Friday Futures: Navy films UFOs, plastic eating bacteria

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: life on other planets; Navy films UFOs; plastic eating bacteria; making mistakes helps science; MIT and Captain America.

Are we getting closer to life on other planets?

About 96 percent of those exoplanets are far larger than Earth, but thanks to a new search algorithm, a team of German astronomers has discover 18 new Earth-sized exoplanets — including one they say in a press release “could offer conditions friendly to life.” Read more…

Plastic eating bacteria could be key to solving waste

Mutations in ‘junk’ DNA and autism

Leveraging artificial intelligence techniques, researchers have demonstrated that mutations in so-called ‘junk’ DNA can cause autism. The study is the first to functionally link such mutations to the neurodevelopmental condition and the first clear demonstration of non-inherited, noncoding mutations causing any complex human disease or disorder. Read more…

In Science, making mistakes is key to new discoveries

What does Google do with your data – and why?

It’s worth emphasizing first that we’re really dealing with two topics: The amount of data Google collects on you, which is a lot, and what Google then does with it. Read more…

Navy pilots film UFOs – video

In an astonishing new story by The New York Times, Navy pilots detail their encounters with UFOs — “strange objects” that have “no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes,” but could reach “30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds.” Read more…

Here’s how MIT made the roof into Captain America

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by Tony Poulos)

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