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Why your brain needs breaks from work

Why your brain needs breaks from work | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A walk in the park, an afternoon nap, a few minutes of meditation in a quiet place -- these are some of the tools your brain needs to stay alert, creative, and productive. And it's not just because it sounds nice; scientists say so! SE

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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Five Regions of the Future Exhibit

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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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For maximum happiness, pick concrete goals

For maximum happiness, pick concrete goals | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Pursuing concrete goals, like making a friend smile, rather than general ones, like making a friend happy, is a path to happiness, say researchers. SE

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Scientists try 3-D printer to build human heart

Scientists try 3-D printer to build human heart | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer. SE

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Study Shows Nanoparticles in Consumer Products Can Damage DNA

Study Shows Nanoparticles in Consumer Products Can Damage DNA | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Using high-speed screening technology to analyze DNA, a newly published study found that nanoparticles commonly added to consumer products can significantly damage DNA. SE

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SpaceHabs: One man's architectural vision for colonizing Mars

SpaceHabs: One man's architectural vision for colonizing Mars | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
With a projected settlement date of 2025, the Mars One project has received over 200,000 applications for the one way trip to the Red Planet. SE
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Stanford scientists find a new way to turn graphite into diamond

Stanford scientists find a new way to turn graphite into diamond | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Pressure makes diamonds, but according to recent findings, there may also be a much quicker, hassle-free way. 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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Oil and diamond mix transfers heat best

Oil and diamond mix transfers heat best | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A mixture of diamond nanoparticles and mineral oil easily outperforms other types of fluid created for heat-transfer applications, a new study reports. SE

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13 Unexpected Sources of Energy that Could Save the World

13 Unexpected Sources of Energy that Could Save the World | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

If humans are going to keep living in the style to which we're accustomed, we need to find alternatives for fossil fuels. Partly that's because we need to reduce pollution — and partly because those fossil fuels are going to run out. SE

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How brain damage affects moral judgement

How brain damage affects moral judgement | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The most basic fabric of civilization was woven on the principles of moral judgement, that is to say serving the interests of the community and others, instead of merely following self-interest at large. SE

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This material can be turned into a solar cell by day and light source by night

This material can be turned into a solar cell by day and light source by night | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

NTU’s new Perovskite solar cell can also emit light when electrical current is passed through the material. SE

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Deleting a Single Gene Reduces Fat Mass and Extends Lifespan of Mice by 20%

Deleting a Single Gene Reduces Fat Mass and Extends Lifespan of Mice by 20% | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers discover that mice without the FAT10 gene have an elevated metabolic rate, burn fat as fuel, exhibit reduced glucose and insulin levels, and age more slowly than normal mice. SE

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Technology is Completely Rewiring Our Brains | The Rubin Report

There are 8 ways that technology is actually re-wiring our brains. Some of the ways our brains are being rewired include dreaming, sleeping... 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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Scientists Manipulate Genes to Make Old Organs Young Again (in Mice)

Scientists Manipulate Genes to Make Old Organs Young Again (in Mice) | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh showed this week that they could teach an old mouse's thymus to bounce back to a healthy, youthful state, simply by manipulating a single protein that controls gene expression. SE

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World-first regeneration of a living organ

World-first regeneration of a living organ | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It may not be to quite the same level achieved by Victor Frankenstein, but work by a team from the University of Edinburgh is likely to have significant real-world implications in the field of regenerative medicine. SE

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Going easy on yourself may improve health

Going easy on yourself may improve health | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Researchers have found a connection between a self-compassionate attitude and lower levels of stress-induced inflammation.
The discovery could lead to new techniques to lower stress and improve health. 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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Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death by 42 percent

Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death by 42 percent | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Everybody knows (or at least should know) that eating fruits and vegetables is good for you; however, most people underestimate their beneficial effects. SE

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Biomedical Engineers Grow Self-Healing Muscle

Biomedical Engineers Grow Self-Healing Muscle | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Biomedical engineers from Duke University have grown living skeletal muscle that demonstrates the ability to heal itself both inside the laboratory and inside an animal. 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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Scientists Make Bricks With Sludge Filtered From Arsenic-Laced Water

Scientists Make Bricks With Sludge Filtered From Arsenic-Laced Water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Arsenic-contaminated water is a massive problem in the developing world. But, even when you filter it out, the toxic sludge that the process produces often gets dumped right back into the water supply. SE

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Contact Lenses with Infrared Vision? Ultra-thin Graphene Opens Up The Possibilities

Contact Lenses with Infrared Vision? Ultra-thin Graphene Opens Up The Possibilities | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Seeing the infrared spectrum has a number of applications that go beyond the nighttime war games glamorized in adventure flicks. 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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U.S. Navy Explores Beaming Solar Power From Space

U.S. Navy Explores Beaming Solar Power From Space | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
A major complaint about renewable energy sources, including solar power, is that they don’t generate energy all the time. At night or during cloudy weather, solar arrays don’t produce electricity.
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Scientists question the link between fatty acids and heart disease

Scientists question the link between fatty acids and heart disease | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It’s common sense, right? If you eat foods rich in fatty acids, you’re gonna have some heart problems. SE

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Big news about diet. SE

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