Friday Futures: volcanoes from space, alien spy probes


Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: volcanoes from space; alien spy probes round the sun; oasis on Mars; underwater museum; flags in space; lightning and shipping lanes and what your robot vacuum does when you’re asleep.

Watching volcanoes erupt from space

Watching a massive volcano erupt is truly jaw dropping — but that’s nothing compared to the incredible view astronauts get from the International Space Station. Read more…

The Mars Rover just found an oasis on Mars

If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years, what would Mars look like? The picture is evolving among scientists working with NASA’s Curiosity rover. Imagine ponds dotting the floor of Gale Crater, the 100-mile-wide (150-kilometer-wide) ancient basin that Curiosity is exploring. Read more…

Does a flag wave in space?

Aliens might have left a spy probe orbiting the sun

A physicist who’s on the hunt for extraterrestrial life says there’s a chance that an ancient alien civilization has been spying on Earth for millions of years. That’s not to say that he’s suggesting they walk among us. Read more…

This is a very cool museum – underwater

The centre of our Milky Way exploded – not long ago

A titanic, expanding beam of energy sprang from close to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way just 3.5 million years ago, sending a cone-shaped burst of radiation through both poles of the galaxy and out into deep space. Read more…

Lightning strikes more often in shipping lanes

For all the progress humanity has made since Odysseus had a spot of trouble on a long voyage home, life on the high seas remains a largely joyless affair. Twenty-first-century sailors spend weeks away from home. Read more…

And, here is what your robot vacuum does when you are asleep

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos)

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