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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Millionaire planes private trip to Mars within five years

Millionaire planes private trip to Mars within five years | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Millionaire Dennis Tito, 72, is widely known as the first private citizen to fly into space in 2001. But being the entrepreneurial spirit he is, he wants to go even further  - he plans to send two astronauts to Mars in 2018. SE

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Future Asteroids Could Be Deflected With Nothing But Space-Graffiti

Future Asteroids Could Be Deflected With Nothing But Space-Graffiti | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Our planet's recent close call with one asteroid, and direct visit from another has definitely made it seem important to consider how to avoid the pesky things in the future. SE

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New Google Glass features unveiled

New Google Glass features unveiled | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Google reveals more details about its smart glasses project and invites "creative individuals" to try out the device. SE

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This Retinal Implant Has Given Sight to Nine Blind People

This Retinal Implant Has Given Sight to Nine Blind People | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A man walks out of a restaurant into the night and sees street lights and brightly lit shop windows. He's so thrilled by the spectacle that he stands there for 10 minutes, just looking. SE

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Google Glass patent reveals design details

Google Glass patent reveals design details | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The latest in a series of patents for Google Glass provides a little more insight into the design of the hotly-tipped product. SE

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Google glass getting closer to reality. SE

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MOF Powered by Sunlight Could Help Drastically Cut Carbon Emissions

MOF Powered by Sunlight Could Help Drastically Cut Carbon Emissions | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers from Monash University and CSIRO have discovered a photosensitive metal organic framework (MOF) that utilizes sunlight to release large amounts of stored carbon. SE

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Human embryonic stem cells arranged using 3D printing technique

Human embryonic stem cells arranged using 3D printing technique | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Already revolutionizing manufacturing, 3D printing technology also promises to revolutionize the field of biotechnology. SE

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Layered Oxide Heterostructures Produce Efficient Solar Cells

Layered Oxide Heterostructures Produce Efficient Solar Cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In a newly published study, an international team of scientists have shown that layered oxide heterostructures can be used to create a new kind of extremely efficient ultra-thin solar cells. SE

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Armed With Science Saturday: Science Fiction: The Aperture for Science Future

Armed With Science Saturday: Science Fiction: The Aperture for Science Future | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Armed With Science blogger Jessica Tozer takes a look at the role science fiction plays in the future of scientific technology.
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A wonderful interview with an old acquiantance talking about Outer Space in huge terms.

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Plastic used to replace and regrow bone

Plastic used to replace and regrow bone | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Over the past several years, a number of research institutes have been exploring the use of implants made from material with a scaffolding-like structure, as a means of regrowing bone at severe injury sites. SE

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Researchers Develop a Self-Charging Power Cell

Researchers Develop a Self-Charging Power Cell | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a self-charging power cell that directly converts mechanical energy to chemical energy, storing the power until it is released as electrical current. SE

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Someone Out There Is 3D-Printing Faces With Your Discarded DNA Scraps

Someone Out There Is 3D-Printing Faces With Your Discarded DNA Scraps | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It's probably not something you think about a lot, but we all leave pieces of ourselves everywhere we go. Flakes of skin here, a renegade hair there, the occasional loogie, they all leave some of your DNA behind. SE

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This could be bad!

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Is The Secret To Better Adhesives Inside A Remora's Head?

Is The Secret To Better Adhesives Inside A Remora's Head? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Stuck On You Tibor Marcinek via Wikimedia CommonsThese little suckers could inspire a new superglue. SE

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Data 'to overtake voice' by 2018

Data 'to overtake voice' by 2018 | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The body that represents the mobile industry predicts operators will make more money from data than from voice by 2018. SE

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The trend continues. SE

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Star Trek holodeck-like imaging offers a whole new perspective on virtual reality

Star Trek holodeck-like imaging offers a whole new perspective on virtual reality | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Computer scientists at University of Illinois at Chicago have created what can only be described as a real-life Star Trek holodeck. SE

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Getting closer to StarTrek. SE

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Simple ceramic tablet disinfects drinking water

Simple ceramic tablet disinfects drinking water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The new water purification tablet made in South Africa is a low-cost, effective, drinking water solution for the developing world. SE

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New Lithium-Ion Battery Design Uses Silicon Nanoparticles

New Lithium-Ion Battery Design Uses Silicon Nanoparticles | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A team of scientists from the University of Southern California and Zhejiang University in China have developed a new lithium-ion battery that uses silicon nanoparticles in place of the traditional graphite anodes to provide superior performance. SE

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New Carbon Films Pave the Way for the Next Generation of Solar Cells

New Carbon Films Pave the Way for the Next Generation of Solar Cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In two newly published studies, Yale researchers detail a cost-effective way to improve the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells through the use of carbon nanotube films, helping pave the way for the next generation of solar cells. SE

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Forget about leprechauns, engineers are catching rainbows

Forget about leprechauns, engineers are catching rainbows | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

University at Buffalo engineers have created a more efficient way to catch rainbows, an advancement in photonics that could lead to technological breakthroughs in solar energy, stealth technology and other areas of research. SE

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DARPA's new 1.8-gigapixel camera is a super high-resolution eye in the sky

DARPA's new 1.8-gigapixel camera is a super high-resolution eye in the sky | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

DARPA recently revealed information on its ARGUS-IS (Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System), a surveillance camera that uses hundreds of smartphone image sensors to record a 1.8 gigapixel image. SE

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Affordable ceramic purifier uses nanoparticles to clean water

Affordable ceramic purifier uses nanoparticles to clean water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Using ceramics and metal nanoparticles, a non-profit organization from University of Virginia is making these simple but effective purifiers that can eliminate up to 99.9% of waterborne pathogens. SE

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Boundary conditions

Boundary conditions | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
PULL a spring, let it go, and it will snap back into shape. Pull it further and yet further and it will go on springing back until, quite suddenly, it won't....
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A useful discussion on limits of the planet

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 11, 2013 8:23 AM

This is an interesting article discussing the limits that the Earth's physical systems have and the importance not exceeding any tipping point that could destabilize the planet if we "overstrech the springs."

Angus Henderson's curator insight, February 11, 2013 11:49 AM

An interesting counter-balance to the work of the Planetary Boundaries group. 

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Watch These Lasers Print a Microscopic Spaceship In Under a Minute

Watch These Lasers Print a Microscopic Spaceship In Under a Minute | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Building a spaceship generally isn't something you do on a whim. But that's not quite the case with this tiny one, which can be fully printed by lasers in under a minute. SE

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Watch this 3D printing in action.

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NASA to Launch World's Largest Solar Sail Next Year

NASA to Launch World's Largest Solar Sail Next Year | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The largest solar sail ever built will be launched into space in 2014, in a continued bid by NASA to explore options for "propellantless propulsion".SE

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