Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending June 5, 2016

All this reading of science articles helped me revise my sci-fi story. I was able to come up with a new angle easily. Click the headings to see the topics that interest you or click the more tab to see the whole list.

Cybersecurity    Virtual Reality    Space Race

Astronomy    Health Research    Genetics

Neuroscience    Medical Marijuana    Singularity

Physics    Mathematics    Gadgets

Green Technology    Nanotechnology    Environment

Archaeology    Online Privacy    Digital Economy

Wildlife    Open Source    Gaming

Geology    Manufacturing

Cybersecurity

Microsoft revamps password protocols to ban easy to guess log-ins

Charging mobile devices could put data at risk

Virtual Reality

Unsurprisingly, current high-end Android phones won’t be Daydream VR-certified

Space Race

Global warming could affect life on other planets, says new research

Jeff Bezos is trying to destroy his own spacecraft—and that’s a good thing

NASA successfully inflates new room at space station

Does SpaceX’s Latest Rocket Landing Prove They’re Ready For The Future?

Russian rocket stage with toxic chemicals expected to splash into Canadian Arctic

Space X CEO Elon Musk Plans to Send Man to Mars by 2024

Astronomy

Researchers find a planet that may sustain life, 1,200 light-years away from Earth

UBC student discovers four new planets that NASA missed

Astronomers smash cosmic records to see hydrogen in distant galaxy

A new Einstein Ring: Distant galaxy lensed by gravity

Planet 9: A Stolen Alien World Hiding In Our Solar System?

Hubble sees the universe expanding faster than expected

Jupiter’s Mysterious Interior Is Coming Into Focus

Pluto’s famous heart is ‘beating’, astronomers find

Health Research

Social media may help identify students at alcohol risk

Researchers develop novel technology for customised tablets

New Incentives Needed To Develop Antibiotics To Fight Superbugs

Some people get ‘skin orgasms’ from listening to music — here’s why

Are we nearing a cure for cancer? Holy grail is ‘closer than ever’, oncologist claims

Control of immune response relies on a key protein, study finds

Health Canada warns of risk of serious complications with Essure birth control implants

‘Universal cancer vaccine’ breakthrough claimed by experts

Why It’s Crucial the New Superbug Was in a Urinary Tract Infection

Egyptian teenager dies during illegal genital mutilation surgery, official says

White House Pulled FDA Restrictions on E-Cigarette Flavors

Researchers discover gene mutation that causes progressive MS

Trying to quit smoking? Women might want to time it with their period, study suggests

Precision medicine the theme at world’s biggest cancer conference

‘Major win’ in pancreatic cancer fight

‘Liquid’ Cancer Test Offers Hope for Alternative to Painful Biopsies

‘New era’ of personalised cancer drugs, say doctors

Finally, targeted therapies for triple-negative breast cancer

Calgary student invents $7 artery-disease screening test

Stem cells used in stroke treatment

Genetics

Watch As DNA Testing Reveals Just How Connected People From All Over The World Really Are

Gene circuits in live cells can perform complex computations

Scientists Find Form of Crispr Gene Editing With New Capabilities

Neuroscience

Brains of People With Schizophrenia Try to Repair Themselves: Study

Leaky blood-brain barrier linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Medical Marijuana

‘Creative’ stoners planted seed for safer medical marijuana: study

Singularity

ASUS’ Zenbo robot walks, talks and controls your home

AI tends to lose its definition once it becomes commonplace: SAS

Facebook’s new DeepText AI categorizes everything you write

Google is working on a kill switch to prevent an AI uprising

Physics

A NASA physicist just gave us the most promising new candidate for dark matter

Physicists have found a way to slow light down by ‘twisting’ it

Physicists conduct experiments indicating efficiency of fusion start-up technique

Elon Musk: We’re already cyborgs

Physicists discover an infinite number of quantum speed limits

Mathematics

The world’s largest maths problem has been solved, and it takes up 200 TB

Gadgets

This terrifying bed could save your life during an earthquake

Intel’s Insane New Desktop CPU Has Ten Cores and Costs $1,700

Microsoft’s Official Guide for a DIY, Raspberry Pi-Powered Magic Mirror with Face Detection

Green Technology

Can Sustainable Technology Save China?

Synthesis of hydrogen: Enzymes assemble themselves in the test tube

Scientists are about to turn on a system that converts atmospheric CO2 into fuel

Urban beekeeping takes off as plight of the honeybee wins public attention

Chile is producing so much solar power, it’s giving it away for free

This may seem an odd addition to this heading, but its advocates say it leaves the least carbon footprint than the alternatives.
The Nuclear Option Could Be Best Bet to Combat Climate Change

Nanotechnology

Nanoparticles beat back atherosclerosis

Researchers Test Single-Molecule Cars in Open Air

Environment

A Lot of Weird Stuff Has Been Happening in the Oceans

Climate Change This Week: Tragic Drought in Africa & India, New Clean Power Strides, and More!

Minivan-sized sponge off Hawaii is biggest ever found

Hydrothermal vents, methane seeps play big role in marine life, global climate

Plastic Dominates Hawaii Marine Debris, Survey finds

Climate poses conflict threat in South Asia

Fish prefer to eat plastic over food – and it is killing them, study suggests

Archaeology

Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour claimed by Rhode Island as search goes on

King Tutankhamun’s Dagger Was Literally Out Of This World

Ancient Roman IOUs Found Beneath Bloomberg’s New London HQ

Ancient Asian Crops Solve Madagascar Mystery

Online Privacy

Google voice search records and keeps conversations people have around their phones – but the files can be deleted

Digital Economy

Bitcoin to be sold in Australian newsstands over the counter

Wildlife

First Slovenian ‘dragon’ hatches: Ancient cave-dwelling olm salamander emerges from clutch of eggs

Provide welcome mat for bees and other plant pollinators

A New Origin Story for Dogs

Open Source

Google, Canadian media outlets launch AMP websites

Gaming

The Sims 4 opens up gender customization options for gamers

Geology

Experiments relating to Earth’s inner core raise questions about its age

Underwater ‘lost city’ is a natural phenomenon, say scientists

Manufacturing

New alloy promises to boost rare earth production while improving energy efficiency of engines

A Camera Lens Breakthrough Could See Smartphones Outperforming DSLRs

 

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