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We really have not seen much innovation in the past 10 years. If you think about it, what is really new and improved from this time in 2005?
You have a really narrow view of STEM.
1. DNA sequencing is several orders of magnitude faster and cheaper, as are ways of making use of the data for diagnostics and theragnostics. Moore's law might be better applied to bioinformatics than to transistors these days.
2. Cancer therapeutics that use the immune system to selectively attack cancer cells instead of stuff that is just somewhat more toxic to cancer cells than the rest of your body.
3. Just announced this week: Some of the first promising candidate drugs for Alzheimers
4. Viable electric cars and self driving cars on their way.
5. I can use my cell phone to get a ride from a stranger in a hybrid car cheaper and faster than I can get a cab.
1. The amount of greywater and wastewater is much smaller than the amount of water currently used by agriculture in CA. The farmers would keep drilling deeper wells.
2. So how much energy and infrastructure would it take to pump that water from coastal cities back up into the central valley or over mountains to where the farms are?
The team reports fully restoring the memories of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue.
The abstract mentioning completely clearing amyloid plaques in 75% of the mice, which, while awesome, is not fully restoring memory.
are already a generation that's never really gotten into cars the ways Boomers and Xers did - the auto executives of 2025-2035 will wonder why nobody wants to buy a faster, more powerful, or better-handling motor vehicle.
It's not just lack of interest. It was a lot cheaper for young boomers and Xers to buy cars: they generally didn't have 2-3x their starting salary locked up in college loans. The boomers didn't even have to go to college.
The answer will be that unless they have a friend with a Tesla, they'll never have experienced the notion that driving can be fun, and that $10/day for a RoboUber account gets the job done just as well as a NannyCar.
My guess is that it will skip a generation. Sort of like vinyl records.
My kids, who just turned 8, are unlikely to even learn how to drive. They'll live in a world where all cars are self-driving.
That's a bit of hyperbole. They will certainly have the option to buy self driving cars, but it's unlikely that everything else will be phased out and off the road within ~5 years of self driving cars being introduced.
Actually, it's a guess from a very incomplete skeleton - skull fragments, a few vertebra and a femur. If, and it's an if, the hind legs were longer, other explanations can be found. However, "walked on hind legs" is sexier. no more.
The bipedal crocodile idea isn't new or just based on this one specimen. Here's a reference FTA:
The bipedal stem crocodilian Poposaurus gracilis: inferring function in fossils and innovation in archosaur locomotion. Bull. Peabody Mus. Nat. Hist. 52, 107–126 (2011).
The bigger problem is movement. Movement by pressing a button detaches your apparent movement from your physical movement, which is going to be incredibly disorienting.
I think movement by button while sitting at your desk won't be disorienting at all, but movement dependent on walking/jumping on a device that provides feedback entirely unlike the environment being simulated will definitely take a lot of getting used to for each implementation.
When you put on a VR headset, you essentially demand a HOTAS [wikipedia.org] type control system, so your hands never have to wander around searching for where to go, as you're not essentially blind to the world.
While I agree with the below comment that a mouse and keyboard will do just fine, that's probably only true for more serious gamers. For more causal gamers (and for all sorts of other situations that will pop up) I'm guessing there will be a forward facing camera on the headset. If you look down at your hands, you'll see your hands (and the keyboard). Probably with the keys used in the game highlighted and labeled.
if they have enough budget and manpower to spend it searching YouTube for drone videos,
They read a complaint that was sent to them, watched the video that was sent to them, wrote a letter, stamped it, and sent it. The amount of money wasted by people looking at this thread on Slashdot instead of doing their jobs was greater than what was spent on this enforcement. But hey, sure, cut their budget when their equipment is 40+ years old and air traffic is increasing greatly. That'll learn them.