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The Fat Trap

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In the battle to lose weight, and keep it off, our bodies are fighting against us.

 

This is a great article that reports on some of the more recent studies on loosing weight. Pretty much all the standard "solutions" are out of touch with the reality that the body will fight hard to gain back lost weight.

 

We are going to need real science based pharmacological / genetic techniques to help folks who are already over-weight find a permanent solution. Diet and exercise can prevent obesity, but in reality can not permanently reverse it for most people.

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Making Solar Power Competitive with Coal - Technology Review

Making Solar Power Competitive with Coal - Technology Review | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
A study identifies early-stage technologies that could be combined to cut the cost of solar panels in half.
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The coming medical revolution. We need HYPERINNOVATION to fix Health Care Crisis

The coming medical revolution. We need HYPERINNOVATION to fix Health Care Crisis | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

Technology has the potential to transform our concept of sickness.

 

There’s nothing in the 2,000-plus page [Healthcare] bill that gets into this kind of hyper innovative individual medicine, biosensor leveraging, genome and all these sorts of things – it doesn’t really show up.

 

But it is a great opportunity to make medicine and healthcare more affordable. For example, it’s estimated that about a third of the $350 billion spent a year on prescriptions is a total waste. So there’s a great opportunity there, with gene-specific drugs.

 

If we do the 20 million echocardiograms, and almost as many abdominal and fetal ultrasounds, for free with ultrasound pocket devices, there are billions of dollar we could save there.

 

With sensors, if we could get tens of millions of people in this country to manage or prevent their diabetes that could have enormous financial implications.

 

And it’s the same for high blood pressure: 50 percent of people with high blood pressure do not have it adequately managed, so they’re vulnerable for strokes and heart attacks.

 

If we can manage it with a simple cellphone sensor, that would be an enormous potential to lower costs for stroke disabilities, heart attack, heart failure, all those sorts of things.

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MoNETA: A Mind Made from Memristors - IEEE Spectrum

MoNETA: A Mind Made from Memristors - IEEE Spectrum | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
DARPA's new memristor-based approach to AI consists of a chip that mimics how neurons process information...

 

MoNETA will be a general-purpose mammalian-type intelligence, an artificial, generic creature known as an animat. With the DARPA hardware, we think we will be able to fit this level of intelligence into a shoebox.


The key feature distinguishing MoNETA from other AIs is that it won't have to be explicitly programmed. We are engineering MoNETA to be as adaptable and efficient as a mammal's brain. We intend to set it loose on a variety of situations, and it will learn dynamically.

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U.S. Copyright Czar Cozied Up to Content Industry, E-Mails Show

U.S. Copyright Czar Cozied Up to Content Industry, E-Mails Show | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

Top-ranking Obama administration officials, including the U.S. copyright czar, played an active role in secret negotiations between Hollywood, the recording industry and ISPs to disrupt internet access for users suspected of violating copyright law, according to internal White House e-mails.

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SARTRE project completes first successful on-road demo of multiple vehicle platooning

SARTRE project completes first successful on-road demo of multiple vehicle platooning | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

The Safe Road Trains for the Environment project completed the first successful test of a multiple vehicle platoon.

 

The test fleet included a lead truck followed by three cars driven entirely autonomously at speeds of up to 90 km/h (56 mph), with no more than a 6-meter (20-foot) gap between the vehicles.

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CPU Startup Combines CPU+DRAM into a hot multi-core mini-beast

CPU Startup Combines CPU+DRAM into a hot multi-core mini-beast | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
The CPU design firm Venray Technology announced a new product design this week that it claims can deliver enormous performance benefits by combining CPU and DRAM on to a single piece of silicon.
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Photosynthesis Fuel Company Gets Funding, microbes to turn C02, H20 & Sunlight into cheap ethanol or disel

Photosynthesis Fuel Company Gets Funding, microbes to turn C02, H20 & Sunlight into cheap ethanol or disel | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Joule Unlimited will build a production plant for turning sunlight and CO2 into liquid fuels.

 

The company claims that its genetically engineered bacteria will eventually be able to produce ethanol for as little as $1.23 a gallon or diesel fuel for $1.19 a gallon, less than half the current cost of both fossil fuels and existing biofuels

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Anti Aging – Life Extension – Longevity | Personalized Life Extension Conference 2012

Anti Aging – Life Extension – Longevity | Personalized Life Extension Conference 2012 | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

Conference on Anti-Aging Strategies and Tactics San Francisco March 31 - April 1

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Your Connected Vehicle Is Arriving - Technology Review

Your Connected Vehicle Is Arriving - Technology Review | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
As our cars become networked—to the Internet and to one another—new trends in technology and society will redefine transportation. What's certain: tomorrow's automobiles will provide experiences that go well beyond driving.
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Cory Doctorow: A Vocabulary for Speaking about the Future

Cory Doctorow: A Vocabulary for Speaking about the Future | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Science fiction writers and fans are prone to lauding the predictive value of the genre, prompting weird questions like ‘‘How can you write science fiction today? Aren’t you worried that real science will overtake your novel before it’s published?’’ This question has a drooling idiot of a half-brother, the strange assertion that ‘‘science fiction is dead because the future is here.’’

 

Now, I will stipulate that science fiction writers often think that they’re predicting the future. The field lays claim to various successes, from flip-phones to the Web, waterbeds to rocket-ships, robots to polyamory.

 

I believe that in nearly every instance where science fiction has successfully ‘‘predicted’’ a turn of events, it’s more true to say that it has inspired that turn of events.

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China Space Stations: Program Gains Momentum as US spirals into deeper self absorbtion & self destruction

China Space Stations: Program Gains Momentum as US spirals into deeper self absorbtion & self destruction | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
BEIJING -- China plans to launch space labs and manned ships and prepare to build space stations over the next five years, according to a plan released Thursday that shows the country's space program is gathering momentum.
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NREL Scientists Report First Solar Cell Producing More Electrons In Photocurrent Than Solar Photons Entering Cell

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have reported the first solar cell that produces a photocurrent that has an external quantum efficiency greater than 100 percent when photoexcited with photons from the high energy region of the solar spectrum.

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World’s first programmable quantum photonic chip

World’s first programmable quantum photonic chip | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
A team of engineering geniuses from the University of Bristol, England has developed the world's first re-programmable, multi-purpose quantum photonic computer chip that relies on quantum entanglement to perform calculations.
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10 ways Chinese investors are dominating cleantech

10 ways Chinese investors are dominating cleantech | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Chinese investors and the Chinese government are starting to aggressively fund U.S.-based cleantech startups.

 

While the anti-science Republicans, their enablers in the Democratic party and the Obsolete Corporate Oligarchs that control Energy and Telecom destroy our educational systems and our ability to to compete.

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Facebook's 'man in the middle' attack on our data

Facebook's 'man in the middle' attack on our data | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

"I presented [that information] there as a rapid illustration of the underlying principle that Facebook causes people to do *ecological* harm by collaboratively destroying one another's privacy. The point is that by sharing with our actual friends through a web intermediary who can store and mine everything, we *harm* people by destroying their privacy *for* them. It's not the sharing that's bad, it's the technological design of giving it all to someone in the middle. That is at once outstandingly stupid and overwhelmingly dangerous."

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My Daily Lie - The Oatmeal Contest!

My Daily Lie - The Oatmeal Contest! | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

Make your own Oatmeal "My Daily Lie" and WIN!

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5 Questions: Rando on resetting the 'aging clock,' cell by cell

5 Questions: Rando on resetting the 'aging clock,' cell by cell | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Advances in the study of stem cells have fueled hopes that someday, via regenerative medicine, doctors could restore aging people’s hearts, livers, brains and other organs and tissues to a more youthful state.
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Brown Fat Burns Ordinary Fat, Study Finds

Brown Fat Burns Ordinary Fat, Study Finds | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
In separate studies, researchers have determined that in cold conditions, people’s calorie-gobbling brown fat uses ordinary fat as fuel — and that exercise may convert ordinary fat to brown fat.
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Nano-scale terahertz antenna created, hand-held tricorders coming soon?

Nano-scale terahertz antenna created, hand-held tricorders coming soon? | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Researchers have created a hand-held nano-scale T-ray antenna that can detect drugs, bombs, and even cancerous tumors.
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Old Mice Made "Young"—May Lead to Anti-Aging Treatments

Old Mice Made "Young"—May Lead to Anti-Aging Treatments | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Aging mice injected with stem cells lived three times as long, according to findings one scientist found initially unbelievable.
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The Fat Trap

The Fat Trap | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
In the battle to lose weight, and keep it off, our bodies are fighting against us.

 

This is a great article that reports on some of the more recent studies on loosing weight. Pretty much all the standard "solutions" are out of touch with the reality that the body will fight hard to gain back lost weight.

 

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» Trials and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us

» Trials and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Dead-end experiments. Useless drugs. Unneeded surgery. The truth is, our scientific stories about causation are shadowed by all sorts of mental shortcuts.

 

Not really science, just the way our assumptions get in the way of the scientific process.

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2011: The Year Intellectual Property Trumped Civil Liberties

2011: The Year Intellectual Property Trumped Civil Liberties | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

...another proposal sailed through Leahy’s committee, less than two weeks after Leahy and others floated it at about the same time as his ECPA reform measure. That bill, known as the Protect IP Act, was anti-piracy legislation long sought by Hollywood that dramatically increased the government’s legal power to disrupt and shutter websites “dedicated to infringing activities.”

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China tops U.S, Japan to become top patent filer

China tops U.S, Japan to become top patent filer | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China became the world's top patent filer in 2011, surpassing the United States and Japan as it steps up innovation to improve its intellectual property rights track record.

 

China is recapitulating the under-developed to developed country evolution but an order of magnitude faster than the last couple of generations of countries. Unless they stumble due to their own internal issues, China is poised to blow by the USA as the US collapses faster than any major empire in recent history, due to the US institutionalized stupidity and financial parasites.

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Eye Ball - A globe studded with cameras captures a panorama if you throw it in the air.

Eye Ball - A globe studded with cameras captures a panorama if you throw it in the air. | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

This is a glimpse of the future and what we can do with cheap computing and 3D printers.

 

Toss this foam-covered ball skyward, an accelerometer inside determines when it has reached its maximum height. At that moment, 36 cameras are triggered simultaneously, creating a mosaic that can be downloaded and viewed on a computer as one spherical panoramic image.

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