AS1: Embiggened! I was there a few years back when they were still fabricating assemblies, and even then, it was obvious how big it was going to be.
AS3: I know it was secret at the time, but these days, it’s damn near a trope of Science Fiction. Still, it’s an interesting tale of speculative science and engineering and politics.
AS4: A planet hotter than its star. And hoo boy! you just know some fascinating nuclear chemistry is happening every second in that orbit.
Arc1: I like this style of house design. I wish it was more popular, but it doesn’t lend itself well to density the way boxes do. It does, however, lend itself to storm resistance (you hearing me, you idiots in Florida?!).
Arc2: Google’s London pad
Bio1: Exploring the deep and finding inspiration for new horror and monster movies.
Bio2: A universal flu vaccine, from the nose.
Bio3: Cannabinoids shown to enhance tumor-killing effects of chemotherapy drugs, and help with the weight loss. Can we talk about rescheduling it now?
Bio4: Talk about a buzzkill!
Comp1: Anyone remember that Mork & Mindy episode where Mork shrinks down to a tiny size and falls into a strange microscopic world? It’s like that, but with computer chips.
E1: Super cheap solar cells also demonstrate impressive durability.
E2: Serious science cheapened by clickbaity headline
Env1: I get the argument that we shouldn’t worry about CO2 because it’s just plant food. It’d hold more water if we weren’t always so busy cutting down the really big plants that lock up all CO2 (you know, the trees, like in rain forests, that keep getting cleared for farmland). Still, what nature can’t do…
Env2: I don’t think anyone though micro-beads would be such a problem back in the day, but they are. Or were.
Mat1: After the rubber hits the road, put the rubber in the road. (Another in the list of, “Why haven’t we done this before?”)
Mat2: Once more with carbon, this time it’s hard, but also stretchy. That definitely runs counter to expectations.
Phys1: Muons and Magnetic fields
Phys2: Remember when a story like this would get all manner of “Physicists” to crawl out from under rocks to tell us how it was going to destroy the world? Those were the days. Now people are creating tiny black holes and nary a panicked squeak from the Doom Squad. Also, that’s a hella powerful laser.
Phys3: 2D magnets could promise even thinner electronics.
R1: Better than monster trucks, in my opinion.
Tr1: A two-seater quadrocopter. Honestly this is probably our best bet for flying cars. The Quad design is light and easy to control, such that even children can learn to fly them.
Tr3: I suppose if we are going to do this, developing some standards ahead of time is a good idea. (link to pdf)
Weird and Wonderful
WW1: This is pretty cool, and the next logical step in design.
WW2: I loved the hell out of the original, I am very excited to see what they do with it now.
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