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Grow Up, Urban Farming: Aquaponics Takes on London | design affects

Grow Up, Urban Farming: Aquaponics Takes on London | design affects | IOT | Scoop.it

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It is bigger than the typical IOT thing but a fundamental building block. You can't eat Farmville produce afterall. These containers could revolutionise feeding urban and rural areas.

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Rick Passo's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:25 AM

http://www.designaffects.com/projects/grow-up-urban-farming-aquaponics-takes-on-london/

 

see more at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=707991295894232&set=a.400513903308641.116476.100000501040244&type=1&theater

 

Just changed my banner profile photo https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=707991295894232&set=a.400513903308641.116476.100000501040244&type=1&theater to reflect and emphasize how innovations which www.urbaform.org and its partners proposed almost 2 years ago to the downtown project are still as viable today as back then.  Here is a related story:  

http://inhabitat.com/growups-aquaponic-urban-farm-produces-sustainable-fish-and-vegetables-in-a-recycled-shipping-container/

 

Rick VanDiepen of www.greenchips.org talks about "legacy" projects.  This type of shipping container innovation not only would fit neatly into the shipping container theme of the downtown park which is under construction, it would uplift it with showcase innovation of global proportions at a very affordable price.  It would stimulate conversation and innovation involving urban ag STEM resources and could stimulate lots of needed jobs and sustainable, secure food resources locally too.  It could be part of larger urban indoor agriculture which could emerge in downtown Las Vegas. 

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Making fuel from bacteria: Genetically-modified cyanobacteria could be more efficient than ethanol - KTH (2013)

Making fuel from bacteria: Genetically-modified cyanobacteria could be more efficient than ethanol - KTH (2013) | IOT | Scoop.it

In the search for the fuels of tomorrow... researchers are finding inspiration in the sea. Not in offshore oil wells, but in the water where blue-green algae thrive. The building blocks of blue-green algae – sunlight, carbon dioxide and bacteria – are being used by researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm to produce butanol, a hydrocarbon-like fuel for motor vehicles.

 

The advantage of butanol is that the raw materials are abundant and renewable, and production has the potential to be 20 times more efficient than making ethanol from corn and sugar cane. Using genetically-modified cyanobacteria, the team linked butanol production to the algae’s natural metabolism... 

 

A bacterium that produces cheap fuel by sunlight and carbon dioxide could change the world... “One of the problems with biofuels we have today, that is, corn ethanol, is that the price of corn rises slowly while jumping up and down all the time and it is quite unpredictable... In addition, there is limited arable land and corn ethanol production is also influenced by the price of oil, since corn requires transport. Fuel based on cyanobacteria requires very little ground space to be prepared. And the availability of raw materials - sunlight, carbon dioxide and seawater - is in principle infinite” ... some cyanobacteria also able to extract nitrogen from the air and thus do not need any fertilizer... 


Via Alexander J. Stein
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The beauty of butanol is that the raw materials are abundant and renewable, and production has the potential to be 20 times more efficient than for ethanol

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When machines take over: Our hyperconnected world

When machines take over: Our hyperconnected world | IOT | Scoop.it
The new Davos buzzword? Hyperconnectivity. Our lives are becoming even more intertwined with devices.

Via Fred Thiel
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task and information overload have been with us for a while so I suppose the is the inevitable consequence.

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Fred Thiel's curator insight, January 26, 10:47 PM

Davos takes on IoT and M2M

Bill Miller's curator insight, January 27, 9:42 AM

Trending........"ou=r lives are becoming even more intertwined with devices."

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Meta's 3D glasses meld aviators with 'Minority Report'

Meta's 3D glasses meld aviators with 'Minority Report' | IOT | Scoop.it
Augmented reality glasses manufactuer meta has revealed its first consumer-ready product, the $3,000 metaPro

Via Mushin
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Head up dispalys and a white board stuck to your face. Nice.

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Mushin's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:10 PM

wanna try this one and see if it holds its promise

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Record growth in Bluetooth Smart devices announced - M2M Now

Record growth in Bluetooth Smart devices announced - M2M Now | IOT | Scoop.it
Record growth in Bluetooth Smart devices announced - M2M Now – Global machine to machine news and expert opinions on the M2M industry

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IOB - Internet of Bluetooth. It is a smart bet that it is a key driver.

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Internet of Things infographic offers some clues on trends in healthcare

Internet of Things infographic offers some clues on trends in healthcare | IOT | Scoop.it
A Stained Glass Labs infographic looks at the Internet of Things/Wearable Technology sector, and offers some clues on trends in healthcare.

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Is this looking glass more realistic or an underestimate?

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Jürgen Anke's curator insight, November 5, 2013 3:48 PM

Infographic on the Internet of Things with special regard to wearable devices.

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Opinion: Give every health worker in Africa a bike

Opinion: Give every health worker in Africa a bike | IOT | Scoop.it
Andrea and Barry Coleman: With reliable transport in Africa, we can end deaths from the preventable diseases.
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And make them trackable too. If we combine with UAV delivery capabilities we can optimise logistics.

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Lantronix XPort Pro Lx6 is a Tiny Embedded Linux Server Fitted into an RJ45 Connector

Lantronix XPort Pro Lx6 is a Tiny Embedded Linux Server Fitted into an RJ45 Connector | IOT | Scoop.it

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Socket and Play? A whole new concept ;)

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Here's why 2014 will be the year of the 'Internet of things'

Here's why 2014 will be the year of the 'Internet of things' | IOT | Scoop.it
As the Internet of things picks up speed, connectivity and vast cloud resources will be important, and so will analytics tools.

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2014: Sensors, distributed computing and connectivity will come together to make easy data transformation and transparency more accessible.

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Use of an aquaponics fish tank in crop farming | Backyard AquaponicsBackyard Aquaponics

Use of an aquaponics fish tank in crop farming | Backyard AquaponicsBackyard Aquaponics | IOT | Scoop.it
Want to setup your own aquaponics fish tank? Here are some of the things you need to know to successfully build your own aquaponic system.

Via Aquaculturedirectory
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Down to fertiliser common sense if you want to start aquaponics.

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ECF: Berlin's First Aquaponic Container Farm

ECF: Berlin's First Aquaponic Container Farm | IOT | Scoop.it
Aquaponics has been used around the world in different forms for centuries, but its employment in commercial farming enterprises is relatively recent. In this system, fish and plants are paired together in a symbiotic ...

Via Japan Aquaponics
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SmartFarms for urban and rural areas make a lot of sense to create community focus around production and consumption. This will also increase recycling of water and waste products along with power production. 

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Japan Aquaponics's curator insight, July 24, 2013 3:34 PM

Aother container farm system!

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Smart-tooth sensor could tell you when you're eating too much - The Independent

Smart-tooth sensor could tell you when you're eating too much - The Independent | IOT | Scoop.it
The Independent Smart-tooth sensor could tell you when you're eating too much The Independent Developed by a team of Taiwanese scientists who released their paper under the snappy title of 'Sensor-Embedded Teeth for Oral Activity Recognition', the...
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The Sweet Tooth is now a Smart Tooth. It is so obvious to use a tooth as a sensor platform. It would also be able to tell if the bacteria levels where to high and annoy you into flossing ;)

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News America Marketing Launches RFID-enabled Signs - RFID Journal

News America Marketing Launches RFID-enabled Signs - RFID Journal | IOT | Scoop.it
The provider of SmartSource advertising services is installing the solution using Thinaire NFC-based technology for in-store promotional displays, to deliver video, recipes and social-networking links to consumers.
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Well it is interesting to see that there is a QR code there as well. Would be interesting to se if there was a tap feature to enhance the dynamic of the transaction like the one from Blendology.

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Airborne Sense and Avoid Radars for RPAs - Defense Update

Airborne Sense and Avoid Radars for RPAs - Defense Update | IOT | Scoop.it
Defense Update
Airborne Sense and Avoid Radars for RPAs
Defense Update
Airborne Sense and Avoid Radars for RPAs. Posted by Tamir Eshel. Email this page. ITT Exelis displayed the airborne sense-and-avoid radar it is developing for the U.S.
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An important part of the jigsaw puzzle if we are to get UAS into the flight paths of all aircraft.

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Cost-saving measure to upgrade ethanol to butanol -- a better alternative to gasoline

Cost-saving measure to upgrade ethanol to butanol -- a better alternative to gasoline | IOT | Scoop.it
New Orleans LA (SPX) Apr 15, 2013 - Scientists have reported a discovery that could speed an emerging effort to replace ethanol in gasoline with a substantially better fuel additive called butanol, which some experts regard as the ga...

Via SustainOurEarth
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Ethanol should be the domain of the beverage industry not fuel and that is were butanol fits in

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UAV Sense-and-Avoid Tests Successful - Aviation International News

UAV Sense-and-Avoid Tests Successful - Aviation International News | IOT | Scoop.it
UAV Sense-and-Avoid Tests Successful Aviation International News UAV manufacturer General Atomics says it has successfully tested sense-and-avoid architecture and self-separation functionality that could be the key to keeping piloted aircraft and...

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If you can sense and avoid an aircraft what is stop other inconvenient bumps, scrapes and collisions.

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A Pill That Tracks Your Health? The Reality Of The ‘Quantified Self' Movement

A Pill That Tracks Your Health? The Reality Of The ‘Quantified Self' Movement | IOT | Scoop.it
Microsensors in your shoes compile data on where you go and what you do. Your workout clothes track your daily progress at the gym and tell you when to slow down or speed up. And as you sleep, a headband monitors your REM patterns.

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Quantified self with wearables and pills that give us feedback and advise on what to do when and why.

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In the Internet of Everything, “Everything” Includes YOU

In the Internet of Everything, “Everything” Includes YOU | IOT | Scoop.it
You wake up feeling rested thanks to systems that “know” the best temperatures and lighting for your personal sleep patterns. While brushing your teeth, a

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IOT adapting to you and your needs.

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A New Alliance Will Let "Internet Of Things" Devices Talk To Each Other

A New Alliance Will Let "Internet Of Things" Devices Talk To Each Other | IOT | Scoop.it
The Linux Foundation is taking over from Qualcomm to establish a standard that lets Internet of Things devices chat.

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Talking, chatting, gossiping devices promises of interoperability.

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$89 LOGi Development Boards Add FPGA and Arduino Headers to the Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black (Crowdfunding)

$89 LOGi Development Boards Add FPGA and Arduino Headers to the Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black (Crowdfunding) | IOT | Scoop.it

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A shield worth looking at.

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Parcel pickup and delivery to the door

Parcel pickup and delivery to the door | IOT | Scoop.it
The world's biggest online retailer Amazon is testing an idea to have drones deliver parcels within half an hour. While Amazon says the Jetson's inspired idea will fly, an Aussie start up is trying to beat them to it.

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Anything for a bit of publicity ;)

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In Aquaponics, Texas Cattle Ranchers Find Solution to Drought and Time

In Aquaponics, Texas Cattle Ranchers Find Solution to Drought and Time | IOT | Scoop.it
Cattle farming is just about as far apart from aquaponics as you can get, but for one family in Devine, TX, the switch from one to the other was the logical choice. “We wanted to utilize ...

Via Japan Aquaponics
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Inspiring article for anyone considering Aquaponics. I think it is a revolution in the making a rediscovering our past were the village pond with carp was the primary source of protein.

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Grow Up, Urban Farming: Aquaponics Takes on London | design affects

Grow Up, Urban Farming: Aquaponics Takes on London | design affects | IOT | Scoop.it

Via Rick Passo
Marcus Taylor's insight:

It is bigger than the typical IOT thing but a fundamental building block. You can't eat Farmville produce afterall. These containers could revolutionise feeding urban and rural areas.

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Rick Passo's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:25 AM

http://www.designaffects.com/projects/grow-up-urban-farming-aquaponics-takes-on-london/

 

see more at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=707991295894232&set=a.400513903308641.116476.100000501040244&type=1&theater

 

Just changed my banner profile photo https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=707991295894232&set=a.400513903308641.116476.100000501040244&type=1&theater to reflect and emphasize how innovations which www.urbaform.org and its partners proposed almost 2 years ago to the downtown project are still as viable today as back then.  Here is a related story:  

http://inhabitat.com/growups-aquaponic-urban-farm-produces-sustainable-fish-and-vegetables-in-a-recycled-shipping-container/

 

Rick VanDiepen of www.greenchips.org talks about "legacy" projects.  This type of shipping container innovation not only would fit neatly into the shipping container theme of the downtown park which is under construction, it would uplift it with showcase innovation of global proportions at a very affordable price.  It would stimulate conversation and innovation involving urban ag STEM resources and could stimulate lots of needed jobs and sustainable, secure food resources locally too.  It could be part of larger urban indoor agriculture which could emerge in downtown Las Vegas. 

Rick Passo's comment, July 22, 2013 8:28 AM
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Bionic fashion: Wearable tech that will turn man into machine by 2015

Bionic fashion: Wearable tech that will turn man into machine by 2015 | IOT | Scoop.it
Google Glass, vacuum shoes, shark-proof wetsuits and more. We imagine a day in the life of a wearable technology user in the year 2015.
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Wearable IOT is going to accelerate as we move to the end of this decade. Digital jewelery and clothing will become the norm not just for novelty but also for health and safety.

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Sensing individual biomolecules with optical sensors inside nanoboxes

Sensing individual biomolecules with optical sensors inside nanoboxes | IOT | Scoop.it

A single cell in our body is composed of thousands of millions of different biomolecules that work together in an extremely well-coordinated way. Likewise, many biological and biochemical reactions occur only if molecules are present at very high concentrations. Understanding how all these molecules interact with each other is key to advancing our knowledge in molecular and cell biology. This knowledge is of central and fundamental importance in the quest for the detection of the earliest stages of many human diseases. As such, one of ultimate goals in Life Sciences and Biotechnology is to observe how individual molecules work and interact with each other in these very crowded environments. Unfortunately, detecting one molecule amongst millions of neighbouring molecules has been technically impossible until now. The key to successfully detecting the single molecule lies in the conception and production of a working device that shrinks the observation region to a tiny size that is comparable to the size of the molecule itself, i.e. only a few nanometres.

 

Researchers at the Fresnel Institute in Marseille and ICFO-the Institute for Photonic Sciences in Barcelona report in Nature Nanotechnology the design and fabrication of the smallest optical device, capable of detecting and sensing individual biomolecules at concentrations that are similar to those found in the cellular context. The device called "antenna-in-a-box" consists on a tiny dimer antenna made out of two gold semi-spheres, separated from each other by a gap as small as 15nm. Light sent to this antenna is enormously amplified in the gap region where the actual detection of the biomolecule of interest occurs. Because amplification of the light is confined to the dimensions of the gap, only molecules present in this tiny region are detected. A second trick that the researchers used to make this device work was to embed the dimer antennas inside boxes also of nanometric dimensions. "The box screens out the unwanted "noise" of millions of other surrounding molecules, reducing the background and improving as a whole the detection of individual biomolecules.", explains Jerome Wenger from Fresnel Institute. When tested under different sample concentrations, this novel antenna-in-box device allowed for 1100-fold fluorescence brightness enhancement together with detection volumes down to 58 zeptoliters (1 zL = 10E-21L), i.e., the smallest observation volume in the world.

 

The antenna-in-a-box offers a highly efficient platform for performing a multitude of nanoscale biochemical assessments with single molecule sensitivity at physiological conditions. It could be used for ultrasensitive sensing of minute amounts of molecules, becoming an excellent early diagnosis device for biosensing of many disease markers. "It can also be used as an ultra-bright optical nanosource to illuminate molecular processes in living cells and ultimately visualize how individual biomolecules interact with each other. This brings us closer to the long awaited dream of biologists", concludes ICFO researcher Prof. Maria Garcia-Parajo.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Official AndreasCY
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This antenna-in-box is amazing stuff. I had never heard of a zeptoliter before. It will allow us to peer into cells and get feedback on treatments.

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A future of phones, wearable computers and embedded sensors

A future of phones, wearable computers and embedded sensors | IOT | Scoop.it
Leading tech companies believe that Google Glass is simply the beginning and that while the smartphone will continue to remain central to consumers' digital lives, we could all soon be carrying devices inside our bodies.
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