12 Real Life Inventions That Science Fiction is Neglecting at its Peril

Science fiction has always commented on the present, and today's present is very science-fictional. All around, we see inventions that could transform the world within a decade or two. So why don't more science fiction writers speculate about them? Here are 12 real-life developments science fiction should be… » 12/03/13 10:38am 12/03/13 10:38am

If you read only one book about the future of biology, this should be it

Just a few decades ago, genetics was still largely theoretical, understood in principle but not practical – like flying cars or space lasers. Not anymore. Today teams of high-school students modify organisms for the iGEM competition; a library of over 20,000 biological parts made of DNA sequences (promoters,… » 12/10/12 1:32pm 12/10/12 1:32pm

How we'll use "teleporters" to stop the next pandemic

Okay, so imagine this: It's about twenty years from now and a serious pandemic hits. You're rightly terrified of leaving your house for fear of contracting the virus — but you know full well that you can't stay home forever. That's when you hit the internet and boot up your 3-D bio-printer. After downloading the… » 10/17/12 2:40pm 10/17/12 2:40pm

Breakthrough "genetic circuits" bring us closer to synthetic human cells

We're one step closer to building artificial cells. Synthetic biologists have found a new way to assemble "genetic circuits," components that perform logical operations in living cells. This breakthrough could facilitate the development of artificial cells designed to solve problems in medicine, energy, and the… » 8/08/12 4:30pm 8/08/12 4:30pm

Scientists engineer a cyborg jellyfish from rat cells and silicone

In this video, released yesterday, you can watch what might be called the world's first cyborg lifeform. Called a medusoid, it's a completely engineered jellyfish that blends living and non-living parts — specifically, the creature is a thin layer of rat heart muscle cells grown on top of a layer of elastic silicone.… » 7/23/12 7:00am 7/23/12 7:00am