Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in Ringworld
by Larry Niven

Spectacular novel; some of the best written and best imagined sf you can read. Those who love science will enjoy the technology and space science; everyone will like the great characters and daring scope. Some of the best drawn alien characters in sf are to be found in this book; who says you can't imagine an alien viewpoint? This novel won both the Hugo and Nebula for 1971.

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Paraglider To Fly From Greece to Egypt
   An Austrian extreme sports enthusiast hopes to take a world's record for his planned flight from Kalamata, Greece to Alexandria, Egypt.

Brain 'Pacemaker' For Depression Sufferers
   For the first time, deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been shown to treat people suffering from major depression. DBS has been used to successfully treat epilepsy and Parkinson's.

Find Extraterrestrial Civilizations By Their Works
   Should we be looking for extraterrestrial civilizations, rather than just listening for them, as we do in the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project? That is the suggestion of a French astronomer, Luc Arnold

NASA Strategy For Urban Heat island NYC
   NASA has strategies to help small urban heat islands like NYC. Who can help a species with a 'planet' heat island? Larry Niven, that's who.

Almost Niven's Flashlight Laser
   Take a look for yourself at this one.

Doctor-Bots Play 'Operation'
   Students are hard at work on autonomous surgical robots - Dr. Claw will see you now!

NEC Translator Cellphone Turns Japanese To English
   This is a very cool translator technology; can you think of additional sf references?

Universal Translator, Babelfish Possible
   The idea of a real-life universal translator is usually applied to a human language translator. But what about translating actual alien communication?

Robot Surgeon - Autonomous Tabletop Robotic Surgery At Duke
   Remarkable precision from this autonomous robot; it can perform needle biopsies and other procedures without human guidance.

Choking On Our Own Waste Heat
   Interesting speculation by two UK professors; even if we solve global warming due to greenhouse gases, this problem still exists.

iPlant Brain Implant Advocated For Self-Improvement
   If you could affect your own mood by simply pressing a button, would you use it? Would you use it to improve yourself?

Shrapnel-Locating Autonomous Robot
   This autonomous robotic arm uses a biopsy needle and a special technique to find bits of shrapnel as small as 2 mm needle fragments in the body.

App Turns iPhone Into Autodoc (Almost)
   It doesn't treat your injuries (yet), but the Pocket First Aid & CPR app provided enough information and assistance to save the life of a man trapped by the earthquake in Haiti.

The Cygnus Bubble And Astroengineering
   Enjoyable space image helps sf fans stretch their imaginations a bit.

C-Path Computational Pathologist Better Than Doctors
   Computerized systems keep getting better; one day they may be better than human doctors.

AI 'Doctor' System Better Than Human
   'But they got him into the autodoc anyway.'- Larry Niven, 1970.

The F-Bike Flies!
   'The flycycles... a pair of four foot spheres joined by the constriction that held the saddle.'- Larry Niven, 1970.

Dolphin Whistle Translator
   'Louis could hear the other translator discs whistling softly in Puppeteer, snarling quietly in the Hero's Tongue.'- Larry Niven, 1970.

3D Printed Food Served In German Nursing Homes
   'The food slot gave him flat reddish-brown bricks.'- Larry Niven, 1970.

AliveCor App Detects Heart Arrhythmias, Has FDA Approval
   Works on humans and puppeteers. Virtual Nurse Will See You Soon
   The virtual nurse is IN.

Foodini 3D Printer
   ''...Food slot gave him flat reddish-brown bricks.'- Larry Niven, 1970.

Radisens' Gemini Instant Blood Tests
   It's a step toward a universal medical testing device.

Computer Finds Cancer Doctors Miss
   The computer will see you now.

Surgery In Space
   ' It was a ... coffin, form-fitted to Nessus himself...' - Larry Niven, 1972.

A Solar System Swept Clean - For A Dyson Swarm
   'They cleaned it out...' - Larry Niven, 1970

3D Printing Dinner
   'The food slot gave him flat reddish-brown bricks.'- Larry Niven, 1970.

Converting Low Temp Waste Heat To Electricity
   'Our civilisation was dying in its own waste heat.'

Human Doctors Still Better Than Computers
   'Nowadays surgery was normally done by autodocs...' - Larry Niven, 1966.

iFlytek Doctor Robot First To Pass Medical Exams
   No problem, we'll just use the autodoc.

First 3D Printed Human Corneas From Stem Cells
   Just what we need! Lots of spare parts.

Has Climate Change Already Been Solved By Aliens?
   'I had explained," said Nessus, "that our civilisation was dying in its own waste heat.' - Larry Niven, 1970.

Somnox Sleep Robot - Your Sleepytime Cuddlebot
   Science fiction authors are serious about sleep, too.

Biomind AI Doctor Mops Floor With Human Doctors
   'My aim was just not to lose by too much.' - Human Physician participant.

Space Traumapod For Surgery In Spacecraft
   ' It was a ... coffin, form-fitted to Nessus himself...' - Larry Niven, 1972.

Get Your Speeder Flying Motorcycle From Jetpack Aviation
   'The flycycles were miracles of compact design.' - Larry Niven, 1970.

Lost Language Meanings Found By Machine Learning
   'The autopilot would need data before it could begin a translation...' - Larry Niven, 1970. is devoted to the creative inventions of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
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