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Kazakhstan: Earth's first city of the future is coming in 2017 and it looks awesome | Gizmodo.com

Kazakhstan: Earth's first city of the future is coming in 2017 and it looks awesome | Gizmodo.com | Futurology | Scoop.it

In 2017, the capital of Kazakhstan will look like the set of an utopian sci-fi movie, which seems appropriate considering this is the place from where the Soviet Union conquered space. A titanic new capital will rise by the old city, powered by sun and wind. Move over Dubai. Your cliché New York-wannabe skyline is the past. This is the real future.

 

After several months of debate, officials in Kazakhstan's capital city of Astana have chosen a final design for the massive site that will host the World EXPO 2017. The sprawling, wind- and sun-powered neighborhood was designed by Chicago architects Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the designers of Kingdom Tower—the forthcoming world's tallest building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

 

According to the chairman of the company that's heading up the EXPO 2017, Smith + Gill's design "will embody the five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution." If that phrase sounds familiar, that's because it's borrowed from Jeremy Rifkin, economist and author of the popular 2011 book The Third Industrial Revolution, which outlines a theory of a shared clean energy grid that will transform culture and production. The reference is intentional—Rifkin has become an important figure in planning the future of Astana, a massive new city on the steppe that was built with oil money after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

 

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On the Front Lines of Hawaii's GMO War | Truth-Out.org

On the Front Lines of Hawaii's GMO War | Truth-Out.org | Futurology | Scoop.it

Malia Chun lives just blocks away from the beach on the western shores of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. On a sunny November morning, local activist Josh Mori drives Chun and I down the beach in his truck. Children are surfing and swimming in the waves as fisherman wait for a tug on their lines. Hawaiian beaches are known for their sparking blue waters, but Chun worries that the water lapping on the beach in her small town of Kekaha is polluted.

 

The nearby residential neighborhood is a "homestead" area that is reserved for people of native Hawaiian heritage and boasts one of the highest numbers of native speakers of any neighborhood in the state. Chun calls the homestead "a gem." She runs a cultural enrichment program for native Hawaiian students at a local community college, and she moved with her two daughters, ages 7 and 11, to the homestead community six years ago. As we ride past the men and their fishing poles, Chun explains that some locals are subsistence fishermen and their families rely on what they catch. Chun says there are rumors among fisherman that the offshore reef, a crucial habitat for fish, is dying.

 

Mori stops the truck near two chain link fences separating the beach from sandy lots full of equipment and storage containers. Facilities operated by the international agrichemical firms Syngenta and DuPont-Pioneer run right up to the beach, where the stretch of sand occupied by the swimmers and fisherman is split by an irrigation ditch that stretches back toward the agricultural fields near Chun's neighborhood. The biotech giants BASF and Dow also operate in the area, and Monsanto has facilities elsewhere in the state. On Kauai, the four companies take advantage of The Garden Island's three growing seasons to develop and produce varieties of seeds that are bred or genetically engineered to resist pests and pesticides and increase yields.

 

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It's like a precursor to "The Windup Girl".

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ERKUTLU SCIENCE CENTER: EEG and Arduino Do-it-yourself EEG, EKG, and EMG

ERKUTLU SCIENCE CENTER: EEG and Arduino Do-it-yourself EEG, EKG, and EMG | Futurology | Scoop.it
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Really cool article, but if you are going to take the time and effort to build all of this hardware, you can buy an isolation transformer for a few hundred dollars. This will help in not, you know, electrocuting anyone.

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Australia Spied On Japanese Companies To Help Its Industries Negotiate Trade Deals | Techdirt.com

Australia Spied On Japanese Companies To Help Its Industries Negotiate Trade Deals | Techdirt.com | Futurology | Scoop.it

As more information comes to light about the global snooping being conducted by the NSA and GCHQ, it is becoming clearer that much of it had little to do with combating terrorism, as a recent EFF article makes plain.

 

But most damaging to the idea that massive surveillance was justified, because it was to protect people from extreme threats, is the revelation that commercial espionage was also being conducted.

 

So far, the chief example of that is in Brazil, but The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) now has information about large-scale industrial spying on Japanese companies carried out by Australian secret services:

 

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How is this even news? With billions of dollars at stake everyone is spying on everyone. Anyone who has ever played a real time strategy game knows that money is power that allows you to exert your will. :)

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Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Industry Development Initiative - Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter

Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Industry Development Initiative - Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter | Futurology | Scoop.it
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BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) in Ontario.

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FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » Have we reached peak employment? 24 future industries that will lead to an era of super emplo...

FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » Have we reached peak employment? 24 future industries that will lead to an era of super emplo... | Futurology | Scoop.it
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Peak employment.... if, as so many futurists foresee, the average hours worked per week will plummet, how will people have extra disposable income to pay for their entertainment during this new leisure time? (and why have so many of us averaged a 50-55 hour work week for the last 20 years, not including commuting time? Is this "peak" hours?)

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RealView First To Present Fully Working Mid-Air Holography Stations

RealView First To Present Fully Working Mid-Air Holography Stations | Futurology | Scoop.it
RealView recently announced that they are first with presenting a true mid-air interactive holography station that is aimed for the medical industry.

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So many applications; education, manufacturing engineering, gaming/entertainment... 

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There are many convincing arguments in favour of a Citizen’s Income

There are many convincing arguments in favour of a Citizen’s Income | Futurology | Scoop.it
Malcolm Torry discusses a new book that argues for a Universal Basic Income, or as it is termed here, a Citizen's Income. He discusses the different approaches the book uses in arguing for the poli...

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Skill shortage threatens Canada's renewable energy industry

Skill shortage threatens Canada's renewable energy industry | Futurology | Scoop.it
The risk of skill shortages threatens to limit renewable energy expansion in Canada, according to research from Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC).
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Renewable Energy Patents Booming | CleanTechnica

Renewable Energy Patents Booming | CleanTechnica | Futurology | Scoop.it
renewable energy patents The number of patents issued for renewable-energy technologies has risen sharply over the last decade, according to new research from MIT and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI). The study shows that ...
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Arduino creator explains why open source matters in hardware, too | CyberPunk News

Arduino creator explains why open source matters in hardware, too | CyberPunk News | Futurology | Scoop.it
Ars conducts a Q&A with Massimo Banzi as Arduino's rise continues.Most of the technology world is familiar with open source software and the reasons why, in some eyes, it's more appealing than proprietary software.

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PostHuman: A Video Series on Transhumanism

Where philosophy meets technology – there’s transhumanism. We investigate some of the most fascinating and urgent ideas around today.

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inFORM - Interacting With a Dynamic Shape Display

inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also in...
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Future applications.... Battlefield medicine? Remote surgery? Fixing a Mars Rover from Earth?

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This Is What Happens When a Country Confronts the Hidden Costs of Nuclear ... - Slate Magazine (blog)

This Is What Happens When a Country Confronts the Hidden Costs of Nuclear ... - Slate Magazine (blog) | Futurology | Scoop.it
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Genetically Modified or Organic Farming: Which Will Sustain a ...

Genetically Modified or Organic Farming: Which Will Sustain a ... | Futurology | Scoop.it
In a place where population growth is moving incredibly fast, added pressure on farmers in India in the wake of crushing debt and failed crops calls for a new agricultural approach. Genetic modification and organic farming ...
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Humans have long interfered with ecosystems with unintended results. Think Australian erosion due to introducing rabbits, Africanized bees, etc...

 

How can we determine that genetic modification of foods won't produce unintended blights, viruses, poisons?

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Google's Niantic Labs to launch massive augmented reality game on Dec. 14

Google's Niantic Labs to launch massive augmented reality game on Dec. 14 | Futurology | Scoop.it
The augmented-reality, mobile-only Ingress will formally launch on Dec. 14. People are already playing it in more than 200 countries.

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Thinking Utopian: How about a universal basic income?

Thinking Utopian: How about a universal basic income? | Futurology | Scoop.it

In light of the recent Oregon Medicaid study, severalpeoplehave discussed the idea of taking parts of the social insurance system and replacing them with cash benefits. This naturally brings up the debate about whether it should be a policy goal for the United States to adopt a universal basic income (UBI). These poverty-level targeted incomes are universal and unconditional, so everyone would get them regardless of their income, status or work participation. Wonkblog’s Dylan Matthews wrote an overview of universal basic incomes and some proposals for such a system last year.


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Transhuman: Titus Nachbauer's Short Doc on Transhumanism

Transhuman: Titus Nachbauer's Short Doc on Transhumanism | Futurology | Scoop.it
Transhuman: Do you want to live forever? is Titus Nachbauer's short doc about transhumanism. Come check out the full film on SingularityWeblog.com.
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Good vibrations lead to efficient excitations in hybrid solar cells | GizMag.com

Good vibrations lead to efficient excitations in hybrid solar cells | GizMag.com | Futurology | Scoop.it

Increasing the efficiency of a hybrid solar cell simply by placing it near a source of ambient noise or vibration would be a boon for photovoltaics in urban areas, in the military, or on machinery or transportation. Hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells are already a tempting option over silicon because of their lower cost, but they suffer from their own drawbacks of efficiency. However, new research demonstrates that the piezoelectric qualities of the cells' inorganic layer can be used to boost the overall efficiency of hybrid systems, which is promising for wherever sound and sun are together.

 

Piezoelectric materials generate electricity when exposed to vibrations, sound, and even touch. While it’s known that the zinc oxide (ZnO) nanotubes studied in this research have piezoelectric properties, few studies have addressed it. Additionally, focus has been on the electricity generated by the piezoelectric effect itself, a negligible percentage of the overall output, rather than how this layer interacts in its hybrid sandwich.

 

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