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These Are the Reactions of an ISS Astronaut to SpaceX's Dragon

These Are the Reactions of an ISS Astronaut to SpaceX's Dragon | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
On Friday, history was made as SpaceX's Dragon docked with the International Space Station, marking the start of a future of privatized space exploration.
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Are You A Paster, Presentist, Or Futurian? | Stay Attuned | Big Think

Are You A Paster, Presentist, Or Futurian? | Stay Attuned | Big Think | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Instead of differentiating people on the basis of their “religion” (as Christians, Muslims, Hindus, etc.), what if we differentiated people according to their temporal orientation? We could divide people into Pasters, Presentists, and Futurians. Let’s see what happens.

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Big step toward quantum computing: Efficient and tunable interface for quantum networks

Big step toward quantum computing: Efficient and tunable interface for quantum networks | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Quantum computers may someday revolutionize the information world. But in order for quantum computers at distant locations to communicate with one another, they have to be linked together in a network.
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DARPA funds 100 Year Starship to develop human interstellar flight capabilities

DARPA funds 100 Year Starship to develop human interstellar flight capabilities | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Voyager 1, which is now in the outermost layer of the heliosphere that forms the boundary between the Solar System and interstellar space, is set to be the first man-made object to leave the Solar System. It has taken the car-sized probe over 35 years to reach its current point, but at its current speed of about 3.6 AU (334,640,905 miles) per year it would take over 75,000 years to reach our nearest star, Proxima Centauri. Despite the mind-boggling distances involved, DARPA has just awarded funding to form an organization whose aim is to make human interstellar travel a reality within the next century.

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Recorded Future Preview

A preview of the next generation live streaming Recorded Future. Understand what's happening in the world- today and tomorrow. Request your private preview ...

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The Pentagon is Investing Millions to Advance the Future of 3-D Printing Tech

The Pentagon is Investing Millions to Advance the Future of 3-D Printing Tech | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

President Obama’s nationwide push for innovation in manufacturing reaches across agencies from the National Science Foundation to the Department of Energy, and now it’s reaching all the way into the Pentagon where $60 million is being set aside for investment in 3-D printing technologies. The DoD will fund a network of agencies, academic institutions, and companies to build on 3-D printing tech with the overarching goal of building aerospace and weapons technology faster.

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Video: MIT's Latest User Interface Employs Gravity-Defying, Levitating Metal Orbs

Video: MIT's Latest User Interface Employs Gravity-Defying, Levitating Metal Orbs | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

The future of user interfaces seems to be gesture-based, at least if one simply looks at where research dollars are flowing and what products--yes, like the Kinect--are coming to market. But the peripheral is not dead. Jinha Lee at the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab sees a different future, one that dispenses with gravity to create a much more tangible yet futuristic UI that lets users move and interact with floating, gravity-defying objects in 3-D space.

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DNA Inside Cells Can Serve As Rewritable Data Storage

DNA Inside Cells Can Serve As Rewritable Data Storage | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

DNA Storage Under ultraviolet light, petri dishes containing cells glow red or green depending upon the orientation of a specific section of genetic code inside the cells' DNA. The section of DNA can be flipped back and forth using the RAD technique.Norbert von der Groeben

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Project Glass Augmented-Reality Specs Spotted on Larry Page’s Face

Project Glass Augmented-Reality Specs Spotted on Larry Page’s Face | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Google seems determined to outfit all of its top brass with Project Glass augmented-reality glasses. In April, co-founder Sergey Brin was spotted at  a party in San Francisco sporting the glasses, and now it looks like CEO Larry Page just made his first public appearance wearing the Project Glass headset — well, the first appearance that’s been photographed and shared on the internet.

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SpaceX Dragon takes flight | Ars Technica

SpaceX Dragon takes flight | Ars Technica | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
The spacecraft soared into the pre-dawn sky this morning, on its way to the ISS.
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Joi Ito's Near-Perfect Explanation of the Next 100 Years - Technology Review

Joi Ito's Near-Perfect Explanation of the Next 100 Years - Technology Review | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Steelcase asked 100 thinkers to describe their wish for the next 100 years, and MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito hit it out of the park with this 150-word bon mot

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Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy by Half - Technology Review

Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy by Half - Technology Review | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Delphi says its diesel-like engine runs cleanly on gasoline.
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Mars: A World for Exploration (1959)

Mars: A World for Exploration (1959) | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Clyde William Tombaugh (1906-1997) was born in Streator, Illinois, and grew up in Burdett, Kansas, where he built his first telescopes. In 1929, with only a high-school diploma, Tombaugh joined the staff of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, to hunt for Planet X, a world which Boston businessman Percival Lowell had predicted should exist beyond Neptune. On February 18, 1930, 24-year-old Tombaugh discovered Pluto.

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SpaceX Success! The Era of Private Space Flight Has Officially Begun

SpaceX Success! The Era of Private Space Flight Has Officially Begun | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
SpaceX has done it. At 12:02 p.m. EDT, the company's Dragon capsule became the first commercial spacecraft in history to be captured and berthed to the International Space Station, and the first U.S.
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Skin Cells Converted Into Working Heart Cells

Skin Cells Converted Into Working Heart Cells | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Scientists in Israel have taken skin cells from heart failure patients and turned them into working heart-muscle cells.
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Starships Fueled on Antimatter from Space? : Discovery News

Starships Fueled on Antimatter from Space? : Discovery News | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Harvesting antimatter in space would completely bypass the difficulties of an Earth-bound particle accelerator.
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Why the Leap Is the Best Gesture-Control System We’ve Ever Tested

Why the Leap Is the Best Gesture-Control System We’ve Ever Tested | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

On Monday, Leap Motion wowed technology enthusiasts with a video of its new festure-control platform. The video showcased a system of incredible speed and precision, but controlled demos can sometimes oversell a technology’s real-world
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TechCrunch | Predictive Startup Recorded Future Raises $12M From Balderton And Google Ventures

TechCrunch | Predictive Startup Recorded Future Raises $12M From Balderton And Google Ventures | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
There's a lot of talk these days about what you can do with "big data." Here's one of the more eye-catching uses: A startup called Recorded Future pulls data from around the Web to give customers a better handle on — that's right — the future.
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Electric Imp Will Connect Everything to the Internet

Electric Imp Will Connect Everything to the Internet | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

In my future house, I want a refrigerator that will tell me its contents via Wi-Fi, so I’ll be able to check whether I need extra butter when I’m at the market. I want a lamp that will turn on when it senses sunset, so I won’t have to adjust my automatic timers; I want a garden-watering system that will gauge whether my tomato plants are thirsty; and I want an outdoor rain/hail/snow sensor so I can make better weather spotter reports. The Internet of Things promises to bring me this world, and now there’s a cheap, customizable platform that could make it happen.

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With Telerobotics, Astronauts Orbit Mars While Robots Explore the Surface

With Telerobotics, Astronauts Orbit Mars While Robots Explore the Surface | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Awaiting Commands Three generations of Mars rovers, seen at JPL's test site. The small one is the first Mars rover, Sojourner, which landed on Mars in 1997. On the left is a Mars Exploration Rover Project test rover that is a working sibling to Spirit and Opportunity, which landed on Mars in 2004. On the right is a Mars Science Laboratory test rover the size of Curiosity, which is on course for landing on Mars in August.NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World’s Energy Crisis

Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World’s Energy Crisis | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

There is one version of Craig Venter’s life story where he would’ve been a dutiful scientist at the National Institutes of Health, a respected yet anonymous researcher in genetics, perhaps. Thankfully, Venter saw that story line developing—and set about making sure it never happened.

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Darpa, Venter Launch Assembly Line for Genetic Engineering

Darpa, Venter Launch Assembly Line for Genetic Engineering | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

The military-industrial complex just got a little bit livelier. Quite
literally.

That’s because Darpa, the Pentagon’s far-out research arm, has kicked off a program designed to take the conventions of manufacturing and apply them to living cells. Think of it like an assembly line, but one that would churn out modified biological matter — man-made organisms — instead of cars or computer parts.

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Mind-Controlled Robot Gives Paralyzed Woman A Hand

Mind-Controlled Robot Gives Paralyzed Woman A Hand | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
An experiment with new computer-brain interface systems allows a paralyzed woman to control a robot with her thoughts alone.
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Five Transformative Uses for Disney's Touch-Sensitive Technology - Technology Review

Five Transformative Uses for Disney's Touch-Sensitive Technology - Technology Review | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Wearable computing, the end of keyboards, enhanced security and sex could all benefit from Touché.
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How Teeny, Tiny Transistors Are Born in a Near-Total Vacuum

How Teeny, Tiny Transistors Are Born in a Near-Total Vacuum | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Nanotransistors just got a lot more nano. A new chip construction process cooked up by Applied Materials in Santa Clara creates transistors so small they can be measured in smatterings of atoms.

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