularity

Dystopian Details

Paleontology

Space Race

Astronomy

Psychology

Geology

Health Research

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

Manufacturing 

Cybersecurity

Archaeology

Physics

Transportation

Assistive Devices

Military Science Fiction Details


 

Singularity

Apple’s purchase of Emotient fuels artificial intelligence boom in Silicon Valley

Google just published a free, three-month course on deep learning

 

Dystopian Details

Could two people repopulate Earth again?

Stephen Hawking Warns Humanity Could Destroy Itself In The Next 100 Years

Plastic In Oceans Will Outweigh Fish By 2050

2015 Was The Hottest Year Since Records Began By An Enormous Margin

 

Paleontology

Titanosaur: the largest animal ever to walk the Earth

‘Dragon thief’ dinosaur thrived after mass extinction

Scientists find first demonstration of sexual selection in dinosaurs

‘Dragon thief’ dinosaur thrived after mass extinction

 

Space Race

Moon village eyed to replace Int’l Space Station —ESA head

Behold the first flower grown in space , which may help astronauts grow food crops in space or On Mars in the future.

Report questions the safety of NASA’s plan to get to Mars by 2030s

Space balloon company finds a home in Arizona World View’s space port will be built in Pima County.

 

Astronomy

Evidence suggests huge ninth planet exists past Pluto at solar system’s edge

Astronomers Claim To Have Found Enormous Invisible Structures Hiding In The Milky Way

Aliens are silent because they’re dead, says new study

 

Psychology

Here’s an important detail for psychological suspense
Here’s how to tell a psychopath from a sociopath

 

Geology

SpaceX to launch ocean satellite, try water return Sunday

Jason-3 Ocean-Monitoring Satellite: Launch Timeline

 

Health Research

HIV drugs give couples ‘ray of hope’ It’s used for couples that want to conceive one one of them has HIV!

Companies Aim to Make Drugs from Bacteria That Live in the Gut Relatively new discoveries about of the role of the microbiome in human health have sparked a race to develop new therapies based on microbes.

Scientists propose an algorithm to study DNA faster and more accurately

Cancer treatment for MS patients gives ‘remarkable’ results

Drug trial participant dies, 5 others hospitalized in France

Can’t Focus? It Might Be Undiagnosed Adult ADHD

New light-activated nanoparticles kill over 90% of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

You can’t move or scream and there’s often an intruder in your bedroom: The terrifying symptoms of sleep paralysis revealed

Terrifying new research reveals cocaine makes the brain eat itself

MIT engineers create glove that mitigates hand tremors from Parkinson’s

A PSA to new parents and babysitters. Baby CPR: St John Ambulance release video showing how to perform life-saving technique

Neurosurgeon Canavero claims He has successfully transplanted head on a monkey He plans to do a human head transplant on a donor body to cure paralysis next.

Our brain’s memory capacity is 10 times larger than we thought

A Blood Test May Soon Tell If You Really Need Antibiotics, which may help to fight overprescription of antibiotics in the future when it’s perfected.

Montreal institute going ‘open’ to accelerate science Mostly neuroscience.

Pharma ‘cash call’ for new antibiotics, which may turn into a global intiative to fund research.

Scientists use protein-blocker to stop the spread of leukaemia

Researchers find protein that improves mobility after spinal cord injuries

Drug-resistant bugs destroyed by new antibiotic from breast milk discovered by British scientists

 

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

Teens who use cannabis at risk of schizophrenia

Extensive twin study finds no link between marijuana use and IQ decline in teens

A Brief History Of Medical Cannabis: From Ancient Anesthesia To The Modern Dispensary

Study Erred In Finding No Link Between Teen Pot Use And Psychosis

Can Cannabis Treat Epileptic Seizures?

 

Manufacturing

This color-changing polymer warns of tiny damage you can’t see They want to add self healing properties in the future.

 

Cybersecurity

A useful tidbit for military sci-fi. Silicon Valley asked to build a terrorist-spotting algorithm by the U.S. government

 

Archaeology

Experts on course to unravel secrets of Egypt pyramids with use of infrared thermography, muon radiography imaging and 3D reconstruction techniques.

Bubonic plague hung around in Europe for 300 years!

DNA Reveals Far-Off Origins of Ancient ‘Gladiators’

English DNA ‘one-third’ Anglo-Saxon

HoneyVR recreates the 1906 San Francisco quake and more in trailer of upcoming VR films

World’s Oldest Temple to Be Restored The ancient site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey has rewritten the early history of civilization

 

Physics

Physicists achieve record-high efficiency in key nuclear fusion process

Physicists propose new method to teleport the memory of a living creature

Physicists have managed to tie a quantum knot for the first time

 

Transportation

Engineer Designs Cabin That Can Detach Itself From An Aircraft In An Emergency

 

Assistive Devices

In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet for the Blind

 

Military Science Fiction Details

The US military is working on tech that could turn soldiers into cyborgs
Rise in space junk could provoke armed conflict say scientists, which could be a good plot point in a military sci-fi story.

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