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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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BFS-Auto robot can read 250 pages per minute

BFS-Auto robot can read 250 pages per minute | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Online book collections are becoming larger and more important each day. As more libraries are digitized, people are now able to read books on their tablets that once would have required traveling thousands of miles to even see. SE

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‘Lava dots’ made from molten metal salt

‘Lava dots’ made from molten metal salt | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

RICE (US) — Thanks to a chance discovery, scientists now know how to make hollow, coated versions of a nanotech staple called quantum dots.The new “lava dot” particles were discovered accidentally by researchers using molten droplets of metal salt. SE

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Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell generates electricity from living plants

Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell generates electricity from living plants | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Wetlands are estimated to account for around six percent of the earth’s surface and a new Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell technology developed at Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands could see some of these areas become a viable source of...SE

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Microsoft patents smart glasses

Microsoft patents smart glasses | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A patent from Microsoft suggests it is working on smart glasses that would overlay information on top of user's views of sport matches and other events. SE

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Bug inspires self-filling bottle

Bug inspires self-filling bottle | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A US start-up aims to mimic a desert beetle to create a self-filling water bottle capable of drawing moisture from the air. SE

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Drug delivery startup using 3D printer to produce nanodose wafers

Three dimensional printing technology has been popping up in so many places, from drug development to artificial organs of the future. SE

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3D Printing Saves Money and Time in the Lab

3D Printing Saves Money and Time in the Lab | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A lab at UC Davis has discovered the usefulness of 3D printing for making specific supplies as they're needed. SE

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Watch This Awesome Robot Play Catch Better Than Your Dad

Watch This Awesome Robot Play Catch Better Than Your Dad | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

This Robot Practically Has Palms YouTubeDisney researchers invented a humanoid animatron that plays a lifelike game of catch. Fancy a round of catch? This Disney robot plays an eerily humanlike game. SE

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Tractor beam is ‘science fiction made real’

Tractor beam is ‘science fiction made real’ | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

NYU (US) — A tractor beam can pull microscopic particles and has a range of potential uses, from microfluidics to far-out tasks like grabbing dust from comet tails.“This is science fiction made real,” says David Grier, physics professor at New York...SE

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Simulated Brain Ramps Up To Include 100 Trillion Synapses

Simulated Brain Ramps Up To Include 100 Trillion Synapses | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Neurosynaptic Cores This network of neurosynaptic cores is derived from wiring in the monkey brain. The cores are clustered into regions, also inspired by the brain, and each core is represented by a point along the ring. SE

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Why radiation doesn’t damage these materials

Why radiation doesn’t damage these materials | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

CALTECH (US) — Experts say they are unlocking the secrets of materials that are radiation-damage tolerant.Understanding how the interfaces between two carefully selected metals can absorb, or heal, radiation damage could be critical to building the...SE

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New Nanomaterial Produces Electricity from Both Heat and Light

New Nanomaterial Produces Electricity from Both Heat and Light | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

This new material could be paired with microchips to create self-powered sensors, low-power electronics and implantable biomedical devices. SE

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Lifespans stretch for people who ‘flourish’

Lifespans stretch for people who ‘flourish’ | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

EMORY (US) — People who are flourishing—both feeling happy and functioning well in their lives—are 60 percent less likely to die prematurely, a new study shows. SE

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This Chunky Four-Legged Robot Scopes Out Danger So You Don't Have To

This Chunky Four-Legged Robot Scopes Out Danger So You Don't Have To | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

When disaster strikes, there are places you—no human, really—wants to be. After the Fukushima disaster, for example, there was tons of fatally radioactive ground where no sane man would dare venture. SE

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Japanese hobbyists amaze with latest robot creations

Japanese hobbyists amaze with latest robot creations | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Kenji Ishida, a hobbyist known for building impressive Transformer-like robots, has shared some new videos of his project on YouTube. SE

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Hybrid Container Ship Wind-Driven With 'Automatic' Sails

Hybrid Container Ship Wind-Driven With 'Automatic' Sails | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Three sailing visionaries think a return to wind-driven cargo and container ships is a great way to reduce CO2 emissions by a billion tons each year. SE

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Doctors Use Brain Scanner To Communicate With ‘Vegetative’ Patient

Doctors Use Brain Scanner To Communicate With ‘Vegetative’ Patient | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Contrary to what was previously thought, some people in a vegetative state may not be unaware of their surroundings. Brain scans recently showed one patient able to answer yes-or-no questions. SE

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Toshiba Introduces Robot Able To Withstand High Radiation - Technology News - redOrbit

Toshiba Introduces Robot Able To Withstand High Radiation - Technology News - redOrbit | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Toshiba developed a robot it claims is able to withstand high radiation, making it capable of working in nuclear disaster sites such as those at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. SE

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Space Exploration on the Cheap: Kickstarter Sensation ArduSat by NanoSatisfi Launches in 2013

Space Exploration on the Cheap: Kickstarter Sensation ArduSat by NanoSatisfi Launches in 2013 | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

While information technology may be advancing exponentially—the pace of the space race has seemed glacial since the 1970s. By now, most of us are used to a top-down, monolithic model of space exploration with associated costs liable to make Dr. ... SE

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The Holodeck Is Real, and It's in Stony Brook, NY

The Holodeck Is Real, and It's in Stony Brook, NY | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

While we still have a ways to go before the advent of photon torpedoes and warp drives, Stony Brook University has just brought us one step closer to our Star Trek future with the unveiling of its immersive video projection system, the Reality Deck. SE

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Turning Stumps into Trees Traps Carbon and Revitalizes Village: Scientific American

Turning Stumps into Trees Traps Carbon and Revitalizes Village: Scientific American | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Encouraging tree growth has helped bring new life to a village in Ethiopia...

"We were all embarking on something unknown called 'carbon sequestration' and didn't know what was going to happen, who was going to pay," said Andre Aquino, a carbon finance specialist with the BioCarbon Fund. SE

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Super-strong artificial muscles made from nanotech yarn

Super-strong artificial muscles made from nanotech yarn | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists at University of Texas Dallas have made artificial muscles capable of supporting 100,000 times their own weight and generate 85 times more mechanical power than natural muscle of the same size. SE

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Printed robot moves with a beat

Printed robot moves with a beat | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Tiny device created with a 3-D printer employs heart cells to make it move...SE

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Watch This Page-Scanning Robot Read Faster Than You Could Ever Dream Of

Watch This Page-Scanning Robot Read Faster Than You Could Ever Dream Of | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

If' you're a really fast reader, you can finish off a book in a day, maybe tackle a short one in as little as an hour or two. Good for you but that's nothing compared to the BFS-Auto book-scanning robot. SE

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‘Seeds’ grow carbon nanotube clones

‘Seeds’ grow carbon nanotube clones | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

USC (US) — With a new “cloning” system, scientists can create carbon nanotubes with predefined structures.The heart of the computer industry is known as “Silicon Valley” for a reason. SE

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