Friday Futures: apply here to go to the moon, lasers to Mars

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: apply to go to the moon; information on UFOs; viruses inside you; electricity from water; sound and light for lightning fast communications; printing skin and going to Mars with lasers.

You can apply to go to the moon here – really

NASA is officially accepting applications for astronauts to travel to the Moon as part of its Artemis mission. You can send in your own application, if you think you have what it takes, between March 2 and 31. Read more…

Survey results: do you want Government info on UFOs?

The UFO’s are back in action! At least in the online space. The UK’s decision to makes its classified files on UFO’s public is sure to set tongues wagging amongst UFO enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists in America. Read more…

Here are some good viruses that live inside you

The City University of Hong Kong researchers behind the device, which they’re calling a droplet-based electricity generator (DEG), say that a single rain droplet can briefly generate 140 volts. Read more…

Buildings can be sinks for CO2 – with the right materials

A material revolution replacing cement and steel in urban construction by wood can have double benefits for climate stabilization. First, it can avoid greenhouse gas emissions from cement and steel production. Read more…

Quantum computers or cryptographers flight the information wars

Sound and light will give you lightning fast data transfer

Researchers have made a breakthrough in the control of terahertz quantum cascade lasers, which could lead to the transmission of data at the rate of 100 gigabits per second — around one thousand times quicker than a fast Ethernet operating at 100 megabits a second. Read more…

Mars Rover will sport a very powerful laser

The Mars 2020 rover, which NASA will be launching in July, is packing serious heat. Part of the rover’s mission is to search for fossils or other evidence that Mars once hosted life — and NASA decided that the best way to do that is to use a laser so strong it can vaporize rocks. Read more…

Soon you will be able to print skin

“The analogy is a duct tape dispenser,” researcher Axel Günther told Smithsonian Magazine at the time, “where instead of a roll of tape you have a microdevice that squishes out a piece of tissue tape.” Read more…

Here’s how they got those close up pictures of the sun

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos) 

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