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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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We have no idea how biased we are - Futurity

We have no idea how biased we are - Futurity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

"People seem to have no idea how biased they are," says Carey Morewedge. Experiments suggest intelligence offers no escape from this bias "blind spot." SE

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Looks like we all suffer from this. SE

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People outwit MRI scans with fake memories - Futurity

People outwit MRI scans with fake memories - Futurity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

With a little coaching, people were able to obscure real memories, or even create fibs that look like real memories, on fMRI brain scans. SE

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Looks like people can create false memories. SE

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Noisy places change brain cells - Futurity

Noisy places change brain cells - Futurity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Brain cells that help us hear are amazingly adaptable, changing shape in noisy environments and switching back when things quiet down. SE

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A central mechanism of aging identified – and it might be reversible

A central mechanism of aging identified – and it might be reversible | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Research into the underlying causes of a genetic disorder that causes premature aging and death has revealed a key driver of aging in all people. Better yet, this mechanism is reversible – and with it, perhaps, scientists may be able to slow or reverse the aging process. SE

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If true, this would change the world. SE 

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Medieval Anglo-Saxon recipe may kill MRSA superbug - CNN.com

Medieval Anglo-Saxon recipe may kill MRSA superbug - CNN.com | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

MRSA bacteria may be wiped out by recipe in medieval Bald's Leechbook for potion of garlic, onions, wine and bile. SE

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Researchers discover hormone that mimics diabetes-preventing effects of exercise

Researchers discover hormone that mimics diabetes-preventing effects of exercise | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

All manner of weird and wonderful exercise contraptions pushed on late night infomercials are testament to people's desire for faster and easier ways to get the benefits of exercise – whether said contraptions are effective or not. SE

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Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83


Sad news today: Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83.  SE

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We all lost a friend today. SE

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Telomere-lengthening procedure turns clock back years in human cells

Telomere-lengthening procedure turns clock back years in human cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists have developed a new procedure to increase the length of human telomeres. This increases the number of times cells are able to divide, which may point the way to treating various age-related diseases, SE

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This would be a paradigm shifting discovery. It is definitely an area to follow closely. SE

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People trained to experience an overlap in senses also receive IQ boost

People trained to experience an overlap in senses also receive IQ boost | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Tasting lemons when they see a number seven, regarding a certain letter as being yellow in color. Not a great deal is known about why some people experience an overlapping of the senses, a phenomena known as synesthesia. But a new study conducted at the University of Sussex has suggested that specific training of the mind can induce the effects of the condition. The study even suggests that such training can boost a person's IQ. SE

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Headshot: Action video games found to improve brain's capacity to learn

Headshot: Action video games found to improve brain's capacity to learn | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester were exploring the ability of the brain to predict what is about to happen, something they call "templates of the world." This might refer to a turn in a conversation, anticipating road traffic or more complicated tasks like performing surgery. Led by professor Daphne Bavelier, the team sought to compare the visual performance of those who play action video games and those who don't. It found that the action-gamers performed at a higher level, with their brains using a better template for the job at hand. SE

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Direct brain-to-brain interface between humans improved

Direct brain-to-brain interface between humans improved | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

University of Washington (UW) researchers brought that ambition a step closer to reality by successfully conducting a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of volunteers over the internet by transmitting signals from one person’s brain to another to directly govern the motions of the receiving person’s hand. SE

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Niagen™ - Anti Aging

Niagen™ - Anti Aging | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In a recent study by Harvard University and the University of NSW, a new way to potentially reverse aging in cells was revealed. Published in the scientific journal Cell on December 19, 2013, this landmark study not only showed how the aging process can be slowed down, but how you actually can make tissue cells younger. SE

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Converting skin cells directly into brain cells advances fight against Huntington's disease

Converting skin cells directly into brain cells advances fight against Huntington's disease | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Few diseases are as terrifying as Huntington's, an inherited genetic disorder that gradually saps away at sufferers' muscle control and cognitive capacity until they die (usually some 20 or so years after initial symptoms). SE

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Health may hinge on being cheerful during stress

Health may hinge on being cheerful during stress | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

How we react to stressful situations may play a key role in our long-term health, according to a recent study of people's emotions and real-life stressors. SE

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Even when worrying, be happy. SE

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Researchers may have discovered fountain of youth by reversing aging in human cells

Researchers may have discovered fountain of youth by reversing aging in human cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers in Japan have found that human aging may be able to be delayed or even reversed, at least at the most basic level of human cell lines. In the process, the scientists from the University of Tsukuba also found that regulation of two genes is related to how we age. SE

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Anti-aginf research continues to be exciting. SE

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Could light work like Vicodin to kill pain? - Futurity

Could light work like Vicodin to kill pain? - Futurity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The same opioid receptors that are activated by painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin can be activated by light. SE

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Total paradigm shift here. SE

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Brain-To-Brain Interfaces: The Science Of Telepathy

Brain-To-Brain Interfaces: The Science Of Telepathy | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Studies published in the last two years have reported direct transmission of brain activity between two animalsbetween two humans and even between a human and a rat. These “brain-to-brain interfaces” (BBIs) allow for direct transmission of brain activity in real time by coupling the brains of two individuals. SE

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Senior volunteers ward off brain 'shrinkage' - Futurity

Senior volunteers ward off brain 'shrinkage' - Futurity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Retirees who take part in meaningful social activity may prevent shrinkage in their brains' memory centers and avoid age-related cognitive problems. SE

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Yale Maps Evolutionary Changes of the Human Brain

Yale Maps Evolutionary Changes of the Human Brain | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

New research from Yale University reveals a detailed catalog of human-specific changes in gene regulation and pinpoints several biological processes potentially guided by these regulatory elements that are crucial to human brain development. SE

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Scientists discover a "mini-brain" in spinal cord that helps keep us balanced

Scientists discover a "mini-brain" in spinal cord that helps keep us balanced | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it


Keeping ourselves upright is something most of us shouldn't need to think a whole lot about, given we've been doing it almost our entire lives. SE

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Genetic probe flares cancer directly in the blood stream

Genetic probe flares cancer directly in the blood stream | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The Nanoflare technology uses a genetic-based approach to detect and image live cancer cells present in the blood stream, well before these had a chance to develop into a tumor. SE

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BSXinsight lactate threshold sensor lets athletes know how far to push themselves

BSXinsight lactate threshold sensor lets athletes know how far to push themselves | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Billed as being the world's first wearable lactate threshold sensor, the BSXinsight is made to let athletes know how close they're getting to the edge. SE

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UCLA Scientists Propose a Benchmark for Better Stem Cell Replication

UCLA Scientists Propose a Benchmark for Better Stem Cell Replication | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

New research from UCLA establishes a standard to assess how conditions used to procure stem cells in the lab compare to those found in a human embryo, and could provide the foundation for scientists to more precisely replicate natural stem cells. SE

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Diabetes cured in mice with Blood Pressure Medication

According to a new study, a cure for diabetes might actually be in store in the near future: Alabama researchers have managed to cure the disease in mice. To make things even more interesting, they did this by using a commonly prescribed medicine for blood pressure – Verapamil. "We found that we could reverse the disease completely,” said Dr. Anath Shalev, director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center. SE

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Major news. SE

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Dietary Cocoa Flavanols Reverse Age-Related Memory Decline in Older Adults

Dietary Cocoa Flavanols Reverse Age-Related Memory Decline in Older Adults | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A new study from Columbia University Medical Center shows that dietary cocoa flavanols reverse age-related memory decline in healthy older adults. SE

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