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Skyfall Filmmakers 3D-Printed This Rare Aston Martin So They Wouldn't Damage the Original

Skyfall Filmmakers 3D-Printed This Rare Aston Martin So They Wouldn't Damage the Original | Future Now | Scoop.it
These days filmmakers often turn to computer graphics for scenes of destruction that would otherwise be too expensive or dangerous to stage in real life.
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La sociedad de la información y la formación del profesorado. E-actividades y aprendizaje colaborativo | RIED

La sociedad de la información y la formación del profesorado. E-actividades y aprendizaje colaborativo | RIED | Future Now | Scoop.it

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¿Está México ya en la sociedad de la información? Hay suficientes usuarios de Internet, como para afirmarlo?

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Scientists find treatment to kill every kind of cancer tumor

Scientists find treatment to kill every kind of cancer tumor | Future Now | Scoop.it

Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with (RT @kaiofficialuk: Wow extremely promising news!

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Scientists map key memory protein

Scientists map key memory protein | Future Now | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered more about the role of an important brain protein which is instrumental in translating learning into long-term memories.
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Descubren una proteina que porencia la memoria larga

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Graphene Supercapacitor: The 'Scientific Accident That May Change The World'

Graphene Supercapacitor: The 'Scientific Accident That May Change The World' | Future Now | Scoop.it

Graphene, a very simple carbon polymer, can be used as the basic component of a "supercapacitor" -- an electrical power storage device that charges far more rapidly than chemical batteries.

 

Unlike other supercapacitors, though, graphene's structure also offers a high "energy density," -- it can hold a lot of electrons, meaning that it could conceivably rival or outperform batteries in the amount of charge it can hold.

 

Kaner Lab researcher Maher El-Kady found a way to create sheets of graphene a single carbon atom thick by covering a plastic surface with graphite oxide solution and bombarding it with precisely controlled laser light.


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Super batteries?

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, February 23, 2013 6:47 AM

After a year's additional work, their fabrication process just got simpler and more efficient - to the point where industrial scale manufacturing of a very efficient battery replacement comes within reach.

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Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ... | Video on TED.com

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a fully reusable rocket.

 

 


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Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production could revolutionize alternative energy market

Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production could revolutionize alternative energy market | Future Now | Scoop.it
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world.

 

To liberate the hydrogen, Virginia Tech scientists separated a number of enzymes from their native microorganisms to create a customized enzyme cocktail that does not occur in nature. The enzymes, when combined with xylose and a polyphosphate, liberate the unprecedentedly high volume of hydrogen from xylose, resulting in the production of about three times as much hydrogen as other hydrogen-producing microorganisms.

 

The energy stored in xylose splits water molecules, yielding high-purity hydrogen that can be directly utilized by proton-exchange membrane fuel cells. Even more appealing, this reaction occurs at low temperatures, generating hydrogen energy that is greater than the chemical energy stored in xylose and the polyphosphate. This results in an energy efficiency of more than 100 percent — a net energy gain. That means that low-temperature waste heat can be used to produce high-quality chemical energy hydrogen for the first time. 

 


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The question is: Can this be cheaper that oil?

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, April 4, 2013 10:02 AM

This could be a game-changer, something to jump start the hydrogen economy which has the potential to make fossil fuels a thing of the past...

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Trouble With Telecommuting? Technology May Be to Blame

Trouble With Telecommuting? Technology May Be to Blame | Future Now | Scoop.it
Sure, working remotely requires extra effort for employees to feel connected. But there are plenty of apps and gadgets to help you do it. (Trouble With Telecommuting?
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This ia a good analysypis about the actual options to work with other people on the Internet
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Car driven by an iPad

Car driven by an iPad | Future Now | Scoop.it
A video of a Nissan Leaf electric car driving itself has been released by Oxford University. (Car driven by an #iPad: Using robotic technology, video of the car driving itself. Autonomous vehicle.
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Looking Ahead at Tech in 2013

Looking Ahead at Tech in 2013 | Future Now | Scoop.it
Maybe a world without crappy remote controls isn't nearly upon us, but the landscape is shifting, and we can see an end in sight.
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Printing Solar Panels in the Backyard [Video 4min]

Imagine what you might do if you could print your own solar panels. That's kind of the dream behind Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein's Solar Pocket Factory -- although they see it more as the "microbrewery" of panel production rather than a tool for everyone's garage.

 

With over $70,000 of backing from a successful Kickstarter campaign, the inventors are now working on refining the prototype.

 

If all goes well, by April they'll have a machine that can spit out a micro solar panel every few seconds. In the meantime, Frayne stopped by Flora Lichtman's backyard with a few pieces of the prototype to explain how the mini-factory will work.


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Fábrica cuasi casera de paneles solares.

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The singularity is nearer, Google appoints Ray Kurzweil as Director of Engineering

The singularity is nearer, Google appoints Ray Kurzweil as Director of Engineering | Future Now | Scoop.it
Knovel is a web-based application integrating technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust.
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Impactante video: El atleta con prótesis Oscar Pistorius vence a un caballo en una carrera

La peculiar competición tuvo lugar en la capital de Qatar, Doha, donde el mundialmente famoso atleta con prótesis Oscar Pistorius superó a un caballo árabe. ...
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Correr con prótesis es ventaja o desventaja
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New artificial cartilage mimics strength and suppleness of native cartilage | KurzweilAI

New artificial cartilage mimics strength and suppleness of native cartilage | KurzweilAI | Future Now | Scoop.it

Tiny interwoven fibers make up the three-dimensional fabric scaffold into which a strong, pliable hydrogel is integrated and injected with stem cells, forming.

 

Articular cartilage is the tissue on the ends of bones where they meet at joints in the body — including in the knees, shoulders and hips. It can erode over time or be damaged by injury or overuse, causing pain and lack of mobility. While replacing the tissue could bring relief to millions, replicating the properties of native cartilage — which is strong and load-bearing, yet smooth and cushiony — has proven a challenge.  


In 2007 Guilak and his team developed a three-dimensional fabric scaffold into which stem cells could be injected and successfully “grown” into articular cartilage tissue. Constructed of minuscule woven fibers, each of the scaffold’s seven layers is about as thick as a human hair. The finished product is about 1 millimeter thick.

 

Since then, the challenge has been to develop the right medium to fill the empty spaces of the scaffold — one that can sustain compressive loads, provide a lubricating surface and potentially support the growth of stem cells on the scaffold. Materials supple enough to simulate native cartilage have been too squishy and fragile to grow in a joint and withstand loading. “Think Jell-O,” says Guilak. Stronger substances, on the other hand, haven’t been smooth and flexible enough.

 

That’s where the partnership with Zhao comes in. Zhao proposed a theory for the design of durable hydrogels(water-based polymer gels) and in 2012 collaborated with a team from Harvard University to develop an exceptionally strong yet pliable interpenetrating-network hydrogel.


“It’s extremely tough, flexible and formable, yet highly lubricating,” Zhao says. “It has all the mechanical properties of native cartilage and can withstand wear and tear without fracturing.”

He and Guilak began working together to integrate the hydrogel into the fabric of the 3-D woven scaffolds in a process Zhao compares to pouring concrete over a steel framework.

 

REFERENCES:

Liao, I.-C et al., Composite Three-Dimensional Woven Scaffolds with Interpenetrating Network Hydrogels to Create Functional Synthetic Articular Cartilage, Advanced Functional Materials, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201300483
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La informática integrada a la Medicina provocará un salto en la especie humana. Y todo apunta a que la ley de Moore aplicará también a la biotecnología. La Era de la información nos depara sorpresas Insospechadas.

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Scientists map key memory protein

Scientists map key memory protein | Future Now | Scoop.it

Scientists have discovered more about the role of an important brain protein which is instrumental in translating learning into long-term memories.

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Technology giants struggle to maintain credibility over NSA Prism surveillance

Technology giants struggle to maintain credibility over NSA Prism surveillance | Future Now | Scoop.it
Strongly-worded denials issued by Apple, Facebook and Google about their co-operation are followed by further revelations (RT @guardiantech: Technology giants struggle to maintain credibility over NSA Prism surveillance
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Twitter and Amazone are out.
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Bill shoots for SpaceX commercial spaceport in Texas | Houston Business Journal

Bill shoots for SpaceX commercial spaceport in Texas | Houston Business Journal | Future Now | Scoop.it

While NASA's future remains cloudy in Houston, private-sector spaceflight may be in the cards for Texas. A state lawmaker has filed legislation to lure the world's first commercial orbital launch site to Brownsville, just days after the Houston Airport System said it sees commercial space flight as a viable option in the long-term future.

 

State Rep. Rene Oliveira filed House Bill 2623 to give certain counties and the General Land Office the authority to temporarily close a beach or a beach access point, enabling the launching of rockets from a proposed spaceport for the next generation of rockets built by entrepreneur and visionary Elon Musk’s company SpaceX.


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Private space programs are on!

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Who needs oil? World's largest solar power plant with 258,000 mirrors opens in Abu Dhabi ~ Why Don't You Try This?

Who needs oil? World's largest solar power plant with 258,000 mirrors opens in Abu Dhabi ~ Why Don't You Try This? | Future Now | Scoop.it

You might think that as one of the world's top oil producing nations, the United Arab Emirates would have little use for solar energy. But that hasn't stopped the Middle East state from unveiling the largest concentrated solar power plant in operation anywhere in the world. 

The 100-megawatt solar-thermal project in Abu Dhabi will power thousands of homes in the country and, it is hoped, displace approximately 175,000 tons of CO2 per year.


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Porque también tien Sol

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, March 21, 2013 4:19 AM

It took $ 600 million and 3 years to build this - not bad for a plant that doesn't need fuel, leaves no polluting exhaust and is extremely safe. Arabia could be exporting electricity instead of oil. Future business for desert countries?

Amber Qureshi's comment, April 1, 2013 2:35 PM
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Paul Aneja - eTrends's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:00 AM

Can this not be done in other places also?

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Scientists find treatment to kill every kind of cancer tumor

Scientists find treatment to kill every kind of cancer tumor | Future Now | Scoop.it
Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with (RT @kaiofficialuk: Wow extremely promising news!
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Experts Say THIS Food Could Help You Live Longer

Experts Say THIS Food Could Help You Live Longer | Future Now | Scoop.it
Good news for anyone who likes fresh seafood...new research is showing that eating fish may help you live longer! The study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that older people with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in...
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2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal | Future Now | Scoop.it
We're fast approaching the moment when humans and machines merge.

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Will we be better hmm... More powerful, yes.... But better? 

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Heart Attacks in Healthy People – Heart Health Center - EverydayHealth.com

Heart Attacks in Healthy People – Heart Health Center - EverydayHealth.com | Future Now | Scoop.it
People who pass a stress test could still be at risk for a heart attack. EverydayHealth.com is the largest online source for health information and news. (RT @PLACTest: Great article!
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Hungary's Odooproject prefab home produces twice the amount of energy it consumes

Hungary's Odooproject prefab home produces twice the amount of energy it consumes | Future Now | Scoop.it
Budapest University students have created an innovative solar-powered prefab home for the 2012 European Solar Decathlon.

 

The Hungarian "Odooproject" team has created a modern home design that features an open central area, complete with a summer kitchen. This central zone creates a private terrace that allows its occupants to spend a large amount of their time in the open air, while also taking advantage of the sun’s energy. Drawing inspiration from traditional Hungarian folk architecture, the house features a darker outer shell, which forms a closed building that is suitable for its climatic conditions.

 

The prominent south-facing wall features a considerably large surface area that is entirely fitted with photovoltaic panels. During the summer months when the sun is high, solar energy is produced by the roof panels, while during the cooler months when the sun is lower, energy is produced by the south-facing wall.

 

“Ultimately, owing to this system, the house generates twice as much energy in Hungarian conditions and three times as much in Madrid as the house itself spends,” the Odooproject team states. “This amount is able to serve two other house’s needs, or provide a 70-kilometer (43.5-mile) long travel distance – daily – for an electric car.”


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Una Casa que produce el doble del energía que consume

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Brain

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Using fMRI, this project managed to produce the first semantic map of the brain. An organization shared by different individuals. So, yes, this is a map of our brain.

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MSV Explorer amphibious vehicle powered by free energy technology poised to be first to general market

MSV Explorer amphibious vehicle powered by free energy technology poised to be first to general market | Future Now | Scoop.it
British inventor and CEO, Chris Garner, has come up with the MSV Explorer, an amphibious vehicle that not only treks on land and through water, but is powered by an exotic free energy method he calls "self-sustaining" that will enable the vehicle to travel indefinitely without stopping for fuel. Coming next month.

The company, MSVEX, is presently running in-house tests, which they expect to be completed in about a week. After that, they will be doing third-party testing to validate the technology, probably at the University of Plymouth (UK), or another university, depending on available facilities.
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This amphibious vehicle will probably be on the market next year

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, December 17, 2012 5:12 PM

Wonderful news if it checks out in third party testing. We have to start moving beyond the fossil ful phase in human technology...

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, December 19, 2012 12:39 PM

Some of us have discussed it, seriously.

 

Remember: There is no shortage of energy. It was proved by Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating current. Private corporations demonized him because it'd  have affected their spurious control regime. The monopolistic regime of energy and the expensive generation, transmission and distribution system. It gave them 100+ years of total monopoly over energy.

 

The tides had to turn and it is turning.