Friday Futures: the future of flight, the end of civilisation

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: the future of flight is V shaped; Star Wars ships are big; light and medicine; the end of civilisation is close; futuristic architecture.

The future of flight might be V shaped

Airlines are testing all sorts of ways to make planes less of a drag on the environment. Virgin Atlantic recently used recycled waste to power a commercial flight, while Boeing and JetBlue have backed an effort to create hybrid electric planes. Read more…

Here’s how big Star Wars ships really are

Human civilisation will collapse by 2050 – Ooops

The analysis concludes that climate change is “a current and existential national security risk” that “threatens the premature extinction of Earth-originating intelligent life or the permanent and drastic destruction of its potential for desirable future development.” Read more…

How light is changing modern medicine

Why is the sun hotter on the outside?

It’s one of the greatest and longest-running mysteries surrounding, quite literally, our sun — why is its outer atmosphere hotter than its fiery surface? Read more…

Soon – A Tesla with SpaceX thrusters!

In an interview on the Ride the Lightning podcast this weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed new details about the electric car company’s long-awaited Roadster. He claimed that the “SpaceX package” — essentially strapping rocket engine thrusters to the car to make it go really, really fast — could give the Roadster a staggering three Gs of thrust. Read more…

They’ve been watching exploding stars – a lot of them

By combining one of the world’s most powerful digital cameras and a telescope capable of capturing a wider shot of the night sky compared to other big telescopes, a team of researchers from Japan have been able to identify about 1800 new supernovae, including 58 Type Ia supernovae 8 billion light years away, reports a new study released online on 30 May. Read more…

The Lego house and other architectural forms of the future

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos)

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