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Ungoverned powered board tackles rocks, sand and snow

Ungoverned powered board tackles rocks, sand and snow | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The inventor of the Scarpar Powerboard, Dan Baldwin, has now developed another prototype all-terrain board called the Ungoverned that is designed to tackle ...
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Scientists solve structure of cold virus linked to childhood asthma

Scientists solve structure of cold virus linked to childhood asthma | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The virus was among the first samples analyzed with a new cryo-electron microscopy system at Purdue, which was designed to operate at vastly higher resolution than previous instruments. The system allows for multiple imaging of single virus particles, rather than relying on a composite of images from thousands of individual viruses. Therefore, the system is faster, more accurate and gives higher resolution structures from less virus material.
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Meet the First Artificial Animal

Meet the First Artificial Animal | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Scientists genetically engineered and 3-D-printed a biohybrid being, opening the door further for lifelike robots and artificial intelligence.
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Transparent, flexible supercapacitors pave the way for a multitude of applications

Transparent, flexible supercapacitors pave the way for a multitude of applications | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
"The standard appearance of today's electronic devices as solid, black objects could one day change completely as researchers make electronic components that are transparent and flexible. Working toward this goal, researchers in a new study have developed transparent, flexible supercapacitors made of carbon nanotube films. The high-performance devices could one day be used to store energy for everything from wearable electronics to photovoltaics..."

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Would a Work-Free World Be So Bad?

Would a Work-Free World Be So Bad? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Fears of civilization-wide idleness are based too much on the downsides of being unemployed in a society premised on the concept of employment.
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Self-driving banks: industrial verification without industrial capex

Self-driving banks: industrial verification without industrial capex | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Thanks to blockchains, a laptop or a mobile phone is, today, as effective at running a globally-accessible application as a datacentre or a mainframe. Furthermore, with the permissioned chains, the “mining” process can be dispensed with entirely, allowing a user to run such a network with only the latent capacity of hardware you already have (in relation to which, 99% of the time it is not being used anywhere near full capacity.

In the future, we will leverage this excess capacity to both increase the reliability and uptime of our systems, and bring the marginal costs of computing to nearly zero. This will be a world in which data infrastructure runs itself without physical infrastructure.
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Using CRISPR as a recording device

Using CRISPR as a recording device | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers at Harvard University has taken another look at CRISPR and has found that it can be used as a recording device of sorts, keeping track of when and where a given bacterium has been exposed to different viruses. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their study, their findings and the ways such natural recordings might be useful.
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Omron Table Tennis Robot at Hannover Fair 2016

Omron robot playing table tennis. Remarkable reaction rate of the system.

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Frontiers | Differential changes in self-reported aspects of interoceptive awareness through 3 months of contemplative training | Consciousness Research

Frontiers | Differential changes in self-reported aspects of interoceptive awareness through 3 months of contemplative training | Consciousness Research | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Interoceptive awareness (IA) comprises the awareness of signals from the inside of the body, such as the perception of heart beats, the breath, or movements of the viscera, and higher-order top–down processes including biases, beliefs, attitudes, and emotions regarding those perceptions (Cameron, 2001; Craig, 2002; Mehling et al., 2009). Interoception has been shown to be critical for the sense of self and the creation of a subjective perspective from which the world is experienced (Varela et al., 1991; Craig, 2002, 2009; Critchley et al., 2004; Berlucchi and Aglioti, 2010; Park and Tallon-Baudry, 2014). It is also important for awareness and regulation of emotions (Dunn et al., 2007; Silani et al., 2008; Herbert et al., 2011; Füstös et al., 2013; Koch and Pollatos, 2014) as well as empathy (Singer et al., 2009; Bird et al., 2010; Lamm and Singer, 2010; Terasawa et al., 2014). Furthermore, IA is critical for decision making (Sanfey et al., 2003; Dunn et al., 2010; Sütterlin et al., 2013) and self-control of behavior in various situations with impact on health and disease (Herbert et al., 2007, 2012a, 2013; Herbert and Pollatos, 2014).
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Meet the Diverse and Bizarre “Stars” of the Deep Sea


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The Neural Precursors of Spontaneous Thoughts - Neuroskeptic

The Neural Precursors of Spontaneous Thoughts - Neuroskeptic | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Back in 2013, I wondered if we would ever discover the neural basis of spontaneous thoughts. Why, I asked, do certain ideas just “pop” into our minds at particular times?
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Watch Google X Unleash an Awesome Two-Legged Robot on Tokyo

Watch Google X Unleash an Awesome Two-Legged Robot on Tokyo | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It’s been a little over two years since Google jumped into robotics with both feet. In 2013, the company (since reorganized as Alphabet) bought eight of the most interesting robotics... read more
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How Big Data Traps People in Poverty

How Big Data Traps People in Poverty | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Surveillance and public-benefits programs gather large amounts of information on low-income people, feeding opaque algorithms that can trap them in poverty.
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Biomolecular motors enables an incredibly efficient biocomputer

Biomolecular motors enables an incredibly efficient biocomputer | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have utilised nanotechnology to create a biological computer that can solve certain mathematical problems far faster and more energy-efficiently than conventional electrical computers.
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Okeanos Explorer | Expeditions | NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas | Expedition Education Module

Okeanos Explorer | Expeditions | NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas | Expedition Education Module | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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Pea plants demonstrate ability to 'gamble'—a first in plants

Pea plants demonstrate ability to 'gamble'—a first in plants | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
An international team of scientists from Oxford University, UK, and Tel-Hai College, Israel, has shown that pea plants can demonstrate sensitivity to risk - namely, that they can make adaptive choices... Efrat Dener, now a master's student at Ben Gurion University, Israel, and the study's first author, said: "Like most people, including even experienced farmers and gardeners, I used to look at plants as passive receivers of circumstances. This line of experiments illustrates how wrong that view is: living organisms are designed by natural selection to exploit their opportunities, and this often implies a great deal of flexibility."
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Super-sticky saliva helps chameleons catch huge prey, scientists say

Super-sticky saliva helps chameleons catch huge prey, scientists say | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Super-sticky saliva helps chameleons catch huge prey, scientists say
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How Budget Cuts Brought Back Syphilis

How Budget Cuts Brought Back Syphilis | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The 18th-century ailment was on the brink of elimination before budget cuts helped resurrect it.
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What are ecosystem applications?

What are ecosystem applications? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
we are entering into the third generation of collective process management tooling which will focus on extending the benefits of software defined relationships for businesses of many different sizes. This generation of tooling, which will be led by the companies we currently label “blockchain” and “smart contract” companies, will leverage the economies of redundancy over data and data processing power which networks of peers can provide. This generation of software will emphasize the “Ecosystem” as the center of part of the universe.
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A Complex Predicament: How Our Energy, Economic and Ecological Systems are Connected

A Complex Predicament: How Our Energy, Economic and Ecological Systems are Connected | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
I am reposting, in their entirety, the ten articles I wrote that were published in SHIFT magazine (which is now on hiatus) between 2013 and 2015, since some of the links have changed and so that my blog contains the … Continue reading →...
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The secret history of ancient toilets

The secret history of ancient toilets | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In 1913, when Italian excavator Giacomo Boni excavated this room, toilets were an unmentionable topic. In his report, he seems to mistake the remains of the holey benches for something much more sensational: part of an elaborate mechanism that, he speculated, would have pumped water and provided power for the palace above. Boni's prudish sensibilities wouldn't let him recognize what was before his very eyes, says Jansen. “He couldn't imagine it was a toilet.”
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Prudish sensibilities can get in the way of valuable information. There is a history of plumbing that impacts health and traditions. With teenagers, this may be capture their imaginations and their interest. Every kid uses a toilet. This could be a way to get students interested in the knowledge and challenges of living in an ancient civilization. 
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What's the deal with eating avocado seeds? | Fox News

What's the deal with eating avocado seeds? | Fox News | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The research on avocado seed consumption is very limited. In the studies that do exist, scientists conclude that additional research needs to be done to determine whether it’s safe or beneficial to eat them. Additionally, the existing studies have focused on the potential benefits of avocado seed extracts, rather than the consumption of the seed itself, and they provide information only on lab testing, not on clinical data.
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Degrees that will make you rich

Degrees that will make you rich | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
STEM graduates earn more money and are more likely to land a job.

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The Lifesavers of Science - OpenMind

The Lifesavers of Science - OpenMind | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Great scientists have saved millions of lives throughout history. Find out who are the main "lifesavers" of science with OpenMind.
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OPINION: Economic Singularity will force big changes on the majority of people

OPINION: Economic Singularity will force big changes on the majority of people | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
People like Peter Diamandis are arguing that the future is a world of abundance and everyone will be able to live in material wealth with no shortages.
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Changing Ocean Conditions Affect Quality of Prey for Atlantic Salmon, Other Species

Changing Ocean Conditions Affect Quality of Prey for Atlantic Salmon, Other Species | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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Science tests for causality to separate it from correlation. It also refines understanding of systems in order to measure natural indicators. We know this from physician practice of measuring heart beats, blood pressure, temperature but by also checking ears, nose, and throat. Teachers can discuss how certain fish health can tell a great deal about the ocean's "health" as a system.
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