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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Stereotypes about aging can make memory slump

Stereotypes about aging can make memory slump | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

USC (US) — Negative stereotypes about getting older can affect how seniors perform on memory tests, for better and for worse. SE

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Fruits And Vegetables Are More Aware Than You Think

Fruits And Vegetables Are More Aware Than You Think | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

You might not think that spinach knows what's up, but the produce in your fridge is still alive and aware. Which is creepy. But kind of awesome. SE

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A New Drug Could End Chronic Pain Forever

A New Drug Could End Chronic Pain Forever | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Treating pain is a tricky business—especially when it comes to the chronic, perpetually debilitating type. SE

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Scientists Discover Chemical That Makes Naked Mole Rats Cancer-Proof

Scientists Discover Chemical That Makes Naked Mole Rats Cancer-Proof | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists have discovered the chemical that makes naked mole rats cancer-proof, a finding that could eventually lead to new cancer treatments in people. SE

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The World's Most Efficient Solar Cell Is a Tiny Little Miracle

The World's Most Efficient Solar Cell Is a Tiny Little Miracle | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

While solar power promises a lot, it's only ever going to help satisfy our energy needs if it becomes efficient enough. This is over 44% efficient! SE

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Poverty might cause changes to the brain

Poverty might cause changes to the brain | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It’s rather clear that social-economic factors have a huge part to play in the development of an individual, but when discussing this we typically refer to education, something that can be more or less manipulated at any time, albeit with various...SE

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Nanoparticle Triggers Chemical Reaction that Generates Hydrogen from Water

Nanoparticle Triggers Chemical Reaction that Generates Hydrogen from Water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at Penn State University have discovered that a nanoparticle composed of nickel and phosphorus can catalyze a chemical reaction that generates hydrogen from water. SE

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OIder adult clumsiness linked to brain changes

OIder adult clumsiness linked to brain changes | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

For more and more people, ageing and clumsiness seem to go hand in hand – difficFor more and more people, ageing and clumsiness seem to go hand in hand – difficulties when handling a plate, fumbling with keys or even dialing a phone – new research from Washington University in St. Louis suggests that some of these day-to-day reaching-and-grasping difficulties may be be caused by changes in the mental frame used by older adults to visualize nearby objects. SE

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The Energy Fix: How Waste Could Power The U.S. For Decades

The Energy Fix: How Waste Could Power The U.S. For Decades | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Waste-Annihilating Molten Salt Reactor Trevor Johnston The world throws away enormous amounts of energy each day. In the U.S. alone, waste streams could account for 100,000 megawatts of untapped electrical capacity. SE

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Scientists Guide Flying Robot with Their Thoughts

Scientists Guide Flying Robot with Their Thoughts | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Using noninvasive 3-D brain-computer interfaces, scientists at the University of Minnesota have developed technology that allows them to use their thoughts to steer a flying robot. SE

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Do Adults Keep Making New Brain Cells? Cold War-Era Radiation Reveals Answer

The Europe-U.S. team calculated that adult brains make about 1,400 new brain cells every day. That's not a net gain--the brain loses cells and then makes new ones to replace them, Kristy Spalding, a biologist at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and one of the study's lead authors, told Science. SE 

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Good news for adult brains. SE

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For better concrete, do as Romans did

For better concrete, do as Romans did | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

UC BERKELEY (US) — Ancient Roman structures that have withstood the elements for more than 2,000 years are showing engineers how to make today’s concrete more durable and sustainable. SE

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Mom’s education predicts adult kids’ depression

Mom’s education predicts adult kids’ depression | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

MCGILL (CAN) — Children of women who didn’t finish high school are twice as likely to experience a major episode of depression in early adulthood as children of mothers who graduated. SE

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Graphene ribbons improve lithium ion batteries

Graphene ribbons improve lithium ion batteries | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

RICE (US) — Anodes for lithium ion batteries built with ribbons of graphene perform better, tests show. SE

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Computer picks emotion based on brain scan

Computer picks emotion based on brain scan | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

CARNEGIE MELLON (US) — For the first time, scientists have identified which emotion a person is experiencing based on brain activity. SE

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Custom 3D Printer Prints Lithium-Ion Microbatteries

Custom 3D Printer Prints Lithium-Ion Microbatteries | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Using a custom-built 3D printer, a team of researchers printed lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand, opening the door to future development of miniaturized medical implants, compact electronics, tiny robots, and more. SE

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Stanford's Artificial Neural Network Is The Biggest Ever

Stanford's Artificial Neural Network Is The Biggest Ever | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It's 6.5 times bigger than the network Google premiered last year, which has learned to recognize YouTube cats. SE

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Wonder material graphene can be made magnetic – and turned on and off

Wonder material graphene can be made magnetic – and turned on and off | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Is there something that graphene can’t do? SE

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Stem Cell therapy could help us grow back fingers

Stem Cell therapy could help us grow back fingers | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Mammals can naturally regenerate the very top of their fingers and toes after amputation; starting from this idea, researchers have demonstrated the mechanism that describes this process, and explain how stem cells from nails could play a pivotal...SE

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eGallons: How much does it cost to drive on electricity compared to gasoline?

eGallons: How much does it cost to drive on electricity compared to gasoline? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Energy has just released an interesting online tool that allows you to see what the amount of electricity necessary to drive an average electric car as far as a gallon of gasoline would cost where you live. SE

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Looks like and egallon costs about 1/3 of a gasoline gallon. SE

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All-solid lithium-sulfur battery stores four times as much energy as lithium-ion

All-solid lithium-sulfur battery stores four times as much energy as lithium-ion | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The breakthrough battery tech is also cheaper and safer than lithium ion batteries. SE

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Study Shows Breastfeeding Improves Brain Development in Infants

Study Shows Breastfeeding Improves Brain Development in Infants | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A newly published study from Brown University shows that breastfeeding improves brain development in infants, providing better brain development than a combination of breastfeeding and formula, which produced better development than formula alone. SE

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Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Teleportation Between Distant Material Objects

Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Teleportation Between Distant Material Objects | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In a newly published study, researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute demonstrate the deterministic continuous-variable quantum teleportation of information between two clouds of gas atoms. SE

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Quantum teleportation of information could be part of the future. SE

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Google invests in 96 megawatt solar project in South Africa

Google invests in 96 megawatt solar project in South Africa | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Google has been investing a lot in traditional wind and solar, and in other more innovative renewable energy projects. But most of that is in the U.S. and so far they had not invested any money into renewable in Africa. SE

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