This week in the futureStars: They're Just Like Us!: Burt Reynolds caught with a fake ID, just like college students across the nation. Burt, we know there's a certain other Burt who got honored with a PopSci post this week--but even if you're not an aerospace pioneer, we'll always have a special place in our heart for the Bandit. (Note: This PopSci celebrity news brief has as much truth to it as your average celebrity gossip. Which is to say, none.)
Direct from Baarbarian himself: "Couldn't resist the 'Soylent' Green reference." And neither could any of you, judging by the overwhelming cry of "IT'S PEOPLE!!!" on Twitter in response to our gelatin-made-of-humans story. Speaking of Twitter, you should use Twitter! If nothing else, it's the only way to win a free t-shirt with this week's This Week in the Future illustration on it.
And today we say goodbye to a space program that has captivated us for decades. I can't say it as eloquently as Rebecca, but this Baarbarian illustration should serve as our pictorial adieu to the Shuttle program. (You can check out all of our coverage of today's launch here, by the way.)
Happy Fourth of July! And happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the north, though there doesn't happen to be any maple leafery in this week's Baarbarian-inked This Week in the Future illustration. There are fireworks, though. And who doesn't love fireworks? Especially in ultra-slow motion.
Any aquatic travelers lucky enough to stumble upon the world's first amphibious ice cream truck in this week's image would find it well stocked with not just frozen treats, but diamonds and super-heavy newly-official elements as well. Just the thing to beat the summer heat.
This week's elegant black-and-white affair from Baarbarian might be a puzzler for some. Within this striking image are references to corpse-sniffing vulture detectives, brave elderly Japanese volunteers, and a world-record-setting jetpack. But that might not be obvious at first glance. Because it's camouflaged.