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Can The Human Brain See Quantum Images? - Technology Review

Can The Human Brain See Quantum Images? - Technology Review | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Nobody knows whether humans can access exotic images based on quantum entanglement.
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Microsoft TechForum unveils three research projects (video)

Microsoft TechForum unveils three research projects (video) | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

TechForum is a Microsoft-sponsored shindig where the company can get together, party, and then show off its latest and greatest research projects.TechForum is a Microsoft-sponsored shindig where the company can get together, party, and then show off its latest and greatest research projects. First up we've got a transparent interactive 3D display which builds on technology from Cambridge University's HoloDesk project. Next is Holoflector, a "magic mirror" that overlays LCD projections onto your reflection. Both of these two projects rely heavily upon Kinect as more projects find the potential in the little sensor. Finally there's Illumishare, a pair of overhead projectors / cameras that share a desktop space with a colleague when you need to look at the same thing.

 

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Tiny Pop-Up Robots Combine Origami and Insects : Discovery News

Tiny Pop-Up Robots Combine Origami and Insects : Discovery News | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Bee-like robots the size of quarters can be mass produced by folding layers of carbon fiber.
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In the future, electromagnetic roads may charge your cars while you drive

In the future, electromagnetic roads may charge your cars while you drive | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Read 'In the future, electromagnetic roads may charge your cars while you drive' on Digital Trends. Stanford University researchers have created a wireless system that will magnetically charge your EVs while you are driving...

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Arcosanti, an Early Eco-City, Faces the Future

Arcosanti, an Early Eco-City, Faces the Future | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Reassessing Arcosanti, an “urban laboratory” in the Arizona desert founded in the 1970s by students, architects and seekers.

 

ED: I remembered reading about this back in a book back in the 70's and imagining what it might be like to live in that futuristic environment, and if it would ever become a reality in the next 30 years or so...and wondered if it still exists.  Now we know!

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Kinect lets robots learn and navigate 3D environments | KurzweilAI

Kinect lets robots learn and navigate 3D environments | KurzweilAI | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Robots could one day navigate through constantly changing surroundings with virtually no input from humans, thanks to a system that allows them to build and continuously update a three-dimensional map of their environment using a low-cost camera such as Microsoft’s Kinect.

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Gecko feet inspire amazing glue that can hold 700 pounds on smooth wall

Gecko feet inspire amazing glue that can hold 700 pounds on smooth wall | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Biologists have long been amazed by gecko feet, which allow 5-ounce lizards to produce an adhesive force equivalent to carrying 9 lbs. up a wall without slipping.
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Successful human tests for first wirelessly controlled drug-delivery chip

Successful human tests for first wirelessly controlled drug-delivery chip | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
About 15 years ago, two professors had the idea to develop a programmable, wirelessly controlled microchip that would deliver drugs after implantation in a patient's body.
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DNA nanorobots deliver ‘suicide’ messages to cancer cells, other diseases | KurzweilAI

DNA nanorobots deliver ‘suicide’ messages to cancer cells, other diseases | KurzweilAI | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a nanorobotic device made from DNA that could potentially seek out specific cell targets within a complex mixture of cell types and deliver important molecular instructions, such as telling cancer cells to self-destruct.

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Black Hole "Information Leaks" Hint Gravity May Not be a Fundamental Force of Nature

Black Hole "Information Leaks" Hint Gravity May Not be a Fundamental Force of Nature | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Back in 2011, ground-breaking research by scientists at the University of York provided a new perspective on the physics of black holes. Black holes are objects in space that are so massive and compact they were described by Einstein as "bending" space. Conventional thinking asserts that black holes swallow everything that gets too close and that nothing can escape its "event horizon," but the study suggested that information could escape from black holes after all. The implications could be revolutionary, suggesting that gravity may not be a fundamental force of Nature.

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Congress passes bill giving the FAA $11 billion to get off radar, onto GPS

Congress passes bill giving the FAA $11 billion to get off radar, onto GPS | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

It took awhile, and the price tag is quite a bit steeper than previously thought (shocking, right?), but the FAA is finally getting the funding it needs to bring the nation's air traffic control system up to date. Congress just passed the bill to make it happen, allotting $11 billion to the FAA to upgrade the nation's 35 busiest airports air traffic controls from radar to GPS.

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Signal for Higgs Boson Particle Gains Strength: Scientific American

Signal for Higgs Boson Particle Gains Strength: Scientific American | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
The latest analyses from the Large Hadron Collider boost the case for the particle's existence, but there's no new data...
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Short Sharp Science: Swiss 'janitor' satellite to sweep up space junk

Short Sharp Science: Swiss 'janitor' satellite to sweep up space junk | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Swiss scientists plan to launch a shoebox-sized satellite with jellyfish-like tentacles to sweep up space junk as early as 2016.

The $11 million satellite, called CleanSpace One, would chase down space junk and drag it out of orbit, burning up during atmospheric re-entry in the process. Swiss space scientists hope this will be the first of a fleet of "janitor" satellites.

"We want to offer and sell a whole family of ready-made systems, designed as sustainably as possible, that are able to de-orbit several different kinds of satellites," said Volker Gass, director of the Swiss Space Center at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne.

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Why a Portable DNA Device Could Yield Better Data - Technology Review

Why a Portable DNA Device Could Yield Better Data  - Technology Review | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Oxford Nanopore's approach reads longer stretches of DNA at once—and could more accurately spot structural variations linked to certain diseases.
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Our Future in Space: Reasons to Be Optimistic : Discovery News

Our Future in Space: Reasons to Be Optimistic : Discovery News | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Without a successor to the space shuttle or a clear roadmap for manned spaceflight, what will our scientific future look like?
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USB stick can sequence DNA in seconds - tech - 17 February 2012 - New Scientist

USB stick can sequence DNA in seconds - tech - 17 February 2012 - New Scientist | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

It may look like an ordinary USB memory stick, but a little gadget that can sequence DNA while plugged into your laptop could have far-reaching effects on medicine and genetic research.

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Local Scientists Develop Contact Lenses to Help Diabetics | The International Examiner

Local Scientists Develop Contact Lenses to Help Diabetics | The International Examiner | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

From the University of Washington campus to the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Desney Tan appears to be all over the Seattle area.

His day jobs include being a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, managing two groups, one in Redmond and the other in Beijing, China, both centering on the fusion of computers and human body movements. He is also an affiliate faculty at the UW.

Specifically, Tan and his team are experimenting with contact lenses. With microchips and computer circuits, researchers are using tears to gain an easier reading of blood-sugar levels, particularly important for diabetics.

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Waterless Washing Machine Levitates Laundry and Cleans It With Dry Ice | Popular Science

Waterless Washing Machine Levitates Laundry and Cleans It With Dry Ice | Popular Science | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

The Orbit uses a battery-filled ring to levitate a supercooled superconductive metal laundry basket. The basket is coated in two layers of shatterproof glass and chilled using liquid nitrogen. The batteries inside the ring produce a magnetic field, and the basket levitates inside this field as its electrical resistivity drops.

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Big Data Demands New Skills

Big Data Demands New Skills | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

The ability to store and process huge amounts of data is useless unless there are people who can interpret the information it generates. That requires a new kind of scientist, a data scientist. (Why real time analytics?


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Have You Jailbroken Your Ford Lately?

Have You Jailbroken Your Ford Lately? | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
At a not-too-distant point in our future, this will be a serious question. Today Ford and Bug Labs announced that they are jointly supporting the first open source car software. Think of it as your car's API.
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Are ocean plankton the key ingredient that decides the future of Earth's climate?

Are ocean plankton the key ingredient that decides the future of Earth's climate? | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Tiny ocean 'phytoplankton' have a huge impact on Earth's climate - and understanding them could be key to the planet's future health, says University of British Columbia researcher.
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Is Dark Energy Really "Repulsive Gravity"?

Is Dark Energy Really "Repulsive Gravity"? | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
A powerful repulsion between normal matter and antimatter could explain the mysterious force known as dark energy, a new theory claims.
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DARPA Wants to Give Soldiers Robot Surrogates, Avatar Style - IEEE Spectrum

DARPA Wants to Give Soldiers Robot Surrogates, Avatar Style - IEEE Spectrum | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Soldiers controlling bipedal robot surrogates on the battlefield?
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Researchers Build Hard Drive of Future With Lasers

Researchers Build Hard Drive of Future With Lasers | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

A team of researchers from across Europe and Asia has demonstrated a way of
using laser heat rather than magnetic fields to store data, potentially
increasing the speed of your hard drive by 100 times or more.

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Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists’ Nostalgia

Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists’ Nostalgia | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

"Futurists get to a certain age and, as one does, they suddenly recognize
their own mortality,” Gibson says in the Wired premier of The Geek’s Guide
to the Galaxy podcast. “And they often decide that what’s going on is that
everything is just totally screwed and shabby now, whereas when they were
younger everything was better. It’s an ancient, somewhat universal human
attitude, and often they give it full voice.”

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