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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Researchers discover way to produce hydrogen fuel from any plant

Researchers discover way to produce hydrogen fuel from any plant | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at Virginia Tech University have discovered a way to derive large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a technology breakthrough that could not only greatly lower the cost of hydrogen fuel cells, but also lower the carbon footprint of hydrogen extraction. SE

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Drug-finder method coaxes more oil from algae

Drug-finder method coaxes more oil from algae | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

UC DAVIS (US) — Chemists have found several compounds that can boost oil production by green microscopic algae, a potential source of biodiesel and other “green” fuels. Microalgae are single-celled organisms that, like green plants, use photosynthesis to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into complex compounds, including oils and lipids. Marine algae species can be raised in saltwater ponds, which means they don’t compete with food crops for land or fresh water. SE

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EWICON bladeless wind turbine generates electricity using charged water droplets

EWICON bladeless wind turbine generates electricity using charged water droplets | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Where most wind turbines generate electricity through mechanical energy, the EWICON (short for Electrostatic WInd energy CONvertor) creates potential energy with charged particles – in this case, water droplets. The current design consists of a steel frame holding a series of insulated tubes arranged horizontally. Each tube contains several electrodes and nozzles, which continually release positively-charged water particles into the air. As the particles are blown away, the voltage of the device changes and creates an electric field, which can be transferred to the grid for everyday use. SE

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‘Artificial Leaf’ Self Heals and Produces Energy from Dirty Water

‘Artificial Leaf’ Self Heals and Produces Energy from Dirty Water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The artificial “leaf” mimics the ability of real leaves to produce energy from sunlight and water. The device, however, actually is a simple catalyst-coated wafer of silicon. Dropped into a jar of water and exposed to sunlight, catalysts in the device break water down into its components, hydrogen and oxygen. Those gases bubble up and can be collected and used as fuel to produce electricity in fuel cells. SE

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Here's How Google Glass Actually Works

Here's How Google Glass Actually Works | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

We all know Google Glass doesn't need sorcery for you to comfortably see a digital image projected over reality. But just how does it work? This infographic by Martin Missfeldt lays out the way the magic happens in simple terms. SE

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The Next World-Changing Supermaterial Is Grown, Not Made

The Next World-Changing Supermaterial Is Grown, Not Made | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Watch out graphene; something's coming to eat your supermaterial lunch. Nanocellulose is poised to be the kevlar-strength, super-light, greenhouse gas-eating nanomaterial of the future. And the best part? It's made by nothing but algae.SE

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Boeing completes preliminary design review of CST-100's Launch Vehicle Adapter

Boeing completes preliminary design review of CST-100's Launch Vehicle Adapter | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Boeing announced on Friday that the preliminary design review for the Launch Vehicle Adapter (LVA) for the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft has been successfully completed. SE

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Should we bring back extinct species?

Should we bring back extinct species? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

STANFORD (US) — Within 15 years, scientists may be able to revive some recently extinct species, like the dodo or the passenger pigeon. It’s not Jurassic Park, but is it a good idea? SE

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Researchers observe antibodies evolve against HIV

Researchers observe antibodies evolve against HIV | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

For the first time, scientists have observed in a patient the evolution of an immune molecule that recognizes different HIV types and adapt accordingly. SE

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Wonderful human technology. SE

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Researchers increase lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries

Researchers increase lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Though more powerful and less expensive to produce than the more widely used lithium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries have typically sported a comparatively poor lifespan. However, the Dresden-based researchers have successfully developed a new design that increases the charge cycles of lithium-sulfur batteries by a factor of seven. SE

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Healthy habits keep adults from shrinking

Healthy habits keep adults from shrinking | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

USC (US) — Even if you didn’t eat your veggies or drink your milk as a child, you do have some control over your height as you age, research shows. SE

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Warp Factor

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Harold White runs an advanced propulsion lab called Eagleworks at Johnson Space Center in Houtson. He claims to be able to develop faster-than-light travel. Is he for real? SE

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Most scientists would say it can't be done, but what if White is successful? SE

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Genetically modified microorganism could convert atmospheric CO2 into fuel

Genetically modified microorganism could convert atmospheric CO2 into fuel | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

While much research is being done on capturing carbon dioxide emissions at their source to reduce the amount expelled into the atmosphere, researchers at the University of Georgia’s Bioenergy Systems Research Institute have taken a different approach to tackle the problem. Taking a leaf out of the process used by plants to convert CO2 into something useful, they have uncovered a way to take CO2 from the atmosphere and transform it into useful industrial products, including, potentially, fuel....SE

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Making waste into fuel could be the key. SE

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New wind energy harvester design looks like giant window blinds

New wind energy harvester design looks like giant window blinds | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

This new design for a wind harvesting device is a big departure from conventional wind turbine design, and the inventor claims it is also quieter and cheaper to operate. SE

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New LED light 'can halve energy use'

New LED light 'can halve energy use' | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Philips has developed a prototype LED tube light that it says is twice as efficient as those currently in use. "This is a major breakthrough in LED lighting and will further drive the transformation of the lighting industry," said Rene van Schooten, chief executive of light source and electronics at Philips. SE

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Tin Nanocrystals Enable More Power to be Stored in Lithium Ion Batteries

Tin Nanocrystals Enable More Power to be Stored in Lithium Ion Batteries | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The nanomaterial is composed of tiny tin crystals, which are to be deployed at the minus pole of the batteries (anode). When charging the batteries, lithium ions are absorbed at this electrode; while discharging, they are released again. The more lithium ions the electrodes can absorb and release – the better they can breathe, as it were – the more energy can be stored in a battery, SE

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Farming Nemo: How Aquaculture Will Feed 9 Billion Hungry People

Farming Nemo: How Aquaculture Will Feed 9 Billion Hungry People | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Aquaculture is the agricultural revolution to industrial fishing's hunter-gatherer method. Instead of sending out fleets of ships across the ocean in search of wild quarry, the fish are bred and raised in enclosed, human-controlled (or at least monitored) environments. SE

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The domestication of fish is underway. SE

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Can nuclear fusion get us to Mars?

Can nuclear fusion get us to Mars? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

U. WASHINGTON (US) — To get astronauts to Mars, scientists are working with nuclear fusion—the same energy that powers the sun and stars. SE

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White House: NASA's Next Big Mission Will Be to Capture an Asteroid

White House: NASA's Next Big Mission Will Be to Capture an Asteroid | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

There have been rumors about NASA's next major project ever since Senator Bill Nelson of Florida mentioned some jazz about wrangling an asteroid. SE

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Scientists Can Read Dreams Using Brain Scans

Scientists Can Read Dreams Using Brain Scans | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A team of scientists claim to have developed techniques which allows them to read dreams via brain scans—and it could help us better understand what goes on in the brain while we sleep. SE

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First fully 3-D printed house looks incredible

First fully 3-D printed house looks incredible | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Possibly the most exciting technological innovation of the decade, in terms of the impact it’s projected to have, 3-D printing never seems ceasing to amaze us with its unrivaled potential. SE

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This house will be awesome. SE

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Solar industry is paying back energy debt

Solar industry is paying back energy debt | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

STANFORD (US) — The electricity generated by solar photovoltaic panels has probably just surpassed the amount of energy used to make them, researchers say. SE

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Another milestone in the development of solar energy. SE

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A Working Transistor Built Out Of DNA Within A Living Cell

A Working Transistor Built Out Of DNA Within A Living Cell | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

DNA Double Helix National Human Genome Research InstituteWe're this close to having a usable biocomputer. Pretty much anything can be a computer, if it can compute logical functions, store data, and transmit information -- even living cells. SE

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Study shows a walk in the park fixes a fuzzy brain

Study shows a walk in the park fixes a fuzzy brain | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The evidence keeps rolling in: when you need to clear your head, the best place to do it is out among the trees. SE

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'Biggest ever attack' slows internet

'Biggest ever attack' slows internet | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The world's internet has been slowed down by what experts are describing as the biggest attack of its kind in history. SE

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Quite troubling. SE

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