Science Fiction in the News:
Science and Technology News

Lifebrowser Revists Your Past
The Lifebrowser - a rear-view mirror for your life. (re: Charles Stross)

NASA Team Camps On An Asteroid (Almost)
Will we ever go camping in space? Keep the dream alive! (re: Various)

Business Cards Give Way To Bump
The time-honored business practice goes digital. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Bactericidal Fabric Made From Silk
Coming to uniforms near you. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Enormous Ship Refuels From The Sun Video Update
That darned Death Star has to get its planet-busting energy from someplace. Now updated by NASA! (re: Jack Williamson)

Control Robot Planes With Hand Gestures!
Be careful waving at planes from now on. (re: Douglas Adams)

The KEN Diet - Eat Nothing And Love It!
So, are you thinking of Jem'Hadar or Meks? (re: Jack Vance)

'Facetime Facelift' Beautifies Video Chats
Always look your best - on Facetime. (re: Bruce Sterling)

Microsoft Universal Translator Uses Your Voice
It maintains all of your voice characteristics as you effortlessly speak other languages. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

myTaxi iPhone App May Transform Taxi Business
Let's start combining these modern developments to get the services we want. (re: Various)

Siri Dictation For iPad Like Asmiov's 'Transcriber'
'Nobody but some old drips would use key machines...' According to Arkady Darell, anyway (and soon, teenagers everywhere!) (re: Isaac Asimov)

Seatlle Police Drones Overhead Now
Soon, you'll be seeing this tech flying over every town in America. Or maybe you won't see it; they're pretty small. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Fracking Causes Ohio Earthquakes
Another report that blames fracking for earthquakes in areas that are typically free of naturally-occurring quakes. (re: Various)

$200K In Bitcoins Stolen
Wherever there are hard working gold miners, there are thieves. (re: Charles Stross)

Affective Autotutor, Emotion-Sensing Teaching Software
Be sure to bring a digital apple to give the computer teacher. (re: Issac Asimov)

3D Printed Clothing 'Escapism' Couture Collection
Someday you'll just get new clothing from the 3D fab machine in your closet. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Cheetah Robot Hits Record 18 MPH In Video
A new record for robots running on their own legs. With video. (re: William Gibson)

Futurist Agrees With Star Trek: DS9 On Job Destruction
It's a dramatic idea, but check the evidence. (re: Various)

Meat Farm Like Matrix, Daybreak And Blade - But For Chickens
I think this is an idea whose time has come... more than once. (re: Various)

Awww! It's A Robot Baby Roundup!
They're so cute! Imagine having one in your family, brother to your human children. (re: Henry Slesar)

Speechjammer To End Your 1st Amendment Rights
Try to express yourself now; it's technology with intended consequences. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Project Shellter 3D Prints Homes For Crabs
Amazing story of humans helping homeless sea creatures. (re: Vernor Vinge)

RIBA-II Robot Ready For Patients (and movies?)
Haven't I seen this picture before? (re: Various)

Handy Zero-G Cup
Serving tea in space is harder than you might think. (re: Murray Leinster)

More Nomad Planets Than Stars?
I don't suppose any of them are arranged in a Klemperer rosette? (re: Balmer and Wylie)

Carbon Nanotube Knife Like Cheese Slicer
Fascinating development in materials science, predicted by Clarke thirty years ago for sf fans. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Robot Fish Lead, Real Fish Follow
Real robot fish lead, and actual real fish follow or get out of the way. (re: Michael Swanwick)

Japanese Company To Build Space Elevator?
Establish an elevator system linking Earth to space! (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

DNA-Based Robots To Fight Cancer
Tiny robot warriors will do battle in your bloodstream sooner than you think. (re: Philip E. High)

Functional Transistor Is One Atom
Moore's Law... marches on. (re: Robert Heinlein)

DARPA Avatar Program Coming, But Will Soldiers Want To?
Will soldiers just want these for wargames? (re: Manly Wade Wellman)

Robotic Insect Pop-Up Origami Fabrication
Remarkable fabrication process for tinier and tinier robots. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

CleanSpace One Goal: De-Orbit Space Debris
OK, earthlings: Let's get rid of space debris once and for all! (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

SLAM from CSAIL Lets Robots Explore Autonomously
To boldly go where robots have never gone... before. (re: Various)

Chinese Boy Sees In The Dark
Can he really see in the dark? It's a good story, regardless. (re: Jim and Ken Wheat)

Machines Talk More To Each Other
What do all of these machines have to say about us? I hope they just stick to business. (re: Frederik Pohl)

Sensory Substitution Device (Or Star Trek VISOR?)
Amazing device 'lights up' the visual cortex of the blind. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Archetype: Wake Up As Robot
'I can see my hand!' Wake up as a robot, in a film and in reality. Right now. (re: Various)

NEOShield Asteroid Deflector Project Funded By EU
'It is similar to deflector panels I've seen, Captain, but far more complicated.' (re: Miles Breuer)

Memory Improved By Direct Electrical Stimulation
Would you always keep the switch flipped on if you had this device installed? (re: Dave Cummins)

Elektrodress Treatment Suit For Nerve Disorders
You may wish to be assimilated into our technological fashion collective. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Zero Gravity Roller Coaster Coming
Do you long to escape the bonds of Earth's gravity? This extreme roller coaster could do the trick. (re: Niven and Barnes)

North Face (Or Snow Crash?) Avalanche Airbag Clothing
The Powder Guide ABS vest is just the thing for your active lifestyle, on and off the slopes. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Robonaut ISS Checkout Video
Amazing video of a teleoperated robot on the International Space Station; sf authors saw this a half-century ago. (re: James Blish)

Spidernaut, Orbital Construction Robot
Spider robots are designed to distribute the load over many feet. (re: Charles Sheffield)

Google Glasses With Heads Up Display Coming Soon?
Google certainly has the information network to back up these glasses, and make augmented reality ... a reality. (re: Charles Stross)

3D Printer Used To Make Transplant Jawbone
A permanent replacement was printed for reconstructive surgery. (re: Philip K. Dick)

We Live In A Space Cloud
SF writers are a little more concerned about space clouds than most astronomers. (re: Arthur Conan Doyle)

Nano Quadrotors Form Stephenson's Dog Pod Grid
If you haven't seen this video, it's a remarkable implementation of an sfnal idea. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Amazonian Fungus Eats Polyurethane
I guess I'd still like to know what the fungus breaks plastic down into. (re: Michael Crichton)

Kissenger The Kiss Messenger Robot Spreads Your Love
'Sensory stimulation through the tactile net, Man Forrester...' (re: Frederic Pohl)

Self-Guided Bullet Accurate Over One Mile
'The back half is all solid propellant. Valves for directional control ... look, it's all electronic.' (re: Michael Crichton)

Sensorbot Robotic Bubble Swarm For Ocean Exploration
'Sensor swarms operating autonomously could function in complex, harsh, and remote environments.' (re: Robert Silverberg)

Jumping Spiders And Machine Vision
I'd never heard of this method for determining depth of field. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Free Swimming Endoscope Capsule On 'Fantastic Voyage'
This technology keeps getting closer. (re: Isaac Asimov)

FBI To Monitor Social Media
Have you been sharing everything on social networks? Guess who wants to be a lurker? (re: Various)

Self-Healing Batteries
It would be better if our gadgets could simply repair themselves when broken (with video). (re: J.G. Ballard)

Shrewbot Uses Whiskers As Sensors
See the video for a good example of how biomimicry can lead to uncanny mechanical imitations of nature. (re: Ray Bradbury)

Cyborg Rats Have Digital Brain Parts
Someday, we'll have reprogrammable brain parts, which will come in handy. (re: William Gibson)

T-Rays And Tricorders
Amazing miniaturization could lead to science-fictional devices. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Raincatch Raincoat Has Dune-Style Watertube And Catchpocket
'And us sipping our catchpockets the instant they show dewsparkle.' (re: Frank Herbert)

IBM Now Stores 1 Bit On 12 Atoms
Moore's Law still has some life left. (re: Robert Heinlein)

RISUG Male Birth Control Almost Ready
So, guys, would you use this technology? (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Transparent Aluminum Vs. .50-Cal Bullets
Transparent armor can come in handy. (re: Olaf Stapledon)

Van-Mounted Body Scanners Mock Your Idea Of Privacy
Scanning now for weapons, who knows what future scans will reveal about you? (re: Various)

Live from ISS On NASA In HD
SF fans are familiar with this idea. (re: Michael Swanwick)

Bank Of America ATMs Are Now Truth Machines
John Brunner gave us the idea for this kind of data transparency. (re: John Brunner)

Samsung Transparent Smart Window
HG Wells also had an idea like this, or was it Frank Herbert? (re: H.G. Wells)

Slime Is Smarter Than You Think
Researchers are looking for Lord Running Clam. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Sphero Robot Ball Is Smartphone-Controlled
Remote-controlled robotic fun for you and your smartphone. (re: Various)

US Army-Branded Gaming Peripherals
Last Starfighter, your peripherals are ready now! (re: Various)

Qrio Robot Golfer
What's a fair handicap for a robot? (re: Frederik Pohl)

Anti-Intoxicant Confers Quick Sobriety
Research with rats may have implications for human drinkers. (re: Harry Harrison)

Smart E-Book System Outperforms Apple iBooks
Take a look at the video with this article, and decide for yourself whether this is better than the iPad. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

Vermeer 3D Volumetric Touchable Display
Fun display from Microsoft Research, it produces free-floating three-dimensional holograms in mid-air. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Super-Strong Mouse 'Augments'
Could lead to treatments for muscle weakness. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Fear of Dentists App, iPhone-based Therapist
'The machines aren't ignorant of human psychology - far from it.' (re: James Blish)

Hide An Event With Temporal Cloaking
What would you want to put in the 'time hole'? (re: Various)

Hoverbike Is Stuff SF Dreams Are Made Of
Perhaps this reminds you of other sf favorites? (re: George Lucas)

Taking Control Of Enemy Aircraft
Is this really possible, or is the Pentagon engaging in its own fictional creations? (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Wireless Mind Control Possible?
Where will remote mind control lead us? (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Diabetic Son? Parents Get Insulin Pump Tattoos
Loving parents support their child. (re: Paul di Filippo)

Self-Balancing Electric Unicycle By MIT Student
'A tumblebug does not give a man dignity...' but it's a great idea for college students! (re: Robert Heinlein)

T-Shirt Computing And Vinge's Wearables
The foundations are being laid for wearable textile computers. (re: Vernor Vinge)

Hatch A Dinosaur From Birds Using Genetic 'Memory'
Sounds odd, but there is some good science here. (re: Michael Crichton)

Netizens Should Search Moon Pix For Aliens
Would you be willing to spend a few minutes poring over old moon photos looking for aliens? (re: )

Prosthetic Vision Device ala Star Trek
Advances in vision prosthetics accelerate. (re: 2962)

Can Lucid Dreaming Improve Physical Skills?
Attention dreamers! Lie down and start training. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Solar Power Paint For Any Size Solar Cells
One coat solar paint can be applied to any conductive surface to create an instant solar cell. (re: Larry Niven)

Total Recall Security Tunnels Proposed
'No wonder you're having nightmares, you're always watching the news.' (re: Philip K. Dick)

Bios Urn Turns Your Ashes Into A Tree
You can live on, in an environmentally proper way. (re: Philip K. Dick)

PKR-Inhibiting Drugs May Boost Memory
New research may lead to better long-term memories. (re: Paul di Filippo)

DCS May Extinguish Fearful Memories
Can memories be erased? Is it possible to remove the fear component from a memory? (re: Philip K. Dick)

Fembot OriHime Dances For You Video
'All the works in a girl-modeled case.' With video. (re: Lester del Rey)

Polymer Gel Mimics Human Vocal Cords
'They can even sing by squirting air through their meat.' (re: Terry Bisson)

Could An Artificial Virus Infect The Human Mind?
Does artificial biology go to far? (re: Various)

Majel Voice Recognition - Now Google's Getting Siri-us
See (and hear) the video with excerpts from all of the different 'Majel the computer' voices. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Tasty In Vitro Meat Eaten On Stage!
Fried in a pan, no less. (re: Pohl and Kornbluth)

DecNef: Download Skills Into Your Brain
Click here to download your next career. (re: James Blish)

Cables For Robot Skin Will Stretch Like Human Skin
And how far will your skin stretch? About 1.5 times. (re: Roger Zelazny)

We Robot 2012 Conference Needs Your Help
'We seek reports from the front lines of robot design and development.' (re: Various)

Are We As Smart As We Can Get?
Can cognition be improved for humans - can we get smarter? (re: Philip K. Dick)

Apple Idea Accelerator (tm) Coming!
Designed to accelerate idea creation, the Apple Campus 2 is a cyclotron of innovation! (re: Various)

Basement Holodeck With Playstation Move And EyeToy
'Almost every home had its dimensino room, rigged with the apparatus which picked up the weird, alien impulses...' (re: Ray Bradbury)

Quadrotor Robots Improve Building Skills Video
I can think of construction tasks these bots can do right now! (re: James P. Hogan)

DARPA Shredder Challenge Won!
In which DARPA creates a 'Who can put Humpty Dumpty back together again' challenge for document mavens. (re: Vernor Vinge)

Woolly Mammoths To Be Created For 'Pleistocene Park'?
Will mammoths thunder down the plains, as they once did? (re: David Brin)

Kinect 2 Could Read Lips - Like HAL
Don't talk about disconnecting your Kinect 2 in front of your Kinect 2. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Multigait Soft Robot Squishes, Walks And Crawls
Simple actuation, complex motion. (re: Rudy Rucker)

Little Printer Like Dick's Homeopape
SF greats Philip K. Dick and Hugo Gernsback both thought of this idea. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Mask-bot Robot Human Face
I'm imagining a very bizarre teleconference. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Space Solar Power - A Truly Limitless Source
SF writers popularized and elaborated on this idea a generation before the first patents were filed. (re: Murray Leinster)

Surveillance Robots Learn To Hide
This robot listens for the sound of footfalls, and then hides. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Robot Prison Guard From South Korea
'They are helpers... not Terminators.' (re: Philip K. Dick)

Computer Knows You're Mad, Chills You Out
Those irritating computerized voice recognition systems may make you less annoyed. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Virtual Reality Contact Lens Shows One Pixel
SF authors have led the way on this idea; fans of Vernor Vinge and Larry Niven and Steven Barnes, rejoice! (re: Niven and Barnes)

'Loogie Gun' Deployed On Pennsylvania Turnpike
Ever been stuck on the highway? (re: Neal Stephenson)

DARPA's 'Biometrics-At-A-Distance' Knows You By Heart
Your heart is calling out to DARPA, just like E.T.'s heart called out to the mothership. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Interactive Robotic Painting Machine Can Hear You
Like a blind artist, it creates based on what it hears. (re: William Gibson)

WAM Arm Robots Help Patients Get Dressed
Take me into your caring robotic arms. (re: Stanton Coblentz)

Project Black Mirror Thought-Controlled iPhone
Think and communicate - with Siri on your iPhone. (re: Pournelle & Niven)

C-Path Computational Pathologist Better Than Doctors
Computerized systems keep getting better; one day they may be better than human doctors. (re: Larry Niven)

Meeting Wendy Of Wendy's
Wendy of Wendys meet Rondald of McDonald's. (re: Alfred Bester)

Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surface
Get the last little bit from containers, thanks to materials science. (re: Frank Herbert)

Laser-Activated Rescue Thrusters For Astronauts
Make sure those pod bay doors are open, too. (re: Robert Heinlein)

HAL Exoskeleton To Assist At Fukushima
Maybe atomic-powered lifting suits are not quite right for this mission. With video. (re: John W. Campbell)

Lab-Grown Burger $345K
Soon, you'll be able to have it your way. (re: H. Beam Piper)

NTT DoCoMo Auto Japanese - English Translation
Close to real time translation service lets you converse in either language. (re: Hugo Gernsback)

Airdrop Moisture Vaporator
'A vaporator sunk securely through sand and into deeper rock.' (re: George Lucas)

NASA's Super-Black Now Even Blacker
'Our material is darn near perfect across multiple wavelength bands, from the ultraviolet to the far infrared.' (re: E.E. 'Doc Smith)

Nth Lights From NthDegree Are 'Printed Lights'
Let there be light, and let it be flat. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Giant Asteroid Misses Earth!
Whew, that's a relief. It did come inside the orbit of the Moon, though. (re: Niven and Pournelle)

Slug Crawler Robot Has Retractable Skin
Its flexible skin is manipulated by internal robotic parts. (re: Various)

SLS Robot Spider 'Daddy Longlegs'
I'm hoping they make these available in kit form. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Marie Curie's Papers Still Radioactive
And the half-life of radium's most common isotope is 1,601 years. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Magnetic 'Tongue' Can Taste Tomatoes
How else will robots enjoy pizza? (re: Anthony Boucher)

Korean Talking Robotic Head
Another strange robotic head, that may come to a classroom near you. Some day. (re: William Gibson)

Smart Textiles For Wearable Communicators
'Antenna clothing' for all occasions. (re: Murray Leinster)

PETMAN Robot Video
Wear in (and wear out) your clothes robotically. (re: Frederic Pohl)

Multi-Target Photo-Radar System
No more safety in numbers when speeding, thanks to this Cordon system. (re: John Jacob Astor IV)

Switchblade Surveillance Missile
'You've heard of a bullet that has your name on it.' (re: Michael Crichton)

Worlds First Intelligent Absorbent For Radioactive Contaminants
The material uses titanate nanofiber and nanotube technology. (re: John W. Campbell)

Throw This Panoramic Ball Camera!
Let's hope that it proves possible to manufacture this camera at a price at which we can afford it. (re: Robert Silverberg)

Sensitive Artificial Skin For Touchy-Feely Robots
Let's face it, robots feel distanced and remote with their cold, metallic skin. Diligent researchers work to remedy this problem. (re: Roger Zelazny)

BlueBiped Passively-Powered Robotic Legs
Take a walk, and let gravity be your energy source. (re: Martin Caidin)

A Prosthetic Arm That Feels
Amazing next-generation work by surgeons and engineers catches up with last-generation science fiction imagination. (re: Martin Caidin)

Gesture-Controlled iPads?
What do you think, you're some kind of Jedi, waving your hands in the air? (re: Samuel R. Delany)

'Supra B 'Toys Soon Self-Healing
Toy, heal thyself. (re: J.G. Ballard)

Spray-Foam Robot Built By... Another Robot
Now robots can make your sfnal robot dreams come true. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

New Transistor Interfaces Directly With Biological Functions
Talk directly to the malfunctioning processes in your body. Someday is getting sooner. (re: Various)

Newest     Newer     Older     Oldest of 6172 is devoted to the creative ideas and inventions of sf authors and movie makers. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Timeline, or see what's New.
new authors and technologies - Shop for yourself, your library and your lab.






Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise | - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.