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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Lithium-ion batteries inspired by snail shells could prove longer-lasting

Lithium-ion batteries inspired by snail shells could prove longer-lasting | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In an ongoing effort to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries, scientists have looked to the techniques that snails use to control the growth of their shells. SE

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The Unconventional Guide to 10 Hidden Features of Galaxy Note 4

The Unconventional Guide to 10 Hidden Features of Galaxy Note 4 | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

I have learned several things I didn't know were possible, especially the s pen features. SE

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Huge wind farm will help not harm rare birds, says Supreme Court

Huge wind farm will help not harm rare birds, says Supreme Court | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A new 370MW onshore wind farm, slated to be "the world's most productive", gets the go ahead. A court ruling suggests it will even help rare bird species. SE

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Flexible graphene-based LED clears the way for flexible displays

Flexible graphene-based LED clears the way for flexible displays | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers from the University of Manchester and University of Sheffield have developed a new prototype semi-transparent, graphene-based LED device that could form the basis of flexible screens for use in the next-generation of mobile phones, tablets and televisions. The incredibly thin display was created using sandwiched "heterostructures", is only 10-40 atoms thick and emits a sheet of light across its entire surface. SE

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Amazing graphite does it again. SE

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NASA tests ‘impossible’ no-fuel quantum space engine – and it actually works | ExtremeTech

NASA tests ‘impossible’ no-fuel quantum space engine – and it actually works | ExtremeTech | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

NASA didn't set out to confirm the feasibility of a seemingly impossible fuel-less thruster design, but it seems they did exactly that. JB

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Joel Barker's curator insight, February 2, 2015 4:42 PM

Can't wait for the follow-up to confirm and not. Remember when radio would have been considered magic. This could be in the same category.  JB

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Scientists discover a "mini-brain" in spinal cord that helps keep us balanced

Scientists discover a "mini-brain" in spinal cord that helps keep us balanced | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it


Keeping ourselves upright is something most of us shouldn't need to think a whole lot about, given we've been doing it almost our entire lives. SE

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Telomere-lengthening procedure turns clock back years in human cells

Telomere-lengthening procedure turns clock back years in human cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists have developed a new procedure to increase the length of human telomeres. This increases the number of times cells are able to divide, which may point the way to treating various age-related diseases, SE

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This would be a paradigm shifting discovery. It is definitely an area to follow closely. SE

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Custom 30 Foot House: The (not so) tiny towable home

Custom 30 Foot House: The (not so) tiny towable home | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

For those who like the thought of living in a compact space but don't want to get too cramped, the Custom 30 Foot House by Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses may be of interest. SE

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Seven life-changing surgeries made possible by 3D printing

Seven life-changing surgeries made possible by 3D printing | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The ability of 3D printing to produce customized implants tailored to a patient's anatomy has opened up many possibilities in medicine, with 2014 turning up one world-first surgery after another.  SE

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New ultrasound research creates holographic objects that can be seen and felt

New ultrasound research creates holographic objects that can be seen and felt | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A new technique being developed by researchers at the University of Bristol promises to revolutionize haptic feedback technology by using projected ultrasound to directly create floating, 3D shapes you can feel. SE

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Researchers discover a universal law of superconductivity

Researchers discover a universal law of superconductivity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

MIT researchers claim to have discovered a new universal law for superconductors that, if proved accurate, will bring the physics of superconductors in line with other universal laws and may help  SE.

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10 Technology Trends in 2015 from IEEE

10 Technology Trends in 2015 from IEEE | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

IEEE, a professional association for engineers in multiple industries including healthcare, offers 10 predictions for the top technology trends during 2015. SE

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Always of interest. Check out security and privacy. SE

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A new way to harvest solar energy using metal nanoparticles and plasmon resonance

A new way to harvest solar energy using metal nanoparticles and plasmon resonance | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Solar cell technology has improved dramatically over the past couple of year, yet it will be a long time before multi-junction cells – then kind that can reach efficiency well over 40% – will become affordable to small home owners. SE

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Experimental ESA Spaceplane's First Test Flight Was a Success (Updated)

Experimental ESA Spaceplane's First Test Flight Was a Success (Updated) | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Today the European Space Agency's test spaceplane went on a successful 100-minute, remotely-operated ride along the equator from Kourou, French Guiana to the Pacific Ocean, just west of the Galapagos islands. SE

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New flow cell-powered Quant F supercar promises 1,000 hp, 500 miles of range

New flow cell-powered Quant F supercar promises 1,000 hp, 500 miles of range | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Nunzio La Vecchia is back, baby! And at this year's Geneva Motor Show, he's pitching an even more extraordinary, updated version of his flow cell supercar, the Nanoflowcell Quant F. SE

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DARPA's ALASA space launch system would turn airports into spaceports

DARPA's ALASA space launch system would turn airports into spaceports | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

DARPA's Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program is developing a system to launch small satellites into low-Earth orbit using an expendable rocket dropped from a conventional aircraft. SE

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Graphite Foam Could Harness Energy from Temperature Gradient in Oceans

Graphite Foam Could Harness Energy from Temperature Gradient in Oceans | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) think that they could use graphite foam to harness energy from the temperature gradient in tropical waters, where the difference between surface and bottom varies as much as 70 to 80 degrees. JB

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Wouldn't it be great to reduce the heat in the upper ocean b converting some of it to electricity?  JB

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5 amazing wearable health devices that will change lives | Orange Business Services

5 amazing wearable health devices that will change lives | Orange Business Services | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

We show you five solutions that show how wearable devices are already helping people stay healthy. SE


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Carbon Nanoballs Can Transform the Renewable Energy Supply

Carbon Nanoballs Can Transform the Renewable Energy Supply | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that the insulation plastic used in high-voltage cables can withstand a 26 per cent higher voltage if nanometer-sized carbon balls are added. SE

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This would change the cost curve of renewable energy. SE

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Microsoft HoloLens: An AR headset that makes you see 3D holograms in your living room

Microsoft HoloLens: An AR headset that makes you see 3D holograms in your living room | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

With virtual reality capturing imaginations during the last couple of years, it's easy to forget about augmented reality. But here it is. SE

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Ghost Drone follows its user, and is controlled via their phone

Ghost Drone follows its user, and is controlled via their phone | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Chinese/American company Ehang is currently raising production funds for its GoPro-toting Ghost Drone. Developed in partnership with Duke University, the quadcopter able to track and follow the user. SE

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US Navy successfully deploys laser weapon

US Navy successfully deploys laser weapon | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The laser goes from the weapon of tomorrow to the weapon of today as the US Navy announces the completion of its successful deployment of the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Laser Weapon System. SE

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New navigation module to help future freighters act as their own sails

New navigation module to help future freighters act as their own sails | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers the Fraunhofer Institute's Center for Maritime Logistics and Services have developed an algorithm designed to optimize the use of wind power in the hybrid merchant shipping vessel. SE

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Lensless space telescope could be 1,000 times stronger than Hubble

Lensless space telescope could be 1,000 times stronger than Hubble | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The Hubble space telescope has given us decades of incredible images, but it's reaching the end of its service life and the question is, what will come after? SE

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Samsung Smart Televisions: In Line With The Future

Samsung Smart Televisions: In Line With The Future | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Get a cutting edge TV with web browsing, apps, and streaming video brought to you by Samsung Smart TV. SE

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