Friday Futures: laughter, biased algorithms, burning bubbles

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: laughter is actually the best medicine; tiny battlefield drones; fighting bias in algorithms; plastic fuel; 3D printing revolution and lighting bubbles.

It turns out that laughter really is the best medicine

Neuroscientists have discovered a focal pathway in the brain that when electrically stimulated causes immediate laughter, followed by a sense of calm and happiness, even during awake brain surgery. Read more…

Tiny drones for soldiers in battle

The U.S. Army has placed a $39 million order for tiny reconnaissance drones, small enough to fit in a soldier’s pocket or palm. Read more…

MIT graduate fights bias in algorithms

Plastics could be turned into food and fuel

A new chemical conversion process could transform the world’s polyolefin waste, a form of plastic, into useful products, such as clean fuels and other items. Read more…

Here’s a great step forward in 3D printing

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