Futurology ~ aliens, gravitational waves, space balloon, Europa eel, Russian robo-escape, Antarctic warming, electric haircuts, castle building

A robot escaped from a research lab in Perm, Russia, June 15th
A robot escaped from a research lab in Perm, Russia, June 15th

Meeting aliens in 1500 years — The disturbing Fermi Paradox suggests we should have made contact with an extraterrestrial civilisation by now, yet we haven’t. By applying a 500-year-old philosophical principle, a Cornell University researcher has shown that the Great Silence is not unexpected – we just need to give it more time.
~ Really? Why can’t I get excited about that?

Second Gravitational Wave detected from ancient Black Hole — A report from The Guardian says physicists have detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were set in motion by the collision of two black holes far across the universe more than a billion years ago. The event marks only the second time that scientists have spotted gravitational waves, the tenuous stretching and squeezing of spacetime predicted by Einstein over a century ago.
~ The 1.1 millisecond detection gap helped scientists work out where the wave emanated from. 

Maybe two more mystery planets in our solar system — A team of astronomers has performed new calculations on the data that originally gave rise to the Planet Nine hypothesis, and these new numbers suggest that the hypothetical extra planet might not be alone – there could at least two more planets hiding at the edge of our Solar System we have yet to discover.
~ Well, clearly they don’t want to be discovered. 

Space balloon living — The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is a round inflatable space habitat that astronauts are going to attach to the ISS and then inflate to see what happens. If everything goes according to plan, explosions will be minimal, and BEAM will inflate to its maximum curvaceousness. This will prove, over the course of the next two years, that the future of space habitation is something to get pumped about.
~ Yeah, coz everyone wants to live in a blow-up balloon in that safe environment!

Electricity-harvesting space eel — A NASA-funded robotic project is a concept for a soft robotic eel designed to explore the oceans of Europa (a moon of Jupiter) while scavenging electrical energy from magnetic fields, using it to generate oxygen and hydrogen, and then lighting it off to create an explosion to propel itself.
~ ‘We come in peace …’ kaboom! (Thanks for the electricity.)

Robot escapes Russian lab — According to a report, a robot escaped from a science lab and caused a traffic jam in a Russian city. Scientists at the Promobot laboratories in Perm had been teaching the machine how to move around independently, but it broke free after an engineer forgot to shut a gate, Quartz reports.
~ Clearly it’s bloody clever. 

The last spot on Earth just had a bad thing happen — The South Pole is experiencing the same relentless warming trend as the rest of our planet, but owing to the fact that most of humanity’s carbon emissions are occurring far, far away in the Northern Hemisphere, the atmosphere at the bottom of the world takes a little time to catch up. It finally has, according to new data from the South Pole Observatory: for the first time in four million years, carbon dioxide concentrations cleared 400 parts per million (ppm). It’s the last climate-monitoring spot on Earth to pass the historic milestone.
~ Huzzah! Nice work, fellow humans!


Retro-futurist electric haircut — Tech-enthusiasts of the 1920s were obsessed with turning everything electric. They wanted electric mixing bowls, electric dishwashers and even electric haircuts. It may seem like an obvious idea today, but back in the 1920s, an electric haircut was straight out of science fiction.
~ Well, hey, for that price, I’m game. 

Building an old-school castle old school — Two hours outside of Paris stands Guédelon, a castle that looks like it’s from the medieval period, but is actually being constructed right now. What’s more, the castle isn’t being built with new technology but instead with medieval techniques and materials. That means every stone, every tile, every single part of the castle is assembled as it would have been hundreds of years ago.
~ Hey, wow, awesome! If you need any help, call … anyone but me, please. (Serfs up!)