PLUS: Germ Warfare Under the Microscope: interview with Jeanne Guillemin, author of Biological Weapons, on what governments should do to reduce the worldwide threat of bioviolence. Free Q & A.
The Invisible Fog of Future Wars
by research scientists Antonietta Gatti and Stefano Montanari [Nanodiagnostics],
on the environmental and health impacts of nanodust resulting from the use
of high-tech weaponry.
Shaping Tomorrow's World: Forecasts and Implications for Business,
Government, and Consumers (Part Two)
A global temperature rise of even 6°C would be enough to drastically alter the world as we know it, with catastrophic consequences for human civilization, warns environmental science journalist Mark Lynas.
"What time is it?" is more than a casual question to physicists, engineers and other specialists whose work depends on ultra-precise measurements of time. At present, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures located outside of Paris calculates global time by averaging data received from 300 atomic clocks at laboratories round the world.
But this system of telling time may soon be out of date as researchers pursue ever more accurate time measurement.
The United States is projected to increase total employment by 15.6 million jobs between 2006 and 2016. While the figure sounds impressive, that rate is slower than the previous decade, which added 15.9 million jobs to the U.S. economy. The numbers reflect demographic shifts and the increased effects of globalization on the U.S. economy.
The Arts as Engine
"Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, simple or direct than does Nature. In her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous," Renaissance painter Leonardo di ser Piero (of Vinci) once remarked. Former Apple vice president Donald Norman's Design of Future Things is very much rooted in this Leonardo-esque sentiment. The short, conversational book serves as both a meditation on the nature of human-machine interaction and a warning that invention that ignores the human, the artful, and the natural will fail both conspicuously and disastrously. Review by Patrick Tucker
Nanotech will be a "critical driver" of future growth in manufacturing. The economic costs of hurricanes have been doubling every 10 to 15 years in the United States. The U.S. State Department warns of an upsurge in anti-Semitism. And astronomers have found salt on Mars and methane beyond our solar system.
March 2008 Futurist Update
Workplace expert John Challenger evaluates “recession-proof” industries… Infertility could become common… The U.S. National Academies list top engineering challenges of the twenty-first century … A new report shows that children learn to act toward achieving specific goals at about the age of 3… and The Tech Museum calls for nominations for innovators. Check out these and other news items in the
Researchers create bionic lenses that would allow wearers to see electronic information superimposed over their view of the world ... A massive gas cloud is hurtling toward the Milky Way at a speed of 150 miles per second, set to strike our galaxy at about a 45-degree angle (in 40 million years)... The United States ranks last among 19 industrialized nations on preventing deaths by assuring access to effective health care... All of these stories and more are featured in the February issue of Futurist Update. Robots for Handicapped Babies
Babies need to move around independently and explore their environments. Not doing so can impair their cognitive development. So the University of Delaware has developed prototype driving robots for babies. James C. Galloway, associate professor of physical therapy, and Sunil Agrawal, professor of mechanical engineering, have equipped the robots with environmental sensors and safety features that will help babies explore without crashing into pets, furniture, or other obstacles. The robot's simple joystick control is easy enough for infants as young as seven months to operate.
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TOP TEN FORECASTS for 2008 and Beyond
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