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Robots, Re-shoring and America’s Manufacturing Renaissance - Robotics Business Review

Robots, Re-shoring and America’s Manufacturing Renaissance - Robotics Business Review | leapmind | Scoop.it
With Euro financial chaos raging on, China’s industrial engines slowing, and BRIC countries feeling a decided fiscal drag, the U.S., even with its economic rebound still limping along, is looking more and more like a manufacturing renaissance is...
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H+ The Digital Series - YouTube

H+ The Digital Series - YouTube | leapmind | Scoop.it
New episodes every Wednesday at 12 pm PST. Don't miss an episode, subscribe today!

Check out the new interactive site at http://hplusdigitalseries.com for clues and more!
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Studies reveal new way to make superhydrophobic surfaces with better self-cleaning capabilities

Studies reveal new way to make superhydrophobic surfaces with better self-cleaning capabilities | leapmind | Scoop.it
Many plants and animals have textured surfaces on their body for manipulating water. Some textured surfaces are designed, for example, to improve adhesion, while others may enable the collection of water from fog in arid regions.
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How software already can emulate the brain (Jeff Hawkins on Artificial Intelligence)

ABOUT THE VIDEO Software can already reap benefits from emulating the brain, and a revolution in artificial intelligence (AI) is already underway. This video...
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Algorithm predicts your location in 24 hours with 20-metre accuracy (Wired UK)

Algorithm predicts your location in 24 hours with 20-metre accuracy (Wired UK) | leapmind | Scoop.it

A team from the University of Birmingham has won Nokia's Mobile Data Challenge with an algorithm that can predict where you'll be in 24 hours (Your future and you http://t.co/nofEUzX2...)...


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Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet: Solar-powered, hydrogen and electricity producing

Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet: Solar-powered, hydrogen and electricity producing | leapmind | Scoop.it

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has launched a search for a new toilet better suited to developing countries to help prevent disease and death. "Toilets are extremely important for public health, and the flush toilets we use in the wealthy world are irrelevant, impractical and impossible for 40 per cent of the global population, because they often don't have access to water, and sewers, electricity, and sewage treatment systems", Gates said.

 

The recently organized Toilet Fair was described as a swirl of about 200 inventors, designers, investors, partners and others passionate about creating safe, effective, and inexpensive waste management systems.

 

Universities from Britain, Canada, and the United States were awarded prizes in a competition launched a year ago challenging inventors to come up with a better toilet.

 

First place went to the California Institute of Technology for designing a solar-powered toilet that generates hydrogen gas and electricity.

 

Loughborough University came in second for a toilet that transforms waste into biological charcoal, minerals, and clean water.

Third place went to the University of Toronto for a toilet that sanitises human waste and recovers minerals and water.


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Immortality Will Arrive via Singularity, Nanotech, or Genetic Engineering - say 800+ Transhumanists

Immortality Will Arrive via Singularity, Nanotech, or Genetic Engineering - say 800+ Transhumanists | leapmind | Scoop.it
Three candidates mob the top post, with four other candidates trailing, according to Terasem Survey respondents.
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Prosthetic retina helps to restore sight in mice

Prosthetic retina helps to restore sight in mice | leapmind | Scoop.it
Scientists crack the code that tells the brain what the eye has seen.
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Welcome to the 2030s (Future Timeline Events 2030-2039)

The following video intends to show some of the major events to happen in the second next decade, by year (2030-2039) All material was gathered through youtu...
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33rd Square: Researchers To Add Arms To Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

33rd Square: Researchers To Add Arms To Unmanned Aerial Vehicles | leapmind | Scoop.it
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Controlling cellular function on nano surfaces

Controlling cellular function on nano surfaces | leapmind | Scoop.it
EU-funded researchers applied nano-engineering to the creation and control of biological interfaces with natural and novel synthetic functionalities. The ultimate goal is the steering of cell function for use in stem cell-related therapies.
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Quantified Self

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Quantified Self is a collaboration of users and tool makers who share an interest in self knowledge through self-tracking. We exchange information about our personal projects, the tools we use, tips we’ve gleaned, lessons we’ve learned. We blog, meet face to face, and collaborate online...

[Thanks to David Clausen http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2012/03/the-personal-analytics-of-my-life/comment-page-1/#comment-1941 ]


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Nature News Blog: Hot stuff: CERN physicists create record-breaking subatomic soup : Nature News Blog

Nature News Blog: Hot stuff: CERN physicists create record-breaking subatomic soup : Nature News Blog | leapmind | Scoop.it
Get Guinness.Physicists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider have achieved the hottest manmade temperatures ever, by colliding lead ions to momentarily create a quark gluon plasma, a subatomic soup and unique state of matter that is thought to have existed...
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When Apple Comes Home, Thank a Robot - Robotics Business Review

When Apple Comes Home, Thank a Robot - Robotics Business Review | leapmind | Scoop.it
Rising wages and automation alone might make Apple move to India or Africa, but not re-shore itself stateside. The robot, however, holds the automation key.
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Envisioning the smartphone of 2017

Envisioning the smartphone of 2017 | leapmind | Scoop.it

Without delving into the relative merits of Android vs iOS vs Windows Phone, it is fair to claim that in 2007, Apple kicked off the trend for touch-screen and app-based devices that has become the leading paradigm for mobile phones today.

Borrowing heavily from what used to be considered personal computer technology, packed in a device small enough to fit in your pocket, the contemporary smartphone is celebrating its fifth birthday in 2012 without much fanfare. The sector is a fundamental driver of technological innovation and has essentially all major players working hard to outpace one another in accelerating product cycles.

It is therefore fitting to look ahead another five years and attempt to predict what the average consumer-grade smartphone might be like in 2017.

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3D printed meat: It's what's for dinner

3D printed meat: It's what's for dinner | leapmind | Scoop.it
Peter Thiel's philanthropic foundation gives up to $350,000 to a company named Modern Meadow, which plans to use 3D bioprinting to create an 'edible prototype' that's a meat replacement. Read this blog post by Declan McCullagh on Cutting Edge.
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TedWomen: Amber Case on Cyborg Anthropology

Amber Case is a "cyborg anthropologist" studying how technology is affecting us, and how we in turn affect one another. Tweeting your lunch can have meaning.

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Waiting for the Internet of Things – DC Velocity

More than a decade ago, radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology pioneer Kevin Ashton coined the term "Internet of Things." The idea was that every item, product, or "thing" would have a unique identifier just as every computer does on the Internet. RF tags, of course, would provide the means by which these things could be tracked and identified.

 

For logistics managers, the Internet of Things would be a game changer. Among other benefits, it would make it possible to track the flow of goods into and out of a warehouse at the item level. Some retailers and consumer packaged goods manufacturers are already experimenting with item-level tracking. Nonetheless, it appears that the ability to track everything is still several years away.

 

Why? A recent report from Frost & Sullivan ("Analysis of the Active RFID and Sensor Networks Market") offers some insight into the barriers to making the Internet of Things a reality. One of the top challenges, it notes, is getting more companies to buy the type of tags necessary to make this possible. (...)

 

As for why users are shying away from active tags, there are a couple of reasons. First, there's the lack of common industry standards. While passive tags use data standards developed by the EPCglobal consortium, there's no such system in place for active tags. At the moment, makers of active tags use different technology protocols, such as Wi-Fi, Rubee, Zigbee, ultra wide band, infrared, and ultrasound. All of those protocols require different standards, hindering widescale adoption of the technology. (...)

 

Although a standard would hasten the adoption of active tags, there's still another obstacle—cost. Bhattacharya says a passive basic tag goes for $2 to $5 per unit,while an active tag costs between $10 and $15. And that's the low end of the range. If those tags are embedded with sensors and support multiple technologies, the cost of an active tag can top $100 per unit.

 

 


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How the Internet of Things could change Australian homes and businesses

Many of the barriers to adopting the Internet of Things in the home revolve around design issues. For example, Williams says a substantial amount of intelligence is required to enable alerts to be sent when the user wants to receive them – not when the events actually occur. (...)

 

The Internet of Things not only has potential in the home, but businesses could also benefit from it to find out what is happening in real time. For example, it could be used to track the exact location of parcels or drivers. (...)

 

Google has already made a move into this area, with the release in June this year of Google Maps Coordinate which allows businesses to track exactly where employees are located through Google Maps. (...)

 

There are numerous issues around privacy and security. For example, allowing a fridge to connect to the internet could create potential holes for hackers to get into personal networks. How readily consumers will accept these potential invasions of privacy remain to be seen, Williams says, but a tightening of online security will help.

 


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Posthuman: The Endgame?

Posthuman: The Endgame? | leapmind | Scoop.it
What does the word “post-human” actually mean? Of course, we’ll be merging with machines, but what’s the final product? Do we need focus? Is this worrisome?
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Medical Xpress: Scientists can now block heroin, morphine addiction; clinical trials possible within 18 months

Medical Xpress: Scientists can now block heroin, morphine addiction; clinical trials possible within 18 months | leapmind | Scoop.it
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A Startup Asks: Why Can't You Resell Old Digital Songs? - Technology Review

A Startup Asks: Why Can't You Resell Old Digital Songs? - Technology Review | leapmind | Scoop.it
ReDigi has technology that helps transfer ownership of digital media—but it's already being sued by the record industry.
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Welcome to the 2020s (Future Timeline Events 2020-2029)

The following video intends to show some of the major events to happen in the following decade, by year (2020-2029) All material was gathered through youtube...
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Khan Academy Launches The Future of Computer Science Education | TechCrunch

Khan Academy Launches The Future of Computer Science Education | TechCrunch | leapmind | Scoop.it
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The Matrix reality: Scientists successfully implant artificial memory system | SmartPlanet

The Matrix reality: Scientists successfully implant artificial memory system | SmartPlanet | leapmind | Scoop.it
It seems the sci-fi industry has done it again.
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