Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending May 29, 2016

Reading trending science articles gives me a broad overview of current issues. Sometimes the concerns they raise show up as worldbuilding details in my stories. Howevever, there’s been no issue that I’ve wanted to study in depth as of yet. Then again the steady monitoring of current developments may help me come up with an informed worldview in time. Click the headings you want or click the more tab for the full list.

Green Technology    Connectivity    Data Management

Astronomy    Physics    Space Race

Singularity    Aeronautics    Health Research

Reproductive Health    Neuroscience    Genetics

Medical Marijuana    Nanotechnology    Transportation

3D Printing    Virtual Reality    Social Trends    Paleontology

Environment    Archaeology    Cybersecurity    Wildlife

Evolution    Environment    Manufacturing    Open Science

Green Technology

Huge profits in store for firm that can make a great leap in battery technology

Batteries that last five times longer in the offing

A New Solar Cell Converts The Sun’s Heat Into Usable Energy

This Dutch town will grow its own food, live off-grid, and handle its own waste

Connectivity

Microsoft provides grants to accelerate the delivery of affordable Internet access

Engineers just smashed wireless speeds of 6 Gbps in the real world

Data Management

HPE Offers IoT Platform To Build, Analyze Data

Astronomy

Japanese Startup Will Use Science And Satellites To Create Artificial Meteor Showers

Astronomers just discovered a rare dwarf galaxy that’s loaded with precious elements

Jupiter’s moon Europa could have right chemical balance to support life, Nasa study finds

NASA Scientist Suggests Possible Link Between Primordial Black Holes and Dark Matter

World’s Largest Telescope Now Has a Construction Contract

WATCH: NASA’s working on a massive ‘sunshade’ that could reveal alien worlds

Supermassive black holes spawn galactic deserts without new stars

This Is the Best Look at Pluto’s Surface We’re Going to Get

Rosetta’s Comet Contains Ingredients for Life

Physics

China’s Biggest Bang, A Supercollider Twice the Size of CERN’s

Physicists think they might have just detected a fifth force of nature

US advised to stick with troubled fusion project ITER

Schrödinger’s cat now dead and alive in two boxes at once

Space Race

OSIRIS-REx Arrives At KSC Ahead Of Mission To Asteroid

Orbital ATK proposes lunar-orbital station to serve NASA’s Orion

India launches mini space shuttle

Lockheed proposes outer-space shack that could house astronauts for up to 60 days

ISRO to test rocket that takes its fuel from air

University Students Launched A Rocket With Completely 3D-Printed Engine

NASA hits snag while inflating new room at space station

When will ISRO test the next Reusable Launch Vehicle?

SpaceX launches a communications satellite and sticks another landing

Watch NASA’s second attempt at inflating the first expandable habitat on the ISS

Singularity

This Amazing Carbon Fibre Pavillion Was Woven By A Robot

‘Magenta’ Is Google’s New Project To Make Art With Artificial Intelligence

Facebook ditches Bing, 800M users now see its own AI text translations

Foxconn replaces ‘60,000 factory workers with robots’

Aeronautics

Soon, Fly From London to Sydney in Two Hours

Health Research

Low salt diets not beneficial, global study finds

Americans scientists successfully cut out HIV genes from infected animals

Donated organs kept ‘alive’ may ease the transplant shortage

Study finds benefits of bright light on metabolism, weight loss

McMaster study highlights challenges faced by preemies in adulthood

Magic mushrooms could be used to treat depression, study says

Harnessing spider powers to heal human bodies

Drug-oozing implant to control addiction approved in U.S.

Dangerous New Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Reach U.S.

Scientists have reached a ‘milestone’ in treating addiction with a drug in Adderall — but there’s a catch

Hang up? Major US study finds link between cancer and cellphone radiation

Gene therapy drug approval granted to GSK

Reproductive Health

Woman’s bid to use deceased daughter’s eggs continues

Neuroscience

Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say

Electronic headband that could end migraine misery for millions is approved on the NHS

Genetics

Tales of African-American History Found in DNA

Scientists illuminate hidden regulator in gene transcription

Medical Marijuana

Smoking cannabis ALTERS your DNA ‘causing mutations that can trigger serious illness, including cancer’

Nanotechnology

This self-healing material could solve many wearable woes

Transportation

People are paying $48 to ride on this ‘sleep bus’ and ‘teleport’ to another city instead of flying

This Futuristic “Straddling Bus” Can Drive Itself Over Cars

3D Printing

Microsoft wants you to share your 3D printer over your network

Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift update accidentally makes piracy easier

Project Goa Will Bring Virtual Reality To Any Smartphone

Social Trends

Supporting Children Who Serve as Caregivers

Paleontology

Extraordinary fossils found by ordinary people thrill scientists

Impact That Killed The Dinosaurs Also Deadly To Antarctic Creatures

Environment

Human Activity May Wipe Out One-Third Of North American Birds

10 things you should know about sea level rise and how bad it could be

Wake up to plastic health hazard

Archaeology

Beer brewed in China more than 5,000 years ago, artifacts suggest

Cybersecurity

U.S. government agencies are still using Windows 3.1, floppy disks and 1970s computers

Will Google Kill The Password on Android In 2016?

Wildlife

Elephants Brutalized in Religious Ceremonies in India

Evolution

Neanderthals built mysterious cave structures 175,000 years ago

Environment

The First Official Climate Refugees in the U.S. Race Against Time

Climate change threatens World Heritage sites, report says

Manufacturing

Finding a new formula for concrete

Open Science

All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020

 

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