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Kenya to get 50% of electricity from solar by 2016

Kenya to get 50% of electricity from solar by 2016 | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

There's been much talk of Africa "leapfrogging" the paradigm of fossil fuel dependence. Kenya's latest announcement on solar power provides a vision of what that might look like. 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

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

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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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Copper foam could make extra CO2 useful

Copper foam could make extra CO2 useful | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper in reactions involving carbon dioxide, according to the new study. SE

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Genetically-modified fruit flies could control wild populations by producing only sons

Genetically-modified fruit flies could control wild populations by producing only sons | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
While existing methods of controlling Mediterranean fruit flies include the use of insecticides and sterilization, a new approach uses genetically modifying...
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This may look like old news because we have gone after fruit flies a decade ago with sterile males. But this process creates fly populations of only males. Result: fly population plummets and then becomes extinct. This new approach may work for other invasive insect species as well.

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Samsung UN85S9 – An Ultra HDTV That Blows Everything Out Of The Water

Samsung UN85S9 – An Ultra HDTV That Blows Everything Out Of The Water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The current TV market is crazy about Smart LED UHDTV with the biggest manufacturers showcasing their own unique models. However, when it comes to making the biggest splash, nothing even comes close...SE

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MIT to test making oxygen on Mars

MIT to test making oxygen on Mars | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Oxygen is such an abundant resource on Earth that we rarely think about it unless we get locked in a cupboard. However, for space engineers, the question of how to get enough of the vital gas is constant, frustrating problem. SE

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The beginning of terra-forming Mars. SE

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Perlan ll project aims to fly a glider to the edge of space

Perlan ll project aims to fly a glider to the edge of space | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Riding on the colossal stratospheric air waves generated over mountains, the Perlan ll team plans to fly their glider to the edge of space. SE

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Samsung UN65H8000 Curved Review: The Ultimate Premium 1080p 3D Smart LED TV

Samsung UN65H8000 Curved Review: The Ultimate Premium 1080p 3D Smart LED TV | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Samsung un65h8000 curved comes with significance differences than its predecessors. It fills the gap between the standard 1080p television and the Samsung 4k ultra HD. Samsung un65h8000 curved seri... SE

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By-product hydrogen used to power fuel cell pilot plant

By-product hydrogen used to power fuel cell pilot plant | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

By-products are common to most industries. Some are harmless, some dangerous and others useless. Others are simply under-utilized. SE

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Stable lithium anode may triple battery efficiency

Stable lithium anode may triple battery efficiency | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Stanford University researchers claim to have created the first stable pure lithium anode in a working battery by using carbon nanospheres as a protective sheath to guard against degradation. SE

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Human blood platelets grown in bone marrow-replicating bioreactor

Human blood platelets grown in bone marrow-replicating bioreactor | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists have already successfully coaxed stem cells into becoming red blood cells, which could be used to create "man-made" blood for transfusion. Red blood cells, however, aren't the only component of human blood. Now, researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital have also created functional human platelets, using a bioreactor that simulates the medium in which blood cells are naturally produced – bone marrow. SE

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A 14-year-old girl invented a cheap water purifying system that could help millions

A 14-year-old girl invented a cheap water purifying system that could help millions | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

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Deepika Kurup, a 14 year-old girl who was awarded the  $25,000 prize in The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, is living proof of how nurturing talent can help young, bright people go very far. SE

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Friends Who Are Unrelated Share A Surprising Amount Of DNA

Friends Who Are Unrelated Share A Surprising Amount Of DNA | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

They may share more than just their lunch. Fernando de Sousa via Wikimedia Commons You and your best friend have a lot in common: your favorite food, your taste in music, maybe your hometown. 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

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have created a new high-temperature superconductor capable of trapping a magnetic field of 17.6 Tesla, improving on a record set over a decade ago. The advance is yet another step toward making superconductors viable for building effective large-scale smart electricity grids, maglev trains and flywheel energy storage. SE

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Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying

Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Martian Pyramid Rendering Valcrow NASA has plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s or 2040s, and the private company Mars One is already interviewing applicants to for its one-way trip to the Red Planet. SE

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How a 3D-Printed Wind Turbine Could Power Your Gadgets

How a 3D-Printed Wind Turbine Could Power Your Gadgets | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

3D printers are a technology with tons of potential applications, we just have to dream them up. Polish 3D printer manufacturer Omni3D decided to dream big with its wind power project. SE

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How Digital Security Is Being Inspired By Nature

How Digital Security Is Being Inspired By Nature | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Cyber security is vital in our modern digital world, but it's not ruled entirely by traditional computing techniques. In fact, it's learning from the natural world—and something called The Danger Theory could help keep our computers safe. SE

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If You Can't Be at the Game You can Experience It with the Sony XBR85X950B

If You Can't Be at the Game You can Experience It with the Sony XBR85X950B | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

When you start looking to invest in a magnificent Internet-enabled TV, the name Sony always comes up. This is because this Japanese corporation is not only a leading global manufacturer of video, audio, communications and technology products, their mission is to bring ever smarter technologies to…SE

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New Catalyst converts CO2 to methanol 90 times faster than current options

New Catalyst converts CO2 to methanol 90 times faster than current options | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Turn that frown upside down – scientists have found a way to take convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into methanol - a key commodity used to create a wide range of industrial chemicals and fuels. SE

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This could be a game changer. SE

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NASA says puzzling new space drive can generate thrust without propellant

NASA says puzzling new space drive can generate thrust without propellant | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A NASA study has recently concluded that the Cannae Drive, a disruptive new method of space propulsion, can produce small amounts of thrust without the use of fuel. SE

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Even tiny doses of running can extend lifespan

Even tiny doses of running can extend lifespan | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Even very brief running—just 5 to 10 minutes a day—can help people live longer, according to new research. SE

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This 1D Graphene Switches from Conductor to Insulator When It Stretches

This 1D Graphene Switches from Conductor to Insulator When It Stretches | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

You've heard all about the wonder properties of graphene, so come meet its one dimensional cousin, carbyne. A chain of single carbon atoms to graphene's two-dimensional layer of atoms, carbyne has some pretty amazing properties of its own. SE

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Study suggests probiotic to prevent obesity possible

Study suggests probiotic to prevent obesity possible | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Researchers at Vanderbilt University have inhibited weight gain, insulin resistance and various other negative health effects of a high-fat diet in mice by ...
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Regularly exercising reduces risk of dementia by 40%

Regularly exercising reduces risk of dementia by 40% | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

We’ve all read and heard about how exercise can dramatically boost our quality of living, but how many people actually take action? Very few. Less than 20% of Americans over the age of 18 meet the official recommended guidelines. SE

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New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold

New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at Aalborg University, MIT and Caltech have developed a new technique that makes the nodes of a network much smarter and adaptable, leading to increased internet speed. SE

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Woman Grows A Nose On Her Spine After Stem Cell Experiment

Woman Grows A Nose On Her Spine After Stem Cell Experiment | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Just a regular nose on somebody's face. David Goehring via Flickr CC 2.0 Eight years ago, doctors took nasal tissue samples and grafted them onto the spines of 20 quadriplegics. SE

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Battery powered trousers could have you walking on walls

Battery powered trousers could have you walking on walls | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A group of students at the University of Leicester in the UK have shown that it is theoretically possible to build a pair of battery-powered trousers which would allow the wearer to walk on walls or even the ceiling, if only for a short time...SE

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