Science Fiction Inspiration for the Week ending July 31, 2016

Science can inspire more than the Big Bang Theory’s theme song.
Click the headings to see the topics that interest you or “more” to see the full list.

Pick of the Week    Space Race    Singularity

Wildlife    Health Research     Medical Marijuana

Sexual Health    Reproductive Health    Neuroscience

Data Management    Green Technology    Paleontology

Gaming    Environment    Evolution

Physics    Astronomy    Cloning

STEM    Anthropology    Archaeology

Pick of the Week

Scientists are turning data from the Large Hadron Collider into music

Space Race

NASA releases new video showing the globe age one year

NASA Teams Begins Testing New-Fangled Optic

Watch SpaceX test fire one of the Falcon 9 rockets it relanded

European Space Agency cuts radio link to comet lander

NASA orders second SpaceX crew mission to ISS


11 Police Robots Patrolling Around the World

Four ways smartphones are changing the world for the better


Meet the Animal That Lives for 11,000 Years

Feather in the cap: India home to 12% of world’s bird species

Plants can see, hear, smell, and respond to threats

Can you stomach this? Cockroach milk shapes as a high-energy superfood

Mysterious New Whale Species Discovered in Alaska

These Pesticides Could Be Birth Control for Bees

Meet the World’s Highest Concentration of Gray Reef Sharks

Health Research

Major breakthrough against heart failure after scientists use stem cells in ‘astonishing’ trial which could help millions

Children ‘are going blind and risk dying from cancer’ as doctors overlook crucial early warning signs

Cancer risk of breast implants ’10 times higher than first feared’: Shock warning from surgeons .. as one British survivor relives ordeal

Scientists in race to test CRISPR gene-editing technique on cancer

Scientists develop painless and inexpensive microneedle system to monitor drugs

“Miraculous,” new treatment for Hep C

Remote-Controlled Microbots May Soon Be Used to Aid Doctors

Merck’s Ebola vaccine grabs FDA, EMA milestones in push toward licensure

Research shows most Americans still aren’t ready for their bio-enhanced future

Scientists have created milk that lasts for 9 weeks without going off

Americans wary of gene-editing, brain chips, synthetic blood

FDA Strengthens Warning on Powerful Antibiotics

The dangers of physical inactivity revisited in 45-year study

Cord blood outperforms matched, unrelated donor in bone marrow transplant

One hour of daily activity could offset risks of desk-job lifestyle: study

Gluten sensitivity may be caused by immune response, study finds

FluGen Starts Clinical Trial for Universal Flu Vaccine

Scientists just found a new antibiotic in your nose that can treat drug-resistant staph

Novel drug therapy kills pancreatic cancer cells by reducing levels of antioxidants

App trains healthcare professionals to detect early stage skin cancer

‘Active surveillance’ of prostate cancer doesn’t dampen quality of life

Ovarian cancer can be detected BEFORE it becomes deadly: Scientists identify key enzyme which makes the disease spread

Exercising four times a week could stop dementia: Participants with early stages of conditions had symptoms reversed after regular gentle exercise

Vancouver doctors use unapproved Chinese heart valve to save Victoria woman

Robotic and open surgeries for prostate cancer achieve similar quality of life outcomes at 3 months

Medical Marijuana

FDA Approves Syndros, Marijuana In Liquid Form — But Is It More Effective Than Pills?

Sexual Health

HPV and the link to head and neck cancer

Reproductive Health

9 signs of infertility in men and women

Induced labour not associated with increased autism risk, researchers say

Do YOU want a clever baby? Breast is best! Infants who feed from their mothers ‘have better IQ, higher grades, stronger memory, and faster movement’ than others


Behavioural changes could help diagnose dementia early, new research shows

New cooling device in Calgary helps babies avoid brain damage

Sudbury researchers study indigenous dementia

A Sniff Test For Alzheimer’s Checks For The Ability To Identify Odors

Alzheimer’s May Affect More Men Than Previously Thought, Researchers Say

Alzheimer’s drug shows promise for patients in phase III trial

Data Management

Scientists work toward storing digital information in DNA

Green Technology

Solar Impulse 2 sets off for Abu Dhabi on the final leg of its epic global journey

Estuaries can become a power source

Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel

Storing carbon underground may be safer than we thought


Newly discovered dinosaur joins a mysterious family of ‘giant thieves’

Newfoundland fossil trove wins bid to become UNESCO World Heritage site

Large Abelisaurus Dinosaur dinosaur footprint found in Bolivia

Indian geologist seeks due recognition for Canada fossil discovery


Technology in Pokémon Go has multiple real-world applications


U of C prof using NASA satellite data to predict forest fires gets five more years of funding

Human ‘super predator’ more terrifying than bears, wolves and dogs

High chance that current atmospheric greenhouse gases commit to warmings greater than 1.5C over land: study

Elon Musk makes a libertarian argument for carbon tax

Billion-year-old air reveals surprise about oxygen on ancient Earth


Genetic studies on Andamanese reveals new ancestor of humans

Scientists find Luca, a single-cell, bacterium-like organism that is the common ancestor of all life on Earth

Orangutan Found To Imitate Human Speech For The First Time


Building a Moebius strip of good vibrations

Physicists observe brand-new state of matter in an unexpected material

Engineers discover highly conductive materials for more efficient electronics

Human eye spots single photons


This exoplanet system has tightly packed planets in ultra-precise orbits

Jupiter is so freaking massive, it doesn’t actually orbit the Sun

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 shortlist – in pictures

Loneliest young star ever discovered

White dwarf blasts lighthouse-like beam at its red dwarf companion

To Uncover Earth’s Origins, Scientists Must Look Beyond It

Martian gully theory doesn’t hold water, study finds


Scientists made 4 clones of Dolly the sheep – here’s what happened to them all


How Queer Scientists Are Shaping Their Future With a Survey


1.7-Million-Year-Old Human Cancer Is The Oldest Ever Found


Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting



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