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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Australian researchers develop promising new approach to hydrogen storage

Australian researchers develop promising new approach to hydrogen storage | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, are developing a novel way to store hydrogen that could help turn it into a viable portable fuel source. SE

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Nanoparticle Blast Could Help Make Microscopic Matter

Nanoparticle Blast Could Help Make Microscopic Matter | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists were able for the first time to capture on film a process that makes homogeneous metal oxide nanoparticles. This could pave the way for faster and cheaper ways to develop nanoparticles. SE

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First of four autonomous Wave Glider robots successfully crosses Pacific ocean

First of four autonomous Wave Glider robots successfully crosses Pacific ocean | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The first of the autonomous Wave Glider aquatic robots has successfully crossed the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Australia last week.
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SKYLON spacecraft's engine passes critical test

SKYLON spacecraft's engine passes critical test | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Reaction Engines Ltd. announced on Wednesday the completion of a critical round of testing of its SABRE engine’s precooler system. JB--this could be the paradigm shift that allows inexpensive access to Outer Space.

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Vancouver Trials Recycled Plastic Asphalt

Vancouver Trials Recycled Plastic Asphalt | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The city's engineering department came up with a special mixing process that utilizes post-consumer plastic in asphalt. SE

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Exclusively solar-powered plane will circumnavigate globe in a non-stop flight, even at night

Exclusively solar-powered plane will circumnavigate globe in a non-stop flight, even at night | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Solar Impulse, the now famous 100 percent solar-powered aircraft, made the headlines after it proved it could fly for 26 hours straight, be it day or night. SE

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Wooden skyscrapers

Wooden skyscrapers | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
WHEN life hands you lemons, goes the old saw, make lemonade. But what if life should hand you 18m hectares (44m acres) of dead trees? That is the problem faced by...
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Flexible, high-strength polymer aerogels deliver "super-insulation" properties

Flexible, high-strength polymer aerogels deliver "super-insulation" properties | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

New polymer aerogels from NASA Glenn Research Center are flexible and 500 times stronger than traditional aerogels. JB--This has the potential to be a huge energy saver across industries and perfect material for space suits.

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MIT's Reconfigurable Robots Are Tiny Transformers That Will Turn Into Anything

MIT's Reconfigurable Robots Are Tiny Transformers That Will Turn Into Anything | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The idea of transformers is cool even when they just turn from one thing to another, so how much cooler would they be if they could form into anything? SE

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Plastic bulb promises truer light

US researchers say they have developed a new type of lighting that could replace fluorescent bulbs in homes and offices. SE

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Sunlit Nanoparticles Turn Water To Steam: Scientific American Podcast

This small thing could be big. SE

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Award-winning device harvests energy from railway track vibrations

Award-winning device harvests energy from railway track vibrations | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Much of the abundant mechanical energy around us is irregular and oscillatory and can be somewhat difficult to efficiently tap into. SE

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Lonesome No More: This Humanoid Robot Is Programmed to Hang Out With You

Lonesome No More: This Humanoid Robot Is Programmed to Hang Out With You | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In a slightly terrifying development in robotics, Disney, once the whimsical illustrator of your childhood dreams, has now built a humanoid robot ... SE

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Wave-powered swimming robots completes epic 9,000 journey at sea

Wave-powered swimming robots completes epic 9,000 journey at sea | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

After it was first cast out to sea less than a year ago from San Francisco’s bay, the PacX Wave Glider, also known as Papa Mau, finally reached the end of its epic journey after it reached Queensland, Australia setting a new world record for the...SE

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Brain circuit signals measured for first time

Brain circuit signals measured for first time | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

BROWN (US) — Researchers have performed a set of experiments for the first time to measure how two critical brain circuits interact.Until now, brain scientists have been almost completely in the dark about how most of the nonspecific thalamus...SE

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New technique could make bread last two months

New technique could make bread last two months | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
A Texas-based company have developed a process that kills spores so that a loaf of bread can stay mold-free for up to 60 days.
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Aeroscraft dirigible airship prototype approaches completion

Aeroscraft dirigible airship prototype approaches completion | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Aeros has created a prototype of its new breed of variable buoyancy air craft and it expects the vehicle to be finished before the end of 2012.JB--What makes this Local Tech is its ability to "land and take off" with no significant infrastructure. That is perfect for localtech situations where moving things thru the air is the best choice but the locals don't want to build an airport.

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Yale Engineers Develop Micro Fuel Cells Made of Bulk Metallic Glasses

Yale Engineers Develop Micro Fuel Cells Made of Bulk Metallic Glasses | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Made up of mostly bulk metallic glasses, a new type of micro fuel cell could serve as a low-cost, long-lasting, and eco-friendly power source for portable electronic devices. SE

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Shape-Shifting Robot Mimics Protein Molecules

Shape-Shifting Robot Mimics Protein Molecules | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The MIT-designed device is being called a "robotic Swiss Army knife" for its ability to transform into many tools. SE

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INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Chris Chan on the Sustainable Shanghai Tower, Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper

INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Chris Chan on the Sustainable Shanghai Tower, Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A new look at old technology that works in regions with lots of good wood.

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Japan's Hottest Commodity: Water

Japan's Hottest Commodity: Water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Chinese and other Asian investors are buying its forestland, groundwater rights included...JB--This is an emerging trend that addresses both Supertech and Limitstech issues. Instead of "buying" more water access, why are these countries reducing their use of water and treating it like it is: an essential resoiurce for the future of their populace?

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New Apple Patent Outlines The Wireless Charging Future We're All Dreaming Of

New Apple Patent Outlines The Wireless Charging Future We're All Dreaming Of | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Truly wireless charging, it's a tech utopia we all long for. Sure, we're getting there, but it still requires contact, which is only slightly better. SE

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New Lighting Could Replace Fluorescents, CFLs, and LEDs As The Light Source Of The Future

New Lighting Could Replace Fluorescents, CFLs, and LEDs As The Light Source Of The Future | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

FIPEL Lighting Could Replace Fluorescents Ken Bennett, Wake Forest University photographerFIPEL technology produces the soft, white light our eyes crave without that annoying fluorescent hum. SE

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Award-winning device harvests energy from railway track vibrations

Award-winning device harvests energy from railway track vibrations | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers from New York's Stony Brook University have developed a device capable of harvesting energy from train-induced rail track vibrations. JB--a good example of using energy now wasted. Think of integrating such systems into the footings below the rails.

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The LTE Connected Car, is this the future Car?

The LTE Connected Car, is this the future Car? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A great video featuring the NG Connect LTE Connected Car, showcasing the capabilities that
Long Term Evolution (LTE), the next generation of mobile networks, what it
will bring to car (The LTE Connected Car, is this the future Car? SE

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