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The Most Densely Populated Place On Earth
'The population density shocked McKie...' (re: Frank Herbert)

Cadillac Super Cruise Self-Driving Car
Cadillac luxury, in an autonomous vehicle. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Real-Time 3D Electron Microscopy
Clever device lets researchers use those red/blue 3D glasses they picked up at the local theater... (re: Robert Cromie)

TeleHuman Life-Size 3D Telepresence
'... a lifesize and moving and stereoscopically perfect image, flashed across the void of space to my apparatus by means of etheric vibrations...' (re: Edmond Hamilton)

Nicotine 'Vaccine' Under Development
'You're biochemically incapable of getting off...' (re: William Gibson)

HERB Home Exploring Robot Butler
'There was the butler robot, hard at work, his copper face expressionless.' (re: Frederik Pohl)

Kinze Autonomy Project's Autonomous Tractors
Will farms become safer with robots? (re: Harry Harrison)

Robot Bird Alights On Human Hand
First successful perching on a human hand. (re: Philip E. High)

CCTV Camera Watches, Attached LCD Tells You How To Behave
'It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time.' (re: George Orwell)

Printable Liquid Solar Cells
'What's finally knocked the bottom out is this new solar electric paint.' (re: Larry Niven)

Can You Stake A Claim To An Asteroid?
'The law of filing on newly discovered asteroids was definite. Two steps were required. ' (re: Nat Schachner)

'Human Textiles' Woven From Donor Cells
First organ printing, now weaving with human cells. (re: Larry Niven)

Do You Hold Robots Morally Accountable?
How do people judge robots and their intentions? (re: Various)

Robotic Spider Weaves Its Web
Hopefully, not a tangled web. (re: Alastair Reynolds)

Robot Bartender (Or Waiter) From Carnegie Mellon
Those QR-2 robots, what will they do next? (re: Anthony Boucher)

Arkyd Spacecraft To Hunt Asteroid Platinum, Water
'This must be a golden planet—this little asteroid.' At least, that's what they are hoping. (re: Garrett P. Serviss)

sFly UAVs Swarm Together For SAR
Fascinating project from the European Union shows an autonomous 500g UAV. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Wavii Follows Your Selected News
SF writers have been fascinated with the idea of personalized news for a long time. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

BYD Qin Car Has Dashboard 'i' Robot
Don't fly your X-wing without one. (re: George Lucas)

SPARX Fantasy Game Helps With Depression
'And there in the next room by the sofa sat a familiar suitcase, that of his psychiatrist Dr. Smile.' (re: Philip K. Dick)

Tupac Hologram Performs With Snoop, Dre
'Pac's Thug Life, back from the dead. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Sonic Screwdriver From Dundee University
See the Top 11 Sonic Screwdriver Scenes! (re: Various)

Is Planetary Resources An Asteroid Mining Company?
'This must be a golden planet—this little asteroid.' (re: Garrett P. Serviss)

Cell Phones To See Through Walls
'They'd been trying to make a television set that would see through walls...' (re: Nat Schachner)

Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array
'This was really free power, easy power, plentiful power.' (re: Clifford Simak)

Danceroom Spectroscopy Nano Dance
Make music by interacting with the quantum world. (re: John Brunner)

Audi E-Sound Gives Electric Cars A Voice
I seem to recall this idea from a Heinlein novel. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Plasma Flashlight Illuminates, Kills Bacteria
This device will be a boon to the paramedics who serve in remote areas. (re: Robert J. Sawyer)

Robonaut 2 Uses American Sign Language (ASL) on ISS
Robots that communicate with gestures may have practical applications. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Does China Have An Internet Kill Switch?
You never know when you might need one. (re: John Brunner)

Camouflage To Confound Face Recognition
'The wearer of a scramble suit was Everyman and in every combination.' (re: Philip K. Dick)

Computers Powered By Harvested Environmental Energy
'...the now famous Fottengill process.' (re: Lloyd Biggle, Jr.)

BAE System 'Bullet Proof Custard' Body Armor
'The pressure suit was soft and malleable under gentle pressures, such as walking, but instantly became rigid all over when something struck it.' (re: Larry Niven)

Google's Project Glass May Augment Your Reality
How close to production is this kind of product? (re: Charles Stross)

Evacuated Tube Transport Idea Is 200 Years Old This Year!
Take a look at the financial calculations behind this idea; one-tenth the cost of high-speed rail! (re: Robert Heinlein)

MIT's Smart Pebbles Duplicate 3D Shapes
'It is made up of tiny metal particles. A remote-controlled emulsion, as it were, with uniform center.' (re: Abraham Merritt)

Open Source Tricorder
'Insufficient facts always invite danger.' - Mr. Spock (re: Gene Roddenberry)

X-Ray Pulsar 'Beacons' To Guide Spacecraft
Celestial GPS for the solar system - and beyond! (re: George O. Smith)

Flexible E-Paper Finally Coming Out!
Finally - the floppy pad! No more hard pads! (re: Neal Stephenson)

School Kids In Brazil Now Wear 'Chipped' T-shirts
'Education does not transform the world.' Surveillance does, though. (re: Murray Leinster)

Robofish - To Europa!
It's a long way to Jupiter, so those robotic fish are going to need some help. (re: Michael Swanwick)

Dawn Spacecraft On A Star Trek Mission
'Dawn’s ambitious exploration of Vesta has been going beautifully' (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Exoplanets May Reach 'Warp Speed'
More interesting theories about rogue worlds. (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Robot Cuts Hair, Sort Of
This multi-purpose robot just found a new purpose. (re: Robert Heinlein)

Dual-Laser Sensing Like Star Trek Long Range Sensors
Mr. Spock, engage long-range sensors! (re: Gene Roddenberry)

Hand-Held Robot Operates On Man's Prostate
'In his slender hands he held a surgical instrument he had invented. It was a marvel!' (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Of Course Robots Don't Need To Look Human
'Shape them so that they can best do just those things, with no parts left over.' (re: Anthony Boucher)

Designer Materials Possible With Designer Electrons
Science-fictional materials are on the way! (re: Various)

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: Gene Roddenberry)

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: Fred Hoyle)

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: Various)

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

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: Gene Roddenberry)

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)

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