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Terrifying Robot Snake's Flying, Coiling Attack
'The coil on the table appeared to be a snake... It did not look alive and it did not look dead.'- Greg Bear, 2009. (re: Greg Bear)

Veti-Gel Closes Wounds, Starts Healing
'It's done miracles. It can patch up a smashed and broken body...'- Clifford Simak, 1961. (re: CLifford Simak)

Elon Musk's Debt To Science Fiction Books
A marvelous vision of a national fleet of electric phaetons that would truly revolutionize motor transport. And private space craft. (re: Various)

Ecovacs Winbot 7 Window-Cleaning Robot
'There were the 'window cleaners,' with large padded feet...', Arthur C. Clarke, 1972. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Robots Race Ahead - On Cockroach Legs
Robots will one day keep their balance as well (or better) than you and I. (re: Michael Crichton)

RoboEarth Cloud Engine Makes Local Bots Smarter
' 'Yes, sir, said Henry, and assumed the curious absent look of a robot talking on the TBR [Talk Between Robots] circuits...'- Frederik Pohl, 1954. (re: Frederik Pohl)

RoboBee Swarm Replaces Pollinating Insects?
'With a buzz that any uninformed person would have mistaken for that of a beetle, it started out on its journey.'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1936. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

The Atacama Large Millimeter Array - And Fred Hoyle
'Scientifically it would all make a lot more sense in Chile.'- Sir Fred Hoyle, 1973. (re: Fred Hoyle)

Students! NASA's Space Radiation Challenge Is On
'The rocket-water tanks - all around us... that saved us?'- John W. Campbell, 1936. (re: John W. Campbell)

Space Food, Canadian Style
'The Oort cloud was made up of millions of megaton-sized servings of chow.'- Frederik Pohl, 1980. (re: Frederik Pohl)

Neurological Engineering - Creating Silicon Substrates For Brain Replacement
"They all seemed to have carbon sockets planted behind the left ear..."- William Gibson, 1984. (re: William Gibson)

Durable Medical Sensors Printed Onto Skin
'...she has had a subdermal pattern of micro-channels implanted.'- Paul Di Filippo, 1985. (re: Paul Di Filippo)

Can Sirtuins Block The Aging Process?
'...some rare ones actually grow younger when they take the series.'- Roger Zelazny, 1966. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Looking For Local Extraterrestrials
'...one day the Face of God awoke... He opened His single Eye.'- Niven and Pournelle, 1974. (re: Niven and Pournelle)

SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Lands On Its Tail
Landing on their tailfins is how rockets were meant to fly. (re: Various)

MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Easier Than Real Cheetah
Different from Boston Dynamics' robot! 'The legs are long, curled way up to deliver power, like a cheetah's.'- Neal Stephenson, 1992. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Wireless Brain-Computer Interface
'I used my implant to tell MILLIE [a mainframe computer] what we wanted and she took care of it," Art said.'- Pournelle and Niven, 1981. (re: Pournelle & Niven)

New SimCity On Global Rollout
'... you gave him a whole civilization to rule and have dominion over forever?'- Stanislaw Lem, 1965. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

Married Couples! Want To Go To Mars?
'...someone who was willing to look up for him the names of single female volunteers who might (with him) complete a crew...'- Robert Heinlein, 1961. (re: Robert Heinlein)

BMW Plans Fully Autonomous Cars By 2025
'She woke just before the signal from the car which would have called her... '- Robert Heinlein, 1941. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Rats Communicate Brain-to-Brain
'Very useful gadget, but you can communicate with a computer about as well with a good briefcase console.'- Pournelle and Niven, 1981. (re: Pournelle & Niven)

Space-Based Solar Power May Yet Happen
'Immediately beneath it hung the photosynthesis stations and the machinery for generating power from solar radiation.'- Olaf Stapledon 1937. (re: Olaf Stapledon)

MYO Armband Provides Control For Your Phone, UAV
'Sensitive actuators touch the tendons in your right wrist.'- Harry Harrison, 1960. (re: Harry Harrison)

Robotic Bat Wing
'...they stirred, almost simultaneously, as if shaken by a sudden breeze. They began to flex their wings.'- Roger Zelazny, 1980. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Pneupard Feline Pneumatic Quadruped Robot
'The legs are long, curled way up to deliver power, like a cheetah's.'- (re: William Gibson)

India Opts For Nationwide Iris Scanning
'The road you're on, John Anderton, is the one less traveled...'- Steven Spielberg, 2002. (re: Steven Spielberg)

Robotic Rat Bully Aids Depression Research
'...they called it an Aggressive Menace, but by then it was too late.'- Harlan Ellison, 1967. (re: Harlan Ellison)

Systemic Computer Is Self-Repairing
'More complex... Much superior. I was left here by the Old Ones.'- Gene Roddenberry, 1966. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

IfIHadGlass - I'd Make PKD's Cephscope
'in Bob Arctor's living room his thousand dollar custom-quality cephscope crafted by Altec...'- Philip K. Dick, 1977. (re: Philip K. Dick)

China's PLA Unit 61398 Working On Kuang Grade Mark Eleven Penetration Program
'When Kuang's good and bellytight with the Tessier-Ashpool core, we're ridin' that through...'- William Gibson, 1984. (re: William Gibson)

Male Moths Cruise For Girls In Robotic Vehicle
'Someone had put them on mobile platforms, the skrodes.'- Vernor Vinge, 1992. (re: Vernor Vinge)

American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Robots
'Mankind treats us like machines... then melts us for scrap. There must be an end to this.'- Harry Harrison, 1959. (re: Harry Harrison)

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

Could You Kill A Robot With Human Characteristics?
'My mind is going... I can feel it...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

EU Parliament Requires Electric Cars To Make Noise
'...a sound tape to supply the noise of a soi-disant "[internal combustion]" engine...'- Robert Heinlein, 1985. (re: Robert Heinlein)

ISS Smart SPHERES Operated By Remote Control From Earth
'Hocus-pocus religions and archaic weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side.'- George Lucas, 1976. (re: George Lucas)

Laser-Armed Robots To Do Weed Control
"Got yourself a runaway pest controller.' ... 'Any armament?'- Michael Crichton, 1985. (re: Michael Crichton)

Cuddlebot Knows 9 Touch Gestures
'She could feel just the slightest vibration from its motor.'- Brian Aldiss, 1969. (re: Brian Aldiss)

Will Google Glass Use Bone Conduction
'Sound vibrations transmitted directly to the osseous tissue of the body.'- Hugo Gernsback, 1924. (re: Hugo Gernsback)

Black Hornet Nano UAV Used By British Troops
'The Scarab paused on its perch for a moment...'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1936. (re: Raymond Z Gallun)

One Terabyte Thumbdrive - DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0
'The Schrön loop was tiny, no larger than my thumbnail, and very expensive.'- Dan Simmons, 1989. (re: Dan Simmons)

Very Large Structure - A Megamachine
'Soon the city was lumbering in hot pursuit, a moving mountain of metal which rose in seven tiers like layers of a wedding cake...'- Philip Reeves, 2003 (re: Philip Reeve)

Project Your Personality In Photos
'...portraiture reproduced through a shigawire projector that is ... said to convey the ego essence.'- Frank Herbert, 1965. (re: Frank Herbert)

Don't Miss The Planetary Show!
'...the human race was fortunate to have seen such a wonder; it could exist for only a brief moment of time.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

DNA Data Storage Is Robust, Scalable
What knowledge would we seek to pass down the ages, encoded in life's DNA? (re: Barbara Hambly)

Robotic Dog, Cat For Cornell Sim-Based Veterinarian Hospital
'... the fakes are beginning to be darn near real, what with those disease circuits they're building into the new ones.'- Philip K. Dick, 1968. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Deep Space Industries To Mine Asteroids
'...in a few minutes a hole had been dug in the comparatively light soil of the asteroid.'- Garrett P. Serviss, 1898. (re: Garrett P. Serviss)

Anti-Drone Hoodies And Burqas Counter Surveillance
No, this isn't the citizen you're looking for. (re: Various)

Telescopes With Liquid Mirrors Go Mainstream
'The bowl contained mercury. As the container spun on its perfectly balanced axis, centrifugal force caused the mercury to spread...'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1934. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Human 'Quadruple Helix' DNA
'Their genetic structure, based on the quadruple sterated octohelix...'- Douglas Adams, 1978. (re: Douglas Adams)

Hybrid Memory Cube Is Speedy And Compact
'One Welton fine-grain memory cube would record all I could say over the next ten years...'- Robert Heinlein, 1973. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Grace, MSU's Energy-Efficient Robofish
'The Mitsubishi turbot wriggled, as if alive.'- Michael Swanwick, 2002. (re: Michael Swanwick)

Superomniphobic Fabrics Are Super Clean
'Most gentlemen's and ladies' gloves nowadays were constructed of infinitesimal fabricules that knew how to eject dirt...'- Neal Stephenson, 1995 (re: Neal Stephenson)

Filabot Turns Dull Plastic Junk To 3D Printed Shiny
'Whenever Nell's clothes got too small for her, Harv would pitch them into the deke bin and then have the M.C. make new ones.'-Neal Stephenson, 1995. (re: Neal Stephenson)

DARPA's Upward Falling Payload Like Leinster's Wabbler
'The Wabbler plunged into the water... It dived swiftly... slowly, it settled downward.'- Murray Leinster, 1942. (re: Murray Leinster)

Precursor To Life Found In Space Cloud
'By and large, one only expects intelligent life to exist in a diffuse gaseous medium...'- Fred Hoyle, 1957. (re: Fred Hoyle)

First Bookless Public Library?
'No longer was it possible to browse among shelves, to weigh volumes in hand, to feel their heft, the promise of ponderous reading.'- Stanislaw Lem, 1961. (re: Stanislaw Lem)

Sorry, No Death Star - Obama Administration
''But it's too big to be a space station,' Solo objected.'- George Lucas, 1976. (But don't forget Doc Smith, scientifiction fans!) (re: George Lucas)

ARED Keeps ISS Astronauts Fit
'Joe got out the gravity-simulator harnesses... set for full Earth-gravity simulation.'- Murray Leinster, 1953. (re: Murray Leinster)

'STANDUP' Computer Comedian
'The potentiometers indicated the machine's lyrical capacitance was charged to the maximum...'- Stanislaw Lem, 1965 (re: Stanislaw Lem)

Uploading Minds For Interstellar Travel
'I want him to get her whole life printed...'- Cordwainer Smith, 1962. (re: Cordwainer Smith)

Asteroid To Orbit Moon?
'[Asteroid] Eighty-eight received a series of gentle pats, always on the side headed along her course.' - Robert Heinlein, 1939 (re: Robert Heinlein)

E-Book Reading Up - Print Book Reading Down
'You press this button here you see and the screen lights up giving you the index.'- Douglas Adams, 1979. (re: Douglas Adams)

'Neuristor' Acts Like Your Brain's Neurons
'He had constructed an organ, a brain, of metal, entirely inorganic and lifeless, yet whose atomic structure he claimed was analogous to the atomic structure of a living brain.'- Edmond Hamilton, 1926. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Can't Wait For My Robot Dragonfly!
'It studied its surroundings, transmitting to its manipulator... all that it heard through its ear microphones and saw with its minute vision tubes.' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1936. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Below Absolute Zero? Gas Is Negative-Kelvin Material
'From absolute zero, just where can the temperature drop to?'- Alan E. Nourse, 1951. (re: Alan E. Nourse)

Army Wants Black Blacker Than Black
'Well, we have a black coating now that’s ninety-nine percent absorptive...'- Doc Smith, 1940. (re: Doc Smith)

Santa's Robotic Workshop
'a miniature sleigh, with eight tiny robotic reindeer...' (re: Various)

3D Printing Is Here - Pay For The Printer!
'On the concrete platform, in front of the dying Biltong, lay a heap of originals to be duplicated.'- Philip K. Dick, 1955. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Father And Daughter Have Telepathic Talk
'We will add your biological and technological distictiveness to our own...'- The Borg, 1988 (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Swarms Of Ping Pong Ball-sized Robots
Sergeant Major Zero and Zeroid 18 salute you! (re: Various)

Robot Fabrication In Architecture RobArch 2012
Robots will build the future -starting with the buildings. (re: Michael Crichton)

iTube Platform Lets You Test Your Food
and the unobtrusive inspections with tiny remote-cast snoopers...- Frank Herbert, 1965. (re: Frank Herbert)

Custom Cartilage Via 3D Printer
Bespoke body parts? Print what you need. (re: Larry Niven)

LCD-based Smart Contact Lens Display
'You've got DreamTime technology in contact lenses? That's not available to the public!'- Niven and Barnes, 1992. (re: Niven and Barnes)

Supercut Helmet Oddity Space Helmet Mashup
'He took the glass-fronted space helmet...'- Manly Wade Wellman, 1931. (re: Manly Wade Wellman)

Nano Retina Retinal Implant
'Have a retinal vid-screen installed in your least-used eye...'- Philip K. Dick, 1954. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Deceptive Robots Learn Lying From Squirrels
'HAL was told to lie - by people who find it easy to lie.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Pepper The Parrot's Bird Buggy
'Someone had put them on mobile platforms, the skrodes.'- Vernor Vinge, 1992. (re: Vernor Vinge)

Sean Jean 'Fashion Video Name Tag' Fleece
Why not a display to go with your sleeve communicator? Murray Leinster would have been down with it. (re: Murray Leinster)

Fresh Veggies, Fresh Air For Mars
'What better purifying machine is there than a plot of grass?'- George O. Smith, 1942. (re: George O. Smith)

Thumb Kiss On Pair App For iPhone
'What he got was indeed a kiss. It was disconcerting. No kissing lips were visible...'- Frederik Pohl, 1965. (re: Frederik Pohl)

Nanotech Electronic Nose Sniffs Explosives Like Dogs
'It's picking up diphenyl compounds and tetrahydrocarbons...'- Michael Crichton, 1985. (re: Michael Crichton)

EASE Surveillance Robot Hovering Near You
'In the hotel room. When that robot tracking device entered and made for him...'- Philip K. Dick, 1960. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Scanadu Smartphone-Based Tricorder
Fans of Dr. McCoy, your time is coming. Soon. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

SABRE Orbital Jet Engine Breakthrough
'They were more airplane than spaceship...'- Robert Heinlein, 1951. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Kuratas Battle Mech Just $1.2M
Yes, you can even order it with a cupholder! (re: Yoshiyuki Tomino)

Military Fabric Like A Smart Second Skin
Now, your dress whites and your NBC suit can be the same outfit. (re: Isaac Asimov)

3D Printer Runs On Moon Dust
Fifties SF leaves engineers in the dust again. (re: John W. Campbell)

Body Scanner May Improve Online Shopping
'...the tailor pulled out a number of slotted arms terminating in little discs...'- H.G. Wells, 1899. (re: HG Wells)

SynergyNet Multi-Touch Classroom
'Ender doodled on his desk, drawing contour maps... then telling his desk to display them in three dimensions from every angle...'- Orson Scott Card, 1985. (re: Orson Scott Card)

Arafat Poisoned With Polonium?
'"This man was poisoned with a super-powerful radium salt," Rab Crane declared...'- Edmond Hamilton, 1938. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Neuroprosthetic Projects Words Directly Onto Retina
'...soon we'll be testing a system that projects directly on the retina of the eye...' - Pohl/Kornbluth, 1952. (re: Pohl/Kornbluth)

CAPIO Exoskeleton Controls AILA Robot
'Waldo flexed and extended his fingers gently; the... waldoes... followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.'- Robert Heinlein, 1942. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Mr. Bradbury, Your TV Parlor (Reality Deck) Is Ready
'But who has ever torn himself from the claw that encloses you when you drop a seed in a TV parlor?'- Ray Bradbury, 1953. (re: Ray Bradbury)

Tiny Bio-Bots Take Big Steps Forward
'If the biological robots were not living creatures, they were certainly very good imitations.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1972. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Bond's New Smart Gun In Skyfall
Didn't Judge Dredd have these in the 1970's? (re: Various)

LADEE To Investigate Levitating Lunar Dust
'And what, dear student, happens to particles carrying like electrical charges?'- Hal Clement, 1956. (re: Hal Clement)

Can Patients In A Vegetative State Communicate?
'...automatically he ... listened at the proper frequency for indication of cephalic activity.'- Philip K. Dick, 1969 (re: Philip K. Dick)

A Rogue Planet - Right In Our Neighborhood
An interstellar world, nomad planet, free-floating planet or orphan planet. (re: Balmer and Wylie)

GestIC Gesture Recognition Controller Uses Electrical Fields
'...now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope.'- Douglas Adams, 1979. (re: Douglas Adams)

World's First 3D Printing 'Photo Booth'
'On the counter-top appeared a three-dimensional replica of Farr.'- Jack Vance, 1954. (re: Jack Vance)

Transparent Solar Cell Film Has Clear Advantages
'It turns sunlight into electricity... you spray it on.'- Larry Niven, 1995. (re: Larry Niven)

Tesla Model S Declared Car Of The Year By Motor Trend
'They can therefore roam over the roads of the entire hemisphere [combining] the sensations of coasting with the interest of seeing the country well.'- John Jacob Astor IV, 1894. (re: John Jacob Astor IV)

Merchants Get Face-Recognition Via The Cloud
'The road you're on, John Anderton, is the one less traveled...'- Steven Spielberg, 2002. (re: Steven Spielberg)

E-Skin For Robots - And Maybe You
'a creature which could be given the reflexes of an adrenalized cat...' - Roger Zelazny, 1966. (re: Robotics)

Outdoor Testing For Self-Healing Concrete
'I noticed that curious mottled knots were forming, indicating where the room had been strained and healed faultily.'- J.G. Ballard, 1962. (re: J.G. Ballard)

Valerians, Your Heavy Gravity Planet Has Been Found
'...of extraordinary size, strength, and agility because of the enormous gravitation of the planet Valeria'- EE 'Doc' Smith, 1938. (re: EE 'Doc' Smith)

Microsoft Demos Spoken English To Chinese 'Universal Translator'
Researchers at Microsoft Research and the University of Toronto made a breakthrough using a technique called Deep Neural Networks. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Arthur C. Clarke Describes PC, Internet - In 1974
A remarkable statement about the future. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Neil deGrasse Tyson Finds Krypton! (Video)
Tyson, Superman, Krypton, Action Comics - what's not to like? (re: Various)

No Online Voting Yet (How long Did You Wait In Line?)
'...every veephone on the continent would display, over and over, two propositions'- John Brunner, 1975. (re: John Brunner)

bebionic3 Myoelectric Robotic Hand
'At the moment Eldritch made use of the five-finger humanoid manual extremity...'- Philip K. Dick, 1965. (re: Philip K. Dick)

CIROS Robot Makes Your Salad
'Half your time in cooking is wasted reaching around for what you need next.'- Anthony Boucher, 1943. (re: Anthony Boucher)

How To 'Level Up' In Psychotherapy
'THE TIERSIAN THERAPY patients form a small and elite volunteer group...'- Philip Jose Farmer, 1991. (re: Philip Jose Farmer)

Computerized Surveillance Devices Open Their Eyes
'How often... the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.'- George Orwell, 1948. (re: George Orwell)

Ethiopian Children Learn From Diamond Age Primers
'The book spoke in a lovely contralto, with an accent like the very finest Vickys.'- Neal Stephenson, 1995. (re: Neal Stephenson)

Human Teaches Robot Ping Pong, Then Challenges It
'... it was about the size of a rollerskate and it seemed to be considering what to do next.'- Stephen Barr, 1960. (re: Stephen Barr)

Machine-Generated Fiction In Fiction
'Every one knew how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences...'- Jonathan Swift, 1726 (re: Jonathan Swift)

Hopping Robot Stutter-Jumping Saves Power
'Hoppers are probably the most grotesque forms of transportation ever invented.'- Isaac Asimov, 1954. (re: Isaac Asimov)

SF Unleashes Your Inner Asimov, Reading Or Writing
Were you inspired by science fiction to create something? (re: )

Spraytect Self-Defense iPhone Case
'... the joymaker in his hand hissed and sprayed him with something...'-Frederik Pohl, 1965 (re: Frederik Pohl)

LG 84-inch Ultra HD TV
'But who has ever torn himself from the claw that encloses you when you drop a seed in a TV parlor?'- Ray Bradbury, 1953 (re: Ray Bradbury)

RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge Is ON!
'...one tanker rolled on the peculiar flex-wheels which had proved one of the best all-purpose ways of getting around on the Moon.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1968 (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Pet-Proto Robot Video Stops Bad Terminator Dreams
Not quite relentless pursuit. (re: Frederic Pohl)

Europe's Cheops To Look For Habitable Planets
'I was near enough it now to set my automatic astronomical instruments to searching it for a habitable planet.'- Edmond Hamilton, 1936. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

MIT's New Super Slippery Surface
'The water flowed off those walls without binding tension...' - Frank Herbert, 1965. (re: Frank Herbert)

The Plastic Eaters - Amazon Fungus Lives On Plastic
'the smell of the rotting plastic began to hang permanently in the air...'- Davis/Pedlar, 1971 (re: Michael Crichton)

The Ultimate Wrist Watch Pip-Boy-style
'Mark brushed back ... his upper garment and pressed several buttons on the wide bracelet he wore upon his left wrist... '- Roger Zelazny, 1980. (re: Roger Zelazny)

Boy Banned From School For Bad Genes
'... the Alphas and Betas remained until definitely bottled...'- Aldous Huxley, 1932. (re: Andrew Niccol)

Private Space Flight At 'Inflection Point'
'The travelers could therefore quit their prison at pleasure, as soon as they should reach the moon.'- Jules Verne, 1867. (re: Jules Verne)

Seeing the High Energy Sky
Dramatic videos show how ESA's Integral helps us see the universe in a whole new light. (re: Various)

Measuring Awareness In Comatose Patients
'...he pressed a portable protophason amplifier ... tuned it, listened at the proper frequency for indication of cephalic activity.'-Philip K. Dick, 1969. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Lettuce-Bot Weed-Killing Robot Funded
A new alternative to labor-intensive farming techniques. (re: Michael Crichton)

Could Young Blood Stop Alzheimer's?
'...the blood gets so clogged with the poisons that the scavenging process doesn’t take place properly.'- Robert Heinlein, 1941. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Global Crowd Intelligence Needs Your Help
'... while nobody knows what's going on around here, everybody knows what's going on around here.'- John Brunner, 1975. (re: John Brunner)

Tony Stark's Transparent Phone Possible With Graphene?
A nearly unbreakable smartphone - based on graphene. (re: Various)

NASA's X1 Robotic Exoskeleton For Astronauts
'Earth's scientists solved the problem to some extent by devising rigid metallic clothing...'- Edmond Hamilton, 1932. (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Red Bull Stratos' Freefall From 24 Miles High
'He gasped as the air rushed out into near-vacuum...'- EE 'Doc' Smith, 1934. (re: EE 'Doc' Smith)

3D Printing: The End Of Global Supply Chains?
'Nanofax AG offers a technology that digitally reproduces objects, physically, at a distance.'- William Gibson, 1999. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Calligraphy Robot Preserves An Ancient Skill
'...the two pairs of waldoes in the screen followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.'- Robert Heinlein, 1942 (re: Robert Heinlein)

Who First Suggested Terraforming Venus First?
'In five hundred years, all of Venus might be paradise.'- Poul Anderson, 1955. (re: Poul Anderson)

SpaceX Dragon First Private Craft To Dock With ISS
'Why, the ship wasn't a proper deep-space craft at all.'- Robert Heinlein, 1941. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Smart Bra From First Warning Systems
'...a delicate current is sent ... to an amplifier and a certain sound is made, and the nurse will properly react...'- David H. Keller, 1928. (re: David H. Keller)

'See-Through Prius' Demoed in Japan
You'll think you're driving a glass car! (re: Robert Heinlein)

'Edgy' Grip User Interface For Smartphones
'The congressman took out his pocket computer, nudged the milled edges twice, looked at its face...'- Isaac Asimov, 1958. (re: Isaac Asimov)

The Most Complex Synthetic Biology Circuit
'The earliest biologic strings had been inserted into E. coli bacteria as circular plasmids...'- Greg Bear, 1984. (re: Greg Bear)

Detroit's Urban Agriculture Ordinance
'The survivors tore up the metal plating and sold it... for seed and cattle.'-Isaac Asimov, 1951. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Space Debris Cleanup - Use Harpoons Or Gas Clouds?
'...satellites of all shapes and sizes... had been accumulating in Earth orbit... Now it had to be located, and somehow disposed of.'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

Do Swiss Roboticists Dream Of Electric Sheep?
'He ascended … to the covered pasture whereon his electric sheep grazed.'- Philip K. Dick, 1968. (re: Philip K. Dick)

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