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hammerklavier
02-16-2008, 03:19 AM
I hope this will become a continuing thread to post "the latest thing" in science and medicine so your near future novels don't become obsolete before you've finished the final draft, or to spark writing ideas.

In general please post a URL and note if the invention is now or just in research.

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In the first such attempt ever, the US military will try to shoot down a spy satellite with a missile to 1) ensure it burns up in the atmosphere, 2) lands in the ocean, 3) to demonstrate the power of their missle defense system to the Koreans

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080215/ts_nm/usa_satellite_missile_dc;_ylt=AkjNhppglhLK9DdnGlK1 Z68EtbAF

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Generate power from the gulf stream current or ocean waves:

http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=80455

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High speed chases may be thing of the past thanks to the sticky GPS locator

http://www.engadget.com/2006/02/04/lapd-to-test-squad-car-launched-gps-darts-to-track-high-speed-ch/

And, of course, the EMP to kill your car's ignition

http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/5503059-description.html

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Research is underway to develop passive radar: huge implications for the military and could render your radar detector useless as well:

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/1998/12/16762

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Taser someone from 100 feet away (four times current distance)

http://www.news.com/A-Taser-shotgun-for-long-range-electrifying/2100-1008_3-6039508.html

TheIT
02-16-2008, 03:21 AM
FYI, there's already a "Science Fact" subforum in the Science Fiction and Fantasy forum which contains threads about scientific discovery.

hammerklavier
02-16-2008, 03:23 AM
What about thrillers?