We're all about the future here at PopSci; we put the pieces together and deliver the news and nuggets you need to know to stay on top of where this world (and universe, and beyond) is headed. This week, the future's looking like quite the wild party--water from space, libidinous rats, and transforming UAVs. What's not to love?
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What a week. A robot pathologist finds a victorious Japanese solar race cars in a cadaver. Cancer-immune mole rats smoke with impunity, while genetically engineered flowers scrub the air of pollutants. Sign me up for this future.
Some of our favorite stories this week:
Even though the ring-shaped Air Multiplier fan isn't particular powerful at $300, it's still, well, a bladeless ring! And while the answer to what comes next can only truly be known in the jetstreams of genius cycloning around in Dyson's head, cartoonist Tobias Lunchbreath has taken a stab at what ring-shaped future luxuries we may have the pleasure to purchase in the future.
Shows like Dexterâ€™s Laboratory and Jimmy Neutron are turning the electronic babysitter into a science cheerleader
By Gregory MonePosted 04.01.2005 at 6:00 pm 0 Comments
A few months ago I got a voicemail from my seven-year-old nephew informing me that he needed help building a satellite communication device. He had most of the necessary parts, he assured me, including aluminum foil, some wires and cables, and AA batteries. All we needed to get started was a radio or remote control.
Nothing came of our project, but the imaginative reach of his idea made me wonder: Where did this itch for invention come from? Was my sister sprinkling something in his cereal? Reading him Arthur C. Clarke at bedtime?