Link Tank: Futuristic Prototypes from CES 2020

Essential Star Trek stories to watch pre-Picard, prototypes from CES 2020, 3D printing and lunar colonies, plus more from today's Link Tank!

Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation

This year’s CES is full of cutting edge innovations. Check out some amazing prototypes the event showcased.

“CES is a time for the tech industry to dream big and set the stage for the future. Sometimes that future is only a few months away, while other times it’s more like a sci-fi fever dream many years out. Here we’re focusing primarily on the latter, bringing you the coolest, craziest prototypes we saw at the show this year. CES 2020 Bug Art Sure, a lot of these products will probably never be available to buy. But they may give us a glimpse at what’s in store for consumer technology in the years to come.”

Read more PCMag.

Hulu’s hit show Shrill is the perfect example of why overweight people are the best to tell their own stories.

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“In the first season of Hulu’s Shrill, loosely based on Lindy West’s memoir of the same name, Aidy Bryant’s Annie slowly begins to unfurl. She faces micro and macroaggressions about her weight, including from her boss (John Cameron Mitchell, playing a caricature of Dan Savage), and commits to a relationship with a guy (Luka Jones) who, for a time, wants her to climb over the back fence of his house rather than go out the front door if his roommate and brother are home because he’s embarrassed to be sleeping with her. She also goes to a fat babe pool party, stands up to her mom for years of weight-shaming, and shows up at the home of an internet troll in what can only be described as her worst decision all season.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Before the premiere of Picard, there are some Star Trek stories fans should brush up on.

“When Star Trek: Picard beams onto CBS All Access, we’ll finally get to see what the man who embodies the very best of Star Trek at large has been up to in the decades since we last saw him. But the Picard we’re meeting in this new show has changed, and so has the world around him. So if you need to do some brushing up for context on what you should know, we’re here to help.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Thanks to 3D printing technology, lunar colonies may not be as far-fetch a dream as before previously though.

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“f you can dream it, you can 3D print it. Or so it would seem. But even though 3D printing continues to gain popularity in scientific, industrial and maker spaces here on Earth, there are still some bugs that need to be ironed out before 3D printed space colonies can come to fruition.”

Read more at Inverse.

Netflix will have more original content than ever in 2020. Check out all the best upcoming shows and movies on the streaming platform.

“Another year, another year of Netflix churning out a ton of original movies and shows. Yes, there’s a lot of trash (The Dirt! The I-Land!) but the good news is that the highs are getting higher (The Irishman! The Witcher — yes, The Witcher). In 2020, several familiar favorite titles are returning (and at least one is ending — R.I.P., BoJack), as well as far more than a handful of new shows and movies of significance.”

Read more at Thrillist.

Why can you sometimes see your breath? Here’s the actual science behind this phenomenon.

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“The human body is made up of about 60 percent water, meaning that when we breathe, we don’t just exhale carbon dioxide—we also exhale a certain amount of water vapor. Water molecules need a lot of energy in order to remain in a gaseous form. When the warm water vapor molecules from your lungs reach colder air, they condense into “tiny droplets of liquid water and ice,” according to Wonderopolis. In fact, this process of condensation is also how clouds are formed.”

Read more at Mental Floss.