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Science Summary of The Week - thanks /R/Futurology

Science Summary of The Week - thanks /R/Futurology

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The wish of an 11 years old Israeli boy

The wish of an 11 years old Israeli boy

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The times are changing, part II: Bucky Fuller’s ‘Floating Cities’ now being considered officially.

2014 appears to be a time of emerging futuristic concepts just dreamed of in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I guess this is a sign of the times we are living in. Last week NASA announced promising tests that show, literally, a warp drive that extracts energy from space, making a trip to Mars 3 months in length instead of years.

Today, we find out that ‘floating cities’ may indeed now be the development future of humanity. Factor Tech explains

Floating cities are nothing new. In the early 1960s, Buckminster Fuller designed a city – Triton – that was intended to float off the coast of Tokyo Bay. It was later considered but never commissioned by the US government.

“Three-quarters of our planet Earth is covered with water, most of which may float organic cities,” Fuller explains in his book Critical Path. “Floating cities pay no rent to landlords. They are situated on the water, which they desalinate and recirculate in many useful and non-polluting ways.”

Fifty years on, with heavy pollution causing climate change and rising sea levels, Fuller’s floating city concept is being seriously considered as an antidote to those problems.

Factor Tech goes on to state that a British firm is now planning a four mile floating city for China, to be constructed by the Chinese Construction Company CCCC.

Using the same technologies that CCCC used to build a 31-mile bridge between Hong Kong, Macau and Zuhai, a series of prefabricated 150m x 30m blocks would be created in a factory and floated out to site for construction.

More exciting, I’m finding these topics now trending on the front page of Reddit. I still believe that the internet will be the engine to deliver Bucky Fuller’s design principle, ‘success for all without disadvantaging any.’

Make sure to follow Factor Tech, one of my favorite new sites.

http://www.factor-tech.com/future-cities/floating-cities-is-the-ocean-humanitys-next-frontier/

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The Time are a changing? Apparently NASA has confirmed the impossible, ‘space drive’.

Nasa is a major player in space science, so when a team from the agency this week presents evidence that ”impossible” microwave thrusters seem to work, something strange is definitely going on. Either the results are completely wrong, or Nasa has confirmed a major breakthrough in space propulsion.  read more @ Wired UK.

REDDIT’s discussion on this is also good fun.

An ability to produce thrust of any degree without reaction mass is something of a game changer, makes one wonder what else is possible.

It would be, which is why we should be cautious and skeptical. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and a reactionless drive is quite extraordinary. We get many accounts of miraculous discovers only for them to have been found to be caused by something else or never get replicated. Just this year we had a huge scandal over acid-induced pluripotency in stem cells.

Anyway, if it does turn out to be true I am not envious of physics departments. Confirmation that someone really did out-think the physicists and change the world would open up the crack pot flood gates. I’m imagining just great stacks of mail from Time Cube style folks.

It’s been confirmed now by 2 others. Shawyer was 1st, then Fetta and the Chinese. It’s real. The question is how it works. If it works, as suggested in the article, by pushing against virtual particles which have been shown to exist by the Casimir effect, then that means that physics as we know it will change. I guess we could call this a quantum thruster of sorts.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/2c8xah/nasa_validates_impossible_space_drive_wired_uk/

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Basically, people are exactly as shallow as their technology allows them to be
Brilliant OK Cupid experiement: http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/we-experiment-on-human-beings/

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Elon Musk: I will put humans on Mars by 2026

"I’m hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it’s certainly possible for that to occur," he told CNBC. “But the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make life multi-planetary.”

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Phase one of aiki wiki almost complete

Phase one of aiki wiki almost complete

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fromquarkstoquasars:

Brian Cox Quote About Discovery:
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fromquarkstoquasars:

Brian Cox Quote About Discovery:

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Study shows ANTS organize data more efficiently than Google

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Now research shows that ants don’t just flourish because they work hard and will slavishly sacrifice themselves for the collective. Their success is also due to their group ability to process information “far more efficiently than Google” in the daily search for food, according to scientists.

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White people dancing to Benny Hill without knowing it. Chuckles

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I've been very fortunate in this regard :)

I've been very fortunate in this regard :)

(Source: theremina, via lamaenthel)

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We’ve just begun ‘suspended animation’ trials in humans.

With traumatic injuries, timing in treatment can be the difference between life and death. What if surgeons could hit the pause button, giving them precious additional time to treat the wounds? Suspended animation has been featured in a wide array of fictional films, but could it actually work on humans? The FDA has approved a small study that will allow surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh to try to suspend human life later this month. 


Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/suspended-animation-human-trials-about-begin#SB0HBafhEVdXYWMl.99

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What Ants can teach us about how to run the internet, cure cancer, and understand how the human brain works.

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