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Starship Congress: A Very Human Interstellar Journey

It can be hard to justify the need to explore interstellar space, but on Aug. 15-18 nearly 200 interstellar scientists, engineers, astronomers, historians, economists, architects, artists, anthropologists and enthusiasts descended on Dallas, Texas, for the first Starship Congress, a meeting organized by the non-profit organization Icarus Interstellar, to explore the possibility. Read more…

Mystery Particle To Make Devices Even Tinier

A strange, newly discovered particle could shrink a laptop computer’s hard drive to the size of a peanut and an iPod’s drive to the size of a rice grain. Read more

3-D Printed Pizza to Feed Mars Colonists?

Well, the prototype 3-D pizza printer won’t actually feed the colonists — nice idea though — but the technique to print food has attracted a $125,000 NASA grant for a mechanical engineer to further develop his idea. Could it feed astronauts and the future Earth? Possibly.

Mist Screen Acts Like Touchable Hologram

A touchscreen made of vaporized air may not be the most practical innovation, but it sure is fun. The $10,000 display is from Russia-based Displair and it’s giving attendees to the conference a hint at what holographic displays of the future might look and feel like. Read more…

The future is here!! “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Youre my only hope." Come on, you were thinking the same thing, right? Right?

myampgoesto11:

Vincent Fournier’s photo journalistic series ‘The Man Machine’ explores developing robotic technology from around the world. Click the photos for more information. 

(also check out ‘Space Project’ posted earlier this week)

will there soon be a time when robots walk the streets just like us? it seems odd to me that it might soon be normal.

Dyson Spheres: The Ultimate Energy Shell Game

The world’s exponential population growth will soon need to flatten out otherwise within a few hundred years every square foot of the Earth’s surface will be taken up by a human. Energy usage has also grown exponentially.
One solution is to build a sphere around a star to capture energy. Called a Dyson Sphere, it would provide a virtually infinite living space 600 million times larger than the surface area of the Earth.
It would also trap almost all of the sun’s energy output — 400 trillion trillion watts!

let’s build it

According to a recent CNN report, project organizers hope that the space “will become an eco-tourist destination showcasing sustainable practices and plants from across the globe.”

thescienceofreality:

Singapore’s Supertree-Powered Gardens By the Bay.

One of the largest horticultural attractions in the world, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, opens to the public Friday, June 29, 2012 offering a unique fusion of nature and technology.

Since we last reported on the project’s most distinctive element — 18 giant solar-powered, plant-growing “Supertrees” — UK-based landscape architects Grant Associates have released some stunning photos of the £500 million complex.”

Read more here and here.

Photo Credit: Photos 1-3: © Craig Sheppard / Grant Associates. Photo 4: © Robert Such / Grant Associates. Photo 5: Jackerbie/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Photo 6: © Munshi Ahmed.

Dude, those fireman look like they came out of the pages of “The Wizard of Oz” and the Whale Bus (while really interesting) would be rather cruel for the whale.

treehugger:

What will the world look like in the year 2000? In 1900, French artists were asked to draw their predictions for the future and they are fantastic! From flying firemen to electric trains, the predictions cover a wide range of good and not-so-good technology. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Whale Bus

See our 16 favorite here: The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be!

Immortality for Humans by 2045

A Russian mogul wants to achieve cybernetic immortality for humans within the next 33 years. He’s pulled together a team intent on creating fully functional holographic human avatars that house our artificial brains.

The project’s ultimate goal is to save people from suffering and death. But just how likely is it that this project will succeed?

It seems to me the question should be, “Would you even want to do this?”

Do you want to know more…?