Welcome to the Ultimate Book of the Future Blog Tour!
Ultimate Book of the Future by Stephanie Warren Drimmer Is the perfect book for fans of sci-fi, budding engineers and scientists, lovers of futuristic movies and pop culture, and anyone who has ever dreamed about what tomorrow might look like. To celebrate its release, 5 blogs across the web are featuring posts from the book as well as 5 chances to win. Ready to sneak a peek at your life in the future? Read on!
THE FUTURE OF SAVING THE WORLD: FIGHTING FIRES WITH SOUND
Every year, more than 100,000 wildfires rage in the United States alone, burning up between four and five million acres (1.6 to 2 million ha). Raging wildfires can move at speeds of up to 14 miles an hour (23 km/h), swallowing up trees, brush, homes, and everything else in their path. Battling these fires is hot, dirty, dangerous work. But what if firefighters could use something as simple as sound to put out the flames?
In 2017, two engineering students named Seth Robertson and Viet Tran invented what might be the fire extinguisher of the future. Traditionally, firefighters either douse fires with water or spray them with chemical retardants to stop the burning. But the new device uses neither. Instead, it emits sound to put out fires. Sound moves in waves that vibrate what they’re passing through. That vibration can be enough to separate the flames from the oxygen they need to burn, putting rigged up an amplifier and a cardboard tube to focus the sound. When they blasted low-frequency tones through their “sonic extinguisher,” flames went out.
Now, Robertson and Tran are working on turning their prototype into a real-life product. They think the technology could be ideal for putting out small fires in the home: a sonic extinguisher could be installed over a stove top to extinguish kitchen fires, fore xample. Someday, drones equipped with sonic extinguishers could fight forest fires without needing to refill water or retardant and without putting human lives in danger. And a sound-based device could be extremely useful in space, where zero gravity makes it impossible to spray a traditional fire extinguisher. Now that’s a sound idea.
FUN FACT: Earth is the only known planet where there is enough oxygen for a fire to burn.
Robot dogs! Jet packs! Cyborgs! Super-sleek space suits! It’s not science fiction, it’s science reality. And soon, it may be part of everyday life. This book is a jam-packed collection of the coolest tech and wildest ideas that are shaping the world of tomorrow.
Blast off for an unbelievably fascinating journey through time, space, and even a holographic pop concert (or two)! With chapters on future cities, space travel, high-tech entertainment, and even saving the world, Future World is a thorough, fun compendium of high-tech gadgets being built today and the coolest stuff tomorrow has to offer, plus the amazing dreamers making it all happen.
Special “Could It Happen?” features tackle kids” burning hypothetical questions, like whether Jurassic Park could really exist, or whether a robot could become president. Each chapter also includes a “Future Fail!” that profiles one thing we thought we’d have by now, but don’t (like everything from The Jetsons.) And kids will see where they might fit into the picture through the “Jobs of Tomorrow” profiled in each chapter. (Job titles include mind reader, space pilot, and robot-human communicator. Seriously!)
Stephanie Warren Drimmer is a science writer based in Los Angeles, California. She writes books and magazine features for kids about everything from the strangest places in space, to the chemistry of cookies, to the mysteries of the human brain. She has a degree in science journalism from New York University…but she thinks she likes writing for kids because she’s secretly still one herself.
- One (1) winner will receive a hardcover of Ultimate Book of the Future
- US/Can only
- Ends 7/5 at 11:59pm ET
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- Visit the other stops on the tour for more chances to win!
Blog Tour Schedule:
June 20th — YA Book Nerd
June 21st — The Mommy Island
June 22nd — Always in the Middle
June 23rd — Susie’s Reviews and Giveaways
June 24th — Feed Your Fiction Addiction