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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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Asteroid Dust Could Shield Earth from Harmful Solar Radiation

Asteroid Dust Could Shield Earth from Harmful Solar Radiation | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scottish scientists have proposed to use a giant space-based dust cloud, blasted off an asteroid, to shade the Earth from the sun. SE

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The battery of the future might run on sugar

The battery of the future might run on sugar | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have turned to sugar as part of a continuous effort to control Japan's growing import costs associated with building lithium-ion batteries. SE

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Cone-Shaped Spinning Solar Cells Claim to Generate 20x More Electricity

Cone-Shaped Spinning Solar Cells Claim to Generate 20x More Electricity | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A design for a cone-o-solar that spins to collect sunlight aims to be the next big thing for the solar industry. SE

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Genetically Engineered Cow Produces World's First Hypoallergenic Milk

Genetically Engineered Cow Produces World's First Hypoallergenic Milk | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The calf completely lacked a milk protein called betalactoglobulin. It also lacked a tail. Cow genes could be modified to prevent the animals from producing proteins that cause allergic reactions, according to a new study. SE

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Watch Cyberattacks Spread Across The Globe In Real Time

Watch Cyberattacks Spread Across The Globe In Real Time | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Honeynet Cyberattack Map HoneynetA gorgeous visualization of a scary problem. This beautiful, hard-to-look-away-from graphic from the Honeynet Project shows cyberattacks as they happen, and where they happen. SE

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Helios transforms your iPhone into a telepresence robot

Helios transforms your iPhone into a telepresence robot | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Telepresence robots are beginning to connect people in new ways in businesses, hospitals, and even classrooms. They're essentially webcams on wheels, serving as simple avatars that allow you to chat and explore another place. SE

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Flying robots cooperate to play catch

Flying robots cooperate to play catch | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Swiss researchers have published a new video showcasing the impressive aerial cooperation capabilities of robotic quadrocopters. In the demonstration, a trio of quadrocopters tethered to a net fly in formation to catch balls tossed at them. SE

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New polymer aerogels might become the wonder insulating material

New polymer aerogels might become the wonder insulating material | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Since they were first invented in 1931, aerogels have become widely used in the industry, mostly for insulation purposes, thanks to its low thermal conductivity and light weight. SE

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Move over, salamanders. Mice regrow tissue, too

Move over, salamanders. Mice regrow tissue, too | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

U. FLORIDA (US) — The African spiny mouse has “tear-away skin” and can regrow body tissues after an injury, which could make it a model for research in regenerative medicine. SE

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How stem cells ‘grow up’ to cause inflammation

How stem cells ‘grow up’ to cause inflammation | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

NYU (US) — Scientists have determined how cells that cause inflammatory ailments, such as Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis, develop from stem cells. SE

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NASA to build manned space station beyond the Moon?

NASA to build manned space station beyond the Moon? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

After forty years of venturing no farther than low Earth orbit, NASA may have decided to establish a manned outpost at a greater distance than humanity has ever traveled before. SE

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Living near highway drives up kids’ asthma

Living near highway drives up kids’ asthma | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

USC (US) — At least 8 percent of the more than 300,000 cases of childhood asthma in Los Angeles County can be attributed to traffic-related pollution at homes within 75 meters of a busy roadway.A new study published online September 24 in... SE

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MakerBot’s 3D Printer Replicator 2 Is Larger, Faster, Sleeker

MakerBot’s 3D Printer Replicator 2 Is Larger, Faster, Sleeker | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The Replicator 2 from MakerBot, sporting its new, sleek exterior. But its improvements are not only skin deep. SE

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Frozen Air Batteries Could Store Wind Energy for Peak Demand

Frozen Air Batteries Could Store Wind Energy for Peak Demand | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Wind and solar power production's weak link is energy storage, but a new type of 'liquid air' battery could help balance peak production and peak demand. SE

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Brain region for faces ‘glows’ for expertise, too

Brain region for faces ‘glows’ for expertise, too | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists observed auto experts’ brains as they looked at cars to discover that the region once thought specific to facial recognition “lights up” for our areas of expertise, too. Neuroscientists previously established that this...SE

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How immune cells can nudge nerves to regrow

How immune cells can nudge nerves to regrow | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A technique to alter cells that respond to injury dramatically increases the rate of nerve repair, according to an animal study.If the results can be applied to humans, the method could one day lead to a new strategy for...SE

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Tears of Steel: Don't Piss Off Your Robot Girlfriend [Video]

Tears of Steel: Don't Piss Off Your Robot Girlfriend [Video] | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Tears of Steel is a crowd-funded short from the Blender Institute in Amsterdam, and was made using Blender, an open source 3D content creation suite. It's also pretty awesome. SE

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Swiss Quadrotor Robots Throw and Catch

Swiss Quadrotor Robots Throw and Catch | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Quadrotors Having a Catch These aerial robots aren't just growing more capable. They're learning as they go. SE

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Metz 52 AF-1: the first hotshoe flash unit with touchscreen display

Metz 52 AF-1: the first hotshoe flash unit with touchscreen display | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Until we get the ability to accurately control devices with the power of our brains, it seems like the touchscreen display will be the interface of choice for gadget-makers. SE

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Hitachi develops "incorruptible" glass-based data storage technique

Hitachi develops "incorruptible" glass-based data storage technique | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Back when compact discs were first coming out, they were touted as being able to store data “forever.” As it turns out, given no more than a decade or so, they can and do degrade. SE

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Psychopaths can be spotted through a smell test, study says

Psychopaths can be spotted through a smell test, study says | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Australian scientists say that persons with psychopathic tendencies could be spotted through a smell test, correlated with a psychological questionnaire. The link doesn’t lye in the actual odor emanated by a potentially psychopathic person, though, but rather in their sense of smell. SE

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World's Thinnest External Drive Squeezes Half a Terabyte Into a Third of an Inch

World's Thinnest External Drive Squeezes Half a Terabyte Into a Third of an Inch | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

ADATA is touting its new HE720 as the world's thinnest external hard drive. SE

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Self-Driving Cars Are Now Legal in California

Self-Driving Cars Are Now Legal in California | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Just moments ago, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into effect SB1298, effectively paving the way for driverless cars in California. SE

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Tesla launches Supercharger network for Model S electric car

Tesla launches Supercharger network for Model S electric car | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Tesla Motors has announced an extensive network of Supercharger stations that aim to make long distance travel a reality for owners of its Model S electric car. SE

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500,000 Americans get new knee each year

500,000 Americans get new knee each year | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

U. ROCHESTER (US) — The volume of total knee replacements in the US has soared by 142 percent since 1991 among those receiving Medicare benefits. SE

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