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Tivo, Facebook: Online Pizza Deliverators Proliferate
Why pause for even a moment from your electronic nirvana; now digital ordering leads to real world satisfaction - pizza-wise. (re: Various)

Artist Blogger Vlach Wants Webcam Eye
This one-eyed San Francisco artist wants to replace her blind prosthesis with a working web cam. (re: Various)

G-Speak Compared To Minority Report Gesture Interface
This software platform looks a lot like the one in the movie, and there is a good reason for that. (re: Steven Spielberg)

Geoplasma Plasma Refuse Plant
Neat idea to use Sixties NASA tech to turn trash into electricity. Hope it works. (re: Various)

Pico Satellite Swarms
These small machines will orbit the Earth sometime next year for a test run. (re: George Lucas)

First Optical Image Of Planet Orbiting Sun-Like Star
Very exciting development from Hubble demonstrates exoplanets can be normal-sized and be in orbit around Sun-like stars. (re: Various)

Rocket Balls - Pentagon's Kinetic Fireball Incendiaries
This looks a lot like a diagram of the mechanical theory of heat; I want to know what happens if the walls start to close in. (re: Philip E. High)

TroopTube: YouTube For Military And Families
The U.S. military takes a cautious step into interactive social media for use by troops and families. (re: Varioius)

Jules Robot Now Matches Your Smile
This robotic head represents the latest efforts by Hanson robotics, who brought you the Philip K. Dick robotic head several years ago. (re: Various)

Laser 'Breathalyzer' To Diagnose Cancer, Diabetes
New technology may provide a non-invasive way to detect disease processes early. (re: Various)

Google Flu Trends - Dr. Google Beats CDC
It turns out that Google is way ahead of the CDC in predicting flu activity. The nose knows. (re: E.M. Forster)

NEC Robot Demands Cash VIa Cellphone FeliCa RFID
This robot has its eyes - and its RFID reader - on your money. However, you're safe as long as you don't have an RFID-enabled cellphone. (re: Various)

Bach Organ Recital - On Mars
Sure, space probes have cameras, and that's great. But what about... microphones? (re: Various)

RESURRECT High-Fidelity Computer Battlefield Simulations
How would you face the no-win scenario? DARPA wants to know, and I think they want a very visceral kind of test. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Hyperion Power Module Neighborhood Nuclear Reactor
The story about small 'nuclear batteries,' small plants that produce enough power for small towns or big neighborhoods, just keeps coming back. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Top Footballers Face 7/7 Testing
Top flight soccer players in the UK now face Olympic-style restrictions during the season. What if there was a league that embraced performance enhancement? (re: Chris Nakashima-Brown)

Yamaha Deus Ex Wearable Motorcycle Concept
Although only a concept, the 'Deus Ex' may remind you of another vision of the wearable motorcycle. (re: Various)

The Digital Dark Age And Bene Gesserit House Records
Fortunately, Frank Herbert has given us a glimpse of what this future will be like. (re: Frank Herbert)

Wearable Field Hospital On A Chip
New concept in the works to create a kind of hospital uniform to minister to the troops. (re: Various)

'Mycodiesel' From Patagonian Tree Fungus
Interesting find in the rainforests of Patagonia; the only organism that produces ready-to-use fuel. Put a fungus in your tank. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Vlingo Voice-Enabled Blackberry Smartphone
This company seems to think the same way that Frederik Pohl did in 1965; voice is the best interface for a smartphone. (re: Frederik Pohl)

Mcor Matrix 3D Paper Printer
This device prints out three-dimensional objects using regular paper. It seems like only yesterday that I brought home my MX-80. (re: William Gibson)

Mobile Satellite Ventures Hybrid Satellite Network
MSV is starting to move into areas outlined by engineer and sf writer George O. Smith two generations ago. (re: George O. Smith)

Honda Walking Assist Device
Nifty invention from Honda also illustrates some differences between people in the US and people in Japan. (re: Fritz Leiber)

Diamagnetic Cavity Shield For Spacecraft?
New research provides a way to protect space travelers heading out past Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere. (re: E.E. 'Doc' Smith)

Blackhawk Built-In Tourniquet Pants, Shirts
Radical clothing system has real practical value; I can see this for extreme hikers, mountain climbers, etc. as well. (re: Joe Haldeman)

LCD Panel Fingerprint Scanner
Interesting LCD display has a hidden function - it can also take your fingerprint. (re: George Orwell)

Live Via 'Hologram' On CNN
Interesting technique used to project the 3D image of a correspondent back to the studio for use in a live broadcast. Not a true hologram, but it looks like telestereo to me. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Mouse Cloned From 16-year Frozen Tissue
Remarkable feat by Japanese researchers shows that even damaged frozen tissue can yield viable DNA for cloning. (re: Michael Crichton)

Injectable Ice Slurry To Cool Organs
Fascinating technique may soon allow doctors to selectively cool individual organs, improving the chances for surgical success. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Integrated Cyber Defense To Recode Cyberspace
The US military, father of the Internet, is trying to rewire its child. For protection. (re: Various)

SkyV SkyCeiling From The Sky Factory
Now that we have amazing sky ceilings, it's time to get to work on those vast underground cities I've been reading about. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

'E' Digital Essence Of Evil Like SID 6.7
Researchers create pure evil in the laboratory; 'E' uses both definitions of evil and case studies of evil persons. (re: Eric Bernt)

Bombproof Trash Can Secures Rubbish
These rubbish bins are not only protective, but informative. Coming soon to London streets. (re: Harry Harrison)

GPS Lingerie 'Find Me If You Can'
Misplaced your girlfriend? No problem - if she wants to be found. With video. (re: Murray Leinster)

Universe Kits Now Available From Jonathon Keats
With this do-it-yourself kit, attractively packaged in a small tin, you can create new universes on a whim. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

SideSight Virtual Touchpad - But Does It Have Air Quotes?
Interesting development brings gesture to control to very small devices. (re: Various)

Earth Now Needs Agricultural Worlds
SF writers pondered this problem a generation ago, and came up with the answer. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Amnesia Beam Under Dev - Uh, What Was I Saying
Is it possible to produce amnesia with beams? Some effects have been noted. (re: Various)

SkyBot High-Rise Window Cleaning Robot
SkyBot is a rigorously tested solution for a problem that kills 70 workers in the U.S. alone - high-rise window washing. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Hover Chair Like Star Wars Landspeeder
Keith Dixon makes himself a hover chair - it's like floating on a cloud. For $9,600 I was hoping to go find some droids... (re: George Lucas)

Vote Flipping Video Shows Poor Electronic Plebiscite
Video of how a voting machine fails to properly register a voter's choices makes me think that paper ballots might have a future. (re: John Brunner)

SOTHOC Submarine-Launched UAV
Submerged submarines will have more information-gathering options with this sub-launched Submarine Over the Horizon Organic Capabilities device. (re: Various)

Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Like Thunderbirds' Fireflash?
Nuclear-powered aircraft could make a comeback after being given the axe in the 1950's. (re: Various)

Palm Pistol Defensive Firearm
Interesting little device is a pretty close analog to an Isaac Asimov device from the 1950's. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Flapping Display From Samsung Breezy OLED
Okay, marketing guys, I really want to show off just how thin this OLED display is, how flexible the substrate. EC Tubb nailed this one in 1958. (re: E.C. Tubb)

Labyrinth Aquarium Has Swimming Tubes
A Habitrail for your fishy friends, it's all the rage among the Gowachin. (re: Frank Herbert)

Toyota Robot Maid Learns From Mistakes
Great-looking robot maid from Toyota and Tokyo University researchers goes slow, but learns to avoid mistakes and memorizes good strategies. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Artificial Heart Beats Like Yours
Remarkable new mechanical heart may give you even more choices. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Australia Building Real 'Eureka' Tech City
The University of Queensland, in Australia has been watching Eureka, the TV series about a town full of geniuses - or so it appears - because they want to build one for real. (re: Various)

Deep Bleeder Acoustic Coagulation Device
DARPA is trying to bring this device into being to help save the lives of wounded soldiers; it quickly coagulates blood to prevent bleed-out. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Jambot Music Improvisation Robot
This device takes the unusual step of improvising music to accompany human musicians. (re: Herbert Goldstone)

Fishbowl Spaceship From Armadillo Aerospace
I'm sure it would be a spectacular ride, but I think I'd want a good crash couch and the Puppeteer guarantee before I went up in one. (re: Larry Niven)

Multi-Robot Pursuit System: We'll Be Back!
I'm sure that everything will go fine with this project, which could have useful applications in search and rescue, fire fighting and for all I know, the food service industry. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Online Death Leads To Offline Arrest
Bizarre case of broken hearts and avatar erasure. (re: Various)

Atomic Pen Uses Atoms For Pixels
Technique allows researchers to write with atoms; talk about a very tiny point size. (re: Ridley Scott)

Terminator Seeds Deployed To Iraq
Order 81 provides the authority to require Iraqi farmers to use genetically altered seeds that do not produce naturally viable offspring. (re: Jack Vance)

GOCE Sat Delay Puts Off Gravimetric Weapons
A disappointing delay for the GOCE satellite. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

You Can't Hide From DARPA
DARPA wants to be able to fully visualize the interior of a ten-story building - right into the basement - without having to obtain the architect's drawings. (re: Various)

Self-Balancing Unicycle - Heinlein's Tumblebug
Nifty cycle looks a lot like what Heinlein described in the 1940's. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Selective Memory Deletion In Mice
New technique demonstrates how specific memories can be blocked in mice; sf writers and movie makers have been predicting this one for decades. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Solar Satellites Beam Back Energy
This is really a great idea, but I can only go back to 1941 for the earliest kind of reference. Anybody earlier? (re: Clifford Simak)

Virtual Wife Nags Via Email
Solicitous correction and help from your virtual wife, presented with helpful sfnal references. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Walking House Ambles Away From Disaster
Fascinating project puts a robotic base under an ancient lifestyle. (re: Jack Vance)

Walking iPhone Robot - Not The First 'Mobile' Phone
What happens if you are stuck in one place and you can't get to your iPhone? What if it could walk to you? (re: Various)

XM25 Individual Air Burst Weapon Like Judge Dredd's
New smart gun fires rounds that detonate where you want them to, even in mid-air. (re: Various)

Exact Number Of ET Civilizations Now Known
Now that an exact number is known, we can begin construction of vast architectural works to bolster the galactic government bureaucracy. (re: George Lucas)

3rd Space Vests Lets You Feel Game Hits
Any engineer will tell you that a system with no negative feedback goes out of control. Feel the pain in your game and stop the spiral. (re: Various)

Buckypaper To Go Commercial Soon
Fascinating material may actually be available soon in commercial quantities as a product for use in aerospace and other industries. (re: Various)

Logic Gates Built Inside Living Cells
Remarkable development allows logic gates to be placed inside living cells. (re: Greg Bear)

PlantBot: Humans Provide Gift Of Greater Mobility With 'Skrodes'
Unusual work by an unusual group gives us a glimpse of what Vernor Vinge had in mind fifteen years ago. With interview and moving image. (re: Vernor Vinge)

Alien Languages Translated By Computer Program?
Interesting effort by British researcher to take a shot at understanding alien languages - when we actually get a sample. (re: Various)

FlowerBot Robotic Flower Follows And Grabs
Neat little robot looks just like a flower; take a look at the video to see it work. (re: Jack Vance)

Rocket Races Approved For Earth Only, Unfortunately
I'm certainly in favor of rocket racing and this is a good start. However, I can recall at least one sf work that offered rocket racing on somewhat larger scale. (re: Lester del Rey)

Spam Kiwi Kings Of Spam Sent Third Of All Spam Emails
Two men stand accused of being the kings of spam; shutting them down may decrease world spam by one-third. (re: Greg Egan)

NTT Energy-Generating Shoes Are Squishy
I really like the cool retro technology used to power these power walkers. (re: Frank Herbert)

Net Surfing For Brain Development
It turns out that clicking on links at improves brain function. No really; the more stories you read at, the smarter you get. New research proves what you already knew. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Digital Zebrafish Embryo 3D Development
Interesting new technique provides remarkable details in the first 24 hours of life - from 1 to 20,000 cells. (re: Joan Slonczewski)

Secure Help Vending Machine: RoboSodaPopCop
If you think that this machine has some moxie, I've got an sfnal device in mind that really knows how to dish it out. (re: William Gibson)

Spider Robot Chair Like Star Wars
Slightly creepy furniture takes you for a robotic ride. (re: George Lucas)

Machine Prints Lights In Sheets
Even though these won't fit in any of those 20 billion light sockets, sheets of light are worth looking at. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Looking For Earth-Like Worlds With Nulling Interferometry
No need to go into orbit to look for Earth-like worlds, not when you have nulling interferometry on your side. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Paul Krugman's Asimov Inspiration
Dr. Paul Krugman has an interesting connection with sf; his career choice was inspired by a well-known work by Isaac Asimov. (re: Isaac Asimov)

OLO iPhone-based Laptops
This is a really slick idea if you haven't seen it; at the right price point, this would be a great answer to those small net-surfing laptops. (re: Various)

World's Thinnest TV - Sony Bravia ZX1
This television is pretty close to being the same size and thickness as a poster, which might get some Niven fans thinking. (re: Larry Niven)

IBEX Interstellar Boundary Explorer
Satellite boosted into high earth orbit looks into processes taking place in the farthest reaches of the solar system. (re: Various)

Zhu Bot Zhejiang Scrap Metal Transformer Sculptures
Transformers are near and dear to the hearts of scrap metal enthusiasts in China. As you can see. (re: Various)

FLARE Creates 'Skin' For Buildings
Interesting idea for a flexible, interactive membrane that would allow a building to let air and light in, and let freedom of expression out. (re: James Boswell)

'Hug And Kiss' Baby Ankle Monitor
This handy pair of devices keep mothers and children together in crowded hospitals. (re: Philip K. Dick)

DARPA Gandalf Project And Philip K. Dick
The ability to target a single individual is one of Philip K. Dick's personal nightmares; he had a very special understanding of the military mind. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Beautification Engine Digital Facial
This goes way beyond photoshopping away a few wrinkles; and yet, sf authors have led the way on this idea. (re: Bruce Sterling)

Repliee R-1 Robot Child In Time For Halloween
It's hard for robots to cross the uncanny valley; take a look at a video of Repliee R-1 and a presentation on the uncanny valley idea. (re: Various)

NeuroSky MindSet Brainwave-Controlled Game Demoed
My son can't wait for the MindSet version of the The Force Unleashed game. Don't think it will happen? I find your lack of faith disturbing... (re: Various)

Fungus Accelerates Spores At 180K g (Video)
Fascinating video shows how tiny living creatures can fire objects at incredible accelerations. (re: Gary Shockley)

Blogging Houseplant Midori-San
Maybe you don't listen to your plants, but you can read what this one has to say. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Holographic 3D Television - And No Glasses
A nice step forward has been taken in creating true 3D holographic displays without funny-looking glasses. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Submersible Aircraft - DARPA's Flying Sub?
I really think that everyone who watched TV in the Sixties knows what they want; and what have those DARPA guys left out of their spec? (re: Irwin Allen)

Solar Camel-Back Clinic From Mpala Project
Remarkable development to help bring perishable medicines to people in the most remote and inaccessible parts of the world. (re: )

Liquid Camera Lens Controlled By Sound
Using a liquid as a lens? I read about it forty years ago. (re: Frank Herbert)

Shape-Shifting Bomber In Need Of Plowsharing
Unfortunate budget cuts for DARPA may signal an opportunity for the rest of us to think of peacetime uses for cool military stuff. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Photovoltaic Paint On Steel Sheets By The Corus Group
Fascinating new technology comes only about a decade after Larry Niven wrote about it. (re: Larry Niven)

Anna Konda Robot Spraying Water Video
Neat video of the Anna Konda firefighting snake robot spraying water; could be effective in mine fires or other closed quarters. (re: Emmett McDowell)

CkBot Modular Robot Self-Assembles, Picks Gait
CkBot can self-assemble and adopt its gait to the task at hand; it's pretty good at putting itself back together. (re: James Schmitz)

ELISHA Handheld Personal Biosensors
Okay, Trek fans, you've been waiting for this one since 1967. Dr. McCoy, your scanner is almost ready. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

DoCoMo Cellphone Projector
This looks like a pretty cool way to see movies in your cubicle, or make a slide presentation without a lot of extra gear. (re: Jack Vance)

'Thinking Cap' Now With TMS Coil
Sydney researchers try using transcranial magnetic stimulation to improve ordinary people, with anecdotal results. SF writers love this idea. (re: James Blish)

ExoFly Flapping Planetary Survey Aerobot
Visionary use of the tiny DelFly micro camera plane in planetary exploration and survey is planned. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Murata Unicycle-Riding Robot
Cute video of a very balanced bot. (re: George Lucas)

Fictional Foodstuffs: The Snacks Of Science Fiction
Does food play an important role in science fiction books and movies? I've got my list. (re: Various)

Emdrive Electromagnetic Drive For Chinese Space Ships?
Is this technology a physical impossibility? The Chinese space program is determined to find out. (re: James Blish)

Element Four Watermill Needs No Droid
These devices keep adding features. Soon, you'll be saying 'What I really need is a droid that understands the binary language of moisture vaporators.' (re: George Lucas)

Paul Otlet On The Internet (A Century Early)
Fascinating video describes how Otlet's work in the 1930's describes the functionality of the Internet. (re: Murray Leinster)

Yotify Scouts Work The Web For You
Nifty application site offers 'google alerts on steroids' which sf fans will certainly recognize from some of their favorite novels. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Webkare - Virtual Boyfriends
Are men or women more likely to become interested in a virtual friend/lover? Japanese schoolgirls are voting with their fingers on this one. (re: William Gibson)

NASA Moon Base Nuclear Reactor
It's an old idea, but it still offers a practical alternative to getting power during those long lunar nights. (re: Various)

LHC 'Malfunction' No Accident?
Interesting alternate explanation for the problems that have temporarily halted the onward march of particle physics. (re: John Cramer)

Future Attribute Screening Technologies Precrime Detector
You'd better be thinking nice thoughts the next time you go anywhere that DHS has a portable precrime detector handy - the FAST M2. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Separate Parasites From Hosts - With Light
Clever technique leads to better research samples in studies of parasitic organisms. (re: Robert J. Sawyer)

4Moms Stroller: Death Cab For Cutie?
I'm thinking that I must have something in my database under the category of collapsible vehicle, but anyway. (re: Various)

SentiSight Object Recognition For Robot Overlords
Until they can easily acquire the ability to recognize objects, robots will be no threat to us. (re: Various)

Brando Spy Glassses Have Camera, Player Built-in
Possibly first occurrence of a pair of glasses with both camera and player built into the frames. (re: David Brin)

Minority Report Iris Scanners Ordered By US Army
Mr. Anderton! A new future awaits you, thanks to the new iris scanning technology that will let the military take your iris scan anytime, without your knowledge. (re: Steven Spielberg)

Super-Resolution Vision System Super Sniper Scope
DARPA goes sfnal in creating a sniper scope that can see through the fog of war. (re: Various)

Satellites To Limit Your Driving Speed
This will make you long for the days when Big Brother contented Himself with merely watching you. (re: Nat Schachner)

Performance Improving Self Contained Exoskeleton for Swimming (PISCES)
The military hopes to open up the underwater realm with mechanical super frogmen; fans of Brin's 'Sundiver' may find this familiar. (re: David Brin)

'Spit Parties:' Social Networking Gattaca-Style
If you've ever felt like you need to party with the 'right people' there's no time like the present to apply scientific rigor to this social process. (re: Various)

Pribot Robotic Prius Tours 'Frisco
New entry in self-driving sweepstakes comes not from a huge team but from one very determined engineer; you may recall his self-driving motorcycle from four years ago. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Erotic Sensation Self-Stimulation Via Brain Implants
Interesting story surfaces about this topic; Larry Niven and Michael Crichton have covered at least some of this ground decades ago. (re: Larry Niven) Digital Obituary News
Want to live forever on the web? This site intends to bring obituary notices to the web, with the potential to offer multi-media tributes to comfort the bereaved. (re: Various)

Evolved Earthworms To Clean Up Toxic Metals
Hardy super worms may provide a way to clean up contaminated soil. (re: Larry Niven)

Atheon Temple To Science Open For Worship Soon
Interesting art project that presents a scientific alternative to worship; fans of Neal Stephenson will hear echoes of his new book 'Anathem.' (re: Various)

Indian Court Says Brain Scan Proves Murder
Using a test called Brain Electrical Oscillations Signature, an Indian court convicts a woman based on her brain contents. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Mars Lander Spots Robby Driving In Distance
I think that these pictures beamed back from Mars last week bear closer examination. (re: Various)

Plastic Logic Reader 8.5x11 E-Book
Very hopeful story for those of us who are looking forward to a nice piece of e-paper to work with. (re: Various)

'Water Bears' Survive Unprotected In Space
These tiny animals are a marvel, able to survive the pitiless rigors of open space. (re: Various)

Gene Therapy Could Restore Hearing To The Deaf
Milestone in gene therapy demonstrates the possibility of curing the deaf. (re: Various)

Self-Propelled Underwater Fish Cages
Prototype testing by an MIT researcher is making me think of vast underwater fish farms under remote control. (re: Various)

Moral Performance Enhancement
Is it possible for a person to behave better through the use of pharmaceuticals? (re: Various)

The Evolution Of Spore
Fascinating computer game has many roots in both science and fiction. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

E-Ink Cover World's First
Very impressive first effort; Esquire leads the way in bringing this futuristic technology right to your local news stand. (re: Greg Bear)

Book-Scanning ScanRobot Neater Than Navicloud Custom Debinder
Nicely implemented book-scanning robot tastefully leaves books intact after yanking their text into the digital age. (re: Vernor Vinge)

Dog Wan Robot Available For Lease
Here's a cute little robotic dog ready to lease in Japan; it can even carry a small bag for you. (re: John Brunner)

Gangs Take PINs From Card Readers
Organized gangs are defrauding entire villages in Britain; common theft aided by sophisticated technology. (re: John Cameron)

The Fremen Urinal Frank Herbert Never Imagined
These devices could save countless gallons of water, which helps even on water-rich planets. (re: Frank Herbert)

This Alien Earth
Where do you think the most alien environment on Earth can be found? (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

La Princesse Mechanical Spider
Giant steampunk mechanical spider Liverpool rampage! That was my alternate title. (re: Various)

Robotic Busboy Like R2D2
Intel-sponsored research catches up to what we all saw in Star Wars a quarter-century ago. (re: George Lucas)

Google Navy: Water-Based Data Centers
Avast, there: Google has filed a patent application for a sea-going Internet of sustainable data havens. (re: Bruce Sterling)

Spy Satellite Gait Analysis ID's You
Amazing technical development may make routine identification possible from orbit. (re: Various)

Blood From Stem Cells: Tru Blood For Real?
Researchers come up with a way to create blood in quantity from stem cells, just when television vampires will really need it. (re: Charlain Harris)

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