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NASA video about LENR (cold fusion)

Researchers at Langley Research Center are working on developing energy from a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR). Nickel, carbon and hydrogen are mentioned as possible materials for creating a reaction that NASA says is capable of providing enough energy to meet the needs of the modern world. Senior Research Scientist at NASA, Dr. Joseph Zawodny says that the easiest implementation of this technology would to be able to have a device installed in the home which would be able to provide electricity and heat

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Joi Ito: Open-source hardware is a no brainer

Joi Ito: Open-source hardware is a no brainer | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
The coming wave of open-source hardware, 3-D printing and other breakthroughs will open the floodgates to tech innovation, just as open-source software sparked the last tech boom by fueling the Google, Facebook software empires, said Joi Ito,...
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Program or Be Programmed: 10 Commands for a Digital Age

Program or Be Programmed: 10 Commands for a Digital Age | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Thanks to digital technologies and networked activity, we’re living through a global transition that is redefining how culture and commerce operate. We’re presented with the opportunity to be active participants in this process, steering ourselves into new modes of civilization, verse being just passive spectators. But if we don’t understand the biases of the tools and mediums we’re using, we’ll risk being slaves instead of masters.


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Nine key characteristics of knowmads in Society 3.0

Nine key characteristics of knowmads in Society 3.0 | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

A knowmad is what I have previously termed a nomadic knowledge and innovation worker -that is, a creative, imaginative, and innovative person ...


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Could Eiffel Tower become world's largest tree?

Could Eiffel Tower become world's largest tree? | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
An engineering firm has unveiled plans to turn the Eiffel Tower into a vast, tree-like monument by cladding its mesh iron body in over 600,000 plants.
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Wanted! Farmers to farm a rooftop in Los Angeles

Wanted! Farmers to farm a rooftop in Los Angeles | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"We are the owners of a mid-rise building in the heart of the Fashion District of downtown LA. The area is slowly transforming into a very “Green” conscious location. Our building has about 10,000 sq ft of roof top space perfect for an organic farm, and there will be about 1900 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor available soon for a restaurant. This space is terrific for a restaurant, and has the necessary infrastructure to support a kitchen. Our desire is to find the perfect operator that can grow their own vegetables and use the ground floor to prepare, cook and serve all organic products."

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Richard Stallman Was Right All Along - we need control over out computers and devices

Up until relatively recently, it's been easy to dismiss Richard Stallman as a paranoid fanatic, someone who lost touch with reality long ago. A sort of perpetual computer hippie, the perfect personification of the archetype of the unworldly basement-dwelling computer nerd. His beard, his hair, his outfits - in our visual world, it's simply too easy to dismiss him.

 

His views have always been extreme. His only computer is a Lemote Yeelong netbook, because it's the only computer which uses only Free software - no firmware blobs, no proprietary BIOS; it's all Free. He also refuses to own a mobile phone, because they're too easy to track; until there's a mobile phone equivalent of the Yeelong, Stallman doesn't want one.

 

But here we are, at the start of 2012. Obama signed the NDAA for 2012, making it possible for American citizens to be detained indefinitely without any form of trial or due process, only because they are terrorist suspects. At the same time, we have SOPA, which, if passed, would enact a system in which websites can be taken off the web, again without any form of trial or due process, while also enabling the monitoring of internet traffic. Combine this with how the authorities labelled the Occupy movements - namely, as terrorists - and you can see where this is going.


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The Inca Empire: wealth without money

The Inca Empire: wealth without money | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"With only a few exceptions found in coastal polities incorporated into the empire, there was no trading class in Inca society, and the development of individual wealth acquired through commerce was not possible . . . A few products deemed essential by the Incas could not be produced locally and had to be imported. In these cases several strategies were employed, such as establishing colonies in specific production zones for particular commodities and permitting long-distance trade. The production, distribution, and use of commodities were centrally controlled by the Inca government. Each citizen of the empire was issued the necessities of life out of the state storehouses, including food, tools, raw materials, and clothing, and needed to purchase nothing. With no shops or markets, there was no need for a standard currency or money, and there was nowhere to spend money or purchase or trade for necessities."

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The Permaculture Vibe

One of the many pieces coming together in Emergent Cities is a return to the idea that we are not separate from but are embedded within and connected to our environment and all that surrounds us.


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DNA's Hyper Communication - The "Living Internet" Inside of Us

DNA's Hyper Communication - The "Living Internet" Inside of Us | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

An ordered group consciousness creates order in its whole surroundings.


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The Aesthetics of Afro-futurism | iCrates

The Aesthetics of Afro-futurism | iCrates | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
A spaceship lands on American grassland and a black pharaoh with platform shoes and a farcical colourful robe steps out of the swirled-up dust followed by an equally bizarre entourage. He sits down at the piano and starts to ...
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Documentary That Will Save Humanity - How to build a sustainable house - Live Free

The epic story of radical Earthship eco architect Michael Reynolds, and his fight to build off-the-grid self-sufficient communities.
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Fluid Intelligence and Transformation

Fluid Intelligence and Transformation | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Fluid Intelligence and Transformation: Ideas on how to develop and support flexibility in thinking and openness to transformation and information that is out of the box.

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How Social Movements Happen, Part I: Zenith, Ossification, Reality Shock, Emergence - EMERGENT CITIES

How Social Movements Happen, Part I: Zenith, Ossification, Reality Shock, Emergence - EMERGENT CITIES | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Seb Paquet: In order to describe a process through which something new emerges, we have to begin by examining the salient features and processes present in the old system that trigger the rise of the new. In this and the next post, I will offer a quick-and-dirty, general model that describes and explains how movements happen. As you read, you may find it useful to apply the framework to your favorite obsolete institution - it could be a particular industry, the big-corp culture as a whole, or social institutions such as money and education systems.

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Indoor/ Hydroponics: Vertical Farming

Indoor/ Hydroponics: Vertical Farming | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Vertical farming is a concept that argues that it is economically and environmentally viable to cultivate plant or animal life within skyscrapers, or on vertically inclined surfaces. Indoor agriculture can produce not just food but medicines and building materials. These systems can also produce fish in large quantities without damaging our oceans and our land.

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Occupy Wall Street’s New-Year Resolve

Occupy Wall Street’s New-Year Resolve | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
It’s bizarre how often nowadays one hears Occupy Wall Street talked about in the past tense—bizarre, especially, if one was at the strategy meeting of OWS’s Direct Action group on January 8.
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The True Hive Mind – How Honeybee Colonies Think

The True Hive Mind – How Honeybee Colonies Think | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

"This extends to decision-making, which is the main subject of Honeybee Democracy. The bees exercise a collective intelligence that mimics not just small-group decision-making but the cognitive deliberations of our own brains:"


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Ten 100-year predictions that came true

Ten 100-year predictions that came true | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
In 1900, a civil engineer called John Elfreth Watkins made a number of predictions about what the world would be like in 2000.
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Shareable: It's Official: Sharing is Now a Religion

Shareable: It's Official: Sharing is Now a Religion | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

Sharing as a religious practice...

 

It comes as no surpise that a religion that promotes file-sharing would be born in Sweden, after all it's the birthplace of the world's largest file-sharing torrent tracker the infamous (not to mention awesome) piratebay.org and also to the International Pirate Party, which since its inception in 2006 has spread to 41 countries worldwide.

 


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“Food Sovereignty” law passed in small Maine town to allow sale of locally produced food without interference of regulators

“Food Sovereignty” law passed in small Maine town to allow sale of locally produced food without interference of regulators | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Town Hall in Sedgwick Maine Here's a Way to Eliminate the Regulators and Lawyers, and Build Community At the Same Time: Organize and Declare Food...

 

Citing America’s Declaration of Independence and the Maine Constitution, the ordinance proposed that “Sedgwick citizens possess the right to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.” These would include raw milk and other dairy products and locally slaughtered meats, among other items.

 

This isn’t just a declaration of preference. The proposed warrant added, “It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.” In other words, no state licensing requirements prohibiting certain farms from selling dairy products or producing their own chickens for sale to other citizens in the town.

 


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Nano telepathy

Computers become smaller, so smartphones will become nanobots. Forget email, texting and phone... telepathy is the future :) see, hear, smell, feel, think what others (who answer your 'telepathy call') think-feel-hear-see-smell, full communication :) Brainwaves can be recognized (every time we speak or think a word, there is a voice or brain pattern), as voice can be today, so telepathy will be natural. We'll even move beyond basic sensory + verbal telepathy to conceptual complex trans-linguistic telepathy allowing us to have a communication a million times richer and more exact than human languages today.

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Big Idea: Web as Idea Exchange

Venessa Miemis on the New World generation and their open exchange of ideas.


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Co-Creation & Collective Intelligence: Why combining co-creation and collective intelligence?

Co-Creation & Collective Intelligence: Why combining co-creation and collective intelligence? | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

" Co-creating and collective intelligence/wisdom are forming a hybrid forces, a calling to reclaim the participation of people in groups as positive, useful, healing, life affirming. We alter the way that we see the world in order to solve problems together.
It is a fact that humans today love to participate in problem-solving online, to have a voice and to express themselves, to be a part of the story-telling of new media, and to be a part of the collective intelligence process. The cultural, economic and political changes brought on by online intelligence sharing, via different media, have been truly amazing and reflect extraordinary cultural shifts in the 21st century. There is a huge opportunity out of there, people feel right to collaborate to solve higher issues, higher order of problems or matters."


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Sustainable Food Resolutions

Sustainable Food Resolutions | New Civilizations | Scoop.it
Sustainable farming not only improves an individual's health, but also the health of our planet and even the economic health of a local community.
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Hackers prepare space satellites

Hackers prepare space satellites | New Civilizations | Scoop.it

BBC: Hackers unveil plans to build space satellites and a ground network of tracking stations to combat censorship of the internet.

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