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The Race at the bottom - accelerating nano 3D printing: Jan Torgersen at TEDxVienna

The Race at the bottom - accelerating nano 3D printing: Jan Torgersen at TEDxVienna | leapmind | Scoop.it
After his studies in mechanical engineering at the Vienna University of Technology, Jan Torgersen started his phd work at the Insitute of Materials Science and Technology.
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Intel Demos "Perceptual Computing": Gestures, Voice, Facial-Rec Coming To Your PC Soon | TechnoBuffalo

Intel Demos "Perceptual Computing": Gestures, Voice, Facial-Rec Coming To Your PC Soon | TechnoBuffalo | leapmind | Scoop.it
Intel demos perceptual computing at CES 2013, notably a Leap Motion-competitive feature that uses mid-air gesture controls.
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Geeks Are the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties

Geeks Are the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties | leapmind | Scoop.it
Recent events have highlighted the fact that hackers, coders, and geeks are behind a vibrant political culture.
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3-D printing breakthrough with human embryonic stem cells

3-D printing breakthrough with human embryonic stem cells | leapmind | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from Scotland has used a novel 3-D printing technique to arrange human embryonic stem cells for the very first time.
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How can you tell if you are suffering from Future Shock?

How can you tell if you are suffering from Future Shock? | leapmind | Scoop.it
It's been four decades since futurists Alvin and Heidi Toffler predicted a wave of "future shock," the sensation of panic and unease that happens when people are "overwhelmed by change." And, depending on who you talk to you, we're either in the...
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AT&T Brings Online Ad Targeting Tactics to TV Commercials | MIT Technology Review

AT&T Brings Online Ad Targeting Tactics to TV Commercials | MIT Technology Review | leapmind | Scoop.it
Experiments suggest that monitoring viewer behavior via set-top boxes could help make TV commercials much more effective.
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IBM Creates a New Way to Make Faster and Smaller Transistors | MIT Technology Review

IBM Creates a New Way to Make Faster and Smaller Transistors | MIT Technology Review | leapmind | Scoop.it
IBM creates a new way to make faster and smaller transistors.
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New Mexico Utility Agrees To Purchase Solar Power At A Lower Price Than Coal

New Mexico Utility Agrees To Purchase Solar Power At A Lower Price Than Coal | leapmind | Scoop.it
The economic viability of solar power is advancing rapidly. It’s actually already more than competitive within certain markets, and the price of solar panels saw a precipitous decline over the last four years.
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Building a Lunar Base with 3D Printing | ZeitNews

Building a Lunar Base with 3D Printing | ZeitNews | leapmind | Scoop.it
“Terrestrial 3D printing technology has produced entire structures,” said Laurent Pambaguian, heading the project for ESA.
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Cyborg Possibilities – The Torso and Skin (Part 2) - Transhumanity.net

Cyborg Possibilities – The Torso and Skin (Part 2) - Transhumanity.net | leapmind | Scoop.it
See Part One here. This essay was originally posted in John Niman’s blog - Boydfuturist. That blog entry is located HERE.  Returning to our Deus Ex graphic, the next three categories are the torso, back, and skin.
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The Case for Using Drugs to Enhance Our Relationships (and Our Break-Ups)

The Case for Using Drugs to Enhance Our Relationships (and Our Break-Ups) | leapmind | Scoop.it
A philosopher argues that taking love-altering substances might not just be a good idea, but a moral obligation

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George Bernard Shaw once satirized marriage as "two people under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, who are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part." 

Yikes. And yet, nearly all human cultures value some version of marriage, as a nurturing emotional foundation for children, but also because marriage can give life an extra dimension of meaning. But marriage is hard, for biochemical reasons that may be beyond our control.  What if we could take drugs to get better at love?  Perhaps we could design "love drugs," pharmaceutical cocktails that could boost affection between partners, whisking them back to the exquisite set of pleasures that colored their first years together. The ability to do this kind of fine-tuned emotional engineering is beyond the power of current science, but there is a growing field of research devoted to it. Some have even suggested developing "anti-love drugs" that could dissolve abusive relationships, or reduce someone's attachment to a charismatic cult leader. Others just want a pill to ease the pain of a wrenching breakup.  Evolutionary biologists tell us that we owe the singular bundle of feelings we call "love" to natural selection. As human brains grew larger and larger, the story goes, children needed more and more time to develop into adults that could fend for themselves. A child with two parents around was privy to extra resources and protection, and thus stood a better chance of reaching maturity. The longer parents' chemical reward systems kept them in love, the more children they could shepherd to reproductive age. That's why the neural structures that form love bonds between couples were so strongly selected for. It's also why our relationships seem to come equipped with a set of invisible biochemical handrails: they're meant to support us through the inevitable trials that attend the creation of viable offspring. 


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Nasa’s ‘crazy’ robot lab

Nasa’s ‘crazy’ robot lab | leapmind | Scoop.it
Inside a laboratory in California, space engineers are designing a new generation of rover... and they look like nothing you have seen before.
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Facebook unfriending has real life consequences | Machines Like Us

Facebook unfriending has real life consequences | Machines Like Us | leapmind | Scoop.it
Unfriending someone on Facebook may be as easy as clicking a button, but a new study from the University of Colorado Denver shows the repercussions often reach far beyond cyberspace.
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Experimental therapy crosses blood-brain barrier to treat neurological disease

Experimental therapy crosses blood-brain barrier to treat neurological disease | leapmind | Scoop.it
Researchers have overcome a major challenge to treating brain diseases by engineering an experimental molecular therapy that crosses the blood-brain barrier to reverse neurological lysosomal storage disease in mice.
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Nanotechnology medicine — from gene delivery to tissue targeting | PJ Online

Nanotechnology medicine — from gene delivery to tissue targeting | PJ Online | leapmind | Scoop.it
There is no question that nanotechnology will become increasingly more important in the future of medicine. Hamde Nazar describes some exciting developments
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Gene variants found to affect human lifespan

Gene variants found to affect human lifespan | leapmind | Scoop.it
By broadly comparing the DNA of children to that of elderly people, gene researchers have identified copy number variations that influence lifespan. Some of the variants raise disease risk, while others provide protection from disease.
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DIY & Grinding: Get In Here! - Transhumanism is a Verb, not a Club - Transhumanity.net

DIY & Grinding: Get In Here! - Transhumanism is a Verb, not a Club - Transhumanity.net | leapmind | Scoop.it
info: 1. Transhumanism is a verb. 2. Transcendence is a human right. 3. Technology relevant to that right will be laid bare for all to see. 4. Anon science is the way of the transhuman future. 5. Nobody is coming to save you.
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Make way for the internet of things - The Guardian (blog)

Make way for the internet of things - The Guardian (blog) | leapmind | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog) Make way for the internet of things The Guardian (blog) Talk about the internet of things featured strongly at the Consumer Electronic Show 2013 (CES) and Forbes magazine has recently predicted that the technology will...
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Scientists develop new materials for board-level photonics

Scientists develop new materials for board-level photonics | leapmind | Scoop.it
Today at the Photonics West conference, Dow Corning and IBM scientists unveiled a major step in photonics, using a new type of polymer material to transmit light instead of electrical signals within supercomputers and data centers.
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Peter Diamandis Says Enterprises Must Crowdsource to Compete - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Peter Diamandis Says Enterprises Must Crowdsource to Compete - Wall Street Journal (blog) | leapmind | Scoop.it
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Peter Diamandis Says Enterprises Must Crowdsource to Compete
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But big businesses aren't using crowdsourcing enough, said Mr.
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Wiring a smartphone into your muscles for mobile, low-power force feedback | ExtremeTech

Wiring a smartphone into your muscles for mobile, low-power force feedback | ExtremeTech | leapmind | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany have found an intriguing and rather unpleasant solution for force feedback in mobile devices: Connecting your smartphone directly to the muscles in your arm with some electrodes, and then...
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Half-ounce surveillance drones taking flight with British soldiers in Afghanistan

Half-ounce surveillance drones taking flight with British soldiers in Afghanistan | leapmind | Scoop.it
British soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are being given tiny drones that could make surveillance in combat even easier. The BBC reports that the UK Ministry of Defense has purchased 160 Black...
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33rd Square | The Brain's Visual Perception Areas Mapped In Breakthrough Study

33rd Square | The Brain's Visual Perception Areas Mapped In Breakthrough Study | leapmind | Scoop.it
Using a combination of modern brain scanning technology along with magnetic neuro-stimulation techniques, A pioneering new study led by scientists at the Universities of York and Bradford has identified the two areas of the brain responsible for...
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This guy just got angel money to build a permanent colony on Mars

This guy just got angel money to build a permanent colony on Mars | leapmind | Scoop.it
We have for some time been following the fascinating tale of Mars One, a private-sector mission to put humans on Mars -- and leave them there, no round-trip ticket, to build a new civilization. The...
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