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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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To build better aircraft, watch the birdie (and the bee) - Futurity

To build better aircraft, watch the birdie (and the bee) - Futurity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers are taking cues from how birds and bees use vision in flight to design future autopilots and drones. SE

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Lithium-ion batteries inspired by snail shells could prove longer-lasting

Lithium-ion batteries inspired by snail shells could prove longer-lasting | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In an ongoing effort to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries, scientists have looked to the techniques that snails use to control the growth of their shells. SE

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Moss can power a radio, and could eventually charge your phone

Moss can power a radio, and could eventually charge your phone | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A team of scientists over in Europe have decided to take the idea of “green” power very, very literally. SE

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New understanding of lizard tails could allow humans to regrow body parts

New understanding of lizard tails could allow humans to regrow body parts | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Lizards have the ability to break off their own tail when attacked by a predator, and then regrow it. Scientists recently announced that they have cracked ... SE

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How Digital Security Is Being Inspired By Nature

How Digital Security Is Being Inspired By Nature | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Cyber security is vital in our modern digital world, but it's not ruled entirely by traditional computing techniques. In fact, it's learning from the natural world—and something called The Danger Theory could help keep our computers safe. SE

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This Plastic Is Made Of Shrimp Shells

This Plastic Is Made Of Shrimp Shells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

There isn't any reason why we can't replace plastic with something biodegradable. Here's one option: a material called shrilk. SE

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The US Grows the Most Productive Plants in the World, Says NASA

The US Grows the Most Productive Plants in the World, Says NASA | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Remember learning about America's "amber waves of grain?" Well, it turns out that the United States' bread basket—a.k.a., the Corn Belt—is even more productive than previously thought. SE

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Reusable gecko-inspired adhesive tape shrugs off the "dirt"

Reusable gecko-inspired adhesive tape shrugs off the "dirt" | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Geckos' feet are right up there with adhesive tape, when it comes to being able to stick to things. Unlike tape, however, those feet retain their adhesive qualities even after many, many uses. SE

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Mushrooms Are Helping Purify Dirty Waters

Mushrooms Are Helping Purify Dirty Waters | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Mushroom Darius_saulenas via Wikimedia Commons Let this idea grow on you: using mushrooms to clean up dirty, polluted urban streams. That's what environmentalists are trying in Oregon. SE

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Researchers Discover Natural 3D Counterpart to Graphene

Researchers Discover Natural 3D Counterpart to Graphene | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A team of researchers has discovered that sodium bismuthate can exist as a form of quantum matter called a three-dimensional topological Dirac semi-metal (3DTDS), a natural three-dimensional counterpart to graphene with similar or even better...SE

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Insomniac algae produce more biofuel compounds

Insomniac algae produce more biofuel compounds | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Tricking algae to “stay awake” can boost, by up to 700 percent, the amount of compounds the marine plants can produce, including those useful for making drugs and biofuels. SE

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Dolphins inspire a new bomb-detecting system

Dolphins inspire a new bomb-detecting system | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Chances are, you know that dolphins use sonar to locate and stun prey underwater. You might also know that they create "bubble nets," in which they trap fish inside a ring of air bubbles that they blow while swimming in a circle. SE

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Tarantula venom could be key to new insecticide

Tarantula venom could be key to new insecticide | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A protein found in Australian tarantula venom can kill insects that eat the venom. Researchers are looking into how this could lead to better insecticides for crops. SE

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Olive oil ingredient leads cancer cells to their death

Olive oil ingredient leads cancer cells to their death | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

An ingredient in extra-virgin olive oil called oleocanthal has been known as a compound capable of killing a variety of human cancer cells, but only now have researchers uncovered how this process works. SE

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Honey, we could have a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

A study at at Sweden's Lund University have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomach of bees and passed onto fresh ho...
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What a deal. And it has been waiting for us to find it. A perfect Nature Tech example.  JB

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Scientists Engineer E. Coli to Make Propane

Scientists Engineer E. Coli to Make Propane | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

E. coli is an exceedingly common bacteria that lives in many places including your very own gut. It's also a favorite organism for synthetic biologists looking to engineer useful microbes. By inserting just a few genes in E. coli ... SE

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Antibacterial gel uses natural proteins to kill off hospital superbugs

Antibacterial gel uses natural proteins to kill off hospital superbugs | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Drug-resistant bacteria, also known as superbugs, pose a very real threat to public health and well-being. Scientists have developed an antibacterial gel ... SE

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Fish and millipedes inspire the winners of Biomimicry 3.8 Student Design Challenge

Fish and millipedes inspire the winners of Biomimicry 3.8 Student Design Challenge | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Students from McGill University, Canada tied with the team from Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico for transportations solution inspired by nature. SE

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Bacteria brews biofuel with potential to replace high-energy rocket fuel

Bacteria brews biofuel with potential to replace high-energy rocket fuel | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the US Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium that could yield a new source of high-energy hydrocarbon fuel for rocketry and other aerospace uses. SE

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Wood foam may be a new form of green home insulation

Wood foam may be a new form of green home insulation | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Insulating your home may help the environment by lowering your energy usage, but unfortunately the petroleum-based foam that's typically used as insulation isn't all that eco-friendly itself. SE

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If zebrafish can regrow fins, can we regrow bones?

If zebrafish can regrow fins, can we regrow bones? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Adult zebrafish can replace bones when they lose a tail fin. Knowing how they do it might lead to better ways to treat bone fractures in people, researchers say. SE

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Engineers Convert Yeast Cells into Biofuel

Engineers Convert Yeast Cells into Biofuel | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Using genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar, engineers from the Cockrell School of Engineering developed a new biofuel. SE

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Scientists Accidentally Discover Incredible Bacteria-Killing Surface

Scientists Accidentally Discover Incredible Bacteria-Killing Surface | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you never had to worry about germs crawling around on your kitchen countertop? Well, thanks to a new discovery by Australian scientists, that could soon be a reality. And it doesn't require a drop of disinfectant. SE

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Researchers Develop Peptoid Nanosheets that Mimic Natural Antibodies

Researchers Develop Peptoid Nanosheets that Mimic Natural Antibodies | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A team of researchers from the Berkeley Lab have developed peptoid nanosheets that mimic the way natural antibodies recognize viruses and toxins. Taking inspiration from the human immune system, researchers at the U.S. SE

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Gold growing on trees offers a new prospecting tool

Gold growing on trees offers a new prospecting tool | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists found that gold nanoparticles (shown in red , inset) are absorbed from the soil beneath the Eucalyptus tree and concentrated in leaves and twigs. SE

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