Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending July 24, 2016

I just discovered the concept of synthetic biology this week. I’ll see if any more articles turn up from now on before I develop this as a story idea. Click the headings that interest you or the more tab to see the entire list of science articles I found this week.

Pick of the Week     Astronomy     Military Sci-fi

Singularity      Green Technology     3D Printing

Wildlife     Environment     Health Research

Neuroscience    Psychology     Reproductive Health

Sexual Health     Space Race     Data Management

Gadgets     Nanotechnology     Geography

Archaeology     Physics     Evolution

Gaming     Connectivity     Paleontology

Geology     Cybersecurity

Pick of the Week

Scientists program cells to remember and respond to series of stimuli

Astronomy

NASA: Earth Now Shares Solar System With 27 Dwarf Planets, Including Pluto

World’s potentially biggest telescope discovers 13,000 new galaxies at 25% capacity

Huge ‘X’ found at centre of Milky Way galaxy

Hubble Snaps Extraordinary Image of Galaxy Cluster Abell S1063

A brand new telescope just discovered 1,300 galaxies in one go

Scientists Find Dark Matter Elusive And That They’re Gonna Need A Bigger Sensor

Military Sci-fi

U.S. Air Force funds research into fleets of mind-controlled drones

Singularity

Robot takes power walking to new level

Tesla has big, big plans for the next 4 years

Researchers designing ingestible robot to battle health concerns

Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI

New AI creates original music by looking at pictures

Green Technology

Chinese checker: Honda’s rare earth metal innovation is a game changer

There might be an ocean of hydrogen gas underneath the ocean

Researchers develop novel way of deriving hydrogen from grass using just sunlight and a cheap catalyst

Elon Musk Reveals His “Master Plan” To Rule The Electric World

3D Printing

Computational design tool transforms flat materials into 3-D shapes

Researchers use acoustic voxels to embed sound with data

Australian Researchers Explore the Superconductive Properties of 3D Printed Parts

Wildlife

Move over apes, ducklings just outsmarted you

Researchers probe the physiological marvels of heavy horses

Hummingbirds process the world differently, UBC study finds

First Proof That Wild Animals Really Can Communicate With Us

One Scientist’s Quest to Scan Every Species of Fish

Death row dingoes set to be the environmental saviour of Great Barrier Reef’s Pelorus Island

Environment

New Study Suggests Biodiversity Has Declined To Unsafe Levels – Consequences Unknown

New NASA, USAID hub to solve climate-related problems

A US court just ruled that Navy sonar harms whales and dolphins

Countries aim to phase down production, consumption of HFCs

Lichens aren’t quite what we thought, shocked scientists discover

More CO2 won’t help northern forests or stave off climate change

Bouncy grass in the Arctic hides dangerous secret

Temperature drives divergent personalities among tangle web spiders

University of Saskatchewan researchers produce world’s first wood bison using in vitro fertilization

Professor Says College Students Are Learning ‘Advocacy, Not Climate Science’

Health Research

A change coming to your iPhone will help you sleep better

This Super Accurate Thermometer Can Take Your Temperature Without Even Touching Skin

‘Disordered eating’ rates troubling among young lesbians, bisexuals, gays: study

Quebec-based group given go-ahead to begin testing Zika vaccine on humans

Alcohol linked to at least seven cancers – not just liver cancer

Cure for asthma on horizon as scientists find genetic cause

Double hand transplant: UK’s first operation ‘tremendous’ success

Turning Down The Background Noise Could Help Toddlers Learn

Chinese scientists to conduct first ever human gene-editing trial

Long-term costs of Zika among the many unknowns of the virus

Neuroscience

Scientists say MDMA needs to be studied, not demonised

Scientists can now diagnose depression just by listening to your voice

Specialized neurons in emotional memory brain area play important role in fear

Human Hearing Loss Could Be Reversible

Cases of Aggressive Prostate Cancer on the Rise, Research Finds

New Study Suggests Brain Glitch May Cause OCD

Young athletes with concussion show less blood flow, smaller frontal lobes in brain study

Watching neurons talk in a living brain

New Brain Map Marks Nearly 100 Unmapped Regions, Helps Scientists Better Understand Cerebral Cortex

Smoking makes women vulnerable to brain bleeds, study finds

Brain stimulation can help with food cravings, finds Canadian study

Non-invasive gene therapy could treat brain tumour

New technique opens window into how brain cells communicate

Phsychology

Screen violence — real and fictional — harmful for kids, experts say

Opposites attract – unless you’re in a relationship

How to avoid bad news on social media

High anxiety, distress levels in teens counter ‘prime of life’ image

Reproductive Health

A team of scientists says they’ve found a way to reverse menopause

Sexual Health

Gonorrhoea might soon be resistant to all antibiotics

This Interactive Map Shows Where People With HIV Live In The US — And It Points To Some Distressing Trends

New HIV vaccine to be trialled in South Africa

Taking Anti-HIV Pill As Needed Prevents Infection

Space Race

SpaceX Just Landed a Rocket At Cape Canaveral

Why did NASA send a DNA sequencer to space?

How one company figured out how to feed astronauts on deep-space missions

SpaceX Dragon launch ends in perfect touchdown on dry land

NASA’s Kepler telescope just found two planets that could support life

Latest search for dark matter comes up empty

5 years after last shuttle, NASA waits for commercial crew capsules

NASA Astronauts Train Underwater To Mimic Mars Mission

NASA’s Curiosity rover can now pick which bits of Mars to scan on its own

Data Management

Forget learning to code: Every employee should know data analysis

Google’s deleted an artist’s blog, along with 14 years of his work

Gadgets

These amazing Star Wars drones let you battle with the Millennium Falcon

You Can Draw Electrical Circuits With This Silver Pen

Nantotechnology

Tiny transformers: Chemists create microscopic and malleable building blocks

Electron ‘spin control’ of levitated nanodiamonds could bring advances in sensors, quantum information processing

Geography

The Sun and Moon are linked to earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault

Archaeology

Cave Walls Record Early Encounters Between Old World and New

Physics

The strange effects of quantum physics can travel hundreds of miles, neutrinos show

Physicists just did the “impossible” and created a quantum hologram

Newly discovered material property may lead to high temp superconductivity

Evolution

Mathematicians may have found an answer to the longstanding puzzle as to why we have evolved to cooperate

Gaming

How “Pokemon Go” Took Augmented Reality Mainstream

Pokémon no go: Hospice asks gamers to stay away

Success of ‘Pokemon Go’ begs question: How augmented should reality be?

Connectivity

Facebook’s giant internet-beaming solar drone takes off

Paleontology

Bay of Fundy fossil dig unearths 25 specimens in Parrsboro cliffs

Edmonton professor discovers new ‘megaraptor’ in Argentina

Geology

We’ll Only Have a Year to Prepare For a Cataclysmic Super-Eruption

Cybersecurity

Police 3D-printed a murder victim’s finger to unlock his phone

Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching

 

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