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Murray Leinster was the nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, born in Norfolk, VA in 1896. He served in WWI in the Army, also serving in WWII in the Office of War Information. He won a 1956 Hugo for Exploration Team and a retro-Hugo in 1996 for First Contact.
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Squid Robot Underwater Inspector Has Unique Propulsion
This underwater robot has a completely unique biomimetic means of propulsion.
Motorola AUDEX Jacket With Sleeve Controls
Love those Leinster sleeve controls; the jacket does have a 1940's appeal to it.
Digital Lederhosen MP3 Player Bavarian-Style
At last, traditional Bavarian lederhosen are now available with MP3 controller buttons.
Space Station Gets Shielding, Not Blasters
Sure, you can bolt on some special protective shielding against space debris. But blasters are better.
I think I understand the jackets - and even lederhosen - with controls for your MP3 player built into them. But keyboard pants?
Our Futuristic Data-Net Is In Trouble
Several articles have come out recently about how the U.S. is falling behind the most advanced nations in the area of Internet broadband. Our sf was more advanced, anyway.
GPS Lingerie 'Find Me If You Can'
Misplaced your girlfriend? No problem - if she wants to be found. With video.
Launch-Abort Motor For NASA: The Next Generation
Testing the 'ejection seats' for the new Constellation space craft. And thanks to readers who made 2,000 SF in the News articles possible!
RoboClam Smart Anchor
Another fascinating biomimetic robot; researchers want to know how Nature can do ten times better than human ingenuity.
COLBERT Treadmill Long SF History
Here are at least three references to early exercising strategies in space. How many can you think of - before people actually spent much time in orbit?
Underwater Robot With Touch Sensitive Skin
Divers with active imaginations may want to stay topside while this robot goes down below.
I've been at the Google I/O conference this week, and this was just one of the cool devices featured at their after party.
Bowlingual Translates Canine Speech
Just in time to be tied into a major motion picture, this upgrade to a classic device now lets your dog speak at last.
Underwater Mine Detection Robots Vs. Wabbler
The Navy is trying to create a smarter mine hunting robotic system. I think I can predict the logical countermove.
Nano-Particle Field Extraction Thruster
A nanoFET is essentially a micro-thruster; a postage stamp-sized rocket engine. Great flexibility combined with long operational life make it perfect for small devices on long missions.
Femphonic Audio Jacket With On-Sleeve Controller
Electronic ontrols built into clothingis an idea that is at least sixty years old. I still like it.
Adaptability Training System Helps Space Travelers Return
Not just for return to Earth, systems like this could help astronauts after a long weightless voyage to Mars.
Tweet Sleeve Displays Your Emotions
Insights into your heart, one hundred and forty characters at a time.
M-Dress Has Phone, SIM Card And Antenna Embedded
This dress is a wearable phone.
Sony Internet TV Foreseen In 1946
'It looks like a vision-receiver used to, only it's got keys instead of dials and you punch the keys for what you wanna get.'
Textile Energy Storage
It's a prototype systematic fiber-based electrochemical micro-supercapacitor.
Sound Charge T-Shirt Uses Sound Energy
Now, noisy streets and loud clubs are just what you need - to recharge your phone.
Smart Textiles For Wearable Communicators
'Antenna clothing' for all occasions.
Space Solar Power - A Truly Limitless Source
SF writers popularized and elaborated on this idea a generation before the first patents were filed.
Handy Zero-G Cup
Serving tea in space is harder than you might think.
School Kids In Brazil Now Wear 'Chipped' T-shirts
'Education does not transform the world.' Surveillance does, though.
Mini Ion Thrusters To Push Tiny Satellites
Perfect for pushing your cubesat around.
Sean Jean 'Fashion Video Name Tag' Fleece
Why not a display to go with your sleeve communicator? Murray Leinster would have been down with it.
ARED Keeps ISS Astronauts Fit
'Joe got out the gravity-simulator harnesses... set for full Earth-gravity simulation.'- Murray Leinster, 1953.
DARPA's Upward Falling Payload Like Leinster's Wabbler
'The Wabbler plunged into the water... It dived swiftly... slowly, it settled downward.'- Murray Leinster, 1942.
Home Termite Habitat
Electric Car Recharging Station