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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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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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Could light work like Vicodin to kill pain? - Futurity

Could light work like Vicodin to kill pain? - Futurity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The same opioid receptors that are activated by painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin can be activated by light. SE

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Total paradigm shift here. SE

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A central mechanism of aging identified – and it might be reversible

A central mechanism of aging identified – and it might be reversible | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Research into the underlying causes of a genetic disorder that causes premature aging and death has revealed a key driver of aging in all people. Better yet, this mechanism is reversible – and with it, perhaps, scientists may be able to slow or reverse the aging process. SE

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If true, this would change the world. SE 

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Doctors use amazing 3-D printing technology to save a woman's leg

Doctors use amazing 3-D printing technology to save a woman's leg | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Imagine surviving a car crash- only to be told by doctors that while your life was saved, you'd lose your leg. Then comes 3d printing. SE

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Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water

Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Audi is making a new fuel for internal combustion engines that has the potential to make a big dent when it comes to climate change – that's because the synthetic diesel is made from just water and carbon dioxide. SE

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If this is scaleable the impact will be enormous. SE

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Medieval Anglo-Saxon recipe may kill MRSA superbug - CNN.com

Medieval Anglo-Saxon recipe may kill MRSA superbug - CNN.com | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

MRSA bacteria may be wiped out by recipe in medieval Bald's Leechbook for potion of garlic, onions, wine and bile. SE

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SpaceX Falcon 9 makes landing on drone barge ... then tips over

SpaceX Falcon 9 makes landing on drone barge ... then tips over | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Elon Musk's goal of the first power landing of a reusable booster had a close brush with success today as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket narrowly failed to survive a touchdown on the deck of a drone barge. SE

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Construction finishes on two floating mega-solar plants in Japan

Construction finishes on two floating mega-solar plants in Japan | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Construction has been completed on two enormous floating solar power plants located in the Nishihira Pond and Higashihira Pond in Kato City, Japan. SE

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AZD05030 Restores Memory and Synapse Loss in Alzheimer Mice

AZD05030 Restores Memory and Synapse Loss in Alzheimer Mice | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
New research from Yale University reveals that the experimental cancer drug AZD05030 blocks damage triggered during the formation of amyloid-beta plaques, restoring synaptic connections and memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer's.

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Electric vehicles could cut home air conditioner use

Electric vehicles could cut home air conditioner use | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Those who question the environmental benefits of EVs over their gas-guzzling brethren often point out that the electricity powering EVs usually comes from fossil fuel-burning power plants. SE

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Solar Impulse 2 begins historic round-the-world, sun-powered flight

Solar Impulse 2 begins historic round-the-world, sun-powered flight | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A pair of Swiss explorers have begun a mission to circumnavigate the globe via air and sun. A take-off twelve years in the making, the experimental Solar Impulse 2 plane left Abu Dhabi at 7:12 a.m. local time, bound for Muscat, Oman, on the first leg in a journey that will require 25 days in the air spread over a period of roughly 5 months. SE

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Researchers discover hormone that mimics diabetes-preventing effects of exercise

Researchers discover hormone that mimics diabetes-preventing effects of exercise | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

All manner of weird and wonderful exercise contraptions pushed on late night infomercials are testament to people's desire for faster and easier ways to get the benefits of exercise – whether said contraptions are effective or not. SE

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Lockheed Martin laser weapon takes out truck

Lockheed Martin laser weapon takes out truck | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The battlefield of the future recently came a step closer, as a Lockheed Martin laser weapon took out a truck in a field test. The 30-kW fiber laser weapon system was fired at a small truck mounted on a test platform. SE

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Noisy places change brain cells - Futurity

Noisy places change brain cells - Futurity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Brain cells that help us hear are amazingly adaptable, changing shape in noisy environments and switching back when things quiet down. SE

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Electronic memory may bring bionic brain one step closer

Electronic memory may bring bionic brain one step closer | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers claim to have constructed the world's first electronic memory cell that effectively mimics the analog process of human memory and may one day lead to the creation of the first bionic brain. SE

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Tesla unveils battery storage system for home, business and utility use

Tesla unveils battery storage system for home, business and utility use | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Dubbed the Powerwall, Tesla has unveiled a home stationary battery that offers 10 kWh of storage capacity for the relatively modest price of US$3,500. A smaller unit is also available at 7 kWh for $3,000, and homeowners can stack multiple units if needed. SE

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Nice spill-over use to other areas. SE

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Samsung UN88JS9500: Your Next Television Has Gone Supersonic

Samsung UN88JS9500: Your Next Television Has Gone Supersonic | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Samsung un88js9500 has 4K technology and with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 this is going to give you that crisp image and vibrancy of color. SE

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Thank you Jonathan. SE

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Brain-To-Brain Interfaces: The Science Of Telepathy

Brain-To-Brain Interfaces: The Science Of Telepathy | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Studies published in the last two years have reported direct transmission of brain activity between two animalsbetween two humans and even between a human and a rat. These “brain-to-brain interfaces” (BBIs) allow for direct transmission of brain activity in real time by coupling the brains of two individuals. SE

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Graphene device makes ultrafast light to energy conversion possible

Graphene device makes ultrafast light to energy conversion possible | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Spain claim to have created a graphene-based photodetector that converts light into electricity in under 50 quadrillionths of a second. SE

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China's low-carbon electricity on track to be greater than entire U.S. grid in 15 years

China's low-carbon electricity on track to be greater than entire U.S. grid in 15 years | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Things change. Even China is steering in a new direction, and though it'll take it time to get there, it's a necessary move for the planet. SE

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Senior volunteers ward off brain 'shrinkage' - Futurity

Senior volunteers ward off brain 'shrinkage' - Futurity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Retirees who take part in meaningful social activity may prevent shrinkage in their brains' memory centers and avoid age-related cognitive problems. SE

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Japan takes a step towards beaming solar power to Earth from space

Japan takes a step towards beaming solar power to Earth from space | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Japan hopes to one day harvest power from an orbiting solar farm and beam electricity back to Earth. This week it announced the successful test of such a wireless power system at a small scale. SE

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Plans first proposed in the 1970's. SE

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Terminator-inspired tech could give traditional 3D printing a run for its money

Terminator-inspired tech could give traditional 3D printing a run for its money | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A new approach to 3D printing promises to drastically speed up the 3D manufacturing process by "growing" objects out of a pool of resin rather than printing them layer by layer. Carbon3D announced its Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) on stage at the TED conference this week, claiming it can produce commercial-quality objects from a range of polymer-based material at speeds between 25 and 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing. SE

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This energy-generating cloth could replace batteries in wearable devices | KurzweilAI

This energy-generating cloth could replace batteries in wearable devices | KurzweilAI | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Self-poweredLEDs, an LCD, and a keyless vehicle entry system are shown here embedded in a “self-powered smart suit” using the new WTNG cloth-based material SE


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Yale Maps Evolutionary Changes of the Human Brain

Yale Maps Evolutionary Changes of the Human Brain | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

New research from Yale University reveals a detailed catalog of human-specific changes in gene regulation and pinpoints several biological processes potentially guided by these regulatory elements that are crucial to human brain development. SE

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Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83


Sad news today: Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83.  SE

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We all lost a friend today. SE

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