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Why Living Cells Are The Future Of Data Processing

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Not all computers are made of silicon.By definition, a computer is anything that processes data, performs calculations, or uses so-called logic gates to...See it on Scoop.it, via Knowmads, Infocology of the future...
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3ders.org - At Organovo: Let's print a heart (video) | 3D Printing news

Scientists are taking the idea of 3D printing and catapulting it into the realms of something more suited to science fiction. One company, Organovo from San Diego in California are working with one of the world's first bio-printers: the NovoGen MMX.
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A sandstone block built from lego, blending real objects with 3d prints

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Camein.com » People-Powered Medical Devices?

Camein.com » People-Powered Medical Devices? | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Medical devices seem to get smaller every year. Think of something as simple as a pacemaker or hearing aid. Like their bretheren PCs, these gadgets that help enhance and extend our lives continue to shrink.


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What Manufacturers Should Do to Build Secure Devices - http://bit.ly/19gsZUe
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The itsy bitsy device that is powered by your body.

 

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The Biological Origin of Linguistic Diversity

In contrast with animal communication systems, diversity is characteristic of almost every aspect of human language. Languages variously employ tones, clicks, or manual signs to signal differences in meaning; some languages lack the noun-verb distinction (e.g., Straits Salish), whereas others have a proliferation of fine-grained syntactic categories (e.g., Tzeltal); and some languages do without morphology (e.g., Mandarin), while others pack a whole sentence into a single word (e.g., Cayuga). A challenge for evolutionary biology is to reconcile the diversity of languages with the high degree of biological uniformity of their speakers. Here, we model processes of language change and geographical dispersion and find a consistent pressure for flexible learning, irrespective of the language being spoken. This pressure arises because flexible learners can best cope with the observed high rates of linguistic change associated with divergent cultural evolution following human migration. Thus, rather than genetic adaptations for specific aspects of language, such as recursion, the coevolution of genes and fast-changing linguistic structure provides the biological basis for linguistic diversity. Only biological adaptations for flexible learning combined with cultural evolution can explain how each child has the potential to learn any human language.

 

Baronchelli A, Chater N, Pastor-Satorras R, Christiansen MH (2012) The Biological Origin of Linguistic Diversity. PLoS ONE 7(10): e48029. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0048029


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TECHNOSENSUAL Review + Interview with Anouk Wipprecht - Fashioning Technology

TECHNOSENSUAL Review + Interview with Anouk Wipprecht - Fashioning Technology | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Recently developed as part of a TECHNOSENSUAL Artist-in-Residency at MQ, the “SMOKE DRESS” is a collaboration between fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht and technologist Aduen Darriba. The dress is a tangible couture “smoke screen” imbued with the ability to suddenly visually obliterate itself through the excretion of a cloud of smoke. Ambient clouds of smoke are created when the dress detects a visitor approaching, thus camouflaging itself within it’s own materiality. The “SMOKE DRESS,” with its loose net of metallic threads and electrical wire, works at the scale of the magical illusionists trick, permitting a hypothetical magician’s assistant to perform her own disappearing act!

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Movie: Lawrence Lek at Designers in Residence 2012

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Movie of Lawrence Lek discussing Designers in Residence at the Design Museum, filmed by Alice Masters.


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Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands | Colossal

Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers on Display at Bloemencorso, A Flower Parade in Zundert, Netherlands | Colossal | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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A Carbon-Fiber Electrode for a Better Connection to the Brain | MIT Technology Review

A Carbon-Fiber Electrode for a Better Connection to the Brain | MIT Technology Review | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
An ultrathin electrode spun from a single carbon fiber can record neurons in living animals.
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The Real Revolution Is Openness, Clay Shirky Tells Tech Leadersl

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[...] Mr. Shirky took that message to a group of higher-education-technology leaders who have been buffeted by a rapidly evolving ed-tech landscape. Mr. Shirky, in a keynote speech kicking off this year’s Educause conference, explored how technology was changing everything, from research to publishing to studying.


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I feel that the real revolution lies in the openness to transform oneself. Dan, thanks, For you I am slowly getting a handle on Scoop it.
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How we educate everyone, from kids to adults, is going to change.  I think Mr. Shirky nailed it that openess is the revolutionary part of that change.

Kevindoylejones's curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:36 PM

lowering friction reduces costs, creates more opportunity. apply this to social good as a horizontal methodology, applied to the sharing economy. creates resilience, abundance of flexible resources in reserve for transitions and shocks.

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Lives Unstill: a creative collaboration with bacteria.

Lives Unstill: a creative collaboration with bacteria. | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Lives Unstill: a creative collaboration with bacteria. This was a joint project with water colour artist Sarah Roberts to study the interaction of naturally occurring pigmented bacteria (living pai...

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Forget apps and useless startups: These four African girls have created a pee-powered generator

Forget apps and useless startups: These four African girls have created a pee-powered generator | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
What have you built lately? 14-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola have created a urine powered generator.



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3ders.org - World’s first 3D liver printing from stem cells | 3D Printing news

3ders.org - World’s first 3D liver printing from stem cells | 3D Printing news | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Researchers at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University have developed valve-based cell-printing processes that are able to deliver cells in specific patterns.
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100,000 Stars

An interactive 3D visualization of the stellar neighborhood, including over 100,000 nearby stars. Created for the Google Chrome web browser.
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Digital Aristotle: Thoughts on the Future of Education

Some thoughts on teachers, students and the Future of Education I don't think this is sci-fi, but if you *do* want to read the sci-fi version of this, I reco...
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Timber Wave by AL_A and ARUP

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From Dezeen, http://vimeo.com/29102504 “London Design Festival 2011: In this movie by the American Hardwood Export Council, architect Amanda Levete of AL_A and London Design Festival director...

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Photographer Jason Tozer Turns Soap Bubbles into Mysterious, Colorful Planets | Colossal

Photographer Jason Tozer Turns Soap Bubbles into Mysterious, Colorful Planets | Colossal | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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Prosthetics and bionics - Nesta

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At this Hot Topics event we debated whether novel technologies in prosthetics and bionics have the potential to provide superhuman capabilities.


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BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks

Directed by @tiffanyshlain Please share this film far and wide! Suggested ways below. Check out the #TEDBook that accompanies this film. Info at: http://www....

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Recyclable electronics: just add hot water | ZeitNews

Recyclable electronics: just add hot water | ZeitNews | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
The Challenge The electronics industry has a waste problem - currently over 100 million electronic units are discarded annually in the UK alone, making it one of the fastest growing waste streams.
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