Putin’s Birthday

A cry of triumph is loud; it drowns out cries of fear, of pain, of sadness, of anger and of failure. It’s the closest a man can get to the voice of God. Y and I exit the mall. It is dark, it is wet–an autumn afternoon in St. Petersburg. A flood of meat and…

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Psychiatrist Li handed me the prescription, a mechanical parrot. Every night it delivers its dosage, tooting three seventh-chord tunes. Used as a tool in advertising, productivity, and relaxation, music has become a powerful influence on humanity and other biological organisms (even parrots have genre preferences!). For years, science has attempted to quantify this phenomenon, analysing lyrics,…

What Happened When Frank Died

*UNDER CONSTRUCTION* We are currently compiling, editing and reworking the Frank stories into a novella. Once this process is finished we will be looking for readers to get an idea if people like the final product. If you’d like to be one of the first readers of the What Happened When Frank Died Novella, please…

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As the seas rose, she grew a respiratory system in the lab. A new kind of selkie, she replaced her old lungs, and made a life in the depths. Carbon monoxide has long been classified as a substance that is toxic to mammalian tissue in high concentrations. Yet this classification may soon be turned on its head.…

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During the Hydrocarbon Era (ca 1790-2040 CE), humans loved burning so much, they would ritually inhale smoke. – A brief history of Earth, 2357 CE Usage of fossil fuels is rising slower, and renewables are increasing faster, than predicted only a few years ago. We are approaching the end of the fossil-fuel-burning era, coincidentally at…

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Errors with functional living ink meant his facial skin graft photosynthesised light. Deciduous, his face casts cells in autumn, regrows each spring. In a fascinating development in 3-D printing, researchers have created a living ink, embedded with the bacterium Acetobacter xylinum. This bacterium produces cellulose, which can be used as scaffolds for skin replacements and more. These advances…

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It breached the airlock, propelling itself purposefully towards the galley. Horrified, we watched eager tentacles crack open our last beer. In Anhauser-Busch’s first steps towards making Budweiser the first beer on Mars, the company recently announced its plans to conduct experiments on the International Space Station to better understand how barley reacts to a microgravity environment. Given humanity’s…

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This is your granddaughter, talking to you from the future. You died a year before we invented immortality and artificial afterlife. I’m so, so sorry. It was so close. I love you. Goodbye, forever. I’ve been thinking about how my generation is seeing sci-fi become reality. Flying cars, wing suits, independent robot warplanes, AI, immersive virtual…

Away

The quiet but incessant scratching noise from the ceiling had annoyed me throughout the day. I finally marched up the apartment block to my neighbor’s unit — only to see on their door “away on holiday, back next month”. Go to Source

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