Our tireless This Week in the Future artist, Baarbarian, he who prognosticates so vividly with his pen here each Friday, is taking a well-deserved week off. It's a fine time to enjoy the magnificent weekly drawings he's been doing here for close to a year now.
So behold, 39 expert distillations of a week's futuristic news:
As Bo Diddley once said, "you ain't got to be on dope to be on a bad trip"--you just have to spend a moment contemplating cyborg Dick Cheney without a pulse. But wow, those obscure hallucinogens now being used to successfully treat addiction sure aren't helping either.
These are but two of our favorite stories this week from the future.
In Brooklyn, DIY fusion. In South Africa, a kick heard 'round the Web. In Massachusetts, home of Thoreau, bottled water is under fire. And in the Vatican, priests toss out their missals for iPads. The future was truly international this week.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.