Can mushrooms be the platform we build the future on?

covative thinks it can use mycelia, the hair-like network of cells that grows in mushrooms, to help build everything from lab-grown meat to 3D-printed organs to biofabricated leather. Can mushrooms be the platform we build the future on? When the … Continued

Scientists Have Connected The Brains of 3 People, Enabling Them to Share Thoughts

Neuroscientists have successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people share their thoughts – and in this case, play a Tetris-style game. The team thinks this wild experiment could be scaled up to connect whole networks of … Continued

The rise of the digital twin: how healthcare can benefit

This is the first of two articles on this theme by Henk van Houten, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Royal Philips.  The second article, which focuses more on human beings than machines will also be posted here in the … Continued

How social supermarkets are filling a gap in austerity Britain

Social supermarkets have emerged in Britain in the past five years as a response to food poverty and food waste. These non-charitable initiatives sell food “surplus” to people on low incomes at heavily discounted prices, alongside providing them with social … Continued

Double, double oil in trouble?

New York City is taking to court the globe’s five largest oil companies, holding them responsible for current and impending damages to the city as a result of alleged oil-driven climate change. The lawsuit filed this week against Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, … Continued

The 10,000 year clock

The futures foundation first reviewed Stewart Brand’s book “The Clock of the Long Now” when it came out in 1999.  The actual clock is now being constructed in the USA. The entire article about the construction of the clock can … Continued

Submarine cables could be repurposed as earthquake detectors

EARTH is observed as never before. Satellites track typhoons, monitor volcanic-ash plumes and catalogue the changing ways in which human beings use the land. The sort of high-quality imagery that, a couple of decades ago, was the preserve of spies … Continued

Chernobyl’s Transformation Into a Massive Solar Plant Is Almost Complete

At the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, work is almost finished on a huge new solar plant that’s set to provide one megawatt of renewable power for the local electricity grid. The new plant sits just a hundred metres … Continued

Self-Driving Cars Navigate Unmapped Country Roads With New MIT System

Self-driving cars are now a regular fixture in some American cities, but they are heavily reliant on high-precision 3D maps of the roads. That means they can’t tackle the vast majority of the country that hasn’t been charted, but MIT … Continued

The U.K. Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal for the First Time in History

Coal, which fueled the world’s biggest economies for more than a century, is increasingly losing out to renewables. The latest example of how one of the dirtiest fossil fuels is being squeezed out of the market came this week in … Continued

Scientists Discover Biophotons In The Brain That Could Hint Our Consciousness is Directly Linked to Light!

Scientists found that neurons in mammalian brains were capable of producing photons of light, or “Biophotons”! The photons, strangely enough, appear within the visible spectrum. They range from near-infrared through violet, or between 200 and 1,300 nanometers. Scientists have an exciting suspicion that our … Continued

New ‘trackless train’ which runs on virtual rail lines launched in China

s it a tram, or is it a train, or even a fancy bus? The world’s first electric-powered ‘trackless train’ has been launched in China. Using virtual rail lines on the streets of Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, the new Autonomous Rail … Continued

It’s Official. Humans Are Going to Mars. NASA Has Unveiled Their Mission.

Humanity has been fascinated by Mars since long before we stepped foot on the Moon. Our planetary neighbor has been the subject of innumerable works of sci-fi and inspired countless dreams of adventure and exploration. Now, after decades of determination, research, and scientific breakthroughs, … Continued

World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine: One Rotation ‘Can Power the Average UK Home for a Day’

Vattenfall deployed the first of two Vestas 8.8-megawatt wind turbines at its European testing center. Swedish energy giant Vattenfall announced Tuesday that it successfully installed an 8.8-megawatt capacity offshore wind turbine from Vestas at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Center (EOWDC) off … Continued

Infinite Solar Power Technology Could Completely Change Our Future

Last 2016, solar power saw a resurgence — from cheaper solar panels to innovative roofing for houses and cars, to solar powered roads, and even to powering an entire island. It seems we have entered a new age in solar energy. Well, it doesn’t end there. In the … Continued

The Ocean Cleanup Project: What It Is and What You Can Do

In 2016 the futures foundation re-posted an article about efforts being made to clean up the world’s oceans (https://futuresfoundation.org.au/worlds-first-ocean-cleaning-system-will-deployed-2016/ ).  We have recently been contacted by a US based not for profit organisation doing much more in this space than we … Continued

Submission to Victorian Government inquiry into careers education

10 March 2018 The Economic, Education and Skills Committee, Inquiry into career advice activities in Victorian Schools   Dear Members of the Inquiry Panel Our reading of submissions already made to this inquiry suggests they fall into two broad groups: … Continued

The Circular Economy: An innovative perspective

The Warren Centre has published a new report, The Circular Economy: Global Trends and Future Challenges, investigating how improvements to supply chains could vastly reduce financial and environmental waste. The term “circular economy” refers to a system where resources are … Continued

Australia: Uncaptured innovation capability

The nation’s strong agricultural and mining sectors laid the foundations for 26 years of continuous economic growth, but without undertaking significant risks in innovation, this growth would not have occurred. The Brookings Institute examines why it is difficult to measure … Continued

Why Ford is Working with Autonomic to Create a Platform That Can Power Future Cities

As we adapt our cities for the next 100 years, it’s important and thrilling to remind ourselves that this is a rare moment in technology where an innovation can be designed to build community. If we play our cards right, … Continued