Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending May 1, 2016

I found plenty of science articles this week. I’ll see what sticks in my mind, but it’s good to build a background for my private reference. Click the headings you’re interested in or else click “more” to see the full list.

Online Privacy    Cybersecurity    Evolution

Environment    Physics    Astronomy

Space Race    Health Research    Neuroscience

Medical Marijuana    Sexual Health    Reproductive Health

Hacktivism    Weapons Development    Singularity

3D Printing    Transportation    Wildlife

Paleontology    Green Technology    Life Extension

Environment    Aerospace    Virtual Reality

Biology    Nanotechnology    Gadgets

Online Privacy

Facebook now gets a million users from “dark web” service Tor


Soon sound of your skull could replace your online passwords

Top web hacking techniques of 2015


Why birds were the only dinosaurs that survived mass extinction

Scientists Create RNA In Water Puddle, Shed Light On Prebiotic Earth

Strange, Mammal-Like Reptile Lived During The Same Time As Ancient Mammals

Modern DNA shows ‘explosions’ of the male population thousands of years ago

When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren’t Exactly Picky Eaters


Old-Growth Forests May Provide Buffer Against Rising Temperatures

‘We will have climate refugees’: U.S. secretary talks Arctic climate change

Construction Corner: Portal helps organizations factor in climate change

Scientists may have discovered massive lake under Antarctic ice

Climate Science Methods That Survived for Centuries


Physicists Squeeze Water Molecules Into an Entirely New State

CERN publishes massive data set

Physicists have created a ‘black hole’ in the lab that could finally prove Hawking radiation exists


Radioactive supernova remnants rain down on Earth

Details of Hubble successor, the giant James Webb Space Telescope, unveiled by NASA

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope used to determine distance between Young Stars and their Protoplanetary Disks

Astronomers Have Discovered A New Moon In Our Solar System

An ancient astronomer’s observations of a 1,000-year-old supernova have just been unearthed

Mysterious blue flashes in space and upside-down lightning have been caught on film

Astronomers just created the most powerful artificial star in the sky – using lasers

Space Race

Scientists look at options for managing menstruation in space

NASA Working On Solar Electric Propulsion For Deep Space Exploration

NASA seeks to boost Mars communication network ahead of human missions

Russian space rocket launch delayed

NASA astronauts prepping for first manned launch since 2011

Pupils plant rocket seeds as part of ‘out of this world’ project

NASA To Invest $67 million In Plasma Rocket Propulsion

NASA Releases Call for Entries for X-Hab 2017 Challenge

Eavesdropping on Mars: NASA Rover to Record Red Planet’s Wind and More

Top space academic on China’s deep space exploration, research and reusable rockets

SpaceX announces it will send a spacecraft to Mars by 2018

Tim Peake to control machine on Earth from International Space Station

Japan abandons costly X-ray satellite lost in space

Simulators give astronauts glimpse of future flights

Universe Likely Has Many Extinct Civilizations: Study

Health Research

Botox Can Be A Vital Neurological Treatment For Chronic And Episodic Migraines

University of Alberta pushing fight against antibiotic-resistant bugs

British eye surgeon will carry out the country’s first transplant using an artificial cornea

Treating sepsis by protecting blood vessels shows promise

UBC study finds psychedelic drugs may help curb domestic violence

Fewer women than men finish rehab after heart attack, study finds

Digital glasses help 12-year-old blind boy see mom for first time


Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Medical Marijuana

Battle Over Georgia’s ‘No-Buzz’ Medical Marijuana Law Gets Personal

Medicinal marijuana advocates want dispensaries to be regulated

Marijuana activist Jodie Emery seeks spot on federal task force on pot

Inside the Thought-Provoking Museum Protesting the War on Drugs

Sexual Health

Risks and benefits of the HPV vaccine

Alberta says hook-ups arranged on social media a big factor in STI spike

Reproductive Health

Fertilized human egg emits microscopic flash of light


KKK Website Shut Down by Anonymous Ghost Squad’s DDoS Attack

Weapons Development

The US is dropping ‘cyberbombs’ on ISIS

DARPA’s rocket-dodging armored vehicles inch closer to reality


Surprisingly, These 10 Professional Jobs Are Under Threat From Big Data

How Google plans to rewrite the rules of the road for self-driving cars

Motor Mouth: Ransomware is the future of car theft

Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free

This Tiny Computer has no Batery, Powered Wirelessly from Radio Waves

Google wants to inject smart lenses in your eyeballs for cyborg vision

Puma’s got a tiny racing robot that can move as fast as Usain Bolt

3D Printing

Bullied parrot finds new confidence with 3D-printed beak


A US Air Force sled just smashed the maglev speed record – at 633 mph


Drone With Night Vision Tracks Down Poachers at Sea


Study shows dinosaur families chose to exit Europe

Heads up: intact skull sheds light on big, long-necked dinosaurs

Green Technology

Solar cell mystery solved, expected to greatly increase efficiency

Rwanda: Rural Areas Expect 100 Solar PV Mini-Grids Under Climate Action Plan

Life Extension

’20 YEARS YOUNGER’: This woman claims a treatment to reverse ageing is working

If Cyronics Suddenly Worked, We’d Need to Face the Fallout

Scientists claim they’ve completed the first successful gene therapy against human ageing


Massive Coral Reef Discovered in the Amazon River

A River Once Ran Through the Sahara

5 eye-opening documentaries to watch on climate change

Study explains how bacteria induce ice crystal formation

Carbon dioxide making earth greener, reveals new research

Dyer: Climate change is not incremental — it could spike

Researchers create natural insecticidal proteins to target resistant bugs


NASA moves to begin historic new era of X-plane research

Solar Plane Lands in U.S. on Record Voyage

Virtual Reality

How to buy the right VR headset: Our complete guide

Samsung’s working on another VR headset, and we can’t wait to see it


Meet the men reviving the ancient craft of tree beekeeping


Scientists build world’s tiniest thermometre using DNA


DIY smart mirrors are still irresistible, and this one has a touchscreen



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