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Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. The space elevator was first proposed in 1895, but it might even predate that.

Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute

The idea of a giant tower that can carry us from Earth to outer space is science fiction, but a company has successfully Kickstarted what they say is their first step to building one on the Moon. Construction starts on Smith and Gill's ice-inspired China skyscraper. Alyssa Carson - the first human to walk on Mars? 13-year old girl sure hopes so. At 13 years old, Alyssa Carson has been making preparations for nearly a decade to fulfill her dream of becoming the first astronaut to land on Mars.

Alyssa Carson - the first human to walk on Mars? 13-year old girl sure hopes so

Even NASA officials think she can make it to the planned manned expedition of the Red Planet. (Photo : Alyssa Carson) The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is already making the necessary preparations for the planned manned expedition to planet Mars less than 20 years from now but who will make it as the first human to walk on the Red Planet? Wearable Technology That Feels Like Skin. Photo When it comes to the future of computing, there is one major known and a principal unknown.

Wearable Technology That Feels Like Skin

The known, with almost guaranteed certainty, is that the next era of computing will be wearables. The unknown, with commensurate guaranteed uncertainty, is what these wearables will be and where on your body they will live. Apple and Samsung, for example, are betting on the wrist; Google, the face. A slew of tech companies believe clothing will simply become electronic. 3D-Printed Heartbeat Regulators : 3D-printed membrane.

You’ve heard of 3D-printed auto parts, robots and even clothes, but a 3D-printed membrane for your heart is definitely out there.

3D-Printed Heartbeat Regulators : 3D-printed membrane

Scientists at the University of Illinois and Washington University have made giant strides towards developing an artificial membrane that can keep hearts beating at a healthy rate and predict heart attacks before they happen. The scientists began by taking scans of a rabbit’s heart, generating a 3D model of it and printing the model using a 3D printer. The 3D-printed model was then used as a mold to create a silicon membrane custom-fitted to the rabbit’s heart. The heart was then removed, and the 3D-printed silicon membrane attached to it. Punctuality-Encouraging Watches : "be more punctual"

Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust? Toyota says water emissions safer to drink than milk Toyota says water emissions safer to drink than milk The bare chassis of Toyota's new hydrogen fuel-cell sedan -- the Mirai.

Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust?

Photo credit: REUTERS. Interstellar (2014) - Plot Summary. Interstellar (2014) Synopsis - Plot Summary. A crew of astronauts embark on a mission to find a world where humanity can trive in a future where Earth can no longer sustain human life.

Interstellar (2014) Synopsis - Plot Summary

The story opens on Earth in the distant future, as Mother Nature is waging war on humanity. Famine is widespread, and all of mankind's resources are now dedicated to farming in a desperate fight for survival. A former NASA pilot and engineer named Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) has become a homesteader in order to support his teenage son Tom (Timothee Chalamet) and 10-year-old daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy). Unfortunately, even that begins to look like a futile endeavor after a sandstorm ravages their close-knit community. Probe makes historic comet landing.

12 November 2014Last updated at 11:10 ET.

Probe makes historic comet landing

Chance to bury your DNA on the moon in a time capsule - space - 19 November 2014. Video: How DNA and data could be stored on the moon It's like something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Chance to bury your DNA on the moon in a time capsule - space - 19 November 2014

An artefact buried in the lunar surface conceals a big secret. Only this time, the secret is you… A plan to establish a lunar archive containing human DNA and a digital record of life on Earth is being unveiled this week. Called Lunar Mission One, the archive is the brainchild of British space consultant David Iron, who has worked on Skynet, the UK spy satellite network, and Galileo, the European Union's global positioning system. Microsoft turns to robotic security guards to watch for trouble. OK, so the robot apocalypse probably won’t happen any time soon, but the new robot sentries guarding Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus seem like something straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie.

Microsoft turns to robotic security guards to watch for trouble

According to ExtremeTech, each of the K5 security guard robots from robotics company Knightscope stands 5 feet tall and weighs 300 pounds, so you probably don’t want to mess with one. The K5 robots don’t come with any weapons onboard—thankfully—but they use a suite of alarms, sirens, and cameras to monitor and patrol the grounds of Microsoft’s campus. If one spots trouble, it’ll either sound an alarm or dispatch a human security guard to its location.

Japan investing in robotic workforce to regain status as world's top manufacturer. By North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney Updated Once the undisputed world leader in robotic technology, Japan's supremacy in the field is being challenged by rival robot producing countries.

Japan investing in robotic workforce to regain status as world's top manufacturer

Now the government is pouring money into regaining that place to ensure the robot age starts in Japan. Microsoft's headquarters are now defended by a fleet of robots. Microsoft, the private vault where Bill Gates stores his immense fortune, used to have the inexhaustible defence of lawyers. Now they have the inexhaustible defence of robots. Literally robots. We are living in science fiction. Church of England formally approves plans for women bishops. 17 November 2014Last updated at 10:39 ET. The Christian Students Giving Religion A 'Tolerance' Makeover. Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on their faith to create a force for change.

Among most young people, religion has a reputation: stuffy, archaic, intolerant and outdated - prompting some followers to suggest even Jesus could do with some new PR. Student Christian societies don't fare any better. From the inevitable links with pro-life societies, which are often banned from fresher fairs, to a infamous incident at Bristol University, where female Christians were barred from speaking at meetings, it's no surprise almost a quarter of followers are over 65.

For some, the onslaught of negative publicity has meant a drastic rethink. UK unemployment falls by 115,000 to 1.96 million. 12 November 2014Last updated at 05:33 ET UK unemployment fell by 115,000 between July and September to 1.96 million, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Future is Female  Some 35 years ago my mother told me the future would be female then, 20 years later when my own business started to prosper I was told those very same words yet again by a wannabe employee. Ebola treatments - how far off? 14 October 2014Last updated at 08:18 ET With the death toll rising and the disease still spreading, the race is on to find a treatment for Ebola. Experts already know lots about the virus and how it attacks, but fighting it with a drug is newer territory. Since Ebola was first identified, in 1976, every outbreak has been contained with strict hygiene - isolation of patients and suspected patients, ensuring staff wore suitable protective clothing and carried out proper cleaning and disposal of clinical waste.

There have been no drugs to do the job because developing them is extremely expensive, and, until now, the major pharmaceutical companies have not seen enough of a market. That's changing. Known target The virus can enter the body via infected droplets (blood, vomit, faeces) through broken skin or mucous membranes such as the eyes, the lining of the nose or the mouth. Once inside, it rapidly multiplies in the blood, taking over and attacking cells. The disease is not airborne like flu.