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Five Regions of the Future
Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Watch A French Researcher Control A Robot With His Brain

Watch A French Researcher Control A Robot With His Brain | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Mind-Controlling A Robot via DigInfo TVAn electrode cap and computer program can translate brain signals into commands for a humanoid robot. Researchers in Japan are using a brain-machine interface to control the actions of a humanoid robot. SE

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Sun-Collecting, Parametric "Skin" Surrounds Student-Designed House

Sun-Collecting, Parametric "Skin" Surrounds Student-Designed House | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Balancing eastern and western philosophies of balance and autonomy, students from Tongji University use parametric design to create an efficient house of the future. SE

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Reinvent Fire: Change Energy Use Forever

Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era offers market-based, actionable solutions integrating transportation, buildings, industry, and energy systems. JB: here we see both Limits Tech and Local Tech collaborating for a dramatic and positive change in energy production.

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Japanese Super Cellophane Keeps Fruit Fresh for Months

Japanese Super Cellophane Keeps Fruit Fresh for Months | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
A Japanese company has developed a kind of cellophane, named Aura Pack, that helps keep fruits and vegetables fresh. The freshness-preserving effect is achieved by controlling the evaporation of water and excess respiration.
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Genetically Modified Tomatoes Counteract Heart Disease

Genetically Modified Tomatoes Counteract Heart Disease | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers have developed a genetically modified tomato that produces a certain peptide which will lower the plaque buildup in the arteries of mice. This could also work in humans. SE

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How to boost lithium battery performance – just add crushed silicon

How to boost lithium battery performance – just add crushed silicon | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
A new silicon-based anode material could nearly triple the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.
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NASA examines hybrid solar-electric propulsion for manned space missions

NASA examines hybrid solar-electric propulsion for manned space missions | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A marriage of the tortoise and the hare may be the key to exploring the Solar System. SE

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German scientists create usable foam from tree bark

German scientists create usable foam from tree bark | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Germany is known for its cutting-edge policies on green issues, and its drive towards a clean economy. One of its latest eco-breakthroughs comes from the University of Freiburg's Biofoambark project. SE

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Exclusive: Ray Kurzweil Interview – The Future of Man And Machine

Exclusive: Ray Kurzweil Interview – The Future of Man And Machine | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Singularity Hub’s Keith Kleiner Interviews Ray Kurzweil
I am pleased to announce the release of Singularity Hub’s recent interview with Ray Kurzweil below. See his video. SE

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Mechanical Pencil That Draws Carbon Nanotubes Developed By MIT Researchers

Mechanical Pencil That Draws Carbon Nanotubes Developed By MIT Researchers | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Here’s something you may not realize: the graphite in inexpensive pencil lead has the same chemical composition as carbon nanotubes, considered a “Golden Child” of futuristic materials because they make highly sensitive sensors. SE

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Near-atomically flat silicon could help pave the way to new chemical sensors

Scientists have succeeded in creating near-atomically flat silicon, of the orientation used by the electronics industry, in a room temperature reaction. The flat silicon might one day serve as the base for new biological and chemical sensors. "To be honest, there is no reason to think that Bell Labs did not make a surface as good as ours twenty years ago, but they did not look at it with STM, so they did not know," says Hines. SE

 

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Fear makes scary stuff appear to loom

Fear makes scary stuff appear to loom | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

EMORY (US) — Fear can make threatening objects appear more looming than they actually are, a recent study finds.“Our results show that emotion and perception are not fully dissociable in the mind,” says Stella Lourenco, assistant professor of...SE

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Researchers Find a Whale Trying to Speak Human

Researchers Find a Whale Trying to Speak Human | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Sure, it might sound a bit more like a kazoo than Kronkite, but cut this beluga some slack. He's trying, and that's remarkable in and of itself. SE

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Wearing Knockoff Google Glasses Is Even More Embarrassing Than Wearing Real Google Glasses

Wearing Knockoff Google Glasses Is Even More Embarrassing Than Wearing Real Google Glasses | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Vuzix, which specializes in technofancy optics, is so eager to ride the coattails of Google Glasses that they're releasing their own version: the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100. SE

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Nanomaterial converts light and heat into electricity

Nanomaterial converts light and heat into electricity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

(c) Yi-Hsuan Tseng et al./Nanotechnolog
Previously, scientists have managed to devise material that can convert light into electricity, and other materials that can convert heat into electricity. SE

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Increasing Solar Cell Efficiency with Graphene

Increasing Solar Cell Efficiency with Graphene | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
In an effort to increase solar cell efficiency, scientists at Michigan Technological University are working on a cost effective method that adds graphene to titanium dioxide, increasing its conductivity and bringing 52.4 percent more current into...
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Re-sync the beat to manage ‘heart block’

Re-sync the beat to manage ‘heart block’ | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

U. BUFFALO (US) — Heart failure patients with a condition called “heart block” get significant benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy, according to the results of an eight-year-long clinical trial. SE

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Flexible, high-strength polymer aerogels deliver "super-insulation" properties

Flexible, high-strength polymer aerogels deliver "super-insulation" properties | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it
New polymer aerogels from NASA Glenn Research Center are flexible and 500 times stronger than traditional aerogels.
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This Solar Truck Is Bringing Emergency Energy to Rockaway

This Solar Truck Is Bringing Emergency Energy to Rockaway | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The Rockaways are in a state of emergency. They haven't had power in a week, and it doesn't appear to be coming back any time soon. SE

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First true “all-carbon” solar cell developed

First true “all-carbon” solar cell developed | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an experimental solar cell made entirely of carbon. SE

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Vanderbilt University steps into the exoskeleton market

Vanderbilt University steps into the exoskeleton market | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

For people who are unable to walk under their own power, exoskeletons offer what is perhaps the next-best thing. Essentially “wearable robots,” the devices not only let their users stand, but they also move their legs for them, allowing them to walk. SE

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IBM Transistors Made Of Nanotubes Could Replace Silicon, In Ever-Tinier Computer Chips

IBM Transistors Made Of Nanotubes Could Replace Silicon, In Ever-Tinier Computer Chips | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Logic Gates From Carbon Nanotubes IBM via ExtremeTechSilicon can't keep up with our demand for smaller and faster chips, but IBM researchers may have found a way to continue accelerating chip performance with a whole new kind of transistor. SE

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The World Is Not Enough: Google and the Future of Augmented Reality

The World Is Not Enough: Google and the Future of Augmented Reality | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The new Google FieldTrip app probes the question: What digital information do you want to see overlaid on the physical world? SE

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Who Wouldn't Want a Flying Car That Floats?

Who Wouldn't Want a Flying Car That Floats? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

So, Tim Cook just dropped what he thought was an "Oh, snap!" worthy diss on Microsoft Surface, saying, "I suppose you could design a car that flies and floats, but I don't think it would do all of those things very well." But wait. SE

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Space-Launched Paintballs Could Possibly Deflect an Incoming Asteroid

Space-Launched Paintballs Could Possibly Deflect an Incoming Asteroid | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The 2012 Move an Asteroid Technical Paper Competition winner, Sung Wook Paek, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, proposed using a paintball strategy that builds on last year’s competition winner’s idea of...SE

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