Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending May 15, 2016

I found a wide variety of articles this week. I’m building up my terms of reference week by week with these blog posts. It’s helping me write more original work and create better worldbuilding. Click the headings you’re interested in or else click “more” to see all the links.

Space Race    Singularity    Online Privacy

Data Management    Astronomy    Health Research

Sexual Health    Life Sciences    Medical Marijuana

Neuroscience    Genetics    Reproductive Health

Research Facilities    Astronomy    Virtual Reality

Paleontology    Environment    Biology

Evolution    Gadgets    Transportation

Archaeology    Cybersecurity    Hacktivism

Geology    Physics    Mathematics

Wildlife


Space Race

SpaceX Has Hired a Legendary Costume Designer to Create Their Own Spacesuits

Luxembourg’s spacecraft will test its asteroid mining tech

SpaceX Nailed Its Most Difficult Landing Yet

NASA prompts speculation by scheduling press conference related to Kepler mission

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will launch second Falcon 9 and will try to attempt land on sea platform – Evansville Tech Time

Are We Alone? Scientists Discuss the Search for Life and Odds of E.T.

How do women handle their periods in space?

Boeing’s first commercial crew launch slips

Singularity

The next AI is no AI

The creators of Siri just showed off their next AI assistant, Viv, and it’s incredible

MegaBots raises $2.4 million to create league of human-piloted, giant fighting robots

This Robot’s Teaching Itself to Twirl a Stick

London is set for driverless car roll-out – so what comes next?

Google is hiring autonomous car testers in Arizona

Google just open sourced something called ‘Parsey McParseface,’ and it could change AI forever

Ross, the World’s First AI Lawyer Hired By Law Firm

After reading thousands of romance books, Google’s AI is writing eerie post-modern poetry

Primitive quantum computers are already outperforming current machines

Online Privacy

Parents could get sued by their kids for putting baby photos on Facebook

Data Management

The future of smartphone storage: internal, removable and the cloud

Astronomy

Watch the entire evolution of the Universe in less than 3 minutes

Kepler study more than doubles number of known alien worlds

World’s Oldest Space Pebbles Found in Australia They are micrometeorites.

Scientists Used the Stars to Confirm When a Famous Sapphic Poem Was Written

NASA directly observes fundamental process of nature for first time

Health Research

Skin bacteria do not change much, despite regular washing

Surviving Cancer Without the Positive Thinking

What Is Causing Your Migraines & How You Can Treat Them Naturally

Study shows testosterone replacement therapy does not increase risk for prostate cancer

Local entrepreneur’s robotic arm earns Governor General’s Innovation Award

Docs in Pakistan mystified by brothers who become paralyzed each night

Science Says You Shouldn’t Work More Than This Number of Hours a Week

Beef industry research project will look for alternatives to antibiotic use

Study suggests acetaminophen may reduce your ability to feel other people’s pain

Stem Cells Of Type 1 Diabetes Patients Transformed Into Insulin-Secreting Beta Cells; Research May Lead To New Therapy

Rio 2016 Olympics could spark ‘full blown global health disaster’, say Harvard scientists

Cancer scientists find way to halt spread of the disease by making cells ‘literally get stuck’

FDA fast-tracks treatment that uses polio virus to fight brain cancer

‘Origami robot in a pill’ could carry out stomach ops

Health Canada wants medical-grade heroin for addicts

Sexual Health

4 myths you need to stop believing about STIs

Life Sciences

TGAC installs largest SGI UV 300 supercomputer for life sciences worldwide

Medical Marijuana

Scores of Lane County applicants apply to grow retail marijuana

Cannabis arteritis: Australian man diagnosed with marijuana-related disease that can cause loss of limb

Doctor’s Notes: Palliative care is not about dying, but about quality of living

Neuroscience

Scientists Reveal How To Erase Painful Memories

Brain scan spots Alzheimer’s 15 YEARS before symptoms appear: Early detection will help delay onset of disease

Your Brain Has A “Delete” Button—Here’s How To Use It

First Direct Evidence That Zika Virus Causes Brain Damage

Rapid Eye Movement sleep (REM) : keystone of memory formation

Brain Cells That Aid Appetite Control Identified

Genetics

Why scientists are infuriated with a New Yorker article on epigenetics

Reproductive Health

Why women’s eggs run out and what can be done about it

Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Raised Autism Risk in Study

Research Facilities

Europe chooses its ‘roadmap’ for science facilities

Astronomy

Astronomers Measure How Fast a Supermassive Black Hole Is Spinning

Golden James Webb Space Telescope mirror section unveiled in all its glory

NASA: Hydra, Pluto’s Moon Wrapped in ‘Pristine’ Ice Water

NASA just detected oxygen in the Martian atmosphere

Flawed data makes it even more unlikely that the ‘alien megastructure’ exists

‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Only Gets More Mysterious

A huge, mystery dwarf planet’s been hiding in our Solar System this whole time

This distant blue galaxy contains the least amount of heavy elements ever detected

Astronomers decide Pluto is half-planet, half-comet

Virtual Reality

LOOK Google creates new VR painting tool that lets your art come to life

Lest You Get Bored in VR, Facebook Now Supports 360-Degree Photos

Google Executive Trades Virtualization For Virtual Reality

Paleontology

An Expedition to Antarctica Uncovered a Treasure Trove of 71-Million-Year-Old Fossils

Environment

How climate change may be fueling Canada’s fire season

Five Pacific islands lost to rising seas as climate change hits

Air pollution rising at an ‘alarming rate’ in world’s cities

Obama Just Cracked Down on Pollution From Fracking

How hot could Manitoba get with climate change? Pretty hot, say scientists

India’s Big Battle: Development Vs. Pollution

Biology

New Molecular Imaging Reveals Protein Reaction Unfolding in Real Time

Scientists believe they’ve discovered the world’s longest insect – which measures over half a metre

Thanks to seed savers, Glass Gem corn exists

Great Barrier Reef: devastating images tell story of coral colonies’ destruction

Incorporating human activity into wildfire forecasting

Pollinators: Crucial workers facing extinction

Evolution

Croc-Sized Reptile Was the World’s First Plant Eating Reptile

First eukaryotes found without a normal cellular power supply

‘RNA world’ inches closer to explaining origins of life

White House launches ‘microbiome’ initiative to study beneficial bacteria

Gadgets

Sonic net may stop bird and plane collisions

Spy glasses and smartwatches used for high-tech cheating to get into medical school

Inventor of the cell phone says this is the next big thing

MIT’s Invisible Second Skin Cream Makes Wrinkles Disappear

This Small Black Strip Is a Clock Accurate to 270 Quintillionths of a Second

Transportation

LA to SF in 30 min: the hyperloop wars are on

Watch the First Full-Scale Demo of Hyperloop Technology

Western Star unveils a real Transformer: 6900XD MBT-40 switches between dump, other bodies in minutes

Archaeology

In Egypt, Debate Rages Over Scans of King Tut’s Tomb

Ancient Cemetery Found Just A Stone’s Throw From Stonehenge

Quebec teen, backed by Canadian Space Agency, thinks he found lost Maya city. Scholar not so sure

‘World’s oldest’ axe fragment found in Australia

“Lost Mayan City” Discovered By Teenager May Not Be A City After All

Mastodon bones offer clues of earliest humans in North America

Cybersecurity

Precise Biometrics algorithm solution integrated in Fingerprint Cards biometric module FPC-BM

Hacker Finds Vulnerability In Mr Robot Website

Save Firefox! This is more about the concept of an open browser than Firefox itself.

Fears about privacy, security change how Americans use Internet

Hacktivism

The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare

OpIcarus : Anonymous takes down nine banks in 30-day cyber attack

Geology

Ancient Atmosphere Of Earth Thinner Than That On Mount Everest Today

Physics

Physicists just smashed quasiparticles together for the first time

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Holds True for Early Universe, 3D Map Confirms

Mathematics

This Turing machine should run forever unless maths is wrong

Wildlife

Rare Drone Footage Captures Whales Hunting Down And Grabbing A Shark

 

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