Scientists have turned geriatric mice into college age mice by taking chemicals key to the aging process called NADDs, and bringing them down to 20-something levels. Now of course there's plenty of ways you can use this little tidbit in a story about human immortality, but what if the process were used on us and human NADDs were used to sustain the immortality of another creature, like our alien overlords that look suspiciously like rodents?
David Carrier, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Utah, has been making controversies with his theory that human hands might have evolved to be used as
In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology it was found that while an open palm strike can achieve as much force as a punch, a clenched fist can focus the force into a smaller area. Additionally, a clenched fist reduces the risk of injury to the delicate fingers. The shape of the human hand, in contrast to the hands of other apes, allows for such a unique configuration.
The study has been challenged and raises questions about form versus function (did the hands evolve to be used as a club or was that just a secondary result?).
Are human beings natural born killers? Are we killer
We are greater and smaller than the sum of our parts and our parts are projected from a lower dimension. Now, it's more complicated than it sounds, taking multiple mathematics and string theory dream teams to solve, but there it is. The next question is what does that mean to your world, the one you're creating, and the one your living?
The usage of unmanned “drone” aerial vehicles greatly increased in the years following the invasion of Iraq. In 2008 the number of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, outnumbered the number of manned aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a slightly different application in mind, air
package delivery. Bezos predicts that his vision will become reality in “four or five years,” with most of the delay resulting from issues of legality (I.e. FAA regulations).
Science fiction writers are often accused of being horrible futurists.
When envisioning the future it may pay off to research recent and upcoming trends. This news opens up all kinds of question about drone usage.
Drone pizza delivery? Chinese? What if a drone crashes and kills someone? What if it needs maintenance? Will future sidewalks be thronged by drone repair techs? Will truck drivers have to look for a new job soon?
For most of us, a bug is just a bug. Even those six-legged enthusiasts who know the difference between a Lepidoptera and a Hymenoptera will have a hard time distinguishing between two actual individual insects.
A team of scientists discovered that wasps within Polistes fuscatus not only recognized the faces of their nest-mates, but even reacted with aggression when the faces of individual wasps were “experimentally changed” (with tiny brushes and paint).
The study brings up all kinds of interesting questions about the nature of facial recognition and how it relates to social dynamics. Programmers are already hoping to capitalize on lessons learned for the next generation of facial recognition software.
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What do babies and camels have in common? Saliva. Except ours is some potent stuff. It's called opiorphin, it's a pain killer six times more powerful than morphine, and it's in our mouths. Now put it into your story. You could create a brand new breed of succubus.
It's awful. It's horrific, it's stunning. Animals fall into this Tanzanian lake and die. Then after the lake flash- mummifies them, Nick Brandt rearranges the calcified remains into something gorgeous. Most opportunistic taxidermist ever? Or dark genius? Either way, the results belong in a story. Maybe yours.
The fates concoct grand schemes of retribution and bottle them to sate man's irrational consumption. This product is commonly known as a curse. Most don't people consider themselves to worldly to believe in curses. That is, until they're hit with one. Here are 6 of the most ruthless and heavily documented curses in recent history.
Speculative Fact #140: Be It Ever So Humble, There's No Place Like My Evil Self-Sustaining Fortress of Solitude!
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