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Former BP geologist: peak oil is here and it will 'break economies'

Former BP geologist: peak oil is here and it will 'break economies' | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: Industry expert warns of grim future of 'recession' driven 'resource wars' at University College London lecture
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"the era of cheap oil has passed and that we are entering a new and very different phase."

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Do We Really Only Use 10% Of Our Brain? | IFLScience

Do We Really Only Use 10% Of Our Brain? | IFLScience | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
As the new film Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman is set to be released in the cinemas this week, I feel I should attempt to dispel the unfounded premise of the film – that we only use 10% of our brains. Let me state that there is no scientific evidence that supports this statement, it is simply a myth.  
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A beautiful and complex system!

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A New Wearable Battery: More Flexible and Durable than Anything Else

A New Wearable Battery: More Flexible and Durable than Anything Else | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
There are at least two big challenges with creating wearable technology. The first is to actually design something that people will want to buy and use, and the second is to keep the device in juice. Here we're going to look at the second. The battery design and function of a wearable device is anything but trivial. We need to develop batteries that are flexible, thin, long-lasting and durable...a huge set of requirements that is very difficult to achieve.
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Flexible batteries...

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Global temperature reaches record high in June following record warmth in May

Global temperature reaches record high in June following record warmth in May | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest for June since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 38th consecutive June and 352nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.
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We keep on breaking records, and we keep on doing pretty much nothing...

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Data Analysis | The Global Innovation Index 2014

Data Analysis | The Global Innovation Index 2014 | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Complete analysis of different countries and economies from The Global Innovation Index. Interactive data on country/economic profiles, strengths & weaknesses and country comparisons
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Global Innovation Index 2014, a ranking of world economies’ innovation capabilities and results

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Nature's strongest glue comes unstuck

Nature's strongest glue comes unstuck | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Over a 150 years since it was first described by Darwin, scientists are finally uncovering the secrets behind the super strength of barnacle glue. Still far better than anything we have been able to develop synthetically, barnacle glue -- or cement -- sticks to any surface, under any conditions. But exactly how this superglue of superglues works has remained a mystery -- until now.
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Interesting!!! bioadhesive the 'barnacle glue'

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The cost of doing nothing

The cost of doing nothing | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Trouble on Main Street IT HAS been the hottest May ever, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The world’s average surface temperature was...
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Climate change and the cost of doing nothing, according to The Economist

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Life Without Cars

Life Without Cars | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it

"Can America be Uberized?

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'It’s an expensive item of equipment that sits idle most of the time; it requires parking (and often a parking structure) both at origin and at destination; it requires maintenance and is a big hassle all around.'


But at the end the solution is not one, but many interconnected and interdependent.

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Conservatives and Climate Change

Conservatives and Climate Change | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it

BrillianAre conservatives willing to settle for “second best” solutions for global warming?

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Brilliant response to Paulson's article, must read!

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Overall Rankings — The Good Country Index

Overall Rankings — The Good Country Index | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
The Good Country Index is pretty simple: a measure of what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity
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Some surprises, some not, interesting index...

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Neuroscience's grand question: How do neurons regenerate without losing memory?

Neuroscience's grand question: How do neurons regenerate without losing memory? | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
A new theoretical model to understand how cells monitor and self-regulate their properties in the face of continual turnover of cellular components has been developed by neuroscientists. How the continuous rebuilding of neurons' "parts" takes place without affecting our ability to think, remember, learn or otherwise experience the world is one of neuroscience's biggest questions.
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What a extraordinary question!!!

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Economic pluralism, yes – but don’t ignore the planet. | Kate Raworth

Economic pluralism, yes – but don’t ignore the planet. | Kate Raworth | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
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Kate Raworth one more voice about the need of changing economics to fix (all) human-made systems, is one of the few times I have seen together the words 'economics' and 'thermodynamics'.

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Disney's Software Could Let You 3-D Print Your Own Mechanical Toys

Disney's Software Could Let You 3-D Print Your Own Mechanical Toys | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Disney's interest in bringing the magic of animation to the masses goes beyond moving images and into the physical world.
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This software is amazing!!!

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Climate Change Debate - YouTube

John Oliver hosts a mathematically representative climate change debate, with the help of special guest Bill Nye the Science Guy, of course. Connect with Las...
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The ONLY debate that truly matters, an statistically proportional debate about climate change, brilliant!

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A-Z - School of Education Communication and Language Sciences - Newcastle University

A-Z - School of Education Communication and Language Sciences - Newcastle University | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
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About disrupting systems for good, wonderful work of Prof. Sugata Mitra

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Law of physics governs airplane 'evolution': Constructal law explains progression of passenger jets, sets guidelines for future aircraft

Law of physics governs airplane 'evolution': Constructal law explains progression of passenger jets, sets guidelines for future aircraft | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Scientists have found that a law of physics predicts the evolution of commercial airliners and also provides guidelines for future designs.
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Very interesting!!! Could the 'Constructal law' be applied to other 'things' like the economy?

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Why do honeybees love hexagons? - Zack Patterson and Andy Peterson - YouTube

Why do honeybees love hexagons? - Zack Patterson and Andy Peterson - YouTube | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-do-honeybees-love-hexagons-zack-patterson-and-andy-peterson Honeybees are some of nature's finest mathematici...
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One more beautiful example of nature, evolution and efficiency for design, biomimicry and sustainablility

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Economic development not the only influence on personal car use

Economic development not the only influence on personal car use | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Although countries with high levels of economic development generally have more personal automobile travel than less-affluent nations, income is not the only factor that determines a nation's demand for cars, according to a new study.
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Is not only about having the money, these researches found other relevant factors:
-car infrastructure

-inexpensive fuel

-pro-car policies

-a lack of alternatives to driving

-having a population with a high proportion of working-age residents

-the availability of domestic oil

-the existence of a domestic car manufacturing industry

-the geographic dispersion of a nation's population

-whether a society has a car culture.

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New material puts a twist in light

New material puts a twist in light | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Scientists have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics. A random find in the washing basket led the team to create the latest in a new breed of materials known as metamaterials. These artificial materials show extraordinary properties quite unlike natural materials.
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New development in material science, this time is metamaterials

 

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Cheap, highly efficient solar cells: A new stable and cost-cutting type of perovskite solar cell

Cheap, highly efficient solar cells: A new stable and cost-cutting type of perovskite solar cell | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Scientists have made a very efficient perovskite solar cell that does not require a hole-conducting layer. The novel photovoltaic achieved energy conversion efficiency of 12.8 percent and was stable for over 1000 hours under full sunlight. The innovation is expected to significantly reduce the cost of these promising solar cells.
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More findings in higher efficiencies and lower cost for solar cells PV!

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Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years

Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Finland's capital hopes an ambitious 'mobility on demand' system that integrates all forms of transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete
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Buckminster Fuller said it: 'don't try to change the old, create a new system that makes the older obsolete'

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Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession

Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
We need to tax carbon dioxide emissions to protect our economy.
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"taking a cautiously conservative stance — that is, waiting for more information before acting — is actually taking a very radical risk"

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Interests, Ideology and Climate

Interests, Ideology and Climate | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
The monetary stakes, it turns out, are not the biggest obstacle to rational action on global warming.
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Climate change deniers are not because of greed, but because of ideology and anti-intellectualism, interesting perspective...

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From chaos to order: How ants optimize food search

From chaos to order: How ants optimize food search | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
Ants are capable of complex problem-solving strategies that could be widely applied as optimization techniques. An individual ant searching for food walks in random ways. Yet the collective foraging behavior of ants goes well beyond that, a mathematical study reveals: The animal movements at a certain point change from chaos to order. This happens in a self-organized way. Understanding the ants could help analyze similar phenomena -- for instance how humans roam the Internet.
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"A highly efficient complex network" another example of biomimicry for systems thinking design

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What are These Red Dots Across the American Landscape?

What are These Red Dots Across the American Landscape? | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
In a post called "What are These Giant Concrete Arrows Across the American Landscape?" we showed you a long-forgotten wayfinding device for early airmail pilots. The entry featured the map below, plotting out the course of the arrows that the pilots could follow to get cross-country: The map atop this entry reminded us of that. Any guesses as to what it is? It clearly seems to indicate a cross-country and coastal travel pattern, except for the isolated island chain
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As a business strategy and technological achievement it is quite impressive, but Tesla is not really changing anything, In the U.S. 69% of electricity is produced with fossil fuels, the car itself, the way is produced, used and discarded (materials, ownership, recycling and so on), is pretty much the same, we still need a revolution here.

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Error at IBM Lab Finds New Family of Materials - NYTimes.com

Error at IBM Lab Finds New Family of Materials - NYTimes.com | design, systems and sustainability | Scoop.it
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The value of trying, testing and making mistakes, there are many examples in science about how an 'error' or a 'mistake' can lead to great discoveries

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