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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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QBotix system uses mobile robots to patrol solar arrays and optimize panel orientation

QBotix system uses mobile robots to patrol solar arrays and optimize panel orientation | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Although solar trackers can significantly increase the energy output of solar cells by keeping them optimally aligned to the sun, installing them on all the panels can add significant expense and provides multiple points of failure. A new tracking system from QBotix avoids these problems by getting a robot to do the rounds of the solar installation throughout the day and adjust the panels at 40-minute intervals to ensure they are optimally facing the sun. SE

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Dynamic, Digitally Prefabricated Solar House Takes Two Weeks To Build

Dynamic, Digitally Prefabricated Solar House Takes Two Weeks To Build | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Using computer aided design and manufacturing, the form of this fascinating, solar-powered house is driven by the sun's path. SE

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A computer made from water droplets

A computer made from water droplets | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

If you thought the computer devised out of soldier crab swarms was cool, wait till you hear what scientists at Aalto University managed to make. SE

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Light-activated skeletal muscle “blurs the boundary between nature and machines”

Light-activated skeletal muscle “blurs the boundary between nature and machines” | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

In Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s 1972 novel Rendezvous with Rama, the explorers of a seemingly deserted alien spaceship passing through our Solar System encounter a strange three-legged creature that turns out to be an organic robot. SE

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Mind-reading exoskeleton could help rehabilitate stroke victims

Mind-reading exoskeleton could help rehabilitate stroke victims | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A collaboration between Rice University, the University of Houston and TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital has led to MAHI-EXO II, a sophisticated exoskeleton that could help stroke victims regain movement in the arms by reading the patients' intended...SE

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“Magic carpet” can detect and possibly predict falls

“Magic carpet” can detect and possibly predict falls | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a “magic carpet,” but not of the mythical flying variety. SE

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Spinal Stem Cell Injections Help Reverse Paralysis

Spinal Stem Cell Injections Help Reverse Paralysis | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A new medical intervention has allowed doctors to inject neural stem cells into the spines of paralyzed patients, successfully helping them recover feeling in previously unresponsive parts of their bodies. SE

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Wood pulp extract stronger than carbon fiber or Kevlar

Wood pulp extract stronger than carbon fiber or Kevlar | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The Forest Products Laboratory of the US Forest Service has opened a US$1.7 million pilot plant for the production of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from wood by-products materials such as wood chips and sawdust. SE

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Gaze-controlled smart TV unveiled

Gaze-controlled smart TV unveiled | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Haier and Tobii team up to show off Gaze TV, a television set which users control by staring at buttons on its screen. SE

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Flying drone controlled with mind power

Flying drone controlled with mind power | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers based at Zhejiang University in China have produced a system for controlling a quad-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle with the mind. SE

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Drug blocks damage that follows brain injury

Drug blocks damage that follows brain injury | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A new treatment protects against a second round of damage after traumatic brain injury, according to a new study. SE

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New Bird-Friendly Bladeless Wind Turbine Design to be Tested and Manufactured in NJ

New Bird-Friendly Bladeless Wind Turbine Design to be Tested and Manufactured in NJ | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The design of a new type of bladeless wind turbine is claimed to be both bird- and bat-friendly, while also being inexpensive and efficient. SE

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Smartphone app determines location, speed and direction of distant objects

Smartphone app determines location, speed and direction of distant objects | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a prototype app that combines a smartphone’s GPS, compass and imaging capabilities to calculate the exact location of distant objects and track their speed and direction. SE

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LED lantern runs on saltwater

LED lantern runs on saltwater | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Green House Co Ltd of Japan will soon be marketing an LED lantern that runs on saltwater...SE

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To treat depression, target inflammation

To treat depression, target inflammation | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

EMORY (US) — A medication that inhibits inflammation may offer new hope for people with difficult-to-treat depression, a new study finds.Prior studies have suggested that depressed people with evidence of high inflammation are less likely to...SE

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Capsule of heat-generating cells reduces abdominal fat in mice by 20%

Capsule of heat-generating cells reduces abdominal fat in mice by 20% | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

We’ve seen a number of encouraging developments in recent times related to research into turning calorie-storing white fat cells into heat-generating brown fat cells as a potential weapon in the fight against obesity and related diseases, such as...SE

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The Human Genome Is Far More Complex Than Scientists Thought

The Human Genome Is Far More Complex Than Scientists Thought | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

For the past decade, scientists have been working on the assumption that 20,000 genes, less than 2 percent of the total genome, underpin human biology. Not so. The "junk" DNA is not junk. SE

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars On The Road Toward Approval In California

Google’s Self-Driving Cars On The Road Toward Approval In California | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Google's self-driving car gets a thumbs up from the California Senate to be road eligible. SE

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LG brings battery flexibility to new heights

LG brings battery flexibility to new heights | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

We've covered our fair share of flexible electronics, but as far as bendability goes, the flexible batteries developed by LG are truly raising the bar by a couple of notches. SE

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3-D printing on the micrometer scale

3-D printing on the micrometer scale | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Three-dimensional printers are popping up everywhere these days. Some are small enough to fit in a briefcase and others are large enough to build print houses, but scientists at the Vienna University of Technology are going for the microscopic. SE

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Control Computers With Plants? Disney Magic Makes It Happen

Control Computers With Plants? Disney Magic Makes It Happen | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Will you control your computer in the future by touching a plant? Perhaps not, but the possibilities of new kinds of gesture control are intriguing. SE

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These Researchers Know Where You Live, Pirates [Piracy]

These Researchers Know Where You Live, Pirates [Piracy] | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Watch out pirates, you may not be as anonymous as you think, especially if you upload to the Pirate Bay. Researchers have recently published a tool that lets you get all kinds of data, including location, about some of the most prolific accounts. SE

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Stanford Is Building a Body-Cooling Glove That Might Work 'Better Than Steroids' for Athletes [Video]

Stanford Is Building a Body-Cooling Glove That Might Work 'Better Than Steroids' for Athletes [Video] | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

One of the reasons professional athletes illegally use steroids is to help speed up their recovery time after a particularly grueling game or injury, thus making them fresh as spring chickens the next time they compete. SE

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Stop worrying about embryonic stem cells – they may not be needed any more

Stop worrying about embryonic stem cells – they may not be needed any more | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

There are ongoing moral and ethical battles concerning the farming and application of human embryonic stem cells in medical research and applications. SE

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Intel developing chipsets to allow laptops to wirelessly charge mobile devices

Intel developing chipsets to allow laptops to wirelessly charge mobile devices | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Wireless charging technology is quickly gaining attention from many mobile device manufacturers, and with good reason. SE

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