Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending February 21, 2016

Here’s what was trending in science this week. Click the headings that interest you to see the links or click more to see the full list.

Zika    Evolution    Environment

Space Race    Astronomy    Singularity

Physics    Geology    Green Technology

Neuroscience    Health Research    Sexual Health

Medical Marijuana    Digital Economy    Manufacturing

Archaeology    Anthropology    Futurism

Cybersecurity    Gadgets    Data Management

Open Science


Brazil’s Zika-Related Abortion Debate Sparks Backlash

Zika Vaccine Possible by End of 2017, Fauci Says

Why men need to worry about Zika virus


An article on what humanity ate in the past and will have to adapt to in the future. Surprising diet myths and predictions of an insect-filled future

Giant Flightless Bird Once Roamed the Arctic

Humans and Neanderthals may have interbred 50,000 years earlier than previously thought


Water Shortage Affects 4 Billion People Worldwide

Apparently, Teachers Aren’t Sure How To Teach Climate Change

Polluted air causes 5.5 million deaths a year new research says

Europe’s climate change goals ‘need profound lifestyle changes

Organic ag could help offset climate-related food insecurity

Al Gore ‘extremely optimistic’ climate crisis can be turned around

Space Race

SpaceX’s Dragon: First Private Spacecraft to Reach Space Station

Construction of SLS’ Pathfinder begins

Space tourism projects at a glance

NASA to simulate growing potatoes on Mars in Peru


Scientists construct geological map of Pluto

Scientists discover massive but peaceful black hole


The New Scientific Reality Of Higher Impersonal Intelligence

Drones helping scientists collect high-resolution data

Self-driving cars face challenges beyond technology

New mathematical model shows how our brains make complex decisions, which could be used to construct A.I.

Universal Robots Welcomes the New Technical Specification on Collaborative Robot Design

Microwave quantum tuning fork could lead to Quantum Information Processing and enhanced magnetic resonance devices


Now, we’ll listen to the stars, courtesy gravitational waves

Chinese Scientists Just Created A Hotter Sun In A Nuclear Reactor And It Held Up!

A five-dimensional black hole could ‘break’ general relativity, say physicists

5 Cosmic Mysteries That Scientists Still Hope to Solve


New app aims to turn smartphones into earthquake detectors of future

Green Technology

How much does gas need to cost for hybrids to pay off?

New app aims to turn smartphones into earthquake detectors of future


Scientists discover a way to delete ‘unwanted’ memories

Sleep Apnea Takes Toll on Brain

Personalized Brain Games May Stop The Brain From Shrinking With Age

Health Research

Virtual therapy ‘helps with depression’, researchers say

Blood-boosters may give tiny preemies a developmental edge

Mobile Doctors turns to cloud

New 3D Bioprinter Uses Living Cells As “Ink”

Scientists stunned after their last-ditch option makes cancer vanish

‘Ground Zero’ Of Alzheimer’s: Locus Coeruleus Identified As Critical Starting Point Of Disease

“Revolutionary” Cancer Therapy Yields Extraordinary Results In Human Trials

Washington: 3D ‘mini-brains’ developed in lab

Researchers have reversed autism symptoms in mice

New blood test to detect inherited heart conditions

Genetic Engineering All Set To Take A Giant Leap With New Microfluidic Device

Bowel bacteria may impact mood for Crohn’s sufferers

Sexual Health

Statistically speaking, 750,000 people on Tinder are infested with pubic lice

Shockwaves To The Penis Could Replace Viagra

Testosterone gel boosts sexual function, mood for older men

Up to 60 wounded US soldiers to get penis transplants to help them start families

Medical Marijuana

Mom says cannabis oil is helping infant daughter with epilepsy

Digital Economy

Mondo gives you a smarter debit card – and could one day replace your bank


Scientists have figured out a better way to extract rare earth elements from coal waste

New light bulb technology fights jet lag and keeps the kids calm

Graphene layered on soda-lime glass helps improve solar cells, other devices


New clues illuminate mysteries of ancient Egyptian portraits

Contemporary ‘Indiana Jones’ on mission to save antiquities

First complete Bronze Age wheel ever found in Britain

Now THAT’S vintage: 5,000 year old Egyptian garment confirmed as world’s oldest dress

Humans Settled, Set Fire To Madagascar’s Forests 1,000 Years Ago


Preserve rare languages to spread benefits of multilingualism, says expert


What will life look like in 100 years? Underwater cities, printed food and holidays to Mars


Vintage viruses live on in the Malware Museum

Internet Archive Adds to it a Malware Museum Section

Suprema Announces Mobile-Focused BioSign

Precise Biometrics expands licensing agreement with FPC

How Tim Cook Became a Bulwark for Digital Privacy


Students experience virtual field trips with Google Expeditions

Data Management


Researchers Develop Superman Memory Crystals That Can Outlast Humanity

Open Science

Pioneering citizen scientists launch non-profit water testing initiative to test every U.S. city water supply for lead:



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