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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water

Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Audi is making a new fuel for internal combustion engines that has the potential to make a big dent when it comes to climate change – that's because the synthetic diesel is made from just water and carbon dioxide. SE

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If this is scaleable the impact will be enormous. SE

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Carbon Nanoballs Can Transform the Renewable Energy Supply

Carbon Nanoballs Can Transform the Renewable Energy Supply | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that the insulation plastic used in high-voltage cables can withstand a 26 per cent higher voltage if nanometer-sized carbon balls are added. SE

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This would change the cost curve of renewable energy. SE

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LiquidPiston unveils X Mini engine

LiquidPiston unveils X Mini engine | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Back in 2012, Gizmag looked at LiquidPiston’s X2 rotary engine. The compact, low-vibration, high-efficiency 70 bhp and 40 bhp compression ignition engine was something of a sensation. SE

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New technique for generating electricity from mechanical vibrations

New technique for generating electricity from mechanical vibrations | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have devised a new method that involves mechanical vibrations. They figured out how to "harvest" the vibrational energy that occurs naturally when two surfaces with different work functions are connected via electrodes, and this energy could potentially be used to power wearables and other low-power electronics. SE

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Facebook Says Wi-Fi Drones Will Be Jumbo Jet-Sized

Facebook Says Wi-Fi Drones Will Be Jumbo Jet-Sized | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

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If a new Facebook plan is successful, the easiest way to access the cloud may be ... in the clouds. SE

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The First Driverless Transit System in the U.S. Starts Rolling in 2017

The First Driverless Transit System in the U.S. Starts Rolling in 2017 | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Since 2011, Honolulu's been busy building a $5.2 billion solution to help alleviate the mind-blowing traffic congestion that's come to define life on Oahu's South Shore. SE

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Old tires could be recycled into better car batteries

Old tires could be recycled into better car batteries | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at Oak Ridge Laboratory have found a way to make battery anodes from a graphite-like substance in waste tires. SE

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Copper foam could make extra CO2 useful

Copper foam could make extra CO2 useful | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper in reactions involving carbon dioxide, according to the new study. SE

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By-product hydrogen used to power fuel cell pilot plant

By-product hydrogen used to power fuel cell pilot plant | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

By-products are common to most industries. Some are harmless, some dangerous and others useless. Others are simply under-utilized. SE

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Stable lithium anode may triple battery efficiency

Stable lithium anode may triple battery efficiency | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Stanford University researchers claim to have created the first stable pure lithium anode in a working battery by using carbon nanospheres as a protective sheath to guard against degradation. SE

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10 Gbps Li-Fi system shows wireless data transfer in a new light

10 Gbps Li-Fi system shows wireless data transfer in a new light | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Light might be the preferred option for transmitting data over long distances via cables, but when it comes to short range wireless, radio waves rule in the form of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. SE
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Star Trek-Style Holodeck Coming into Focus at Lowe's

Star Trek-Style Holodeck Coming into Focus at Lowe's | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A number of retailers are looking for ways to leverage technology to get shoppers excited about buying in-store again. Some are eliminating the checkout line by letting customers pay by swiping QR codes, for example. And mainstream retailers Lowe’s and Home Depot have adopted Apple’s roaming point-of-sale approach. Today Lowe’s took an even bigger step into new shopping experiences, launching a holograph-based virtual reality showroom dubbed the Holoroom. SE

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Researchers create flexible wires that could double as batteries

Researchers create flexible wires that could double as batteries | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers have developed flexible nanowhisker supercapacitors in electric wires, making them both conductors and energy storage devices. SE

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Graphene device makes ultrafast light to energy conversion possible

Graphene device makes ultrafast light to energy conversion possible | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Spain claim to have created a graphene-based photodetector that converts light into electricity in under 50 quadrillionths of a second. SE

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New kind of plastic recycles itself when exposed to UV light

New kind of plastic recycles itself when exposed to UV light | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In 2012, the United States generated almost 14 million tons of plastics as containers and packaging, about 11 million tons as durable goods such as appliances, and almost 7 million tons as nondurable goods, such as plates and cups. SE

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New type of silicon could find use in solar cells and LEDs

New type of silicon could find use in solar cells and LEDs | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

You probably wouldn't be reading this if it weren't for silicon. SE

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Tri-Fold Touchscreen OLED Could Give You Way More Smartphone Real Estate

Tri-Fold Touchscreen OLED Could Give You Way More Smartphone Real Estate | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In addition to satellites and computers smaller than a giant room, Arthur C. Clarke also predicted mobile touchscreen devices that could be crumpled up like a handkerchief and stuffed in a pocket. It's here. SE

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New “Gold Nanocluster” Technology Improves Solar Cell Performance

New “Gold Nanocluster” Technology Improves Solar Cell Performance | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Using approximately 10,000 times less gold than in previous studies, researchers from Western University improve solar power performance with new “gold nanocluster” technology. SE

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Japan's Spending $5 Billion to Fast Track Maglev Trains in the US

Japan's Spending $5 Billion to Fast Track Maglev Trains in the US | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Come on guys. It's just 40 miles. We'll even go halfsies with you. Except, in this case, "halfsies" still amounts to $5 billion. SE

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Taku-Tanku portable tiny house can be towed by bike

Taku-Tanku portable tiny house can be towed by bike | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The tiny house movement is as much about lifestyle as it is size of dwelling. Simplicity and efficiency are key characteristics of such a house. Not only is... SE

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New Catalyst converts CO2 to methanol 90 times faster than current options

New Catalyst converts CO2 to methanol 90 times faster than current options | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Turn that frown upside down – scientists have found a way to take convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into methanol - a key commodity used to create a wide range of industrial chemicals and fuels. SE

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This could be a game changer. SE

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This 1D Graphene Switches from Conductor to Insulator When It Stretches

This 1D Graphene Switches from Conductor to Insulator When It Stretches | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

You've heard all about the wonder properties of graphene, so come meet its one dimensional cousin, carbyne. A chain of single carbon atoms to graphene's two-dimensional layer of atoms, carbyne has some pretty amazing properties of its own. SE

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Sand boosts lithium-ion battery performance three-fold

Sand boosts lithium-ion battery performance three-fold | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Replacing the graphite in the batteries with quartz -- the primary component in sand -- could lead to electric car batteries that last three times longer. SE

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Nanoscale Structures Could Yield Higher-Performance Computer Memory

Nanoscale Structures Could Yield Higher-Performance Computer Memory | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

UCLA researchers have created nanoscale structures for computer chips that could yield higher-performance memory in computers, mobile electronics such as smart phones and tablets, as well as large computing systems for big data. SE

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A Straightforward Method for Making Wearable Tech

A Straightforward Method for Making Wearable Tech | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Considering the pace of technological growth in recent decades, the convergence of humans and machines seems a foregone conclusion. Yet, unlike most machines, the body is far too flexible and squishy for modern advanced materials. So it falls on researchers to develop new stretchable technologies that are easily manufactured and relatively inexpensive. SE

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