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Efficient Futuristic Lampposts

Efficient Futuristic Lampposts | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
P850 Luminaire - Most people probably don’t stop to think about the streetlights as they pass them on the road, but CU Phosco is doing this and coming...
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Recording the Brain with MEG | Futurescape - YouTube

Using magnetoencephalography (MEG), scientists are starting to decode brain waves and decipher human thoughts. | For more Futurescape, visit http://science.discovery.com/tv-shows....

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Ocean 2050: How to sustain our biggest ecosystem

Ocean 2050: How to sustain our biggest ecosystem | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Mankind is consuming the ocean’s resources at an alarming rate. How do we sustain this vital resource for generations to come?
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Predicting the future state of the ocean is tricky, partly because we still know so little about this vast ecosystem that makes up so much of our planet. Presently, less than 10% of the ocean floor has been mapped with accuracy comparable to what exists for the terrestrial parts of our planet, or Mars, Venus and the dark side of the Moon. Little is known about most of the ocean itself, the water that exists between the upper sunlit region and the deep terrain below. While a dozen people have walked on the moon 240,000 miles (390,000km) above the Earth’s surface, only three have descended – and returned – from the deepest part in the sea, seven miles (11km) below our realm

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7 Digital Trends to Expect in the Next 5 Years

7 Digital Trends to Expect in the Next 5 Years | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

The information tsunami is coming. Futurist Gerd Leonhard lists seven trends to expect and prepare for.  Gerd Leonhard is a Futurist, Author, and Keynote Speaker based in Basel, Switzerland. He is CEO of TheFuturesAgency and Founder of GreenFuturists. Read the extended version of this post, Gerd’s Guide to Disruption.

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We are entering an era of mind-boggling global data torrents, all-pervasive social-local-mobile (SoLoMo) connectivity, widespread ‘wikilikean’ transparency expectations, rapid changes in interface technologies, hyper-real-time speed of information and media, and abundant consumer choice in pretty much every sector of commerce and business. Get ready, because the information tsunami is coming for better or for worse. So you’re not caught off guard, here are seven trends to expect within the next five years

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Industrie 4.0 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution - YouTube

The vision of tomorrow's manufacturing: In intelligent factories, machines, raw materials, and products communicate within an "Internet of things" and cooperatively drive production. Products find their way independently through the production process. The objective: highly flexible, individualized and resource-friendly mass production. That is the vision for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Siemens is playing a major role in shaping the future of industry. Find out more here: http://www.siemens.com/entry/industry..

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Connecting the Mind to the Internet | Futurescape - YouTube

There will be no barrier between your thoughts and the world that you see. | For more Futurescape, visit http://science.discovery.com/tv-shows/futurescape/#m...
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AWESOME show!

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The Copenhagen Wheel official product release - YouTube

Pre-order at http://www.superpedestrian.com This is the first commercial version of the Copenhagen Wheel. Now available for sale. Own a limited edition, hand...
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Cool??

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5 Ways Small Businesses Can Survive The Future Robot Economy

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Survive The Future Robot Economy | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Tyler Cowen's new book "Average Is Over" explores what the future American economy is going to look like.
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Faster, cheaper, more competitive!

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4D Printing is the Future of Design - YouTube

That's right, it's one D better! Actually, 4D printing is about using a 3D printer to produce self-reconfiguring, programmable material that intelligently arranges itself into basically any object -- with no computers or electricity required! Skylar Tibbits, an MIT researcher, has already developed prototypes from his self-assembly lab. And this is just the beginning - from skyscrapers to space stations, the promises of 4D printing are amazing

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Yes 4D is amazing!

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What Will the Future of Music Sound Like? - YouTube

New instruments are the birthplace of music revolutions. Just imagine what the last sixty years would have sounded like without the electric guitar! But how will music sound in the future? From the Silent Drum, to the Quotidian Record, music makers are embracing digital technology and creating unbelievable new instruments. And as we continue researching the neurophysiology of music, these sounds could play a huge part in the future of medicine.

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What about bionic rock?

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Sensing the future of retail

Sensing the future of retail | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Embedded sensors are changing the way we manufacture products, operate airplanes, interact at theme parks and monitor sick kids, so why wouldn’t they also change retail. Here’s how shopping could change.
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The World's First 3-D Printed Car Seeks Funding To Become A Showroom Reality

The World's First 3-D Printed Car Seeks Funding To Become A Showroom Reality | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
At 200 miles per gallon the Urbee wowed the world with its light 3-D printed components and super-efficient design. But as an independent car designer...
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3D+auto production-future??

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The Future of Photography: Cameras With Wings (or Rotors) | MIT Technology Review

The Future of Photography: Cameras With Wings (or Rotors) | MIT Technology Review | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
The next generation of photographers will think nothing of taking a camera out of their pocket and releasing it to the skies, like a dove to the wind.
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That's a novel idea!

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Jupiter Ascending -- Trailer -- Official Warner Bros. - YouTube

Published on Dec 9, 2013

#Jupiter -- Like the official Facebook page for Jupiter Ascending updates 
https://www.facebook.com/JupiterMovieUK ;

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New Sci-Fi film for 2014 :)

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Could we harness power from black holes?

Could we harness power from black holes? | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. Is it possible?
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IF and WHEN it can be done safely, yes!

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Why Cognitive Enhancement Is in Your Future (and Your Past)

Why Cognitive Enhancement Is in Your Future (and Your Past) | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Using technology to enhance our brains sounds terrifying, but trying to better our abilities may be part of our human nature.
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Take A Seat On The Ergonomically Correct Toilet Of The Future

Take A Seat On The Ergonomically Correct Toilet Of The Future | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

The average Western toilet looks pretty much like it did when indoor plumbing started to become common in the 1800s, except for the addition of some low-flow gadgetry. But onWorld Toilet Day, when most attention was focused on the lack of sanitation in the developing world, a few U.K. designers turned to the toilets in their own homes.

A trio of industrial design graduates from Central St Martin’s, Sam Sheard, Pierre Papet, and Victor Johansson, reimagined the standard toilet for a competition launched by a U.K. plumbing company. Their winning design: the ergonomically-correct-for-pooping Wellbeing Toilet.

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More future toilets!!!

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Apple iPad Air Review: Probably The Best Tablet Computer On The Market

Apple iPad Air Review: Probably The Best Tablet Computer On The Market | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Announced on October 22nd this year, the iPad Air updated Apple's larger tablet range with the new A7 64-bit processor, iOS7, and a redesign of the popular tablet.
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I agree!  Just got mine....

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NASA May Test Its Lunar Green Thumb

NASA May Test Its Lunar Green Thumb | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
If all goes as planned, NASA may land its first experimental garden on the moon in late 2015.
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Let's hope so!

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Reinventing the wheel: how MIT sees us all cycling into the future - Telegraph

Reinventing the wheel: how MIT sees us all cycling into the future - Telegraph | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
For any cyclist who knows the hell of a steep hill, here is a glimpse of a better future
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S10GMfG2NMY#t=1

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Can the mind stay young forever? (Part One)

Can the mind stay young forever? (Part One) | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
There are a lot of people out there who would prefer not to die. There are also many people trying to make this a reality by working seriously on the science of life extension.
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Life extension is not new...but it is closer to reality!

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What is the Future of 3D Printing? - YouTube

3D printing companies like Makerbot have already come a long way in advancing the technology of 3D printing; allowing the manufacture of everything from home furnishings to transplantable human organs. In this video from Fw:Thinking, Jonathan Strickland talks about the present and future of 3D printers.

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4-D Printing Means Building Things That Build Themselves

4-D Printing Means Building Things That Build Themselves | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
This week's innovation: Printable structures that move and respond to their environment.
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One step beyond 3D!

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Lunar Solar Power Generation LUNA RING 3 36 Shimizu's Dream Shimizu Corporation - YouTube

Lunar Solar Power Generation LUNA RING 3 36 Shimizu's Dream Shimizu Corporation - YouTube | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
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By 2025, if predictions are correct, solar power is going to be as cheap as natural gas. But we'd still need a place to put all of the solar panels, and that could be a problem. To power the planet, that would require a lot spare land. The results might not be pretty.

One possible way forward: solar on the surface of the Moon. Under designs sketched out by Shimizu, a major Japanese construction company, we could create a "Luna Ring" that is 250 miles wide and 6,800 miles long, and cover all of Earth's energy needs just like that. Cables underneath the ring would gather power to the Earth-facing side, and then beam the energy our way using microwaves and lasers. Shimizu believes the scheme, which it showed off at a recent exhibition in Japan, would virtually solve our energy crisis, so we never have to think about fossil fuels again. Check out its video here

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A Space Startup Unveils "FedEx To Moon" Spacecraft To Shoot For Google’s Lunar X Prize

A Space Startup Unveils "FedEx To Moon" Spacecraft To Shoot For Google’s Lunar X Prize | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
A first look at the compact MoonEx's MX-1 spacecraft designed to bring payloads to the lunar surface and--eventually--bring precious minerals back.
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More moon mining!

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