Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending February 14, 2016

This is a list of all the scientific articles of interest I found trending this week. It’ll be interesting to see how this information affects my stories. Some of them give me definite story ideas and plot points. Others are tidbits that are interesting and might be useful later. I hope they are equally interesting and helpful to you. I’ve grouped
them in separate headings so you can pick and choose the ones you want to look at.

Space Race    Telecommunications    Hacktivism

Physics    Medical Marijuana    Singularity

Cybersecurity    Astronomy    Neuroscience

Aerodynamics    Psychology    Data Management

Health Research    Environment    Green Technology

Geology    Evolution    Archaeology

Manufacturing


Space Race

A tiny European country just made an unprecedented move in the space mining business

Telecommunications

Internet2 is the alternate Internet which gives a speed of 10 to 100 Gigabits per second

Hacktivism

Dridex Botnet Hacked to Infect Victims with Antivirus Software

This Hacker Exposed Secret Government Surveillance Dragnet While Serving Time In Prison Sounds like the plot of a cyberpunk novel.

Physics

Rumor Mill Heats Up Again for Discovery of Gravitational Waves

Physicists just built the world’s smallest optical switch – based on a single atom

Physicists find signs of four-neutron nucleus

‘Dark sunshine’ could illuminate the search for dark matter

Physicists have broken the record for the most accurate clock ever built

Gravitational waves: Einstein was right – and this announcement is the scientific highlight of the decade

A new form of frozen water? Scientists reveal new ice with record-low density

Medical Marijuana

Elizabeth Warren Urges CDC To Look At Pot As Potential Fix To Prescription Painkiller Epidemic

Weed users found to have poorer verbal memory in middle age

CBD Is The Chemical Medical Marijuana Is Buzzing About

Singularity

‘Appocalypse,’ Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI

Drones recognise and follow forest trails in search of lost people

Google computers qualify as drivers in automated cars, US government says

Cybersecurity

Brain scans could be the next new passwords

Astronomy

Two new exoplanets have been discovered, and they’re twice the size of Jupiter

Neuroscience

Brain damaged violinist makes music for first time in 27 years with mind-reading technology

Aerodynamics

Where the Super Bowl Meets Space: NASA’s Aerodynamics Lab

Psychology

Bilingual toddlers demonstrate greater cognitive flexibility, study finds

Data Management

The challenge of saving lives with ‘big data’

Health Research

Cancer treatment trials using patient’s own cells to destroy solid tumours ‘will begin within a year’

3D-printed bone structure allows tissue regeneration

Hallucinogens may protect against domestic violence: study

Graphene Shows Promise For Brain Implants

Study suggests more effective speech therapy approach for children with Down syndrome

Umbilical blood cells kill cancer quicker than adult cells

Human trials for Australian-made bionic spine to start next year

 

Nasoalveolar molding use for cleft lip and palate reduces number of surgeries, cost of care

Paperclip-Sized Brain Implant Could Lead To Thought-Controlled Exoskeletons

Scientists Successfully Connect Individual Neurons Using Lasers

Scientists Propose “Pumpjack” Mechanism for Splitting and Copying DNA

Rabbit Brain Frozen and Preserved with Long-Term Memories

Scientists are making super-thin, super-strong condoms out of grass fibres

Scientists identify the brain cells that represent feelings of isolation

Cotton Candy Machine Used To Create Tiny Artificial Blood Vessels

Is this the end of painful finger pricks for diabetics? New patch which monitors blood sugar levels could ‘change the lives of those with type 1’

Winnipeg researchers use virtual reality to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease

Environment

Mitsubishi Electric Develops High-precision Air-quality Sensor for PM2.5

Wrong type of trees increases global warming

What The Earth Will Be Like In 10,000 Years, According To Scientists

New rainforests absorb 11 times as much carbon as old-growth, study finds

Green Technology

Carbon dioxide from the air converted into methanol

B.C. lab’s metallic glass creates potential for smart windows

Geology

Researchers find new cause of strong earthquakes

Evolution

Slime can see: Scientists discover that slime-forming bacteria act as optical objects

Do you have blue eyes? According to SCIENCE this is your common ancestor

Archaeology

First Migrants to Imperial Rome ID’d by Their Teeth

Rise of human civilization tied to belief in punitive gods

Manufacturing

Body Heat Triggers Shape Change in New Type of Polymer, which may be useful in
sutures, artificial skin, body-heat assisted medical dispensers, and self-fitting apparel.

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