Friday Futures: black holes prove Einstein, exoplanets, Eurythmics

Image credit: Event Horizon Telescope

Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: the black hole and Einstein; exoplanets and new life; computer generated bacteria; AR and climate change; super fungus.

Image of black hole proves Einstein right

The image they shared is inspiring for another reason as well: it confirms what scientists predicted a black hole would look like based on Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity. Read more…

Is life evolving on exoplanets as we speak?

How could life survive such a bombardment? Cornell University astronomers say that life already has survived this kind of fierce radiation, and they have proof: you. Read more…

Now we can make computer generated bacteria

From tumours come cancer vaccines

The treatment starts with the injection of two immune stimulants directly into a tumor. The first stimulant recruits immune cells called dendritic cells, while the second activates the dendritic cells, prompting them to instruct the immune system’s T cells to kill cancer cells while leaving non-cancer cells unharmed. Read more…

AR makes people really understand climate change

Not enough people care enough about climate change. It’s too remote, too removed from everyday life. Even those who acknowledge its enormity often don’t see what it has to do with them personally. Read more…

Brain cells keep growing when you’re old (phew!)

Super fungus and the beginnings of a global epidemic

Now one such fungus is cropping up in hospitals all across the globe and killing half the people who contract it within 90 days, according to an alarming story by The New York Times — raising concerns about a new global epidemic. Read more…

And Donald Trump sings Eurythmics (well, nearly)

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by John C. Tanner)

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