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With wave of the hand, researchers create touch-based interfaces

With wave of the hand, researchers create touch-based interfaces | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
Researchers previously have shown that a depth camera system, such as Kinect, can be combined with a projector to turn almost any surface into a touchscreen.
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Interactive holo-room? Holo-deck from Star Trek anyone? Ok, it's not that good, but how cool would it be to have an automated room. I guess it'd be more like Ironman's Jarvis.

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Special E. coli bacteria produce diesel on demand

Special E. coli bacteria produce diesel on demand | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
It sounds like science fiction but scientists have developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. While the technology still faces many significant commercialization challenges, the diesel, produced by special strains of E.
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For a society based around a disappearing fuel, to have bacteria producing diesel is pretty good!

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NASA successfully launches three smartphone satellites

NASA successfully launches three smartphone satellites | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
Three smartphones destined to become low-cost satellites rode to space April 21, 2013 aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.
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This is a funny little example of how far we've come. Just think, you might have the makings of a satellite right in your pocket!

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Want to Have a Planet Named After You? : Out There

Want to Have a Planet Named After You? : Out There | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
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Kinda cool and fun, Uwingu is raising money for astronomy education by allowing the public to vote names to exoplanets. I've alreasy seen Alderaan on the list.

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Robot hands gain a gentler touch: Tactile sensing technology builds on tiny barometer chips

Robot hands gain a gentler touch: Tactile sensing technology builds on tiny barometer chips | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
What use is a hand without nerves, that can't tell what it's holding? A hand that lifts a can of soda to your lips, but inadvertently tips or crushes it in the process?
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THis is very cool especially in the world of prosthetics, where a paitent's new arm could feel like the old one.

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Quantum World in Conflict with Everyday Experience

Quantum World in Conflict with Everyday Experience | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
Researchers have provided the most complete experimental proof that the quantum world is in conflict with our everyday experience.
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We are getting closer and colser to being able to harness quantum principles. Nothing close to the "Ender's Game" Ansible, but entanglement could allow it in the future.

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Implantable, bioengineered rat kidney: Transplanted organ produces urine, but further refinement is needed

Implantable, bioengineered rat kidney: Transplanted organ produces urine, but further refinement is needed | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
Bioengineered rat kidneys successfully produced urine both in a laboratory apparatus and after being transplanted into living animals.
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A semi-functioning, bioengineered kidney. Far from perfect, but definately a step in the right direction of personalized organs.

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Biological transistor built for living computers | Technology | Science News

Biological transistor built for living computers | Technology | Science News | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
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Quite cool and interesting. Bio-logic circuits would be nice for a lot of medicine. Unmentioned in the article, a programed bacterium could dispense medication to a chronic paiteint constatnly or only dispspense the medication when a certain symptom arises.
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A New Kind of Invisibility Cloak Demonstrates Better Cloaking Efficiency

A New Kind of Invisibility Cloak Demonstrates Better Cloaking Efficiency | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
Using a new kind of cloak that uses a very thin multilayer dielectric coating made of natural material, not metamaterial, researchers at Michigan Technological University demonstrated better cloaking efficiency than a similarly sized metamaterial...
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Not exactly active camo, but definately getting there.

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NASA - NASA's LRO Sees GRAIL's Explosive Farewell

NASA - NASA's LRO Sees GRAIL's Explosive Farewell | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
NASA ended its successful GRAIL mission by intentionally crashing the twin spacecraft into the moon. Another satellite observed the event.
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Pretty cool, especially since it could help determine the location of water ice and mercury. Both of these could be important for a lunar colony, water for biology and mercury for economy.

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Quantum Computer to Log Onto Quantum Internet : DNews

Quantum Computer to Log Onto Quantum Internet : DNews | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
In recent months, scientists have made important strides toward the amazing and quirky world of quantum computing.
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Steps to quantum computing are steps toward a supercomputer internet. Who knows, maybe once enough information is input, the network will become sentient like Jane in "Xenoceide" (Ener's Game series).

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Where are the science books for children that mix fact and fiction?

Where are the science books for children that mix fact and fiction? | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
Book doctor: Karen Wallace and Mike Bostock's Think of an Eel is among a wealth of books about wildlife. Top scientists such as Stephen Hawking and JBS Haldane have also written for children
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It's good to keep the younglings of humanity interested in science. What better way than books!

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Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life (Photos) - Space.com

Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life (Photos) - Space.com | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
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The discovery that ancient Mars could have supported microbes raises the tantalizing possibility that life may have evolved on the Red Planet before it took root on Earth.
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Really cool, and once again in favor of Xenolife! 

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'Taxels' convert mechanical motion to electronic signals

'Taxels' convert mechanical motion to electronic signals | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
Using bundles of vertical zinc oxide nanowires, researchers have fabricated arrays of piezotronic transistors capable of converting mechanical motion directly into electronic controlling signals.
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Now this is the prothetics Holy Grail. Definately Luke's Hand potetial here. Plus think of all the people who miss feeling human contact in a lost limb. 

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Humans feel empathy for robots: fMRI scans show similar brain function when robots are treated the same as humans

Humans feel empathy for robots: fMRI scans show similar brain function when robots are treated the same as humans | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
How do we really feel about non-sentient objects on a human level? A recent study found that humans have similar brain function when shown images of affection and violence being inflicted on robots and humans.
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This may explain lots of people's feelings for R2-D2. This is also very important if we end up reaching artificial intellegence.

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Technique unlocks design principles of quantum biology

Technique unlocks design principles of quantum biology | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
Researchers have created a synthetic compound that mimics the complex quantum dynamics observed in photosynthesis and may enable fundamentally new routes to creating solar-energy technologies.
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Very interesting possibilities here. A more efficient solar energy source would be much appriciated both for our environmental concerns and our space program's needs.

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Three super-Earth-size planets found in 'habitable zone'

Three super-Earth-size planets found in 'habitable zone' | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid...
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With more and more habitable zone planets, we've got more and more chance for life! Whats to say that "Star Wars" is in a galaxy far far away anymore and might not be our own celestial backyard?

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Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries the most powerful yet

Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries the most powerful yet | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery -- and then recharge the phone in the blink of...
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Micro batteries for micro electronics. All of the lasers and lightsabers whose only issue was energy need wait no more!

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Invisibility Cloak Made of Ultra-thin Material : D-brief

Invisibility Cloak Made of Ultra-thin Material : D-brief | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
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Not exactly "Harry Potter" yet, but the cloaked objects are getting bigger.

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Overcoming a major barrier to medical and other uses of 'microrockets' and 'micromotors'

Overcoming a major barrier to medical and other uses of 'microrockets' and 'micromotors' | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
An advance in micromotor technology akin to the invention of cars that fuel themselves from the pavement or air is opening the door to new medical and industrial uses for these tiny devices, scientists say.
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No mini-subs with doctors in them, but these micro-motors could lead to nanobots that interact with diseases and cells on a doctor's order.

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Brain Scan Can Decode Your Dreams : D-brief

Brain Scan Can Decode Your Dreams : D-brief | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
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Not exactly "Inception", but it would be cool to have a video dream diary. For any Fruedians out there, this could be a way to accurately see dreams for psycoanalys.
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James Cameron donates Deepsea Challenger submarine to science

James Cameron donates Deepsea Challenger submarine to science | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
Film-maker and explorer hands one-man craft that plunged him to Pacific Ocean's deepest point to oceanographic institute (James Cameron donates Deepsea Challenger submarine to science http://t.co/RzQeD8azQO...
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This is the kind of co-op we need. People with money using it for science. Besides, movie directors (or at least James Cameron) and scientists both work off the common cause of curiosity, right?

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Ice blades threaten Europa landing

Ice blades threaten Europa landing | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
Jupiter's icy moon Europa is a prime target for future space missions as it harbours a buried ocean that could have the right conditions for life - but jagged ice blades could make landing hazardous.
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No "Space Oddesy" smooth ice ball here. Though now that these are known to exist, we can plan for them in any missions to the moon.

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Scientists clone extinct frog – Jurassic Park here we come?

Scientists clone extinct frog – Jurassic Park here we come? | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
Australian Lazarus Project recreates cells of gastric brooding frog – and the Tasmanian tiger, woolly mammoth and dodo could be next, writes Leo Hickman
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"Jurassic Park" type de-extinction cloning? Sweet! Let's just try and avoid the velociraptors, please?

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Distant planets’ atmospheres revealed | Atom & Cosmos | Science News

Distant planets’ atmospheres revealed | Atom & Cosmos | Science News | Science And Sci-fi: Discoveries Reaching for Dreams | Scoop.it
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REALLY cool implications! Knowing the composition of exoplanetary atmosepheres means we could start classifying planets by the compositions, possibly having a "Habitable" catagory.

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