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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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New Shapeshifting Biogel Could Help Heal Aging Spines

New Shapeshifting Biogel Could Help Heal Aging Spines | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Along with cell therapy, the biomaterial could help stop or reverse the loss of material between vertebrae. SE

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UK Invests in World’s First Air-Breathing Rocket Engine

UK Invests in World’s First Air-Breathing Rocket Engine | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The UK government will invest £60 million towards the development of the world’s first air-breathing rocket engine, the SABRE. SE

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Graphene Could Make Telecommunication Speeds One Hundred Times Faster

Graphene Could Make Telecommunication Speeds One Hundred Times Faster | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Research from the Universities of Bath and Exeter suggests that the use of graphene in telecommunications could improve speeds by nearly a hundred times that of current materials. SE

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"Superman memory crystal" could store hundreds of terabytes indefinitely

"Superman memory crystal" could store hundreds of terabytes indefinitely | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Recently, there have been advances in the area of digital data storage promising outstanding data density and super-long-term data storage. A new data storage technology developed at the University of Southampton can do both. SE

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Tiny Sticker-Like Sensors Will Let You Gauge Anything, Anywhere

Environmental sensors keep an eye on potentially dangerous industrial environments by monitoring CO2, temperature, dust levels or electromagnetic field. SE

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How to Grow a Human Heart

How to Grow a Human Heart | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Nature has a nice dive into the scientific quest to grow complex organs like a human heart. No, it hasn't been done yet—but it's surprisingly within reach. SE

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Graphene gets even cooler

Graphene gets even cooler | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

For a two-dimensional material, graphene is certainly punching above its weight in terms of potential applications. lready set to enable faster, stronger and foldable electronic devices, researchers claim that the single layer lattice of carbon atoms can also help keep electronic components up to 25 percent cooler, giving it the potential to significantly extend the working life of computers and other electronic devices. SE

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As just one example of how quickly technology is racing forward and change is happening, Graphene,  provides a example of how organizations of all kind must be prepared for and quickly respond to a changing world. Adaptatation and Agility are key components of Effective Enterprises of the (near) future. 

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Google Glass Updates: A New App Store, Media Player and Lock Screen

Google Glass Updates: A New App Store, Media Player and Lock Screen | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

With Google's most recent update for its Glass Explorer Edition come some signs of what's to come: a new app store, a dedicated media player and a security-conscious lock screen. SE  

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3D-printed Cortex concept scratches the itch of healing broken bones

3D-printed Cortex concept scratches the itch of healing broken bones | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Utilizing X-ray technology, paired with 3D printing and scanning, the Cortex exoskeletal cast provides a fully-ventilated structure to heal broken bones. The system uses the scanning technologies to provide a "trauma zone localized" support structure. This scanning technique, combined with a software system, would create the optimum bespoke structure that allows denser support to be focused around the fracture. SE

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Octopuses inspire 3D-printed propulsion systems for boats

Octopuses inspire 3D-printed propulsion systems for boats | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The process by which octopuses and squids escape predators has inspired a new way for boats to accelerate through water. SE

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Contact lens gives telescopic vision

Contact lens gives telescopic vision | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers have created contact lenses that, when paired with special spectacles, bestow telescopic vision on their wearers. SE

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Placenta may shield baby from ‘viral invaders’

Placenta may shield baby from ‘viral invaders’ | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

U. PITTSBURGH (US) — Cells of the placenta appear to have a unique ability to prevent viruses from crossing from an expectant mother to her growing baby. It may be possible to transfer that trait to other kinds of cells, researchers say. SE

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A Neuroscientist Says Human Head Transplants Are Totally Possible

A Neuroscientist Says Human Head Transplants Are Totally Possible | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

At least one Italian scientist is completely and totally serious that head transplants on humans might soon be possible. SE

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It’s Alive! The Vision – Doctors Discover How to Regenerate Hearts

It’s Alive! The Vision – Doctors Discover How to Regenerate Hearts | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Dr. Doris Taylor, Director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, endeavors to harvest new organs in their entirety with the goal of transplants that the recipient’s immune system will not reject. Cells are extracted from the dead organ and the protein scaffold that is left is repopulated with stem cells that match its recipient. Amazingly enough, the donated organ does not have to come from a human! SE

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In 3D culture, stem cells become inner ear parts

In 3D culture, stem cells become inner ear parts | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

INDIANA U. (US) — Key structures of the inner ear made from mouse embryonic stem cells can detect sound, head movements, and gravity. SE

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Artificial "Spiber" silk is tougher than Kevlar

Artificial "Spiber" silk is tougher than Kevlar | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Spider silk is a truly remarkable material: it's tougher than Kevlar, strong as steel, lighter than carbon fiber, and can be stretched 40 percent beyond its original length without breaking. Now, Japanese startup Spiber says it has found a way to produce it synthetically and, over the next two years, will step up mass production to create anything from surgical materials to auto parts and bulletproof vests. SE

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Liquid metal structures 3D-printed

Liquid metal structures 3D-printed | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Stretchable and conformable electronics may start appearing in the near future, after researchers create liquid metal structures on a 3D printer. SE

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SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Flies Higher than the Chrysler Building Now

SpaceX's reusable Grasshopper rocket is growing up. And up and up and up. SE

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Fertility drug appears to stop Ebola virus

Fertility drug appears to stop Ebola virus | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

U. VIRGINIA (US) — A class of drugs that includes treatments for breast cancer and infertility appears to inhibit the deadly, incurable Ebola virus. SE

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Stafier's solar roof tiles appear wafier thin

Stafier's solar roof tiles appear wafier thin | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

If aesthetic concerns are keeping you from buying some solar panels to stick on your roof, Stafier's expansion into photovoltaics may be of interest...SE

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Self-Assembling DNA Could Make You Immune to Cigarettes

Self-Assembling DNA Could Make You Immune to Cigarettes | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Nicotine, the reason why people smoke, chew or snort tobacco, is hard to quit. Since quitting is so difficult and relapsing is so easy, scientists are eyeing vaccines that make addicts immune to nicotine. The newest, from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, uses self-assembling DNA nanoparticles to make your immune system into a high-precision, super-powerful nicotine-zapping machine. SE

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The Future Of Flight: Planes That Never Need To Land

The Future Of Flight: Planes That Never Need To Land | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Glide Path The Jet Streamer, which is in development at Lehigh University, will draw energy from differentials in wind speed, so it could fly with little or no fuel. SE

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Introducing TORO, Germany's new humanoid robot

Introducing TORO, Germany's new humanoid robot | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Engineers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have proven once again that they know how to make a snazzy looking robot. SE

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Scans of brains at rest confirm deep connections

Scans of brains at rest confirm deep connections | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

VANDERBILT (US) — Shut your eyes. Now stop thinking. You have just put your brain into what neuroscientists call its resting state. SE

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Scientists Built a Mini Laser Gun That Generates Anti-Matter

Scientists Built a Mini Laser Gun That Generates Anti-Matter | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A team of physicists working at the University of Michigan just published a paper about their device in Physical Review Letters. But basically, it's small enough to sit on a table and can create positrons—anti-electrons—like its big, big brother, the particle accelerator at CERN. SE

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