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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)

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: Philip K. Dick)

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: Douglas Adams)

'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)

See People Through Walls
You (and your imaginative proxies, sf writers) have been trying to see through walls for a long time. (re: John W. Campbell)

Artificial Muscles Made From Carbon Nanotube Yarn
This research could lead to miniaturized electric motors, compressors, and turbines. (re: Martin Caidin)

Flex, The First Portable VeinViewer
Michael Crichton actually thought of this idea forty years ago. (re: Michael Crichton)

Use Steganography by Printed Arrays of Microbes For Secret Messages!
Secret writing always fascinated me; modern biology offers improvements. (re: Paul McEuen)

Automated Biology Explorer (ABE), Robot Scientist
Remarkable strides taken in the autonomous exploration of nature. (re: John M. Faucette)

Raytheon Sarcos Exoskeletonized Ditch Witch
Now I can really take on those backyard chores. (re: Robert Heinlein)

SMELL-IT 'Surround Sound' For The Nose
Smell-o-Vision! One day, we'll breathe deeply of our favorite movie or game. (re: Aldous Huxley)

FAST Program AIs Search For Human 'Malintent'
Passive biometric information gathering, also known as covert sampling, is on the rise. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Space Habitat Has Inflatable Loft
Tested in a pretty good substitute for Mars, the moon and even asteroids, found right here in the USA. (re: Arthur C. Clarke)

10 Exotic Human-Energy Harvesting Devices And Technologies
Presented all on one page! and yet, profusely illustrated. (re: Frank Herbert)

Generate Elecricity From Breathing With Microbelt PVDF Device
Unique method of harvesting energy from low speed airflows will have many applications. (re: Frank Herbert)

How Smart Is Siri?
Another Pohl prediction comes true, right on time. (re: Frederik Pohl)

iCub Crawling Robot
iCub may seem to be taking a step backward, but it's all human development. (re: Brian Aldiss)

Panasonic Hair-Washing Robot
It's the extra fingers that make this robot worth upgrading to. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Steve Jobs was a one-of-a-kind visionary whose creations had a profound effect on my life. Rest in peace. (re: Various)

Princeton's Magic Carpet
I never thought I'd be writing a story about this one. (re: Dan Simmons)

AlphaDog Proto Stronger, Quieter Than BigDog
I'm waiting for someone at Boston Dynamics to realize that regular people would like something like this on hikes. (re: Anthony Boucher)

PETMAN Bipedal Robot Tests Your Future
Now, we need to get this robot to test consumer products - and then, to consume them. Then you and I can relax. (re: Frederik Pohl)

Blacker-Than-Black Corrugated Metamaterials
This idea also fascinates sf authors; can you think of sfnal materials that are darker than black? (re: E.E. 'Doc Smith)

Bolshoi: Largest Computer Simulation Of The Universe
'A machine able literally to contain the Universe Itself within it's innumerable memory banks.' (re: Stanislaw Lem)

Warrior Web: Superman Underwear From DARPA
With quasi-passive regenerative actuation technologies! (re: Joe Haldeman)

Drones Stick Tight, Remember Your Face
This technology makes drones smarter. (re: Jack Vance)

BOLT Bipedal Ornithopter Robot
Remarkable video shows progress in flapping wing robotic MAVs. (re: Raymond Z. Gallun)

Autom Weight Loss Robot Ready
This device can help all of us with our fitness goals. (re: Clamp)

The Garbage Mines Of Ghana
'They break down electronics with hammers and hands.' (re: David Brin)

Self-Propelled 'Microrobots' For The Blood Stream
Keep your fingers crossed, Fantastic Voyage fans. Your day will come. (re: Isaac Asimov)

LOBIN Intelligent T-Shirts
At some point, we'll all wear intelligent t-shirts. (re: Rudy Rucker)

Living Bridges Grown From Trees
Some are one hundred feet in length, and support up to fifty people at a time. (re: Jack Vance)

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