Friday Futures: building 3D hearts in space, phones getting weird

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of  The Future from around the web. This week: building 3D hearts in space; weird phones are coming; personalized medicine; 3D rockets to launch; poop could trap CO2 and an old $8 million computer.

Doctors are thinking of building 3D hearts in space

Several doctors have tried to 3D print organs in the lab, with mixed results — organs with complex internal structures, like hearts and lungs, tend to collapse under their own weight. Read more…

Is 2019 the year when phones get weird?

This week Chinese smartphone-maker Vivo released a video calling out one of the brand’s signature innovations from 2018: a pop-up camera that extends from the top of the phone’s metal frame and eliminates the need for a cut-out notch in the display. Read more…

Gene editing – the route to personalized medicine?

Life on earth started with the moon collision event

Petrologists now conclude Earth most likely received the bulk of its carbon, nitrogen and other life-essential volatile elements from a collision with a Mars-sized planet more than 4.4 billion years ago. Read more…

Poop! Maybe we can get waste water to trap CO2

I bet you haven’t stopped to think about how the simple act of pooping is also part of the problem: Worldwide, wastewater treatment facilities account for 3 percent of electricity consumption and contribute 1.6 percent of emissions. Read more…

Here’s how we see color


Permission granted to launch 3D rockets from Cape Canaveral

A three-year-old startup is trying to launch rockets into space that are almost entirely 3D printed. And it just got permission from the U.S. Air Force to launch from the historic Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Read more…

Innovation Group: Key Trends from CES

“It’s a truth that any brand today increasingly needs to think of themselves as a tech company,” said Adam Gerhart, CEO of Mindshare US, at a closed-door talk about the future of media. Read more…

A trip down memory lane – some really old computers

By today’s standards, the Univac I was a clunky behemoth of a machine. It filled an entire room, weighed as much as four cars, and had an adjusted-for-inflation cost of around $8 million. Read more…

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