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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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New record brings superconductors closer to the mainstream

New record brings superconductors closer to the mainstream | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
A new high-temperature superconductor can trap a record magnetic field of 17.6 Tesla – an advance that could bring us closer to cheaper maglev and vacuum tr...
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The Holy Grail keeps getting closer. Superconductors are important right now even though they are full of hassles. This discovery is incremental but useful because of its ability to handle huge magnetic forces.  JB

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New microbatteries combine the advantages of lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors

New microbatteries combine the advantages of lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Powerful microbatteries developed at the University of Illinois combine the energy capacity of lithium batteries and the power delivery of a supercapacitor.
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Dennis Meadows of Llimits to Growth talked about the importance of batteries in the arly 1970's. Now we are finally seeing the next wave of batteries that make episodic energy soiurces (wind generators, for example) cost and energy efficient.

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Reap the whirlwind for cheap renewable power - tech - 07 March 2013 - New Scientist

Reap the whirlwind for cheap renewable power - tech - 07 March 2013 - New Scientist | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Whip up your own dust devil to drive a turbine and create green electricity by just relying on the sun's heat
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This dramatically increases the range of application of windpower around the world. JB

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German Entrepreneur Brings Solar Ovens To the Mexican Countryside To Produce Emissions-Free Tortillas

German Entrepreneur Brings Solar Ovens To the Mexican Countryside To Produce Emissions-Free Tortillas | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
German Gregor Schaper has installed huge circular solar panels in the small town of El Sauz, near Mexico City, and uses solar energy for all his cooking.
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Fabric-Covered Blades Could Make Wind Turbines Cheaper & More Efficient

Fabric-Covered Blades Could Make Wind Turbines Cheaper & More Efficient | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
GE's latest wind technology development is fabric-covered wind turbine blades, which are supposed to even more efficient that the fiberglass that is used now.
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JB--A paradox: to make it bigger, you need to go "local." Think of moving the jobs to the locale for energy production. 

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Increasing Solar Cell Efficiency with Graphene

Increasing Solar Cell Efficiency with Graphene | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
In an effort to increase solar cell efficiency, scientists at Michigan Technological University are working on a cost effective method that adds graphene to titanium dioxide, increasing its conductivity and bringing 52.4 percent more current into...
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Chimera Energy develops fracking technique that uses no water

Chimera Energy develops fracking technique that uses no water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Chimera Energy Corporation of Houston, Texas announced that they are licensing their new method for extracting oil and gas from shale fields that ...
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Futurity.org – Cooling panels send sun’s heat back to space

Futurity.org – Cooling panels send sun’s heat back to space | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Research news from leading universities
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A perfect example of Limits Tech. How quickly can it be commerciallized? The market is enormous and the results could quickly change the global warming situation. JB

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Japan has been successful at tapping methane hydrate, also known as flammable ice as a potential domestic energy source.
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A clear breakthrough in accessing this huge source of carbonate fuel. Better than coal by 50% but still more carbon in the atmosphere. JB

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Oxijet air shower reduces water use by 50 percent

Oxijet air shower reduces water use by 50 percent | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The Oxijet is an air shower that feels like it's at full pressure while using 50 percent less water.
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Very little material makes up the Oxijet even as it cuts show water usage by 50%. Great for Limits Tech!  JB

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Ibasei's Cappa provides hydroelectricity on a small scale

Ibasei's Cappa provides hydroelectricity on a small scale | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Japanese company Ibasei has developed a compact hydropower generator that can be easily installed along a river or waterway to deliver 250 W of electricity.
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Shallow Undersea Methane Hydrate Deposit Found in Arctic

Shallow Undersea Methane Hydrate Deposit Found in Arctic | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
In the Arctic Circle, on the continental slope off Canada in the Beaufort Sea, the shallowest known deposit of methane hydrate has been discovered. The crystalline solid is comprised of methane molecules trapped in an ice-lattice structure.
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2,625-feet solar power supertower to rise over Arizona (video) | SmartPlanet

2,625-feet solar power supertower to rise over Arizona (video) | SmartPlanet | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
EnviroMission’s solar updraft tower should generate 200 megawatts of electricity by the year 2015.
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