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You might have heard that one of the smartphone trends of 2019 is going to be foldable phones, devices with displays you can actually bend all the way in half. What you might not realize is just how many of these devices are on the way – so we're listing all the phones currently in the pipeline here... Continue Reading Folding screen phones from Samsung, Sony, LG and more on the horizon Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Folding Huawei LG Motorola Samsung Smartphones Sony Xiaomi ...
When you imagine robots, you probably aren't picturing stretchy meshes that can float on water, but that's exactly what researchers at North Carolina State University have developed. These soft structures are 3D printed and embedded with magnetic particles that let them stretch and compress to pick up and move small objects... Continue Reading 3D printed, magnetic mesh "robots" float, bend and grab on demand Category: Robotics Tags: 3D Printing Magnetic Magnetic field North Carolina State University Robot Robotic Robotics Robots ...
What's going to happen to Formula One when it goes fully electric, and today's lack of overtaking is added to tomorrow's lack of sound to create the fastest yawn-fest on wheels? McLaren has been thinking a lot about how to save premier-tier motorsport in the future, and has presented a vision for a 2050 electric Grand Prix... Continue Reading The future of motorsport: McLaren's vision for all-electric Formula One in 2050 Category: Automotive Tags: formula one Futuristic McLaren ...
Humans have been tinkering with evolution for millennia, breeding plants and animals to favor the traits we want, but new research might make the process a bit more direct. Biologists at the University of California San Diego have successfully used the CRISPR gene-editing tool to control genetic inheritance in mice for the first time... Continue Reading CRISPR used to control which genes are passed down in mice Category: Biology Tags: CRISPR Genetic engineering Genetics Mouse UCSD ...
The New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is its oldest and largest, with more than 5,500 members. Every year it celebrates outstanding work in New York City or by New York-based architects with the AIANY Design Awards, with the 2019 edition awarding projects ranging from living urban installations to mind-bending interiors... Continue Reading Gallery: 2019 AIANY Design Awards celebrate New York's best architectural endeavors Category: Architecture Tags: American Institute of Architects Awards Gallery ...
ESA has indicated it's interested in mining the Moon by 2025. To help achieve this, the space agency has awarded a one-year contract to ArianeGroup to look into the feasibility of sending a mission to the lunar surface to mine lunar soil or regolith, which could be a source of water and oxygen to support a manned outpost, as well as a source of fuel for deep space missions... Continue Reading Europe explores possibility of 2025 lunar mining mission Category: Space Tags: ESA Mining Moon ...
GMC has introduced its new Sierra HD, which will offer drivers no less than 15 different camera views to help maneuver the giant truck – and one of them will let you look right back through the trailer you're towing, allowing you to see what's behind you as if the trailer wasn't there at all... Continue Reading Transparent trailer tech the highlight of GMC's camera-happy 2020 Sierra HD Category: Automotive Tags: GMC Transparency Truck ...
A provocative new study, published in the prestigious journal Science Advances, is suggesting the same bacteria responsible for gum disease is also the primary pathogenic cause of Alzheimer's disease. Not only that, but a new drug developed to inhibit these bacterial toxins and treat Alzheimer's is moving into major human clinical trials later this year... Continue Reading Human drug trials explore strange link between gum disease bacteria and Alzheimers Category: Medical Tags: Alzheimer's Disease Bacteria Disease Teeth ...
The number of Blue Origin rocket flights went into double digits today as the company's New Shepard booster completed its 10th suborbital mission (NS-10). At 9:05 am CST, the rocket lifted off under clear, cold skies from the Blue Origin Texas test site with a payload of eight scientific payloads in its capsule, which was lofted to an altitude of 350,775 ft (66 mi, 107 km) during the 11-minute flight... Continue Reading Tenth successful rocket test flight for Blue Origin Category: Space Tags: Blue Origin Rocket Test Flights ...
In the modern day, we're used to being able to send messages to specific people over long distances, usually by way of a phone. But now, scientists at MIT have developed a way to use a laser to beam an audible message through thin air to a person standing on the other side of a room, so that only they can hear it... Continue Reading Breakthrough experiment beams audio messages across the room using only lasers Category: Telecommunications Tags: Communications Laser Light MIT New Atlas Audio Optics Sound ...
Among men aged 50 or higher those who are married have a stronger grip than bachelors – and remarried men have the strongest grip of all...
A virus that kills cancer cells could save the vision of children who have a rare eye cancer and often require eye removal surgery...
We think the moon formed when a Mars-sized object crashed into the young Earth. The same object could also have brought the carbon and other elements we need for life...
Evidence is growing that a bacteria involved in gum disease causes Alzheimer's, raising hopes over new kinds of treatments that are currently undergoing testing...
New technique can spread a single version of a gene throughout an entire population....
Patent-free seeds can diversify our food supply and fight climate change, say Johannes Kotschi and Bernd Horneburg...
A gene drive for mice could be very useful for studying diseases, but does not work nearly well enough to work as a tool for eliminating invasive rodents...
Huge lumps of fat and waste keep appearing in sewers, particularly in the UK – are they really on the rise, or are we just paying more attention?...
An algorithm can reconstruct images that are hidden behind a wall. It may help autonomous cars spot hazards before they come into view...
The company has yet to begin selling tickets for the six-person capsule....
Guest commentary from Laure Zanna (U. Oxford) and G. Jake Gebbie (WHOI) Two recent papers, (hereafter ZKGIH19) and (hereafter GH19), independently reconstructed ocean heat content (OHC) changes prior to the instrumentally-based records (which start ~1950). The goals (and methodologies) of the two papers were quite different – ZKGIH19 investigated regional patterns of ocean warming and […]...
The case count is rising rapidly in area with unvaccinated children....
On Jan. 23, 2019, the private spaceflight company Blue Origin launched its New Shepard rocket and capsule on NS-10, its tenth mission yet, and aced a landing. See launch photos here!...
Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital vehicle flew for the 10th time today (Jan. 23), acing another uncrewed test flight....

Image of the Day

Jan23
Space.com
The Milky Way shimmers over Chile's Atacama Desert in this stunning view by astrophotographer Petr Horálek of the European Southern Observatory....
Google’s spellchecker attempting to correct “all right” to “alright.” NOT OKAY WITH THAT, GOOGLE....
A cherry moon in a cold sky kept skywatchers looking up yesterday (Jan. 20) as the moon passed into the Earth's shadow....
No big nominations, but space films "First Man" and "Solo" have a few effects-focused nods this Oscar season....
There's a new satellite in space, and it was put there to drop "meteors" over the city of Hiroshima....
Small launch vehicle developer Rocket Lab will launch an experimental satellite for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in February, the first of a planned dozen launches in 2019....
The Hayabusa-2 team has introduced fanciful new names for the features found at the top-shaped asteroid Ryugu, including the first-ever outer-space boulders to get official names....
Researchers have recreated the first recorded rogue wave, a monstrous wall of water that appears without warning, and it looks like Hokusai's Great Wave...
A new IDW series will explore the final year of the original Enterprise mission....
On January 23, 1942, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) founded the Aircraft Engine Laboratory, which was renamed Lewis Research Center after NASA was established in 1958. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series!...
Fossils in China suggest that that some of the first animals in existence may have been carnivorous comb jellies similar to some species that still exist today...
This week I have two — count them, two! — super sized stacks of new books and ARCs for you, and here is the first of them, filled with reading goodness. What here is calling to you through the computer? Tell us in the comments!...
Guest commentary from Eric Guilyardi (IPSL) and Valérie Masson-Delmotte (IPSL/IPCC) [This is a translation of an article in Le Monde (Jan 11).] In recent weeks in France, there has been a profusion of articles about the “climate scientist blues” (Le Monde 21/Dec, JDD 9/Dec, France Info 26/Sep), which has apparently affecting them “scientifically”. This follows […]...
There isn't one stool to rule them all, but some are clearly better than others....
Most of you know I was a professional film critic waaaay back in the day, and one of my hobbies every year is to look at the Academy Award nomination list when it comes out and guess, based on my experience, which people/films will walk away the awards. My prediction rate: Pretty decent! Usually I […]...
Concentrations of a key aromatic compound fall dramatically over three months....
On Twitter, your words are predictable using the words of your network....
Every hero has a journey — or so it would seem — but does that have to be the journey we expect them to take? Django Wexler asks that very question in this Big Idea for his new novel Ship of Smoke and Steel. DJANGO WEXLER: There’s a story we like to tell in science […]...
The entrepreneur says he can tunnel Blue Mountains for $15 million per kilometer....

Decluttering

Jan21
Real Climate
Given some unexpected down time this month (and maybe next month too!), I’ve been trying to go through key old posts on this site. The basic idea is to update links to other sites, references and figures that over the years have died (site domains that were abandoned, site redesigns, deliberate deletions etc.). Most notably, […]...
Hey, there! Would you like a short story from me to help you get through your Monday? Of course you would. So here it is: “A Model Dog,” which I wrote for The Verge as part of its “Better Worlds” series of optimistic science fiction. In it, two engineers at a very large tech company […]...
No, the rocket isn't about to blow up—it's just physics in action....
This one taken around 11:45pm with my Nikon, and for which I did no prep; this is basically me taking a couple dozen shots freehand and picking the least blurry one. This is the one that turned out the best. It’s not too bad, all things considered. And of course it was beautiful in the […]...
Forbidden Planet is one of the greatest Sci Fi classics starring Leslie Nielsen and Robbie the Robot. This film has elements of William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' showing Nielsen's cool spaceship landing on a rich, strange new world. Here the Silver age represents hope and prosperity - Sci Fi has grown up. CGI forget about it.C 57 D SPACE CRUISER FROM FORBIDDEN PLANET Instead Disney artisans (Joshua Meador) used their ingenuity and craftsmanship during 1956 to make it so. Who did our brave explorers find amidst the huge panorama scenery to greet them? Dr Morbius, his daughter Alta and robbie the Robot of course but all was not what it seemed... For viewers today Robbie might seem a bit trite but in 1956 Robbie's sophistication was revolutionary and a true delight in the cinema.ROBBIE THE ROBOT 7% of the movies budget $125,000 went into making Forbidden Planets most memorable character and it was a lot of dough for the time. But heres a... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/QHLBc1Ldf70/forbidden-planet-vs-star-trek-and-star.html...
Jonathan Swift miscalculated some of the scaling in his 1726 satirical masterpiece....
Biologist Mark Laidre dubbed his hypothesis "private parts for private property."...
Actually the picture is from yesterday, but since the view is essentially unchanged (including the sky), I figure it’s probably fine to post. We’re in Detroit for the annual ConFusion convention, which I have been attending since 2005 and which I consider my “home” convention. It’s a lot of fun and I wouldn’t miss it […]...
I’m going to be at the ConFusion science fiction convention this weekend, and if you’re going to be there (or are considering going, and you should!), here is what I’ll be doing and when: Friday 9pm (Michigan Ballroom): Dance Party. That’s right, I’ll be DJing on Friday with danceable tunes across several decades to get […]...

Welcome Home

Jan16
Bear McCreary Blog
“Welcome Home,” the new erotic thriller starring Aaron Paul, Emily Ratajkowski, and Riccardo Scamarcio, gave me the opportunity to compose a sinister, lyrical, and melodic score. In the film, Bryan (Paul) and Cassie (Ratajkowski) vacation at a rental home in … Continue reading →...
She announced it last night. Here is her platform, which I encourage you to read if you are a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (and even if you are not). Some of you may recall that I was SFWA president once, from 2010 to 2013. Mary Robinette was my vice […]...

STAR TREK 4 - FIVE YEAR MISSION

Jan16
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
 Star Trek 4 has been shelved. On January 8th, 2019, Deadline reported Paramount Pictures "shelved"  the fourth Star Trek film. Therefore when contract negotiations collapsed between Pine, Hemsworth, and Paramount, the studio hopes ended with Star Trek 4 boldly going nowhere -CHRIS PINE, CHRIS HEMSWORTHUSS ENTERPRISE NCC 1701Good things change, even the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 5 year mission doesn't last as confirmed by Deadline. Add to this hellulva cosmic explosion, director S.J. Clarkson (Star Trek's second last hopeful for Star Trek4) who beamed away to direct HBO's Game of Thrones. So what in red Vulcan is going on?S J CLARKSONIO9 reports Paramount Pictures had no comment to make about Star Trek 4 which might be shelved. Conversely IGN raises interesting points about "the troubled Star Trek 4" stalemate stating the movie is reportedly cancelled.The most famous starship in Earth h... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/ggZ4o6QD4Pg/star-trek-4-five-year-mission.html...

HAPPY NEW YEAR TREKKERS

Jan07
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Happy New Year Trekkers!  It was Isaac Asimov who created "positronic" used in conjunction with so many other words for example positronic supercomputer, positronic robot, positronic brain and of course the android, Star Treks Mr Data, but I wonder which came first?The word or the android? POSITRONIC OR ANDROID? What do you think?Live Long and Prosper ...
Back in February 2017, I wrote about the tediously predictable arc of criticisms of the paper, and in particular the comments of John Bates at Judith Curry’s blog. an initial claim of imperfection spiced up with insinuations of misconduct, coordination with a breathless hyping of the initial claim with ridiculous supposed implications, some sensible responses […]...
This year’s first open thread on climate science topics. Usual rules apply – and let’s make a particular effort to stay substantive and not devolve into empty bickering (you still have Facebook for that). Any expectations or predictions for climate science in 2019?...
The underlying mission of my job is to safeguard lives and property through climate change adaptation based on science. In other words, to help society to prepare itself for risks connected with more extreme rainfall and temperatures. For many people, “climate” may seem to be an abstract concept. I have had many conversations about climate, […]...