Friday Futures: a mirror Universe, CES, interplanetary fuel

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of  The Future from around the web. This week: is there a mirror image of our Universe; CES silly stuff; smartphones and reading; quantum computers and electric cars

Is there a mirror image of our Universe out there?

The Big Bang didn’t just result in our familiar universe, according to a mind-bending new theory — it also generated a second “anti-universe” that extended backwards in time, like a mirror image of our own. Read more…

CES has some cool – and silly – stuff this year

Here is a selection of the coolest stuff we saw at the show on Tuesday, and follow our liveblog for up-to-the-minute updates. And be sure to check out all of our CES 2019 coverage. Read more…

In India smartphones are driving a rise in reading and writing

Is China looking for interplanetary fuel on the moon?

New reporting by the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, suggests that the Chinese government could have an ulterior motive: scoping out whether the Moon contains an isotope the nation could used to fuel interplanetary travel. Read more…

Genius? Madness? Concept of a car that walks too

Stars that turn into crystals

Observations have revealed that dead remnants of stars, called white dwarfs, have a core of solid oxygen and carbon due to a phase transition during their lifecycle similar to water turning into ice but at much higher temperatures. This could make them potentially billions of years older than previously thought. Read more…

Could Earth be swallowed by a Black Hole?

CES: IBM just launched the first Quantum computer, maybe

The 20-qubit system, called the IBM Q System One, is essentially a nine-foot glass box that houses the components needed to make quantum computations work. IBM touts the Q as the “world’s first fully integrated universal quantum computing system.” Read more…

What should electric cars sound like?

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by John C. Tanner)

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