Snorting Stem Cells
The Future--what a place. A time more than a place, perhaps, but here at PopSci, a tangible thing. Here's what we can all look forward to:. Baarbarian

Our prolific future-reviewer Baarbarian has been illustrating our fevered future dreams into reality for several months now–creating a closet-full of fine T-shirts in his wake. This week he’s taking a well-deserved breather, so we figured it was a good time to take things a few notches up the meta-chain and round up his excellent work thus far into a review-of-the-week-in-review gallery. Enjoy!

Each week I feel like I have a new favorite, but, I keep coming back to this one as my most beloved TWITF. There’s just something about smoking mole rats…

Which is your favorite? And remember, you can still order that favorite of yours on a T-shirt if you so desire. Enjoy the weekend everyone–we’ll be back next week with a new drawing.

Check out the gallery here.


Snorting Stem Cells: September 21-25, 2009

The Future–what a place. A time more than a place, perhaps, but here at PopSci, a tangible thing. Here’s what we can all look forward to:

Cyborg Monkeys: September 28-October 2, 2009

Cyborg monkeys surf on OLED pickles. Ships emit slime, and our own Mikey Sklar’s Benz runs on vegetable oil. And a knife-wielding, thought-controlled robot still can’t conquer Japan. This is the Future.

Wii Security: October 5-9, 2009

The littlest gold miners, the tidiest bees, and the least fun Wii game ever. Welcome to the Future.

Robots: October 12-16, 2009

Robots made of shapeless goo, robots that eat biomaterials for energy and robots that could have saved soldiers’ lives in Iraq.

Cancer-Immune Mole Rats Smoke with Impunity: October 26-30, 2009

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.

Wii Babies and Space Hotels: October 30- November 6, 2009

The future unfolds before us. Brace yourselves, now.

Space Fish on Jupiter’s Moon: November 16-20, 2009

UV phasers, battlefield-based cryogenic tech, computerized cat brains and space fish on Jupiter’s moon? Believe it, baby. The future is yours.

Thanksgiving Special: November 23-26, 2009

There’s a lot to be thankful for in the future. Gather ’round the table, all you Navy Sea Lions, Jazz Bots, Star Wars enthusiasts and ethical scientists. Thanksgiving is a day for futuristic feasting.

Pork Grown in a Lab: November 30-December 4, 2009

Pork grown in a lab, butterflies hatched in space, male fish going girly and a brand new rainbow trap? The future sure keeps us on our toes.

Bionic Fingers: December 7-11, 2009

Bionic fingers and surgically-switched fingerprints. Dark matter in Minnesota, and “VSS Enterprise” space-tourist test flights. The future, my friends, is here on

Inhalable Chocolate and Electricity From Wine: December 14-18, 2009

Wristwatch phones, robots that shop, inhalable chocolate and electricity from wine? Yeah, we don’t mess around.

Synthetic Bones and Booze: January 4-8, 2010

Cell phone exposure reverses Alzheimer’s in mice, synthetic bones are as good as the real thing, synthetic alcohol is better than the real thing, and gamblers place their bets on Mother Nature: 2010 got off to a strong start! Welcome to the new decade. Hold onto your seats.

Sex Robots Arrive: January 11-15, 2010

May the future force be with you.

The Army vs. Alien Fish, and NASA’s Puffin: January 18-22, 2010

A yacht with a wing for sales, new malaria research opportunities, the Army Corps of Engineers battles invasive alien fish in the Great Lakes, and NASA’s got us covered for the most incredible personal vertical takeoff and landing aircraft imaginable. That’s what we call a good week in the future, here on

The iPad Makes Its Big Debut: January 25-29, 2010

Can you match every story with its iPad icon?

Android Astronaut: February 1-5, 2010

What could be better than android astronauts, and turtles launched into space? Or the opportunity to wipe your last company progress report all over your you-know-what? Click here to win this illustration on a t-shirt!

Neuromarketing Soup: February 15-19, 2010


Scorpion-Derived Synthetic Opiates: February 22-26, 2010

A Texan junkie with a lot on his mind.

The Hot Dog Gets in Shape: March 1-5, 2010


Mario and the Superfish: March 8-12, 2010


Underground Warbots: March 14-19, 2010

Don’t you wish these games were real?

Robot Couples on Robot Dates: March 22-26, 2010

He’s using his new-found touchscreen manipulation skills to find the restaurant, while she pilots them GM’s prototype pod-car.

More Robots! (We Love Robots): March 29-April 2, 2010

And what a cute little laundry-folding robot you are, too… Too bad your yard-long undersea bug friend isn’t nearly as endearing.

What Green Pigs You Have: April 5-9, 2010


Kung-Pao-Chicken-Chopping Wokbots: April 12-16, 2010


3-D C-Notes: April 19-23, 2010


Leavin’ on That Beef-Powered Train to Texas: April 26-30, 2010


My Cousin the Synthetic Brain: May 3-7, 2010

Your Honor, we’d like to enter into evidence: this synthetic brain made out of cellphone parts, this symbiotic photosynthetic zebrafish, a resurrected pig heart, and … the future.

Inhalable Local Anesthesia: May 10-14, 2010


Shotgun Wedding: May 17-21, 2010


Mutant Venus Flytrap and Pill-Popping Slides: May 24-28, 2010


Even Dolphins Own iPads These Days: May 31-June 4, 2010

And the ocean is full of robot fish…

The Future Has Needs, Too: June 7-11, 2010

The flag needs new stars, the Air Force needs new robo-pilots, and the pilots need a new pair of boots. Welcome to the future.

Stadium Horns: June 14-18, 2010


An International Week in the Future: June 21-25, 2010

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 during this particular week in June.

Geoengineering the Andes: June 28-July 2, 2010


The Polygon Lamborghini is Just the Beginning: July 5-9, 2010

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Apple’s Icarus Moment: July 12-16, 2010

The iPhone — preloaded with gay mice, nuclear waste, and killer robots — flies too close to the sun.

Cyborg Dick Cheney Fights Addiction With Hallucinogens: July 19-23, 2010