Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending February 28, 2016

These are the science news articles I came across this week. I read them to keep on top of new development in the hope that they’ll generate sci-fi story ideas for me and my fellow writers. You can click the headings to look at the topics that interest you or click
at the bottom to see the full list.

Cybersecurity    Gadget    Physics

Astronomy    Neuroscience    Space Race

Health Research    Zika    Sexual Health

Green Technology    Archaeology    Medical Marijuana

Forensics    Environment    Singularity

Evolution    Paleontology    Biology

Cybersecurity

Smartphones to replace cards at bank machines

Gemalto, Fingerprint Cards, Precise Biometrics and STMicroelectronics to demonstrate world’s first end-to-end security architecture for fingerprint authentication in wearable and consumer electronics

Gadgets

Headphones that get you high on dopamine are tipped to go on sale next month

These glasses could be the future of drone piloting: Mobile World Congress 2016</>

We tried out a flexible LCD bracelet, and it was the geekiest thing ever

Virtual Reality is on the Cards as Smartphone Sales Slow in a Saturated Market

Physics

This Is What Gravitational Waves Sound Like (Video)

Quantum Entanglement: Love on a Subatomic Scale

Researchers Demonstrate ‘Quantum Surrealism’

ITER: A $14-billion machine which may usher in a new era of nuclear fusion power

‘LIGO India could be operational by 2023’, which will help them observe gravitational waves.

Einstein’s theory of general relativity won’t hold against 5D black hole

Scientists discover new subatomic particle

Wonder Material Sparks Rush to Invent New Gadgets They’re finding uses for graphene.

Astronomy

Best Astronomy Binoculars (Editors’ Choice)

Pluto’s Charon may have had a sub-surface ocean once

100-foot asteroid to zoom past Earth in two weeks; no chance of collision, scientists say

Can Enceladus Support Life?

Astronomers just released a new, 187-million-pixel map of the Milky Way

Astronomers have finally pinpointed the origin of a mysterious explosion in space

Climate Of Jupiter, Saturn Offers Clues To Earth’s Past And Future Weather

‘Interstellar Mother Ship’: New Photo Shows Potential UFO Heading Towards Jupiter’s Moon (VIDEO)

Neuroscience

4Hz Oscillations Synchronize Prefrontal Amygdala Circuits During Fear Behavior

Health Benefits Of Chocolate: Habitual Consumption ‘Positively Associated’ With Brain Function

Space Race

NASA gets inundated with astronaut applications

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity Rolls Out (A SpaceShipTwo Photo Gallery)

NASA audio confused Apollo 10 astronauts

Virgin Galactic re-enters space tourism race

Health Research

HIV-Positive Organ Transplants Set To Begin At Johns Hopkins For HIV positive people.

Coffee can help undo liver damage caused by drinking too much alcohol

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

Low voltage electric currents may treat adults with lazy eye

Alberta chemists build glowing red tool for brain mapping

There’s a new approach to fighting cancer: keeping cancer cells alive

High levels of intense exercise may be unhealthy for the heart

Major insight into killer pancreatic cancer

A potential game-changer in diabetes treatment

Pancreatic cancer is really four separate cancers, scientists find

This Graph Tells You What’s Most Likely To Kill You, Based On Your Life

First drug to reverse Huntingdon’s disease begins human trials

World’s First 3D-Printed Vertebrae Saves Man With Chordoma Cancer From Becoming A Quadriplegic

Dementia cure may be just five years away, says world expert

Zika

Watching how the world handles epidemics with current and innovative technologies makes for good sci-fi stories.

Zika virus: Brazilian scientists decipher its genome, agency says

Venezuela tries to battle Zika amid information blackout

Sexual Health

Vaginal Ring With Drug Lowers H.I.V. Rates in African Women

Cancer-causing HPV plummeted in teens since vaccine, study finds

What Else Can Viagra Do For You?

Study finds sexual orientation not necessary indicative of teen sex choices

Woman Undergoes First Uterus Transplant In US; When Parenting A Biological Child Is The Only Option

Green Technology

Fungi from goats’ guts could lead to better biofuels, says new Research

Proven one-step process to convert CO2 and water directly into liquid hydrocarbon fuel

Honda aims for green cars to make up two-thirds of line-up by 2030

Glow-in-the-dark bacterial lights could illuminate shop windows

Scientists built a book-sized, protein-powered biocomputer

Archaeology

What killed Easter Islanders? Archeologists offer new view

Earliest known medieval Muslim graves are discovered in France

Medical Marijuana

Vaughan Dowie: Legalizing marijuana: let’s get this right

Easter Islanders’ Weapons Were Deliberately Not Lethal

Judge to decide if medical marijuana patients can grow their own A Canadian article, but good for worldbuilding about the consequences of medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana legalized in Australia

Colorado visitors are using pot and ending up in the ER

Marijuana advocates say ‘next fight’ is legalizing storefront dispensaries

Forensics

Flies Could Falsely Place Someone at a Crime Scene Sounds like it could be a good plot point in a court room drama.

Environment

Seas are now rising faster than they have in 2,800 years, scientists say

Just the fear of big predators can alter an entire ecosystem, says new Research

A lower limit for future climate emissions

Urban soils release surprising amounts of carbon dioxide

Fear is slowly vanishing from the animal world, British Colombian scientist says that’s bad.

Study – Global warming slowdown did exist in 2000s

Eating less beef key to reaching EU climate change goals, says new Research

Mountaintop mining, crop irrigation can damage water biodiversity

Singularity

How Google’s impressive new robot demo will fuel your nightmares

Evolution

Million-year-old lizard species discovered on remote Pacific island

Paleontology

New findings involving Alberta dinosaur bones strengthen idea of 70-million-year-old land bridge

Biology

Dogs and some primates have molecues that might let them perceive magnetic fields

Bacteria take ‘RNA mug shots’ of threatening viruses

 

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