Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news\u00a0items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.In Future Trends: Smart Mosquitos, Microscopes, and Blood Cells we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, February 19th, 2016.Could Genetically Engineered Insects Squash Mosquito-Borne Disease?Via SciFri\u00a0Foldscope: A Paper Microscope that Costs $1Foldscope is an origami-based print-and-fold optical microscope that can be assembled from a flat sheet of paper. Although it costs less than a dollar in parts, it can provide over 2,000X magnification with sub-micron resolution (800nm), weighs less than two nickels (8.8 g), is small enough to fit in a pocket (70 \u00d7 20 \u00d7 2 mm3), requires no external power, and can survive being dropped from a 3-story building or stepped on by a person. Its minimalistic, scalable design is inherently application-specific instead of general-purpose gearing towards applications in global health, field based citizen science and K12-science education.Via The New Yorker\u00a0and Foldscope.comKurzweil predicts computers as small as blood cellsRay Kurzweil took to the stage at\u00a0the #BCTECH Summit\u00a0and talked about\u00a0Glasses that beam images directly onto the retina, by the end of this decade. More mind-boggling, he says most diseases will be gone by the 2030s – (based on the theory that nanobots will one day roam inside the body).What’s coming next, according to Kurzweil?Both biotechnology\u00a0\u2014\u00a0which is reprogramming the processes underlying biology\u00a0\u2014\u00a0and nanotechnology\u00a0\u2014\u00a0these medical nanorobots\u00a0\u2014\u00a0will be able to address every disease and aging process. So, as we get to 2030s, and certainly by the time the 2030s are over, we’ll have addressed all disease and aging processes.Via CBCIs urban farming only for rich hipsters?Photograph: Mandy Zammit\/GrowUp BoxSpending on ethical food and drink products \u2013 including organic, Fairtrade, free range and freedom foods \u2013 hit \u00a38.4bn in the UK in 2013, making up 8.5% of all household food sales.By leveraging environmental credentials, such as local, sustainable and transparent production, a new wave of urban agriculture enterprises are justifying a premium price. But while a higher price point might better reflect the true cost of food production and help build a viable business, it can also exclude lower income groups, fuelling perception that local, sustainably produced food is the preserve of food elitists.Via The Guardian10 of Google\u2019s smartest and wildest new projectsLiftware SpoonGoogle Genomics (see my predictions for 2016)LongevityGoogle DeepMindProject SoliProject loonGoogle FibreNestSmart Contact LensesProject SkybenderVia MarketWatchSee the last 4 week\u2019s Future Trends articles here:Future Trends: Gravitational Waves and Your 200th Year of BirthFuture Trends: Brainprints, AR on Eyes, and the Death of GolfFuture Trends: Drone Racing, Minecraft, Go, and HolacracyFuture Trends: Skills in 2020 and Sneaky Drones***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.