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Five Regions of the Future
Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Stem cells on path to rebuild blood ‘pipeline’

Stem cells on path to rebuild blood ‘pipeline’ | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

JOHNS HOPKINS (US) — Engineers can now prod stem cells to help build vein and artery networks, overcoming a stumbling block to growing replacement blood vessels in the laboratory. SE

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Futurity.org – Squeeze returns breast cancer cells to normal

Futurity.org – Squeeze returns breast cancer cells to normal | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory put the squeeze—literally—on malignant mammary cells to guide them back into a normal growth pattern. They presented their findings this week at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology ... SE

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This Laser Weapon Got Five Times More Powerful in Just One Year

This Laser Weapon Got Five Times More Powerful in Just One Year | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The pace of High Energy Laser (HEL) technology has become a sprint with nations and defense firms alike racing to develop more and more powerful systems. SE

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Micro jet turbine-powered Jet Vest developers seek a Kickstart

Micro jet turbine-powered Jet Vest developers seek a Kickstart | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The Bell rocket belt captured the world's imagination when it was featured in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball. SE
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Algebra Boosts Wireless Network Bandwidth Tenfold

Algebra Boosts Wireless Network Bandwidth Tenfold | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Algebraists are promising to improve wireless bandwidth by an order of magnitude, not by adding base stations, but by using algebra to eliminate the network-clogging task of resending dropped packets of data.
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And just when we think we're running out of bandwidth...here we go again!--JB

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Plastic light bulbs might replace CFLs and LEDs

Plastic light bulbs might replace CFLs and LEDs | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology promises to plunge society into a new age of lighting. One that's more efficient and healthy.
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Just as LED's are being accepted, this new technology could disrupt everything as it changes the paradigm of illumination. Obviously a "conservative" technology that matches Limits Tech philosophy.

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Nanostructure "Sandwich" Triples Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells

Nanostructure "Sandwich" Triples Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Nanoscale layers or metal and plastic trap light like a black hole and increase the electricity generated by the solar cells. SE
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Gold “mining” termites found

Gold “mining” termites found | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
If you want to find out if you’re sitting on a gold mine, you should get some termites, a new experiment conducted in Australia suggests – it concluded that termites “mine” and stockpile the precious metal while they’re collecting subterranean...SE
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Porcupine quills inspire new medical innovations

Porcupine quills inspire new medical innovations | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The quills of the North American porcupine may be the inspiration for new types of hypodermic needles and surgical adhesives.
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Maggots Secretions Suppress Immune Response

Maggots Secretions Suppress Immune Response | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Researchers have figured out how fly larvae works as a healing balm that’s been used by battlefield surgeons for centuries to close wounds.

The scientists published their findings in the journal Wound Repair and Regeneration.
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Discoveries like this have been happening repeatedly, suggesting a long history of mutualistic behaviors.

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Princeton nanomesh greatly increases the efficiency of organic solar cells

Princeton nanomesh greatly increases the efficiency of organic solar cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
While we all have to recognize the huge potential that solar energy brings us, we also have to say that sadly, so far, we’re not very effective at harnessing this energy. SE
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‘Green’ batteries made from a red dye plant as an alternative to toxic batteries

‘Green’ batteries made from a red dye plant as an alternative to toxic batteries | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Purpurin, left, extracted from madder root, center, is chemically lithiated, right, for use as an organic cathode in batteries. SE
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This Contact Lens Puts a Display Right On Your Eye

This Contact Lens Puts a Display Right On Your Eye | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It seems like everyone and their brother is working on some sort of smart glasses, but how about smart contact lenses? It turns out those might actually be closer than you think. SE

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NASA hopes LED lights will cure astronaut insomnia

NASA hopes LED lights will cure astronaut insomnia | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Sleep deprivation is no joke. It can cause lower performance, decreased memory, and even sickness. So, if you spend your life orbiting Earth on a $150B spacecraft, you're going to take sleep seriously. SE

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Liquid Metal Used in Ultra-Stretchable Conducting Wires

Liquid Metal Used in Ultra-Stretchable Conducting Wires | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at the North Carolina State University have created conductive wires that are made out of liquid metal, with the ability to stretch eight times their original length, without compromising their basic functionality. SE

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Amazing technology: Mind-controlled robotic arm

A revolutionary robotic arm, controlled by the mind, has allowed a paraplegic woman from Pennsylvania to feed herself for the first time in 10 ...youtube.com SE
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Ibasei's Cappa provides hydroelectricity on a small scale

Ibasei's Cappa provides hydroelectricity on a small scale | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Japanese company Ibasei has developed a compact hydropower generator that can be easily installed along a river or waterway to deliver 250 W of electricity.
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Fabric-Covered Blades Could Make Wind Turbines Cheaper & More Efficient

Fabric-Covered Blades Could Make Wind Turbines Cheaper & More Efficient | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
GE's latest wind technology development is fabric-covered wind turbine blades, which are supposed to even more efficient that the fiberglass that is used now.
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JB--A paradox: to make it bigger, you need to go "local." Think of moving the jobs to the locale for energy production. 

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Filler makes old skin cells act young again

Filler makes old skin cells act young again | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The latest development in the quest for eternal youth concerns that most visible sign of aging – the skin. SE
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World's most anatomically correct musculoskeletal robot is presented in Japan

World's most anatomically correct musculoskeletal robot is presented in Japan | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Most human-like robots don't even attempt biological accuracy, because replicating every muscle in the body isn't necessary for a functional humanoid. SE
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Solar Cell Fibers Could be Woven into Photovoltaic Fabrics

Solar Cell Fibers Could be Woven into Photovoltaic Fabrics | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The silicon-based fibers could allow us to charge our gadgets with the clothes on our backs. SE
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A Humanoid Robot With Lifelike Bones And Muscles

Watch it stretch. We see a lot of robots here, including some that mimic human movement. But this one gets a special prize for having the most muscles--or the robot equivalent, pulley-like contraptions--of any robot based on a natural creature. SE
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http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-12/watch-robot-stretch-its-metal-bones-and-muscles

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Highly secretive unmanned Air Force spacecraft launches into orbit

Highly secretive unmanned Air Force spacecraft launches into orbit | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Yesterday morning, the U.S. Air Force launched its X-37B robotic space plane into orbit via an Atlas 5 rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SE
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Lights Powered by Gravity Brighten Rural Areas

Lights Powered by Gravity Brighten Rural Areas | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
A brilliant concept design comes up with a simple formula for powering lamps in off-grid areas. SE
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How the Cubipod can prevent your city from flooding | SmartPlanet

How the Cubipod can prevent your city from flooding | SmartPlanet | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
MADRID — It’s cute, it’s symmetrical, and it could save money and your city from flooding. It’s the CubiPod.
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