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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (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

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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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Berkeley researchers find evidence for a "molecular fountain of youth"

Berkeley researchers find evidence for a "molecular fountain of youth" | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The quest for longer and healthier life, if not immortality, has been part of the human experience since we evolved the ability to recognize the total annihilation of individual death. SE

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3D-Print a Robot for $800

3D-Print a Robot for $800 | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A French inventor is in the process of designing, 3D printing and assembling the parts for an entire robot. SE

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Dyson's Newest Airblade Could Change The Way Architects Think

Dyson's Newest Airblade Could Change The Way Architects Think | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

While James Dyson is the obvious face of the company he founded in 1993, he isn't the only one tinkering away at high-powered blades or really sucky vacuums in Malmesbury, England. SE

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NASA Will Launch A 13,000-Square-Foot Solar Sail Next Year

NASA Will Launch A 13,000-Square-Foot Solar Sail Next Year | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Sunjammer, The World's Largest Solar Sail Demonstrator L'GardeThe largest solar sail the solar system has ever seen weighs only 70 pounds. NASA's new heavy lift rocket isn't the only massive space propulsion system the agency has in the works. SE

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DARPA's 1.8 Gigapixel Drone Camera Could See You Waving At It From 15,000 Feet

DARPA's 1.8 Gigapixel Drone Camera Could See You Waving At It From 15,000 Feet | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Happy Friday! (RT @TheAtlantic: DARPA's 1.8-Gigapixel Drone Camera Could See You Waving At It From 15,000 Feet http://t.co/RS8NwDhx) SE

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Google Glass insights: bone conduction audio, laser-projected keyboard and more

Google Glass insights: bone conduction audio, laser-projected keyboard and more | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

For a few years now, Google has been developing what it claims to be the next generation in user interface, set to revolutionize the way to interact with the world. SE

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Oxijet air shower reduces water use by 50 percent

Oxijet air shower reduces water use by 50 percent | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The Oxijet is an air shower that feels like it's at full pressure while using 50 percent less water.
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Very little material makes up the Oxijet even as it cuts show water usage by 50%. Great for Limits Tech!  JB

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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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3D printing used for stem cells

3D printing used for stem cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A 3D printing technique that produces stem cells could speed up progress towards making artificial organs, Edinburgh scientists say. SE

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Using Solar Energy to Create Wind Power

Using Solar Energy to Create Wind Power | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

This unique wind power solution involves using the heat of the sun to create an artificial wind to power turbines. SE

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Stem Cell Advance In Britain: 3D Printing

Stem Cell Advance In Britain: 3D Printing | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at a UK university say the technology will speed up progress towards the creation of artificial human organs. SE

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Google glasses exposed in FCC report

Google glasses exposed in FCC report | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Google's Project Glass headset appears to use bone-conduction audio, according to a filing by a US regulator. SE

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NASA's Blended Wing prototype reconfigured for extra hush

NASA's Blended Wing prototype reconfigured for extra hush | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It's easy to forget that, between roving Mars and maintaining a permanent manned space presence, NASA also takes a keen interest in conventional flight. SE

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An experimental house for cold climates gets built in Japan

An experimental house for cold climates gets built in Japan | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Japanese architectural firm Kengo Kuma & Associates recently demonstrated its ethos of design inspired by light and nature, with an experimental house in Hokkaido called "Même." The structure is designed for cold climates and whilst based upon the...SE

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