The primary curator of this topic is Scott Erickson. His posts are coded "SE"
A visual exhibit introducing Five Regions of the Future by authors, Joel Barker and Scott Erickson; includes a three-part audio-podcast with authors. A primer to their discoveries five very distinct kinds of sophisticated technologies.
The cost of the instruments needed to run a hospital or a lab is often exorbitant—but what if doctors and scientists could simply print their own tools from an open library of designs? That's what a paper published today suggests. SE
We've been able to grow organs in labs for some time now. But what if you could grow them directly inside a living body just by injecting a few cells? It looks like now we can, at least in a limited way. SE
While existing methods of controlling Mediterranean fruit flies include the use of insecticides and sterilization, a new approach uses genetically modifying...
Joel Barker's insight:
This may look like old news because we have gone after fruit flies a decade ago with sterile males. But this process creates fly populations of only males. Result: fly population plummets and then becomes extinct. This new approach may work for other invasive insect species as well.
Neuroscientists from MIT have identified the brain circuit that controls how memories become linked with positive or negative emotions, revealing that they could reverse the emotional association of specific memories by manipulating brain cells...SE
E. coli is an exceedingly common bacteria that lives in many places including your very own gut. It's also a favorite organism for synthetic biologists looking to engineer useful microbes. By inserting just a few genes in E. coli ... SE
Martian Pyramid Rendering Valcrow NASA has plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s or 2040s, and the private company Mars One is already interviewing applicants to for its one-way trip to the Red Planet. SE
Cyber security is vital in our modern digital world, but it's not ruled entirely by traditional computing techniques. In fact, it's learning from the natural world—and something called The Danger Theory could help keep our computers safe. SE