Friday Futures: your new organ, the multiverse and killer drones

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: scientists discover a new organ in your body; eye tracking and VR; Hawking’s last paper and the multiverse; downloading marijuana; ‘new’ e-paper and how science is changing our lives.

Scientists just discovered a new organ, and you have one

The interstitium is your newest organ. Scientists identified it for the first time because they are better able to observe living tissues at a microscopic scale. Read more…

Eye-tracking is nearly here in VR headsets

Eye-tracking has been a part of the VR conversation for years. But this week has made clear that the technology may be closer to our consumer immersive-tech devices than many thought. Read more…

Hawking’s last paper says we can prove the multiverse exists

Thomas Hertog, from KU Leuven University in Belgium, who worked with Hawking on this theory and cowrote the paper that is currently being reviewed by a leading scientific journal, said that the work aims to transform the idea of the multiverse in a scientific framework that can be tested. Read more…

Americans are buying marijuana online – lots of it

We’re obsessed with buying anything we need online. Art supplies. Vitamins. Adult diapers. All to your door in an anonymous box, and without the need to avert your gaze from the cashier. Apparently, marijuana is no exception — Americans are buying weed online in droves. Read more…

Thin, cheap, tough and flexible – the new ‘paper’ is almost here

Optoelectronic engineers in China and Hong Kong have manufactured a special type of LCD that is paper-thin, flexible, light and tough. With this, a daily newspaper could be uploaded onto a flexible paperlike display that could be updated as fast as the news cycles. Read more…

Breathing clean air in cities just became a status symbol

Breathing clean air is the new cool in super-polluted cities such as Shanghai, Beijing or Delhi. And it’s just another way that the rich can afford to distinguish themselves from the poor, who are forced to constantly choke on sickening, polluted air. Read more…

Michio Kaku says drones are the real threat in the near future

Kaku has been warning of the dangers of militarized drone systems for years. The threat of military drones, he says, is absolute. “The only immediate danger is automatic killing machines,” he said. Read more…

And here is an in-depth read about how science is really changing our lives

Here you’ll find miracle babies, Ethereum-mining teens, idealistic cyber-soldiers, middle-aged gamers, and swipe-happy seniors. And so much more! Read more…

(Compiled by Alex Leslie; Edited by John C. Tanner)

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