There's all sorts of things being developed and invented these days. Our technology is accelerating at an exponential rate, and every day it seems we're inventing a new field or crossing two seemingly distant fields together to crate something amazing. It also seems more and more these days that I'm living in a sci-fi novel. This tree is an attempt for me to organize all the crazy things I hear about on the internet and plot the sci-fi relationships they take in my head. Oct 5
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Arthur C Clarke once wrote that a trillion years from now an advanced civilization will look back at us with envy and say "They knew the Universe when it was young." We may soon discover that intelligent life, indeed, may be in it's "very young" stage in the observable Universe .
Some day it’s entirely possible that the human race will be wiped out. Maybe we’ll do it ourselves, maybe we’ll be taken out by a rogue asteroid, or maybe we’ll survive until the sun turns into a red giant and burns away the Earth’s crust. Maybe we’ll make it out of the solar system in time to colonize other planets before that happens, but even if we don’t, somewhere out there in the universe at least something will survive as a signpost to say “hey we were here”.
5 July 2012 Last updated at 08:55 ET The man-machine link was used to control a small humanoid robot
Just when you thought that plastic waste was never going to break down in the environment, along comes Mother Nature to solve the problem. The Amazon contains more species of flora and fauna than virtually anywhere else on earth. In a report by NZ Herald it was stated that a group of students from Yale University found a species which appears to be happy eating plastic in airless landfills. The group of students are part of Yale's annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory. Travelling with professor Scott Strobel of the molecular biochemistry lab into the jungles of Ecuador, the mission was to allow "students to experience the scientific inquiry process in a comprehensive and creative way."
(PhysOrg.com) -- The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has set a new record for a laser shot. This past week, its combined 192 lasers fired a single 1.875-megajoule shot into an empty test chamber. After passing through the last of its focusing lens, the shot reached 2.03 megajoules, making it the first 2 megajoule ultraviolet laser.
Lab-grown burgers will be served up in October Link to video: Lab-grown burger to be served up in October Lurking in a petri dish in a laboratory in the Netherlands is an unlikely contender for the future of food . The yellow-pink sliver the size of a corn plaster is the state-of-the-art in lab-grown meat , and a milestone on the path to the world's first burger made from stem cells . Dr Mark Post, head of physiology at Maastricht University , plans to unveil a complete burger – produced at a cost of more than £200,000 – this October. He hopes Heston Blumenthal, the chef and owner of the three Michelin-starred Fat Duck restaurant in Berkshire, will cook the offering for a celebrity taster as yet unnamed. The project, funded by a wealthy, anonymous, individual aims to slash the number of cattle farmed for food, and in doing so reduce one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.
Ross Technology Corp, a company that focuses on steel products has created a new product based on the spray known as NeverWet – which aside from being useful, is also pretty cool. Now, this doesn’t seem particularly interesting, but it is – at least if you ask me; it is built from nanoparticles and it is hydrophobic – not only that it stops water from wetting it, but it shoots water right of from the surface on which it was applied. Even if at first they wanted to apply this technology to steel, they quickly realized the enormous list of applications this can have, from shoes and clothes that wouldn’t require washing any more, to your phone that could become waterproof, or just on stuff that you don’t want bacteria to get on. This spray will be released as a commercial product next year.
So, here's a Vision Of The Future that's popular right now. It's a lot of this sort of thing. As it happens, designing Future Interfaces For The Future used to be my line of work .
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It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a fast-flying stun-gunning robocopter? You better believe it. The Shadowhawk is the latest development in automated grenade flinging – a remote controlled toy-sized helicopter that can record footage as easily as it can shoot a stun baton.
Despite these limits, the semiconductor industry has made great progress in finding ways to build circuits that are far smaller than the wavelength of visible light. And recently, equipment makers have begun making it possible to assemble layers in silicon chips a single atom at a time. The low temperatures at which the experiment was performed led Intel scientists to express caution about the results. “It’s good science, but it’s complicated,” said Mike Mayberry, an Intel vice president who is the director of the company’s components research group. “By cooling it to very low temperatures, they’ve frozen out a lot of effects that might otherwise be there.” Shrinking conventional computer circuitry offers radical increases in the speed at which computers can solve problems, lowers the power they require and drastically increases the amount of data they can store.