Friday Futures: What flew into our solar system? Plus Noah 2.0

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: what just flew into our solar system; man made volcanoes and climate change; Brad Pitt and the ISS; Noah 2.0; hacking a satellite; flying into hurricanes – and octopuses. 

Something just flew into our solar system

A newly discovered comet has excited the astronomical community this week because it appears to have originated from outside the solar system. The official confirmation that comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar comet has not yet been made, but if it is interstellar, it would be only the second such object detected. Read more…

Scientists want to make man-made volcanoes to solve climate change

One of the biggest problems with climate change is that any solution we have to solving it needs to be rolled out and used at scale in order to make even the merest impact. And recently the international panel charged with reining in climate change said that the world needs to take “unprecedented” steps to remake its energy. Read more…

Brad Pitt chats with astronaut on the ISS

The US Navy is taking UFO sightings pretty seriously

It sounds like a major step toward taking UFO encounters more seriously: the Navy’s new process would create formalized guidelines for sailors and pilots alike to report and analyze each one of the encounters. Read more…

Noah 2.0 – start up wants to take your DNA to the moon

The crazy idea: A new space and biotech startup wants to build a pyramid on the moon to store the DNA of every plant and creature on Earth — yours included. The crazier idea: It may not turn out to be so crazy, after all. Read more…

The US Air Force wants you to hack a satellite

The Air Force will soon issue an unusual invitation to white-hat hackers: infiltrate and take control of a military satellite orbiting the Earth. The news comes one month after the Air Force invited hackers — under close supervision — to ransack the F-15 fighter jet’s flimsily-secured software for vulnerabilities. Read more…

Here is what is in the world’s fastest heat conductor

These guys fly into hurricanes to save lives

The anticipation of a hurricane is excruciating. Born in a hurricane nursery (actual term) off the coast of Africa, a storm marches across the Atlantic, growing stronger while forecasters watch anxiously. If those forecasters don’t call it right, if they don’t nail down where the hurricane might make landfall and with what degree of intensity, people lose their lives. Read more…

Octopuses help scientists take everything to the edge

Inspired by octopuses, researchers have developed a structure that senses, computes and responds without any centralized processing — creating a device that is not quite a robot and not quite a computer, but has characteristics of both. Read more…

Here’s how gaming can help build communities

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos)

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