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Carnival of Tomorrow #14

Posted By Jim On 12/05/2005 @ 9:26 am In General | 3 Comments

Welcome to the fourteenth fantastically futuristic Carnival of Tomorrow, where we cull the web for bloggers writing about topics of the future. While not personal finance related, I thought this Carnival was cool and worth hosting. One side effect of reading all these new blogs I’d never heard of before was that I got to read all these new blogs I’d never heard of before, quite a treat. I invite you to enjoy the Carnival of Tomorrow.

Transterrestrial Musings [3] blogs about NASA’s two new Centennial Challenges and he mentions that agency is only “spending about a hundredth of a percent of the agency’s budget on them.” There’s also an interesting link to a roundtable in California about space tourism that’s work peeking at.

Virginia of Dynamist Blog [4] writes about the role of the Internet in bringing out-of-print books back into print by making the demand for them so openly visible. Given the uproar over Google scanning in all knowledge, it’s interesting to see the positive effects of new technology (the internet) on old technology (the trusty printing press).

Can you imagine a robot small enough to traverse your DNA [5]? Howard Lovy’s been following the amazing work of New York University chemist Nadrian Seeman and William Sherman in their development of a DNA-traversing nanobot and it’s some incredible stuff.

Future Pundit ran an interesting report by The New Scientist that “government-engineered demand for biofuels is destroying rainforests.” [6] This is a terrible case of unintended consequences where the EU and British laws requiring conventional fuels be blended with biofuels at a certain percent has increased demand for palm oil and soybeans, which has led to the razing of acres of rainforest!

Future Pundit also ran a stem cell article I couldn’t skip (my girlfriend recently started working with a stem cell research company here in Baltimore). The article explained that “bone marrow progenitor stem cell therapy causes a partial recovery of heart function in heart attack patients.” The amount of recovery was small but we must walk before we run.

Responsible Nanotechnology released their 35th newsletter on Nov 30th [7] and in their blog they highlighted the contents of this special edition.

Want to read about something CLEVER? The Compact Low Emission VEhicle for URban Transport [8] is a 3-wheeled natural-gas powered microcar that has the agility of a motorcycle while being low emission because it runs on compressed natural gas. That and because it has a frame, safer than a motorcycle, as it can protect the driver in a crash and it’s capable of a top speed of 50 mph – with a close to 98 mpg!

The Speculist, originator of this fine Carnival, brings out an important question: how would discovering extraterrestrial life affect our beliefs [9], specifically our religions? It’s an interesting question I had never thought about but his post is very intriguing.

J. Random American takes a swing at tacky holiday clothing [10] and predicts that once eink type display technology is perfected, you’ll really see the bounds of human creativity when it comes to tacky lights and images printed on sweaters and sweatshirts. After that, expect scrolling marquees to appear on shirts and “My Cute Grandchildren” slideshows. It’s pretty funny and I bet he’s not that far off.

The Space Review has a great article about JFK’s decision [11] to go to the moon and while it’s not really a look at tomorrow, per say, it’s a look back at our own history to see how we looked towards the future. via Curmudgeons Corner [12].

Finally, FMF, a personal finance veteran, wants to give you some tips for your vacations tomorrow. In his post, Your Vacation: 3 Moves for 2006 [13], he looks forward to three tips he thinks you should be considering for next year.


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[3] Transterrestrial Musings: http://www.transterrestrial.com/archives/006082.html#006082

[4] Virginia of Dynamist Blog: http://www.dynamist.com/weblog/archives/001972.html

[5] a robot small enough to traverse your DNA: http://nanobot.blogspot.com/2005/08/these-bots-are-made-for-walkin.html

[6] “government-engineered demand for biofuels is destroying rainforests.”: http://www.futurepundit.com/archives/003138.html

[7] 35th newsletter on Nov 30th: http://crnano.typepad.com/crnblog/2005/11/crnewsletter_35.html

[8] Compact Low Emission VEhicle for URban Transport: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2005/12/clever_a_threew.html#more

[9] how would discovering extraterrestrial life affect our beliefs: http://www.blog.speculist.com/archives/000530.html

[10] swing at tacky holiday clothing: http://ideasinprogress.blogspot.com/2005/11/future-of-tacky-clothing.html

[11] great article about JFK’s decision: http://www.thespacereview.com/article/511/1

[12] Curmudgeons Corner: http://curmudgeons.blogspot.com/

[13] Your Vacation: 3 Moves for 2006: http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2005/12/your_vacation_3.html

Thank you for reading!