Friday Futures: implants will make us telepathic, fires in space

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: neural implants will make us telepathic – Royal Society; hydrogel repairs heart attack; earth’s own heat could solve the energy problem; NASA is starting fires in space and a light tour from Chandra.

Neural implants could make us telepathic – Royal Society

We might soon be able to communicate telepathically, thanks to brain-computer interfaces. At least, that’s the gist of a new report about neural implant technology by the Royal Society, a UK scientific organization, that was reviewed by The Independent. The document hypes some of the more exciting things brain-computer interfaces could make possible, but also warns that hooking brains up to computers could also compromise individual privacy. Read more…

Scientists used a hydrogel injection to repair a heart after an attack

Scientists successfully conducted a first-in-human, FDA-approved Phase 1 clinical trial of an injectable hydrogel that aims to repair damage and restore cardiac function in heart failure patients who previously suffered a heart attack. Read more…

Can we use the earth’s own heat to solve our energy problem?

NASA is starting fires in space, because why not?

NASA scientists are hard at work starting fires in space — and watching how they behave without the influence of gravity. Learning how fire operates without gravity shaping its flames could make for safer space travel and better control over combustion here on Earth, according to a NASA press release. Read more…

Lightning super bolts that form over the ocean

Lightning superbolts — which unleash a thousand times more low-frequency energy than regular lightning bolts — occur in dramatically different patterns than regular lightning, according to a new, nine-year survey of these rare events. Read more…

Here is some amazing footage from Chandra, the X-Ray space probe

Sean Carroll believes we all exist in multiple worlds

“Physicists tend to treat quantum mechanics like a mindless robot they rely on to perform certain tasks, not as a beloved family member they care about on a personal level,” writes Sean Carroll in the prologue of his new book, Something Deeply Hidden. Read more…

Virgin Galactic plans to send people to space every 32 hours

Virgin Galactic, the space tourism enterprise owned by entrepreneur and investor Richard Branson, has plans to seriously ramp up its operations. By 2023, the company expects to launch a shuttle of passengers into space, on average, every 32 hours — which is more than one ride to space every other day. Read more…

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 (Compiled by Alex Leslie)

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