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Boundary conditions

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PULL a spring, let it go, and it will snap back into shape. Pull it further and yet further and it will go on springing back until, quite suddenly, it won't....
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A useful discussion on limits of the planet

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 11, 2013 8:23 AM

This is an interesting article discussing the limits that the Earth's physical systems have and the importance not exceeding any tipping point that could destabilize the planet if we "overstrech the springs."

Angus Henderson's curator insight, February 11, 2013 11:49 AM

An interesting counter-balance to the work of the Planetary Boundaries group. 

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Five Regions of the Future Exhibit

Five Regions of the Future Exhibit | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The primary curator of this topic is Scott Erickson.  His posts are coded "SE"


A  visual exhibit introducing Five Regions of the Future by authors, Joel Barker and Scott Erickson; includes a three-part audio-podcast with authors. A primer to their discoveries five very distinct kinds of sophisticated technologies.

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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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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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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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Floating off-grid greenhouse can feed two families

Floating off-grid greenhouse can feed two families | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Italian design office Studiomobile has teamed up with the University of Florence's Professor Stefano Mancuso, who is the director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology, to produce a prototype floating greenhouse in a bid to improve food security in areas with little arable land. The Jellyfish Barge operates off-grid and produces its own clean water via an onboard system of solar distillation. 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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The Futuristic Technology That Could Enable Interstellar Travel

The Futuristic Technology That Could Enable Interstellar Travel | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Technically savvy scientists and engineers have put much effort into conceiving far-future technologies that might make possible near- light-speed travel. 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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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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What Gender Is Your Robot?

What Gender Is Your Robot? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Before long we'll have personal robots available to help with tasks, safety, companionship, and more. 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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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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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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Safe laser treats macular degeneration

Safe laser treats macular degeneration | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A new, low energy laser safely treats patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) without damaging the retina. SE

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Prototype electric car made with a 3D printer

Prototype electric car made with a 3D printer | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It looks like Local Motors is getting some company in the 3D-printed car arena. 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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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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All aboard: Japan's maglev train hits 500 km/h

All aboard: Japan's maglev train hits 500 km/h | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The Central Japan Railway Company has whisked passengers along a section of track at up to 500 km/h (311 mph) during testing of the Shinkansen maglev train. The BBC reports that one hundred wide-eyed train enthusiasts were onboard the train's first manned voyage, with trials to continue over eight days. 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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Prosthetic Retina May Help Restore Vision

Prosthetic Retina May Help Restore Vision | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

New research shows that an artificial retina could someday help restore lost vision caused by retinal degeneration. The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people, especially as they age. 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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What Do You Think of Samsung UE55F9000 TV!

What Do You Think of Samsung UE55F9000 TV! | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Samsung UE55F9000 is seen by many as the direct competitor to the Japanese-made 4K/UHD Sony as both compete for a place in the “mass market”. This breed of TVs (UHD/4K model) has been designed to p...
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Test tube milk the latest to hit the engineered food scene

Test tube milk the latest to hit the engineered food scene | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
A biotech company is seeking to produce synthetic milk though bio-engineered yeast. The idea is to achieve the exact taste of milk, while improving it in ot...
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Final assembly of Orion spacecraft completed

Final assembly of Orion spacecraft completed | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

NASA and Lockheed Martin announced on Thursday that they have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft, which is designed to carry NASA astronauts on deep space missions. SE

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Laser-propulsion could give space rockets a serious boost

Laser-propulsion could give space rockets a serious boost | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Russian scientists have proposed a novel way to accelerate a spaceship while in flight – firing a ground-based laser up its backside. SE

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