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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Graphene Can Clean Radioactive Water By Clumping Up Toxins Like Magic

Graphene Can Clean Radioactive Water By Clumping Up Toxins Like Magic | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The wonders of graphene never seem to cease. Desalinization, flexible semiconductors, and now nuclear waste clean-up. It turns out graphene-oxide is fantastic for clumping up around radioactive waste making it easier to get rid of the stuff. SE

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Researchers restore hearing in mammals by regenerating auditory hair cells

Researchers restore hearing in mammals by regenerating auditory hair cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

There is new hope for those of us who have overindulged in loud bands and dread the prospect of old age spent with an ear trumpet clamped to the sides of our heads. SE

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Natural brightness: fireflies inspire LEDs with 55% more efficiency

Natural brightness: fireflies inspire LEDs with 55% more efficiency | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A firefly specimen from the genus Photuris, which is commonly found in Latin America and the United States and served as the inspiration for the effective new LED coating. Credit: Optics Express. SE

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USB 3.0 Is Going To Double Speeds

USB 3.0 Is Going To Double Speeds | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

USB data transfer is about to get a hell of a lot faster. The USB Promoter Group is rolling out SuperSpeed USB, a supplement to USB 3.0 due out later this year that should surge your speeds two-fold. SE

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Graphene Oxide Removes Radioactive Material from Water

Graphene Oxide Removes Radioactive Material from Water | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A newly published study has shown that graphene oxide can rapidly remove some of the most toxic and radioactive long-lived human-made radionuclides from contaminated water, providing a simple methodology to reduce nuclear waste contamination and...SE

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Aeros completes construction of Aeroscraft demonstrator

Aeros completes construction of Aeroscraft demonstrator | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
California-based Aeros Corporation has completed construction of its Aeroscraft airship proof-of-design sub-scale prototype.
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FDA Approval For Genetically Modified Salmon That Grow Super Fast

FDA Approval For Genetically Modified Salmon That Grow Super Fast | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

One particular genetically modified salmon is on the verge of successfully navigating the treacherous regulatory waters of the FDA. SE

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Brainwave-Controlled Helicopter Project Funded By Kickstarter

Brainwave-Controlled Helicopter Project Funded By Kickstarter | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A brainwave-controlled helicopter project was fully funded by Kickstarter, and is hoping to come into homes very soon. The project was initially posted as a DIY hack on Instructables two years ago, and it’s supposed to be an educational toy. SE

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3D Printing Using DNA Could Make Drugs

3D Printing Using DNA Could Make Drugs | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

New technology that combines the computer-aided design software inSequio with nanoscale fabrication technology could allow for the 3D printing of drugs using DNA. SE

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New Robotic Platform Could Take Space Exploration to New Heights

New Robotic Platform Could Take Space Exploration to New Heights | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A team of scientists from Stanford, MIT and JPL have developed an autonomous system for exploring moons and asteroids that could help take space exploration to new heights. SE

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The Next Mercedes Benz Might be Grown in a Laboratory

The Next Mercedes Benz Might be Grown in a Laboratory | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The folks at Mercedes Benz have a wild idea to grow cars in laboratories instead of putting them together in assembly lines! These luxury vehicles will be started with seeds, not steel.
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Secom offers a private security drone, serves as our eyes when we\'re away

Secom offers a private security drone, serves as our eyes when we\'re away | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Modern security cameras are rather limited: if an incident doesn\'t happen within a pre-defined field of vision, a company won\'t know what\'s happening (Secom offers a private security drone, serves as our eyes when we're away: Modern security... SE

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SpaceX's Grasshopper Rocket Takes Off and Lands Vertically and Can Also Hover

SpaceX's Grasshopper Rocket Takes Off and Lands Vertically and Can Also Hover | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

There's no doubt that the future of this country's space exploration lies in the hands of the private sector. And Elon Musk's SpaceX is clearly at the forefront and the company's reusable rocket, the Grasshopper, is a sight to see. SE

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Stem Cells Used To Bolster Body’s Cancer Fighting Cells

Stem Cells Used To Bolster Body’s Cancer Fighting Cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

T cells have the natural ability to target and destroy cancer cells and scientists have long since sought a way to recruit these innate defenders to rid the body of tumors. SE

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Algae pump out raw material for chemists

Algae pump out raw material for chemists | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

UC DAVIS (US) — In a step toward replacing fossils fuels in the chemical industry, scientists have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics. SE

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Most earth-like planet detected orbiting sun-like star: extraterrestrial life likely

Most earth-like planet detected orbiting sun-like star: extraterrestrial life likely | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A possible Earth-like planet was found by the Kepler Telescope; if the data is correct, then this would make it the most Earth-like world yet detected beyond our solar system. SE

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Toyota And Audi To Unveil Their Driverless Cars Next Week At CES

Toyota And Audi To Unveil Their Driverless Cars Next Week At CES | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Given that California recently became the third state in the US to legalize driverless cars, it should come as no surprise that automakers are attempting to jockey for the lead in what promises to be a tight race into an emerging driverless car...SE

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Luci Hands On: The Cheap Inflatable Solar-Powered LED Lantern

Luci Hands On: The Cheap Inflatable Solar-Powered LED Lantern | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Developed as an affordable and reliable solar-powered lantern that can be easily deployed to parts of the world lacking reliable infrastructures, the Luci also happens to be the perfect camping accessory since it's lightweight, durable, waterproof,...SE

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A Martian Dream: Here's What the Red Planet Would Look Like With Earth-Like Oceans and Life

The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine. SE

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Asus Is Putting 3D Gesture Controls in Its PCs This Year

Asus Is Putting 3D Gesture Controls in Its PCs This Year | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Leap Motion's amazing-looking gesture control debuted last May, and has had developers crawling all over it ever since. SE

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Eye-Controlled Computers Are Now a Real Thing

Eye-Controlled Computers Are Now a Real Thing | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

When we tried out a prototype of Tobii's eye controller this time last year, it made us believe in technology again. Unlike many prototypes, though, it's now a real thing. SE

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Giant Panda Genome Holds Recipe For Powerful Antibiotic

Giant Panda Genome Holds Recipe For Powerful Antibiotic | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Giant Panda Kubina, via flickr Scientists have found the code for a powerful antibiotic within the giant panda genome, according to a story in the Telegraph. SE

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Nanomaterials that Split Sunlight Into Separate Colors Could Bring Solar Panels to 50% Efficiency

Nanomaterials that Split Sunlight Into Separate Colors Could Bring Solar Panels to 50% Efficiency | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The processes to make these panels are still expensive, but with economies of scale, they should come down in price dramatically over time. SE

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Stem Cells Help Restore a Man’s Vision

Stem Cells Help Restore a Man’s Vision | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Taylor Binns began slowly going blind because of complications with his contact lenses. However, an innovative treatment using stem cells has allowed him to regain his sight. SE

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Invisible ‘knife’ focuses sound waves to slice

Invisible ‘knife’ focuses sound waves to slice | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

U. MICHIGAN (US) — A lens coated in carbon nanotubes that converts light to sound may eventually lead to an invisible scalpel for noninvasive surgery.
Engineers say the new lens can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer points than ever before. SE

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