Flying Cars Surge Forward

The year 2019 may be remembered as the year when “flying cars” were transformed from “sci-fi fantasy” into an...

published on: Jul 15, 2019

Unleashing the Potential of Hypersonic Flight

As discussed in our July 2018 issue, hypersonic flight is the latest thing in advanced weaponry.  Yet the designs...

published on: Jun 15, 2019

Implications of America’s 21st Century...

For nearly 20 years, the Trends editors have been forecasting and tracking the clear and rapidly accelerating internal...

published on: May 15, 2019

Lab Grown Meat Moves Toward Commercialization

The rise of the global middle class has dramatically increased the demand for meat over the past 40 years.  And this...

published on: Apr 15, 2019

Off We Go into the Wild Black Yonder

published on: Oct 15, 2018

Militarizing outer space has been discussed ever since the Sputnik-era. But only recently has the United States taken formal action to make it...

Apocalypse Avoided

published on: Aug 15, 2018

As we know from the demise of the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago, literally Earth-shattering events occur, but only very infrequently. However, when...

How Driverless Cars Will Re-Shape Our World

published on: Sep 15, 2017

Just as few people in 1907 could have imagined the impact of automobiles on civilization over the next 20 to 50 years, managers, workers, and...

Realizing the Potential of 4D Printing

published on: Sep 15, 2017

For over a decade, we’ve been watching the evolution of 3D printing and other varieties of additive manufacturing. But recently, a new derivative...

Additive Manufacturing Goes Industrial  

published on: Aug 15, 2017

A decade ago, additive manufacturing (or AM) began to appear in labs, workshops, and design studios, where flexibility, low turn-around times, and...

Battery-Electric Cars, Less Than Meets the Eye

published on: Jul 30, 2017

If you listen to the mainstream-media, you’ve certainly heard that a surge in battery-electric cars will transform the automobile industry and even...

New Research Raises Stimulating Possibilities...

published on: Jul 30, 2017

For decades, experts have speculated about the possible benefits of electrically stimulating the human brain.  But until recently, it’s never...

On-Demand Personal Aviation Takes Off

published on: Jun 24, 2017

Since Trends last examined this rapidly developing story in September 2016, a tsunami of innovation, funding, business models and regulatory...

When America Goes to Pot

published on: Feb 25, 2017

In 2016, the legalization of cannabis, also known as marijuana, approached critical mass in the United States. What will this mean for public health...

Policing in the Twenty-First Century

published on: Jan 16, 2017

For millennia, law enforcement was carried out by human police, enforcing a peace between the members of villages, towns, and then cities.  Yet, try...

A Star Trek “Impulse Drive” Could Open Up...

published on: Jan 16, 2017

As every Star Trek fan knows, the Starship Enterprise had two kinds of propulsion:  faster-than light “warp drive” for interstellar travel, and...

The Climate Express Hits the Wall

published on: Dec 15, 2016

Like a speeding locomotive filled with gold bullion, the $1.5 trillion a year climate-industrial complex seemed, until a few weeks ago,...

The New Plastics Economy

published on: Nov 15, 2016

Plastics have become the ubiquitous workhorse material of the modern economy, combining unrivaled functional properties with low cost.  Their use...

Science Seeks to Understand Human Consciousness

published on: Oct 15, 2016

Every human being identifies with the terms “me, myself, and I.”  Until the middle of the nineteenth century, western thought assumed these...

The Flying Taxi Experience May Be Here Sooner...

published on: Sep 15, 2016

As highlighted in the November 2015 issue of Trends, a business case is emerging for the deployment of a flying taxi fleet in many urban markets,...

The Lawyer Bubble

published on: Sep 15, 2016

While graduates of the top law schools still get solid offers and partners with top law firms still generate big incomes, things look relatively...

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