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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Organic Photovoltaics Potentially as Inexpensive as Paint

Organic Photovoltaics Potentially as Inexpensive as Paint | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University at Buffalo are working on the development of organic photovoltaics that use polymers and small molecules that are carbon-based and can be applied in liquid form over large areas. SE

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Sign in to read: Robot builders deliver architects' dreams - tech - 17 April 2013 - New Scientist

Sign in to read: Robot builders deliver architects' dreams - tech - 17 April 2013 - New Scientist | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
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Even as robots are "taking" more and more jobs, so are we losing to retirements those humans whose jobs they are taking. This paradoxical situation is very important because it means productivity per human being (augmented by robots) will continue to climb in spite of lower population growth.  JB

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Protein Makes Old Hearts Younger, Reverses Some Effects of Aging

Protein Makes Old Hearts Younger, Reverses Some Effects of Aging | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers have identified a protein in the blood of mice and humans that may prove to be the first effective treatment for a form of age-related heart failure, finding in mice that hearts reduced in size and thickness and resembled healthy hearts. SE

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Making the most of low-grade silicon for cheaper, more efficient solar panels

Making the most of low-grade silicon for cheaper, more efficient solar panels | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A team from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia has found a way to improve the quality of low-grade silicon, enabling higher efficiency solar cells to be produced from cheaper, low-grade silicon. SE

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High blood sugar may raise Alzheimer’s risk

High blood sugar may raise Alzheimer’s risk | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
U. ARIZONA (US) — Elevated blood sugar levels may be associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even in people without diabetes. SE
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Sunflower seed husks provide concrete alternative

Sunflower seed husks provide concrete alternative | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Ordinarily seen as a waste product, the husks of sunflower seeds could be used to make concrete, according to research out of Turkey. SE

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This 3D-Printed Cyborg Ear Comes With a Built-In Antenna

This 3D-Printed Cyborg Ear Comes With a Built-In Antenna | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

While still not entirely commonplace, 3D-printed body parts made of actual, living tissue have started popping up at a wonderfully alarming rate. The most recent iteration, though, takes the concept one whole cyborg-tinged step further. SE

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Google Glass 101: How Glass Currently Works

Google Glass 101: How Glass Currently Works | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It's one thing to see what others are doing while wearing Glass but we've yet to see what the interface actually looks and behaves like. That is until now. SE   

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Paralyzed woman uses thoughts to sip coffee

A new study in Nature reports that two people with tetraplegia were able to reach for and grasp objects in three-dimensional space using robotic arms. SE

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Scientists Have 3D-Printed Mini Human Livers for the First Time Ever

Scientists Have 3D-Printed Mini Human Livers for the First Time Ever | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The dream of one day completely doing away with frustratingly long transplant lists in favor of made to order, 3D-printed organs is closer to becoming a reality. SE

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No more need for donor organs! SE

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Solar-Powered Proteins Remove Harmful Carcinogens and Antibiotics from Water

Solar-Powered Proteins Remove Harmful Carcinogens and Antibiotics from Water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A new study from researchers at the University of Cincinnati details how solar-powered proteins can be used to filter antibiotics and other harmful compounds from rivers and lakes at a higher rate than present treatment standards. SE

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Neuroscientists Reverse Memory Loss in Animal Brain Cells

Neuroscientists Reverse Memory Loss in Animal Brain Cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Using sea snail nerve cells, neuroscientists from the UTHealth Center have reversed memory loss by determining when the cells were primed for learning and retraining the cells through the use of optimized training schedules. SE

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Cooling panels send sun’s heat back to space

STANFORD (US) — Scientists have developed a new type of solar structure that can cool buildings in full sunlight. SE

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Northrop Grumman completes commercial lunar lander study

Northrop Grumman completes commercial lunar lander study | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

TheThis week, Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that it has completed a feasibility study on a new lunar lander for the Golden Spike Company as part of a plan to send to people to the Moon within ten years at a cost of US$750 million per person. SE

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3D Printed "Bionic" Ear Exhibits Enhanced Auditory Sensing

3D Printed "Bionic" Ear Exhibits Enhanced Auditory Sensing | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Researchers at Princeton created a 3D printed "bionic" ear that exhibits enhanced auditory sensing for radio frequency reception, merging biologic and nanoelectronic functionalities via 3D printing.
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New microbatteries combine the advantages of lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors

New microbatteries combine the advantages of lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Powerful microbatteries developed at the University of Illinois combine the energy capacity of lithium batteries and the power delivery of a supercapacitor.
Joel Barker's insight:

Dennis Meadows of Llimits to Growth talked about the importance of batteries in the arly 1970's. Now we are finally seeing the next wave of batteries that make episodic energy soiurces (wind generators, for example) cost and energy efficient.

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Staples becomes first major US retailer to sell 3D printers

Staples becomes first major US retailer to sell 3D printers | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Despite the growing popularity of 3D printers, being limited to purchase through specialist stores and online shops means they still occupy a niche market of hobbyists and professional designers. SE
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Gray hair reversal process discovered by scientists

Gray hair reversal process discovered by scientists | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Some of you will definitely rejoice over this news piece. Apparently, scientists in Europe have developed a treatment that has been proven to reverse the massive oxidative stress developed in hair follicles or gray hair. SE
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Science Finds Fountain of Youth Brain Region That Slows Down Aging

Science Finds Fountain of Youth Brain Region That Slows Down Aging | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Eternal or even elongated life is an idiotic thing to wish for. You don't want to get old, and then tack on 50 more years of wrinkles and Metamucil. But prolonged youth? Full body youth? More time being young and nubile and beautiful? SE

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DARPA's Robot Hand Is Almost as Capable As What's on Your Arm

DARPA's Robot Hand Is Almost as Capable As What's on Your Arm | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Gone are the days when we could look at cutting-edge robots and at least take some satisfaction in the fact that the human body was still superior. SE

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Sixteen-second engine burn pushes Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo into history

Sixteen-second engine burn pushes Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo into history | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

At 7:55 AM PDT this Monday, the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo (SST) attempted to break the sound barrier above the Mohave Desert with a 16-second burn of its 30-ton (27-tonne) thrust rocket engine. SE

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A Solar Dish That Makes Electricity And Fresh Water

A Solar Dish That Makes Electricity And Fresh Water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It's not exactly a solar panel. It's more like a solar dish. And not only does it generate electricity, it makes water, too. SE

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Desktop 3DLPrinter offers high resolution at a high price

Desktop 3DLPrinter offers high resolution at a high price | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Digital Light Processing (DLP) is the method of choice for the next generation of personal 3D printers. SE

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Resolution is improving on the latest models. SE

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A little stress can make brains sharper

A little stress can make brains sharper | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

UC BERKELEY (US) — Acute stress that’s short-lived, not chronic, primes the brain for improved performance, according to new research. SE

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danijel drnić's curator insight, April 22, 2013 4:21 AM

.. Elevated state of consciousness in which any decision or action can make much faster and more accurate and it beyond doubt or lack of at least those parts that are actually irrelevant.

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Nanosponges used to soak up toxins in the bloodstream

Nanosponges used to soak up toxins in the bloodstream | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists have developed nanosponges that are capable of neutralizing toxins in the bloodstream. SE

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