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Enable your phone's hidden tethering feature with Hotspot Control

Enable your phone's hidden tethering feature with Hotspot Control | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The Hotspot Control app lets users bypass issues that prevent creating portable hotspots, allowing their devices to connect with each other.
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FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information

FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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World's Data Could Fit on a Teaspoon-Sized DNA Hard Drive and Survive Thousands of Years

World's Data Could Fit on a Teaspoon-Sized DNA Hard Drive and Survive Thousands of Years | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The blueprint of every living thing on the planet is encoded in DNA. We know the stuff can hold a lot of information. But how much is a lot? We
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Textbook Theory Behind Volcanoes May Be Wrong | Caltech

Textbook Theory Behind Volcanoes May Be Wrong | Caltech | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The new measurements suggest that what is really happening is just the opposite: Instead of narrow jets, there are broad upwellings, which are balanced by narrow channels of sinking material called slabs. What is driving this motion is not heat from the core, but cooling at Earth's surface. In fact, Anderson says, the behavior is the regular mantle convection first proposed more than a century ago by Lord Kelvin. When material in the planet's crust cools, it sinks, displacing material deeper in the mantle and forcing it upward.
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The fascinating, unpredictable, terrifying future of autonomous cars

The fascinating, unpredictable, terrifying future of autonomous cars | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It makes sense for Apple to be very interested.
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" The researchers looked at various studies on road accidents and concluded that it's not clear a self-driving car would ever be safer than an experienced middle-aged driver (the safest age group). Not all accidents are caused by drivers: 80% of accidents involving pedestrians at crossings are the fault of the pedestrian, they say. Weather, road conditions and vehicle failure can also be factors. None of these will be eliminated by autonomous vehicles."(Excerpt)
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A Machine That Trains Your Brain to Pay Attention

A Machine That Trains Your Brain to Pay Attention | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A new brain-scanning technique could change the way scientists think about human focus.

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Interesting new method, using neuronal signals read by fMRI machine to create feedback loops that help humans to train certain abilities which are not available to conscious access.

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Bias, complexity and uncertainty in ecosystem risk assessment: pharmaceuticals, a new challenge in scale and perspective - environmentalresearchweb

Bias, complexity and uncertainty in ecosystem risk assessment: pharmaceuticals, a new challenge in scale and perspective - environmentalresearchweb | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

From historical waste sites to contemporary spills and non-point source pollution, there are many unintentional natural experiments occurring in which the inadvertent pharmacological effects of chemicals can be monitored in addition to traditional toxicological assays (Bowyer et al. 2003, Manahan 2011, Godduhn et al. 2013). The precautionary principle accounting for the irresolvable uncertainty of complex systems needs to be included so that recognition a system's potential destabilization is included in policy decisions. The logistical and spatial barriers to accomplishing a thorough ecosystem risk assessment can be reduced by using 'citizen science' to increase the availability of data, creating an ecosystem perspective. This approach will allow a longitudinal design to support the sustainability goal for the health and welfare of future generations.

 
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Communication Studies and Artificial Intelligence - h+ Magazine

Communication Studies and Artificial Intelligence - h+ Magazine | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Communication studies must come to terms with the development that communicative exchange is no longer exclusively human.
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The Physical Basis of High-Throughput Atomically Precise Manufacturing — Metamodern

The Physical Basis of High-Throughput Atomically Precise Manufacturing — Metamodern | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The Physical Basis
of High-Throughput
Atomically Precise Manufacturing
As outlined below, atomically precise manufacturing (APM) can be understood through physics, engineering design principles, proof-of-concept examples, computational modeling, and parallels with familiar technologies. Several chapters in Radical Abundance discuss these topics in depth.
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Researchers develop handheld sensor to sniff out fish fraud

Researchers develop handheld sensor to sniff out fish fraud | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science have developed a handheld sensor capable of debunking fraudulent seafood species claims, helping to ensure that consumers are get what they pay for.
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Tri-layered artificial blood vessels created for the first time

Tri-layered artificial blood vessels created for the first time | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
By combining micro-imprinting and electro-spinning techniques, researchers at Shanghai University's Rapid Manufacturing Engineering Center have developed a vascular graft composed of three layers for the first time.
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FAA opens way for companies to stake claims to lunar rights

FAA opens way for companies to stake claims to lunar rights | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Do we have the right to reserve rights to the moon? Apparently so. At least that’s the message the U.S. government appears to be sending. In an exclusive report by Reuters, “U.S.
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Researchers improve artificial intelligence algorithms for semi-autonomous vehicles

Researchers improve artificial intelligence algorithms for semi-autonomous vehicles | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
For decades, researchers in artificial intelligence, or AI, worked on specialized problems, developing theoretical concepts and workable algorithms for various aspects of the field.
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How Languages and Genes Evolve Together

How Languages and Genes Evolve Together | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Goran Tomasevic/Reuters As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic lines.
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Data Mining Indian Recipes Reveals New Food Pairing Phenomenon | MIT Technology Review

Data Mining Indian Recipes Reveals New Food Pairing Phenomenon | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
By studying the network of links between Indian recipes, computer scientists have discovered that the presence of certain spices makes a meal much less likely to contain ingredients with flavors in common. In the same way that Western chefs search for unusual ingredients that share the same flavors, negative food pairing may also drive the development of new flavor combinations and recipes in Indian food. “Our study could potentially lead to methods for creating novel Indian signature recipes, healthy recipe alterations and recipe recommender systems,” conclude Jain and co.
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33rd Square: Innovative Dentistry - What the Future Holds for Us

33rd Square: Innovative Dentistry - What the Future Holds for Us | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Dentistry uses cutting-edge technology to create and maintain brighter smiles. Here are some of the newest technologies you will find in a modern dentist's office.
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Why Do We Feel Thirst? An Interview with Yuki Oka | Caltech

Why Do We Feel Thirst? An Interview with Yuki Oka | Caltech | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In the paper, we linked specific neural populations in the brain to water drinking behavior. Previous work from other labs suggested that thirst may stem from a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, so we wanted to identify which groups of neurons in the hypothalamus control thirst. Using a technique called optogenetics that can manipulate neural activities with light, we found two distinct populations of neurons that control thirst in two opposite directions. When we activated one of those two populations, it evoked an intense drinking behavior even in fully water-satiated animals. In contrast, activation of a second population drastically suppressed drinking, even in highly water-deprived thirsty animals.  In other words, we could artificially create or erase the desire for drinking water.

Our findings suggest that there is an innate brain circuit that can turn an animal's water-drinking behavior on and off, and that this circuit likely functions as a center for thirst control in the mammalian brain. This work was performed with support from Howard Hughes Medical Institute and National Institutes of Health [for Charles S. Zuker at Columbia University, Oka's former advisor].
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Phys.Org Mobile: High-tech contact lenses zoom with a wink of an eye

Phys.Org Mobile: High-tech contact lenses zoom with a wink of an eye | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Scientists also unveiled other research at the AAAS conference involving the latest advances in vision aids—some of which could potentially help the 285 million people worldwide with some form of vision impairment. 

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Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Brain

Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a promising method for characterizing microstructural changes or differences with neuropathology and treatment. The diffusion tensor may be used to characterize the magnitude, anisotropy and orientation of the diffusion tensor. This paper reviews the biological mechanisms, acquisition and analysis methodology of DTI measurements. The relationships between DTI measures and white matter pathologic features (ischemia, myelination, axonal damage, inflammation, and edema) are summarized. Applications of DTI to tissue characterization in neurotherapeutic applications are reviewed. The interpretations of common DTI measures – mean diffusivity (MD), fractional anisotropy (FA), radial diffusivity (Dr) and axial diffusivity (Da) – are discussed. In particular, FA is highly sensitive to microstructural changes, but not very specific to the type of changes (e.g., radial or axial). In order to maximize the specificity, it is recommended that future studies use multiple diffusion tensor measures (e.g., MD and FA, or Da and Dr) to better characterize the tissue microstructure.

 
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No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein's theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once.

 

..."Ali and Das explain in their paper that their model avoids singularities because of a key difference between classical geodesics and Bohmian trajectories. Classical geodesics eventually cross each other, and the points at which they converge are singularities. In contrast, Bohmian trajectories never cross each other, so singularities do not appear in the equations.

 

"In cosmological terms, the scientists explain that the quantum corrections can be thought of as a cosmological constant term (without the need for dark energy) and a radiation term. These terms keep the universe at a finite size, and therefore give it an infinite age. The terms also make predictions that agree closely with current observations of the cosmological constant and density of the universe."

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A Map of Science — Metamodern

A Map of Science — Metamodern | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Under the title “A Map of Science”, it was featured by Nature in 2006. Here’s a description by the developers at informationesthetics.org:

As to what the image depicts, it was constructed by sorting roughly 800,000 scientific papers into 776 different scientific paradigms (shown as red and blue circular nodes) based on how often the papers were cited together by authors of other papers. Links (curved lines) were made between the paradigms that shared common members, then treated as rubber bands, holding similar paradigms closer to one another when a physical simulation forced them all apart: thus the layout derives directly from the data. Larger paradigms have more papers. Labels list common words unique to each paradigm.

Each “list of common words unique to each paradigm” forms a streaming ribbon in the image above. What the authors call a paradigm, I would call a field, or topical area (such as seismology, organometallic chemistry, cryptology, virology, and stellar dynamics), clustered within broader areas (such as geophysics, chemistry, computer science, molecular biology, and astrophysics).

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The author added: "Update: In the comments, modeless at seadragon.com points to a zoomable version of the map that uses the Seadragon technology. Highly recommended for viewing the textual details."


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FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » 12 Emerging Trends that Everyone Missed at CES

FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » 12 Emerging Trends that Everyone Missed at CES | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Every year that I attend CES in Las Vegas I reach a point of sensory overload. It’s not just from all the people, lights, noise, and smells, but an overload of product strategies and emerging trends for the coming year.
With everything from R2D2 showing up outside the convention center, to meeting celebrities on the showroom floor, or coming face-to-face with a Paul Bunyan-sized electronic game-playing running shoe by Sketchers, or walking into a booth full of the coolest Chinese technologies ever made but not being able to talk to anyone because they don’t speak English, it’s not possible to describe all the sensations a person will experience at an event like this.
Everyone will experience CES in their own unique way, and the impressions they walk away with will help define their understanding of the world to come. Big time decisions are being made by the impressions made here.


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Mesozoic mammals—what do we know from China?

Mesozoic mammals—what do we know from China? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The most exciting findings covering Mesozoic mammals over the last two decades have come from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of China.
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The future of holographic video

The future of holographic video | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Holographic video displays, featuring three-dimensional images, are about to "go large" and become a lot more affordable at the same time, thanks to the work of a team of Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers and their collaborators at...
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What’s Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much?

What’s Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
What are we to make of the strange gravitational pull that empty boxes have on cats?
The post What’s Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? appeared first on WIRED.
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Uber to start work on driverless technology - The Hill

Uber to start work on driverless technology - The Hill | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Google, a large Uber investor, has been working on similar technology for years. 
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