Friday Futures: dandelion flight science, new human senses

Dandelion flight
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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: Dandelion flight insight; new senses for humans; Antarctica sings; unintended consequences of technology; AR and the future, and cool Lego stuff.

Dandelion seeds reveal a new insight into flight

The extraordinary flying ability of dandelion seeds is possible thanks to a form of flight that has not been seen before in nature, research has revealed. Read more…

Video: A trillion light waves and creating new senses for humans

The Antarctic is singing and we may be able to tune in

Winds blowing across snow dunes on Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf cause the massive ice slab’s surface to vibrate, producing a near-constant set of seismic “tones” scientists could potentially use to monitor changes in the ice shelf from afar, according to new research. Read more…

Apple design guru on the unintended consequences of technology

Change is rarely foreseeable—and seldom unambiguously good. “The nature of innovation is that you cannot predict all the consequences,” said Jony Ive, who now serves as Apple’s chief design officer. Read more…

Video: Here’s the future through augmented reality glasses

Five years of Wired stories give us plenty of insights into trends and memes

“Do you remember where you were when you heard about The Dress? We do. We were in the WIRED newsroom cocking our heads at our screens and squabbling. Well, most of us were squabbling.” Read more…

Video: Meanwhile, here is a cool look at Lego Headquarters

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

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