Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending April 24, 2016

These stories are helping me worldbuild my stories though few of them become story prompts in and of themselves. Sometimes a topic that trends for weeks builds a narrative I find interesting and end up using in my own stories. Maybe it can do the same for my fellow writers. Potential readers may like to see story ideas develop. Click
the headings you want to read or click more to see the whole list.

Singularity    Gadgets    Astronomy

Virtual Reality    Hacktivism    Program Coding

Space Race    3D Printing    Stem

Health Research    Neuroscience    Sexual Health

Medical Marijuana    Paleontology    Nanotechnology

Archaeology    Anthropology    Green Technology

Environment    Physics    Evolution

Cybersecurity    Telecommunications


China’s realistic robot Jia Jia can chat with real humans

Microsoft Translator for Android now lets you translate words in photos

Quantum computing leaps: Sydney University and UNSW as the best of frenemies


Extra-thin LEDs put a screen on your skin

Ready to Get Naked? 3D Scanning Smart Scale & Mirror Allows You to See The Truth

Choosing to Skip the Upgrade and Care for the Gadget You’ve Got

Scientists design fast, flexible transistor for wearables

Corning introduces Vibrant Gorilla Glass for printed images

Accidental discovery could help batteries last years longer


NASA finds cosmic dust speeding through our solar system

Towering arches seen over the Sun

Bendable Cameras One Step Closer to Reality

NASA might have just discovered gravity waves in Pluto’s atmosphere

Stephen Hawking: “History and memories could be illusions” because of black holes

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Movie Makers Need To Focus on Viewers’ Attention

The Making of David Attenborough’s Virtual Reality Tour of the Great Barrier Reef

YouTube introduces live 360 video, the gateway drug to virtual reality

Virtual Desktop for VR is a glimpse at a future without monitors


The Hacker Who Hacked Hacking Team Explains How He Did It

Infamous cyber attacks where the hackers were never caught or identified

Anonymous hacktivist member arrested over 50 million Comelec leak

Program Coding

Man who allegedly deleted his startup with one line of code is a huge troll

Space Race

Inflatable ‘bedroom’ attached to space station

Boldly going where no billionaire has gone before – investing in an interstellar flight

NASA’s Keplar Spacecraft ‘Recovered’ After Being Stuck in Emergency Mode

Fruits and veggies on Mars? US student proves it can be possible

China’s National Space Administration just announced plans to land on Mars by 2020

NASA just announced it’s building an electric propulsion system to take us into deep space

This new hypothesis could explain how the controversial EM Drive works

3D Printing

Oscar is a 3D-printed organic Lego set … and it’s creepy as hell

Duck walks again on 3D printed feet


Lockheed Martin’s new magic school bus wants to virtually take kids to Mars

This Adorable Robot Can Help Children to Program

Health Research

Brain scans may help detect autism

Paralyzed man regains control of hand after chip implanted in brain

End of inhalers? cure for asthma and food allergies on horizon

Skin cancer: Pair of drugs ‘eliminate 20% of tumours’

Protein injection hope for Alzheimer’s

New Polio Vaccine Is Being Rolled Out Across The World

Secrets Of The Very Old And Healthy — Start When You’re Young

‘Palliative care’ often mistaken to mean certain death: researchers

#48in48: How tissue donation saved one woman’s eyesight five times

Aspirin may prolong survival for cancer patients by up to a fifth


New protein injection reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice in just one week

WATCH: Creating hallucinations without drugs is surprisingly easy

Here’s the Memory Trick That Science Says Works

Sexual Health

HIV vaccine trials for Zimm

How your DNA influences your sex life

Untreatable Super-Gonorrhea Cause For Health Concern

Medical Marijuana

Heavy cannabis use associated with reduced dopamine release in brain

DEA gives approval to Colorado-funded study on marijuana and PTSD


Paleontologists Unveil Dinosaur Stomping Ground in Utah

Dinosaurs ‘in decline’ 50 million years before asteroid strike

What Killed the Dinosaurs? Science Has Had Some Wild Ideas


Carbon nanotubes have been made to assemble themselves into wires, using a Tesla coil


Man discovers remains of a Roman villa buried beneath his Wiltshire home while laying electrical cables

An Enormous Volcanic Eruption Almost Finished Off The Mayan Civilization

The ‘Midnight Terror Cave’ of Belize was a child sacrifice site, experts report


Cooking With The Bard: We Suss Out Shakespeare’s Forgotten Foods

Green Technology

Netherlands moots electric car future with petrol and diesel ban by 2025

A Rare Look Inside The ‘Gigafactory’ Tesla Hopes Will Revolutionize Energy Use

Modelling shows move to 100% renewable energy would save Australia money

Global Reliance On Fossil Fuels Could End Within A Decade

Chemists create battery technology with off-the-charts charging capacity

Fusion Reactor Still in Works


Animals Rule Chernobyl 30 Years After Nuclear Disaster

Polar bears forced to swim long distances as Arctic ice melts

‘And then we wept’: Scientists say 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef now bleached

Race to ratify the Paris climate deal starts at the UN

Mining Association of Canada says its time for a price on carbon

Climate: Africa’s Human Existence Is at Severe Risk

Investing In Forests The Next Big Thing For Development Agenda – Analysis

For Earth Day, Report Has News To Ease A Meat-Lover’s Conscience


No, Those Aren’t Male Lions Mating. One Is Likely a Female.

Snake Myth Debunked Thanks to New High-Speed Video


NASA has detected strange signals coming from the gravitational wave source

Going Faster Than Light Could Send You “Back In Time”

NASA has detected strange signals coming from the gravitational wave source

Zip Tests Quantum Mechanics

CERN releases 300TB of Large Hadron Collider data into open access

New state of water molecule discovered

WATCH: This is how you trap a laser beam in water


Asteroid That Wiped Out Dinosaurs Didn’t Have Disastrous Impact on Deep-Sea Life; Here’s Why

Human Limbs Share A Gene From Cartilaginous Fish Gills, New Study Says

Seeds May Have Saved Birds From Extinction, scientists say

Gene Drives Quick Evolutionary Changes in Darwin’s Finches

Discovery of Miocene Crocodilian Suggests Parallel Evolution of Protruding Eyes


Opera Now Has a Totally Free and Unlimited Built-In VPN

EU case against Google shows contrast with US


This new Wi-Fi chip doubles wireless speed from a single antenna



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