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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air

Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Researchers developed technology that allows water to be collected from the air. NBD Nano intends to use this technology to make a self filling water bottle.
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Dutch Scientists Create Concrete that Heals Itself With Built-in Bacteria

Dutch Scientists Create Concrete that Heals Itself With Built-in Bacteria | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Scientists have create a concrete mixture with built-in bacteria that can heal the concrete when water is introduced into the concrete.
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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.
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The trend is building as more successful uses of stem cells appear.--JB

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Telepresence robots let employees 'beam' into work | Technology in Business Today

Telepresence robots let employees 'beam' into work | Technology in Business Today | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Engineer Dallas Goecker attends meetings, jokes with colleagues and roams the office building just like other employees at his company in Silicon Valley. SE

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Stem cells on path to rebuild blood ‘pipeline’

Stem cells on path to rebuild blood ‘pipeline’ | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

JOHNS HOPKINS (US) — Engineers can now prod stem cells to help build vein and artery networks, overcoming a stumbling block to growing replacement blood vessels in the laboratory. SE

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Futurity.org – Squeeze returns breast cancer cells to normal

Futurity.org – Squeeze returns breast cancer cells to normal | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory put the squeeze—literally—on malignant mammary cells to guide them back into a normal growth pattern. They presented their findings this week at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology ... SE

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This Laser Weapon Got Five Times More Powerful in Just One Year

This Laser Weapon Got Five Times More Powerful in Just One Year | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The pace of High Energy Laser (HEL) technology has become a sprint with nations and defense firms alike racing to develop more and more powerful systems. SE

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Micro jet turbine-powered Jet Vest developers seek a Kickstart

Micro jet turbine-powered Jet Vest developers seek a Kickstart | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The Bell rocket belt captured the world's imagination when it was featured in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball. SE
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Algebra Boosts Wireless Network Bandwidth Tenfold

Algebra Boosts Wireless Network Bandwidth Tenfold | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Algebraists are promising to improve wireless bandwidth by an order of magnitude, not by adding base stations, but by using algebra to eliminate the network-clogging task of resending dropped packets of data.
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And just when we think we're running out of bandwidth...here we go again!--JB

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Plastic light bulbs might replace CFLs and LEDs

Plastic light bulbs might replace CFLs and LEDs | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology promises to plunge society into a new age of lighting. One that's more efficient and healthy.
Joel Barker's insight:

Just as LED's are being accepted, this new technology could disrupt everything as it changes the paradigm of illumination. Obviously a "conservative" technology that matches Limits Tech philosophy.

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Nanostructure "Sandwich" Triples Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells

Nanostructure "Sandwich" Triples Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Nanoscale layers or metal and plastic trap light like a black hole and increase the electricity generated by the solar cells. SE
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Gold “mining” termites found

Gold “mining” termites found | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
If you want to find out if you’re sitting on a gold mine, you should get some termites, a new experiment conducted in Australia suggests – it concluded that termites “mine” and stockpile the precious metal while they’re collecting subterranean...SE
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Porcupine quills inspire new medical innovations

Porcupine quills inspire new medical innovations | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The quills of the North American porcupine may be the inspiration for new types of hypodermic needles and surgical adhesives.
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German Entrepreneur Brings Solar Ovens To the Mexican Countryside To Produce Emissions-Free Tortillas

German Entrepreneur Brings Solar Ovens To the Mexican Countryside To Produce Emissions-Free Tortillas | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
German Gregor Schaper has installed huge circular solar panels in the small town of El Sauz, near Mexico City, and uses solar energy for all his cooking.
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New 3D Form of Graphene May Lead to Flexible Electronics

New 3D Form of Graphene May Lead to Flexible Electronics | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Graphene can support 50,000 times its own weight and can spring back into shape after being compressed by up to 80%. Graphene also has a much lower density than comparable metal-based materials.
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Graphene continues to improve upon its already amazing promise.--JB

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Plant Dye Purpurin Creates Eco-Friendly Battery

Plant Dye Purpurin Creates Eco-Friendly Battery | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Purpurin (1,2,4-Trihydroxyanthraquinon), a nontoxic dye used to color fabric in vivid oranges, reds, and pinks, could also be used to create eco-friendly, sustainable, lithium-ion batteries.
Joel Barker's insight:

When Scott and I began to follow Nature Tech, we kept being surprised by how many solutions Mother Nature had already generated. This is a profound example of an essential solution to the "battery" problem.  JB

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Cyborg Future Draws Closer As Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Brain Implant

Cyborg Future Draws Closer As Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Brain Implant | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In 1996, Jan Scheuermann was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration, a hereditary condition in which areas of the spinal cord and brain that control movement deteriorate. She gradually became quadriplegic, losing the use of her arms and legs. SE

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NASA hopes LED lights will cure astronaut insomnia

NASA hopes LED lights will cure astronaut insomnia | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Sleep deprivation is no joke. It can cause lower performance, decreased memory, and even sickness. So, if you spend your life orbiting Earth on a $150B spacecraft, you're going to take sleep seriously. SE

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Liquid Metal Used in Ultra-Stretchable Conducting Wires

Liquid Metal Used in Ultra-Stretchable Conducting Wires | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at the North Carolina State University have created conductive wires that are made out of liquid metal, with the ability to stretch eight times their original length, without compromising their basic functionality. SE

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Amazing technology: Mind-controlled robotic arm

A revolutionary robotic arm, controlled by the mind, has allowed a paraplegic woman from Pennsylvania to feed herself for the first time in 10 ...youtube.com SE
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Ibasei's Cappa provides hydroelectricity on a small scale

Ibasei's Cappa provides hydroelectricity on a small scale | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Japanese company Ibasei has developed a compact hydropower generator that can be easily installed along a river or waterway to deliver 250 W of electricity.
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Fabric-Covered Blades Could Make Wind Turbines Cheaper & More Efficient

Fabric-Covered Blades Could Make Wind Turbines Cheaper & More Efficient | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
GE's latest wind technology development is fabric-covered wind turbine blades, which are supposed to even more efficient that the fiberglass that is used now.
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JB--A paradox: to make it bigger, you need to go "local." Think of moving the jobs to the locale for energy production. 

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Filler makes old skin cells act young again

Filler makes old skin cells act young again | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The latest development in the quest for eternal youth concerns that most visible sign of aging – the skin. SE
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World's most anatomically correct musculoskeletal robot is presented in Japan

World's most anatomically correct musculoskeletal robot is presented in Japan | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
Most human-like robots don't even attempt biological accuracy, because replicating every muscle in the body isn't necessary for a functional humanoid. SE
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Solar Cell Fibers Could be Woven into Photovoltaic Fabrics

Solar Cell Fibers Could be Woven into Photovoltaic Fabrics | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
The silicon-based fibers could allow us to charge our gadgets with the clothes on our backs. SE
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