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Sprinkled Nanocubes Could Hold Light Tight for Efficient Solar Panels

Sprinkled Nanocubes Could Hold Light Tight for Efficient Solar Panels | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
A device based on scattered silver cubes could scale up light absorption for solar power...
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It is ok if you can't climb trees!!!

It is ok if you can't climb trees!!! | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
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Chicago condo untouched since the 1970s hits market for just $158,000

Chicago condo untouched since the 1970s hits market for just $158,000 | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
The penthouse, built in 1972, was first put up for sale in 2012 but only received moderate interest at the time. Its original wallpapers and furniture have now caught the eye of potential buyers.
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A Single Concussion May Triple the Long-Term Risk of Suicide

A Single Concussion May Triple the Long-Term Risk of Suicide | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
A new study of mild concussions in Canadian adults suggests the risks are even higher for recreational injuries
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What Is a Mathematical Limit?

What Is a Mathematical Limit? | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Do you know what a limit is in math? Do you know how to define a circle using this idea? And do you know why you might want to? Keep on reading to find out!
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Freedom 251: India firm launches 'world's cheapest' smartphone

Freedom 251: India firm launches 'world's cheapest' smartphone | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it

An Indian company launches what is being billed as the world's cheapest smartphone, priced at 251 rupees ($3.67; £2.56).

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What Will It Take for Humans to Colonize the Milky Way?

What Will It Take for Humans to Colonize the Milky Way? | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it

It's a common theme in science fiction, but migrating to planets beyond our solar system will be a lot more complicated and difficult than you might imagine

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Food for thought! :)

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Do we underestimate the power of plants and trees? - BBC News

Do we underestimate the power of plants and trees? - BBC News | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Research suggests plants might be capable of more than we suspect. Some scientists - controversially - describe plants as "intelligent".

They argue a better understanding of their capabilities could help us solve some of the world's thorniest problems.

Four experts talk to the BBC World Service Inquiry programme about what plants can teach us.
Stefano Mancuso: Plant intelligence is real

Professor Stefano Mancuso leads the International Laboratory for Plant Neurobiology at the University of Florence.

"We are convinced that plants are cognitive and intelligent, so we use techniques and methods normally used to study cognitive animals.

"The main problem with plants is they move much more slowly than animals so we need to record plant movement for many days.

"We did an experiment with two climbing bean plants. If you put a single support between them, they compete for it.

"What is interesting is the behaviour of the loser: it immediately sensed the other plant had reached the pole and started to find an alternative. This was astonishing and it demonstrates the plants were aware of their physical environment and the behaviour of the other plant. In animals we call this consciousness.

"We don't have a clear idea of how plants are able to sense the behaviour of other plants.

"Plants are much more sensitive than animals. Every root apex can detect 20 different physical and chemical parameters - light, gravity, magnetic field, pathogens and so on.

"Plants distribute all along the body the functions that in animals are concentrated in single organs. Whereas in animals almost the only cells producing electrical signals are in the brain, the plant is a kind of distributed brain in which almost every cell is able to produce them.

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Energy in the whole plant???

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Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into electronic circuits. That’s right—cyborg flowers are now a thing.

Despite how it sounds, the aim isn’t to create a race of leafy green borg that will one day rise up and enslave their human masters. Instead, think smart plants that can sense and display environmental changes, or crops whose growth can be regulated at the flick of a switch. Or plant-based fuel cells that convert the photosynthetic sugars into electricity. The very first electronic plant, developed by researchers at Linköping University in Sweden and described this week in Science Advances, is a step toward any one of those applications and many more.

“As far as we know, there are no previously published research results regarding electronics produced in plants,” said study lead study author Magnus Berggren in a statement. “No one’s done this before.”

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Sensory illusion causes cells to self-destruct

Sensory illusion causes cells to self-destruct | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it

Magic tricks work because they take advantage of the brain's sensory assumptions, tricking audiences into seeing phantoms or overlooking sleights of hand. Now a team of researchers has discovered that even brainless single-celled yeast have sensory biases that can be hacked by a carefully engineered illusion, a finding that could be used to develop new approaches to fighting diseases such as cancer.


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Sensory illusions?

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Nanotech Bandages Detect Health Trouble and Deliver Medicine

Nanotech Bandages Detect Health Trouble and Deliver Medicine | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
New materials will not simply cover wounds—they will be able to alert doctors to problems and deliver fine-tuned drugs
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Salvation Army launches anti-domestic abuse campaign with THAT dress

Salvation Army launches anti-domestic abuse campaign with THAT dress | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Why is it so hard to see black and blue? is the Salvation Army's latest advert and highlights the plight of women who are victims of domestic violence.
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Study: Smelling farts may be good for your health

Study: Smelling farts may be good for your health | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
The next time someone at your office lets out a "silent but deadly" emission, maybe you should thank them. A new study at the University of Exeter in England suggests that exposure to hydrogen sulfide — a.k.a. what your body produces as bacteria breaks down food, causing gas — could prevent mitochondria damage. Yep, the implication is what you're thinking: People are taking the research to mean that smelling farts could prevent disease and even cancer.
The study, published in the Medicinal Chemi
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Honey on Tap Directly From Your Beehive

Honey on Tap Directly From Your Beehive | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Harvesting honey is easier on the beekeeper and so much easier on the bees. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Reduces the issues of honey harvesting?

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APOD: 2016 July 5 - The Colorful Clouds of Rho Ophiuchi

APOD: 2016 July 5 - The Colorful Clouds of Rho Ophiuchi | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
A different astronomy and space science
related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.
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How to use Employee Engagement to boost your business

How to use Employee Engagement to boost your business | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
In this movie we talk about employee engagement. What it is, what it can mean for your organization and how you can achieve it. In today’s globalized and competitive business world, engaged employees are motivated to go the extra mile. They are aligned with your organization’s vision and objectives and driven to perform well for your clients. Increasing your employee engagement will boost the profits and the sustainability of your business.
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Wonderful Color Photographs Of Street Scenes From Between The 1950s And 1970s

Wonderful Color Photographs Of Street Scenes From Between The 1950s And 1970s | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Fred Herzog was born in Germany in 1930. Immigrating to Canada in 1952, he took odd jobs wherever he could find them. He rented a place at a rooming house, which is where he met Ferro Shelley Marincowitz, a South African who also happened to be a medical photographer. Herzog had an interest in p
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Bizarre snail that swims like a flying insect

Bizarre snail that swims like a flying insect | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology constructed a special tank to film the bizarre sea creatures and found they propel themselves with 'wings' they move like butterflies.
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Lego prosthetic arm for children wins award at Paris show

Lego prosthetic arm for children wins award at Paris show | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it

A prosthetic arm that allows children to design their own Lego accessories wins an innovation award in Paris.

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Retailers may offer subscription service that lets you rent outfits

Retailers may offer subscription service that lets you rent outfits | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it

A new report found one in five people in the UK are interested in renting everything from clothes to excercise equipment from their favourite store, and in London that figure rises to one in three.

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Vonny~'s curator insight, February 9, 11:48 PM

A reall;y interesting business design idea ... would this be limited by markets related to particular generations??

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How NASA Engineers are Designing the Aerodynamics of Its New Heavy-Lift Launcher

How NASA Engineers are Designing the Aerodynamics of Its New Heavy-Lift Launcher | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
NASA’s new Space Launch System is going to be the first to carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit since Saturn V went into space—but it will also carry 10 percent more payload. That’s giving its engineers an awful lot of math to worry about, and this is what their work looks like.

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The design and construction problems with this new Space Launch System are formidable and costly.  The effort will be worth it in the long run, since the new rocket will carry more payload than previous launch vehicles and will be able to take astronauts deeper into space. This new system could be the one carrying the first humans to Mars. Aloha, Russ.

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Cyborg rose has electric circuits running through polymer veins

Cyborg rose has electric circuits running through polymer veins | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Merging biology with electricity could help us control and direct the growth of crops and trees, or even grow computers in plants

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, November 24, 2015 12:59 AM

Excellent article--fascinating and scary at the same time.  Today, it's cyborg roses and crops--tomorrow it may be humans.  While "Terminator" or "RoboCop" movies may have painted a bleak future of our slow extinction  at the hands of our machines, there is no guarantee that this technology in the hands of powerful despots or international corporations will be used to better the human condition. What happens when our machine servants become sentient and can reproduce without human intervention?  Who will program these machines to make sure we aren't supplanted by the very technology we created?  Given the record of human history, I doubt if this groundbreaking technology will benefit humanity in the long run.

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Disney Competition Challenges Kids to Design Futuristic Tech

Disney Competition Challenges Kids to Design Futuristic Tech | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Whether they're designing flying cars or teleporters, aspiring young inventors will have the chance to share their visions for the technology of the future, as part of a nationwide challenge hosted by the makers of Disney's upcoming film "Tomorrowland"...
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Google's April Fools' Day prank turns maps into Pac-Man games

Google's April Fools' Day prank turns maps into Pac-Man games | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Google Maps lets users play Pac-Man in honor of April Fools' Day.
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Mathematicians Differentiate True Internet Virality

Mathematicians Differentiate True Internet Virality | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Computational social scientist Sharad Goel studies the spread of memes such as #TheDress
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Forget Coffins – Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees

Forget Coffins – Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
The idea of coming full circle and returning whence we came is captured perfectly by this beautiful new burial method developed in Italy. The Capsula Mundi project by designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel has developed an organic, biodegradable burial capsule that will turn the deceased's body into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of their remains.

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Shy Crabs Make the Most Sperm

Shy Crabs Make the Most Sperm | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
A fellow who hides in his shell until danger has passed may not seem like the epitome of manliness. Yet among hermit crabs, the shyest males have the most to offer the ladies. It's all part of their evolutionary strategy.
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