Newspace

New evidence loosely supports popular SF tropes, lab-grown meat may be available soon, Russia (possibly) loses a satellite, Japan looks to cleaning up the mess we’ve made in space, and a teen’s death ray catches the Net’s attention.

Lab-grown meat may be available soon. But will anyone buy it?

Drake and Roddenberry may have been right: NASA data suggests that planetary systems may be more common than we’ve recently believed. No word on the number of Forehead Aliens we may find.

The Lost World may be an absurdity, but new evidence suggests some dinosaurs survived the mass extinction longer than previously believed.

I’m not certain if any Evangelicals have starting claiming it as evidence of the Garden of Eden, but fossil findings in the Middle East challenge recent notions of where modern humans first appeared.

Russia may have lost a military satellite;
Japan has a plan to clean up all that space junk we have cluttering the skies.

Scottish forensics experts have found a method for taking fingerprints from fabric.

And, since we don’t have a recent video, we’ll link to this one. This American teen made his death ray (and a few problematic claims) several months ago, but for some reason, several sites have picked it up this week:

Finally, depending on where in the world you are, February remains a good time to keep watching the skies!

5 replies on “Newspace”

  1. Fez says:

    I can’t think of lab-grown meat without thinking of Phil & Lem from Better Off Ted. I miss that show.

    Jerome [tasting meat made in lab]: It tastes familiar.
    Ted: Beef?
    Jerome: No.
    Linda: Chicken? We’ll take chicken.
    Ted: What does it taste like?
    Jerome: Despair.
    Ted: Is it possible it just needs salt?

  2. Fez says:

    Lem: Maybe the meat blob’s not taking in enough nutrients. I guess I could try and give it a mouth.
    Ted: I’m gonna say no to the meat blob getting a mouth. Mostly because I don’t want to hear what it has to say

  3. TheYellowLantern says:

    Lab meat may seem creepy now but with the world population where it is and no off-world colonies in sight, it’s going to seem like a good idea sooner then we think

    • Chad Cloman says:

      Agreed. And I bet we’ll see it feeding various animals and pets before it gains acceptance for feeding humans.

    • Fez says:

      It may help in some areas, sure, but meat isn’t the only part of animals that gets used. In pigs, for example, just about every part of the whole animal ends up somewhere.

      http://benatlas.com/2009/09/185-products-made-from-a-single-pig/

      If it can be done cheaply and locally in remote areas, that would be ideal, and especially for space travel. But I doubt it would ever 100% replace traditional livestock.

      (I’d eat it, as long as it didn’t taste like despair…)

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