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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Making teleportation more energy-efficient

Making teleportation more energy-efficient | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

An international team of researchers has achieved an important theoretical result by finding that quantum teleportation – the process of transporting quantum information at the speed of light, which could in theory be used to teleport macroscopic...SE

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Nanoscale Coating Repels Virtually Any Liquid

Nanoscale Coating Repels Virtually Any Liquid | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Engineers at the University of Michigan have developed a nanoscale coating that can repel virtually any liquid, possibly leading to breathable protective wear for soldiers and scientists, as well as stain-proof garments. SE

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Stanford Group Successfully Fabricates ‘Peel and Stick’ Solar Cells

Stanford Group Successfully Fabricates ‘Peel and Stick’ Solar Cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Might rigid solar panels like these soon be a thing of the past? SE

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Real life ‘holodeck’ in 10 years? Very possible, Tim Huckaby says

Real life ‘holodeck’ in 10 years? Very possible, Tim Huckaby says | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Holodeck caption from the USS enterprise
At his recent keynote 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Las Vegas, Tim Huckaby dazzled the audience with his predictions for the future in user interface and technology. SE

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How Thinking Changes the Shape of Your Brain—and Your Physical Abilities

How Thinking Changes the Shape of Your Brain—and Your Physical Abilities | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The brain is a weird and wonderful part of the body, and one we don't completely understand. You might already know that thinking actually changes the structure of your brain—but it can also improve your physical abilities, too. SE

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Hormone linked to asthma in obese people

Hormone linked to asthma in obese people | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

COLUMBIA (US) — Leptin, a hormone that affects energy metabolism, fertility, and bone mass, also regulates airway diameter. The finding could explain why obese people are prone to asthma. SE

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Scientists Develop Glass Nanofibers that are 15 Times Stronger than Steel

Scientists Develop Glass Nanofibers that are 15 Times Stronger than Steel | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Optoelectronics Research Center have developed strong, lightweight silica nanofibers that are 15 times stronger than steel and can be manufactured in lengths potentially of 1000’s of kilometers. SE

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Acrobatic polymer film developed at MIT harvests energy from water vapor

Acrobatic polymer film developed at MIT harvests energy from water vapor | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A team of researchers at MIT’s David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research has developed a new polymer film that generates power from water vapor. SE

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UV Light Emitting Machine Disinfects Hospital Rooms In Minutes

UV Light Emitting Machine Disinfects Hospital Rooms In Minutes | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It’s a staggering modern-day irony that the most common complication for hospital patients is acquiring an infection during their visit, affecting 1 in 20 patients in the US. SE

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Threadlike carbon nanotube fiber combines strength, flexibility and conductivity

Threadlike carbon nanotube fiber combines strength, flexibility and conductivity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

At about 100 times the strength of steel at one sixth the weight and with impressive electrical conductive properties, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have promised much since their discovery in 1991. SE

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Cyanobacteria Engineered to Make Raw Materials for Fuels from Sunlight

Cyanobacteria Engineered to Make Raw Materials for Fuels from Sunlight | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
In a newly published study, UC Davis scientists detail how they engineered cyanobacteria to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics, taking a step forward in establishing independence from fossil reserves.
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Naturetechers just keep getting better and better at discovering the "skills" of our one celled friends.

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Scientists Make Brighter LEDs by Mimicking Fireflies

Scientists Make Brighter LEDs by Mimicking Fireflies | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Fireflies have inspired scientists to modify LEDs so that they are more than one and a half times more efficient. Researchers have studied the internal structure of firefly lanterns, the organs responsible for the insects’ bioluminescence.
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Can you imagine how many more things we have to learn!

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Scientists Make Brighter LEDs by Mimicking Fireflies

Scientists Make Brighter LEDs by Mimicking Fireflies | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Fireflies have inspired scientists to modify LEDs so that they are more than one and a half times more efficient. Researchers have studied the internal structure of firefly lanterns, the organs responsible for the insects’ bioluminescence. SE

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Scans show what makes a brain ‘borderline’

Scans show what makes a brain ‘borderline’ | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

U. TORONTO (CAN) — Brain regions that process anger and sadness are overactive in people with borderline personality disorder, a new study reveals. SE

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Black Silicon Improves the Efficiency of Solar Cells

Black Silicon Improves the Efficiency of Solar Cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In a newly published study, researchers from Aalto University show that black silicon can improve the efficiency of solar cells by improving the light absorption and surface passivation. SE

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Bed of oatmeal proves sexy for penicillin fungus

Bed of oatmeal proves sexy for penicillin fungus | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

U. NOTTINGHAM (UK) — Knowing what gets a seemingly asexual fungus turned on could lead to cheaper penicillin. SE

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The Filabot recycles scrap plastic into inexpensive 3D printing filaments

The Filabot recycles scrap plastic into inexpensive 3D printing filaments | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Desktop 3D printers have hit price-points that make them as affordable as color laser printers. But they also share the same problem – replacing the printing medium costs an arm and a leg. SE

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Antony Gibbon’s Lord of the Rings-Style Treehouses Could Offer Elvish Accommodations for Humans

Antony Gibbon’s Lord of the Rings-Style Treehouses Could Offer Elvish Accommodations for Humans | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Antony Gibbon Designs' Roost Treehouse is designed to provide not only a living area in the trees, but also a viewing platform to absorb the activity of the trees' canopy.
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United Is The First US Airline To Offer International Wi-Fi In the Sky

United Is The First US Airline To Offer International Wi-Fi In the Sky | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Finally tired of being trounced by its competitors in the on-board internet arena, United Airlines has outfitted its first international widebody plane with satellite-based Wi-Fi. SE

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Ingestible Pill-Sized Imaging System Provides 3D View of the Esophageal Wall

Ingestible Pill-Sized Imaging System Provides 3D View of the Esophageal Wall | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists have developed an ingestible pill-sized device that will provide doctors with a 3D view of the esophagus. SE

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Asteroid to miss Earth by less than 20,000 miles next month

Asteroid to miss Earth by less than 20,000 miles next month | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Asteroid 2012 DA14 is about 40 meters (131 ft) in size, has a mass of 130,000 tons, is traveling relative to the Earth at a speed of some 6.3 km/s (14,100 mph) ... and will miss us by less than 32,000 km (20,000 miles) on February 15. SE

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Tidal power has 'huge potential'

Tidal power has 'huge potential' | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The power of tidal currents around the UK’s coastline could provide more than 20% of the nation’s electricity needs, a report suggests. SE

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NanoLight claims to be world's most efficient light bulb

NanoLight claims to be world's most efficient light bulb | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Until recently LED light bulb manufacturers have struggled to find a solution in the 75 to 100-watt range which successfully replaces the soon-to-be redundant, energy crunching 100 W incandescent bulb in terms of size and brightness. SE

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EU's Carbon Capture and Storage Problem

EU's Carbon Capture and Storage Problem | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Europe's carbon-trading market and tougher emission targets make it appear somewhat more responsible than the rest of the world at climate-policy negotiations.
Joel Barker's insight:

This is an important development because supertechers have claimed that we should be able to capture coal-generated CO2. It may be more difficult--read expensive--than acceptable. This will drive a wider search for non-coal solutions.

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Babies Begin Learning Language in Womb

Babies Begin Learning Language in Womb | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Newborn babies only a few hours old are able to differentiate between sounds from their native language and a foreign one. A new study indicates that babies begin absorbing language while still in the womb, earlier than previously thought.
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This discovery expands our understanding of how soon a baby begins to learn. What a brain!!

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