Friday Futures: UFO reporting, cooking with cannabis, DNA

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: Navy guys to look for UFO craft; cooking with cannabis; rewriting DNA; table top nuclear fusion.

US Navy wants their personnel to report UFO sightings

The U.S. Navy is working on new guidelines for its personnel to report sightings and other encounters with “unidentified aircraft,” Politico reports. It sounds like a major step toward taking UFO encounters more seriously. Read more…

Cooking with cannabis (and chemistry) – tasty!

Peanut butter and jelly. Asparagus and … cannabis oil with a citrusy terpene profile? Welcome to food pairings in the heady era of cannabis legalization. Read more…

Rewriting DNA – editing genetic traits?

Gene therapy restores immune systems in very ill infants

A small clinical trial has shown that gene therapy can safely correct the immune systems of infants newly diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening inherited disorder in which infection-fighting immune cells don’t develop or function normally. Read more…

How can we teach AI to evolve (not just learn stuff)?

Scientists just invented a nuclear fusion device that fits on your table

The device, called a Z-pinch, operates in a similar way to any other fusion reaction, according to Physics World — but it can do so at a much smaller scale than the building-sized generators that scientists typically use to explore fusion. Read more…

And (of course) daytime fireworks in ultra slow motion

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos)

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