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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Layered paper 3D printers: Full colour, durable objects at a fraction of the cost

Layered paper 3D printers: Full colour, durable objects at a fraction of the cost | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Irish company Mcor's unique paper-based 3D printers make some very compelling arguments. For starters, instead of expensive plastics, they build objects out of cut-and-glued sheets of standard 80 GSM office paper. SE

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World's cheapest 3D printer moves forward

World's cheapest 3D printer moves forward | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Over 1,400 backers committed over $400,000 to the crowdfunding campaign for the $199 QU-BD 3D print. SE

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NASA Set to Launch the First 3D Printer to the Space Station

NASA Set to Launch the First 3D Printer to the Space Station | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Space travel is a dangerous business. Astronauts are hurled into space in a tiny life support bubble. Contact with Earth is severed. Whatever they’ve got onboard is all they’ve got—period. But what if they could make tools and parts onboard? SE

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3D Printing Organs, Blood Vessels and All, Takes a Big Step Toward Reality

3D Printing Organs, Blood Vessels and All, Takes a Big Step Toward Reality | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

There’s something a little creepy-sounding about the phrase “lab-grown organs,” but producing human organs in the lab could have a range of such powerful benefits that, if they became widely available, only the rare patient would get hung up on the...SE

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3D printing drastically reduces development costs of blood recycling machine

3D printing drastically reduces development costs of blood recycling machine | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

During surgery, patients' blood is often "spilt." Such blood can be returned to the body, so long as it has been properly processed to ensure that it is not tainted. SE

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Watch a Woman Get a New 3D-Printed Skull

Watch a Woman Get a New 3D-Printed Skull | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It's not news that we can 3D print bones or even successfully implant 3D-printed skull fragments. But a team of Dutch brain surgeons has taken things to the next level by replacing the bulk of a woman's skull with a 3D-printed dome. SE

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3D printed implant could predict heart attacks

3D printed implant could predict heart attacks | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Using an inexpensive 3D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could predict cardiac disorders and change how they are treated. SE

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3D-printing robot creates freestanding metal structures

3D-printing robot creates freestanding metal structures | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Although the world of 3D printing is hurtling through milestones at the moment, to a large extent the technology still remains in its infancy. If you thought it was all Etsy jewellery and plastic toys, though, think again. SE

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Watch A Robot 3-D Print With Metal

Watch A Robot 3-D Print With Metal | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Metal, despite being one of the most ubiquitous building materials, isn't something we see in 3-D printing too often. SE

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This Graphene Nanoribbon Conducts Electricity Insanely Fast

This Graphene Nanoribbon Conducts Electricity Insanely Fast | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

You're looking a ribbon of graphene that's just one atom thick and fifteen atoms wide—and it could help shift data thousands of times faster than anything else currently can. SE
    

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New Stratasys 3D Printer Makes Multi-Material, Full Color Parts in a Single Run

New Stratasys 3D Printer Makes Multi-Material, Full Color Parts in a Single Run | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

An industrial 3D printer hums to life at bicycle maker, Trek. The designers are prototyping a new hand grip of soft rubber layered over a core of hard plastic. SE

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Teenager 3D-Prints Prosthetic Hand for Adorable 3rd Grader in Need

Teenager 3D-Prints Prosthetic Hand for Adorable 3rd Grader in Need | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

An enterprising 16-year-old in Kansas recently 3D-printed at prosthetic hand for his 9-year-old family friend, giving the young tyke the use of fingers for the first time in his life. And he did it all at the local county library. SE

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Apple Patent Reaffirms Rumors of Pressure-Sensitive Touchscreens

Apple Patent Reaffirms Rumors of Pressure-Sensitive Touchscreens | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Last year, Bloomberg reported that Apple was working on enhanced sensors capable of detecting different levels of pressure. Then, a patent popped up adding weight to the rumor. SE

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Team of 3D-printing "Minibuilder" robots print large-scale structures on site

Team of 3D-printing "Minibuilder" robots print large-scale structures on site | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

3D printers are great at creating small objects – and some can even be pressed into doing larger things, such as cars – but a 3D printer able to print a full-sized house would have to be, well, bigger than a house. SE

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World's smallest nanomotor could power cell-sized nanobots for drug delivery

World's smallest nanomotor could power cell-sized nanobots for drug delivery | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas have built and tested what appears to be the world's smallest, fastest, and longest-running nanomotor yet – so small that it could fit inside a single cell. The advance could be used to power nanobots that would deliver specific drugs to individual living cells inside the human body. SE

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3D-printed liver-like device can detoxify blood

3D-printed liver-like device can detoxify blood | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists at at the University of California, San Diego have created a 3D-printed liver-like device that's claimed capable of safely detoxifying blood. SE

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New Method Points to Cheaper, More Flexible Wearable Computers

New Method Points to Cheaper, More Flexible Wearable Computers | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It could be easy to conclude, eyeing the number of Fitbits, Fuel bands and competitors in a roomful of people in London, New York or San Francisco, that wearable computing has already arrived. SE

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Nanoparticles found to violate second law of thermodynamics

Nanoparticles found to violate second law of thermodynamics | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It may be a little late for April Fool’s, but your skepticism is nonetheless warranted when reading that researchers have shown nanoparticles to disobey a fundamental law of physics which dictates the flow of entropy and heat in, it was believed,... SE

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Stamp of approval for new living cell printing technique

Stamp of approval for new living cell printing technique | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers in Houston have developed a cost effective method for printing living cells, claiming almost a 100 percent survival rate. SE

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3D-printed heart helps doctors prepare for life-saving surgery

3D-printed heart helps doctors prepare for life-saving surgery | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

3D printing technology has assisted in life-saving heart surgery performed on a 14-month old child, with engineers at the University of Louisville producing a printed model of the child's heart prior to the procedure that enabled doctors to better...SE

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This 3D Printer Is Big Enough to Make Furniture

This 3D Printer Is Big Enough to Make Furniture | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The newly announced BigRep 3D printer lives up to its name: with a whopping 46 cubic feet of working volume, it's big enough to print furniture. SE

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This Robot Arm Can 3D-Print Molten Metal in Midair

This Robot Arm Can 3D-Print Molten Metal in Midair | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The only thing cooler than using a huge robot arm to sculpt? Using a huge robot arm to sculpt with liquid hot metal. Joris Laarman Studio's prototype software instructs a robotic arm to recreate 3D models in midair, using molten metals of all kinds. SE

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Intricate 3D Printed Materials Lighter Than Water And As Strong as Steel

Intricate 3D Printed Materials Lighter Than Water And As Strong as Steel | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Using precision lasers, a Nanoscribe 3D printer can print models of the Empire State building in a space the width of a human hair. SE

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Ballistic Transport in Graphene Nanoribbons Suggests New Type of Graphene-Based Electronics

Ballistic Transport in Graphene Nanoribbons Suggests New Type of Graphene-Based Electronics | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A newly published study from Georgia Institute of Technology reveals that ballistic transport in graphene nanoribbons could result in a new class of coherent electronic devices. SE

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3D-printed pizza – a quick and easy meal for astronuats?

3D-printed pizza – a quick and easy meal for astronuats? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Snacking on a freshly-made pizza in outer space just got a whole lot closer thanks to Anjan Contractor's 3D pizza printer. SE
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