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IFTF: The Future of Science

IFTF: The Future of Science | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
A Multiverse of Exploration: The Future of Science 2021

Invisibility cloaks. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence. A Facebook for genes. These were just a few of the startling topics IFTF explored at our Technology Horizons Program conference in on the "Future of Science." More than a dozen scientists from UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, Scripps Research Institute, SETI, and private industry shared their edgiest research driving transformations in science. MythBusters' Adam Savage weighed in on the future of science education. All of their presentations were signals supporting IFTF's new "Future of Science" forecast, laid out in a new map titled "A Multiverse of Exploration: The Future of Science 2021" (featured on CNN's What's Next and BoingBoing). The map focuses on six big stories of science that will play out over the next decade: Decrypting the Brain, Hacking Space, Massively Multiplayer Data, Sea the Future, Strange Matter, and Engineered Evolution. Those stories are emerging from a new ecology of science shifting toward openness, collaboration, reuse, and increased citizen engagement in scientific research.

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The map focuses on six big stories of science that we think will play out over the next decade:

Decrypting the Brain,Hacking Space,Massively Multiplayer Data,Sea the Future,Strange Matter, andEngineered Evolution.
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Highly conductive organic metal looks promising for disposable electronic devices

Highly conductive organic metal looks promising for disposable electronic devices | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it

"(Phys.org) —Although organic materials are often used as semiconductors, such as in organic LEDs and organic transistors, organic materials that have an electrical conductivity as high as that of metals are still very scarce. One problem with developing organic metals is that there is a tradeoff in terms of their crystalline structure: a high crystallinity is required for high conductivity, but is detrimental to the materials' processability. (...)"

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Overview | Introducing the Raspberry Pi Model B+ | Adafruit Learning System

Overview | Introducing the Raspberry Pi Model B+ | Adafruit Learning System | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it

"Yep, that's right, the fantastic engineers at Raspberry Pi HQ have blessed us with a new design. They've taken all the feedback over the last 3 years and rolled out a nice updated Pi with many fixes and extras...all at the same price! (...)"

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Faut-il craquer pour l'audio HD ? - Quel avantage par rapport au MP3 ?

Faut-il craquer pour l'audio HD ?  - Quel avantage par rapport au MP3 ? | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
Flac, Blu-Ray Pure Audio, lossless, 16 ou 24 bits, la rédaction de Tom's Guide vous explique tout sur le son sans perte et l'audio HD.
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Si vous aimez la musique et vous posez encore la question de l'intérêt des formats sans perte type FLAC par rapport au MP3, cette article devrait vous convaincre.

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How To Host A Website With Raspberry Pi

How To Host A Website With Raspberry Pi | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it

"Running your own Web server is the ultimate mark of online independence—and it only need cost you $35.

 

Never underestimate the miniscule, $35 Raspberry Pi. Although it’s marketed as an experimental machine aimed at helping you learn to code, there’s nothing entry-level about its capabilities. 

In a pinch, you can even use your Raspberry Pi as a Web server. You can host a simple site or store files in the cloud so you can access them at any time—no monthly hosting fees, limited templates, or other barriers to your creativity (...)"

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NASA’s tiny 460GHz vacuum transistor that could one day replace silicon FETs | Nano Technology

NASA’s tiny 460GHz vacuum transistor that could one day replace silicon FETs | Nano Technology | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
Way back in the salad days of digital computing (the 1940s and '50s), computers were made of vacuum tubes -- big, hot, clunky devices that, when you got right down to it, were essentially glorified light bulbs. This is why early computers like the ENIAC weighed more than 27 tons and consumed more power than a small town. Later, obviously, vacuum tubes would be replaced by probably the greatest invention of all time -- the solid-state transistor -- which would allow for the creation of smaller, faster, cheaper, and more reliable computers. Fast forward to 2014, though, and the humble CMOS field-effect transistor (FET) is starting to show its age. We've pretty much hit the limit on shrinking silicon transistors any further, and they can't operate at speeds much faster than a few gigahertz. Which is why NASA's Ames Research Center is going back to the future with its new vacuum transistor -- a nanometer-scale vacuum tube that, in early testing, has reached speeds of up to 460GHz.

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Great engineering connections!

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Drones could recharge their batteries by perching on power lines like birds - Computer Business Review

Drones could recharge their batteries by perching on power lines like birds - Computer Business Review | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
The new technology could hugely benefit the development of delivery drones.

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Meet VoLTE, The Future Of Phone Calls

The Next Big Thing for mobile phones will help out carriers and smartphone makers quite a bit. Consumers? Not so much.

 

If you haven't already, soon you're going to be hearing a lot about a new standard for making mobile phone calls: VoLTE. It stands for "voice over LTE," but what it really means is that before long, your voice calls are going to be transmitted across the airwaves using the same technology the Internet pioneered for data (...)

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Origami unfolds a new world of shape-shifting electronics

Origami unfolds a new world of shape-shifting electronics | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
Researchers are using the geometry of paper folding to come up with futuristic antennas that can retract and compress.

 

When talking about the intersection of art and science, Stavros Georgakopoulos likes to quote Albert Einstein, who once said, "I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge."...

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Un squelette vieux de 13 000 ans lève le voile sur l’origine des Amérindiens

Un squelette vieux de 13 000 ans lève le voile sur l’origine des Amérindiens | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
Des scientifiques ont découvert des restes d'une jeune femme dans une grotte sous-marine du sud du Mexique, et dont les analyses prouvent que les premiers Amérindiens sont venus d'Asie.
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Ancient Skeleton Of Teenage Girl, 'Naia,' Sheds Light On First Americans

link for english version: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/16/ancient-skeleton-teenage-girl-naia_n_5332400.html?ir=Science&utm_campaign=051614&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-science&utm_content=Photo

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L’arbre à vent, l’invention française qui amène l’éolien dans les villes

L’arbre à vent, l’invention française qui amène l’éolien dans les villes | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
Inspirée par la philosophie du biomimétisme, une entreprise française a conçu un modèle d'éolienne très originale et passe-partout.
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Earth live from space with the ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

"The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. Video from these cameras is transmitted back to earth and also streamed live on this channel. While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras."

 

For a display of the real time ISS location plus the HDEV imagery, visit here: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/

 

To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/917.html

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Le 30 avril dernier, la Nasa a lancé une nouvelle expérience. Baptisée High Definition Earth Viewing (vue de la Terre en HD), elle permet aux internautes de regarder la Terre en haute-définition et en direct grâce à quatre webcams installées sur la Station spatiale internationale.

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La culture scientifique : ça sert à quoi?

La culture scientifique : ça sert à quoi? | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it

"Être scientifiquement cultivé, ce n'est pas seulement avoir des connaissances sur la science, mais aussi sur la façon de penser en science."

Source : Agence Science.Presse.

Auteur : Sophie Malavoy, directrice du Cœur des sciences – UQAM

 

"Depuis des années, je me pose la même question, une question toute simple, toute bête diront certains: à quoi sert la culture scientifique que nous nous efforçons tous de diffuser ? Qu’avons-nous vraiment à apporter en tant que communicateurs scientifiques ?..."

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Easy Arduino: Two Projects To Help You Get Started

Easy Arduino: Two Projects To Help You Get Started | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it

"Meet Arduino, the tiny microcontroller that’s good at doing what your computer can’t.

The computers we use every day are powerful, but they’re terrible at knowing what’s going on around them. Your laptop isn’t exactly equipped to sense light or moisture, for example. Arduino, on the other hand, is specifically designed to stay keyed in to the outside world. It’s equipped with a board full of inputs and outputs for sensors to simplify communication..."

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Healable Supramolecular Polymers as Organic Metals - Journal of the American Chemical Society (ACS Publications)

Healable Supramolecular Polymers as Organic Metals - Journal of the American Chemical Society (ACS Publications) | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it

"Organic materials exhibiting metallic behavior are promising for numerous applications ranging from printed nanocircuits to large area electronics. However, the optimization of electronic conduction in organic metals such as charge-transfer salts or doped conjugated polymers requires high crystallinity, which is detrimental to their processability. To overcome this problem, the combination of the electronic properties of metal-like materials with the mechanical properties of soft self-assembled systems is attractive but necessitates the absence of structural defects in a regular lattice (...)"

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Discover the Poppy Project, an Open-source humanoid platform

Discover the Poppy Project, an Open-source humanoid platform | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it

The Poppy project aims at building an Open-source humanoid platform based on robust, flexible, easy-to-usehardware and software.
Designed by the Flowers Lab at Inria Bordeaux and Ensta ParisTech (France), its development aims at providing an affordable and hackable humanoid robot for science, education, art and geeks.


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These Mad Scientists Want to Replace Solar Panels With Potted Plants

These Mad Scientists Want to Replace Solar Panels With Potted Plants | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
Designer Fabienne Felder teamed up with Cambridge scientists to explore solar cells that use moss to generate electricity.

 

"Designer Fabienne Felder wants to reupholster jumbo jets with moss. In her vision, passengers will sit on verdant tufts while the bryophytes purify the air and use electrons captured during photosynthesis to power the Direct TV panels on the seat backs. Many would think Felder was crazy, but biochemist Dr. Paolo Bombelli and plant scientist Ross Dennis from the University of Cambridge were impressed with her brio and offered her the opportunity to collaborate (...)"

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Electrostatics do the trick: Simple model describes what happens between organic semiconductors and metals

Electrostatics do the trick: Simple model describes what happens between organic semiconductors and metals | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
Organic semiconductors allow for flexible displays, solar cells, and other applications. One common problem in these devices, however, is the interface between the metallic contacts and the organic semiconductor material, where undesirable losses occur. Now researchers have shown what these losses depend upon.

 

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie. "Electrostatics do the trick: Simple model describes what happens between organic semiconductors and metals." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 June 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140623104257.htm>.

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En 2020, l'ordinateur sera très différent de celui d’aujourd’hui

En 2020, l'ordinateur sera très différent de celui d’aujourd’hui | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
Pour affronter les flux de données de l’Internet des Objets, les ordinateurs de demain devront être beaucoup plus puissants mais aussi beaucoup moins consommateurs d’énergie et bien plus denses. L’internet des objets et le Big Data vont multiplier par 5
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Les DataCenters consomment aujourd’hui près de 4% de la production énergétique mondiale. Si l’on conserve les mêmes technologies, cette consommation pourrait dépasser les 20% de la production énergétique mondiale au rythme où croit aujourd’hui la demande de puissance des traitements informatiques. ...

 

Deux vecteurs de recherche donnent une idée de ce que sera l'informatique dans 6 ans.

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Satellites, ballons, drones : les connexions Internet de demain

Satellites, ballons, drones : les connexions Internet de demain | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it

"À l’heure où les connexions en fibre et la 4G sont sur toutes les lèvres dans l’hexagone, les utilisateurs assoiffés de vitesse s’échangent des données en centaines de mégabits, voire en gigabits par seconde. C'est oublier que dans certaines régions du monde, une connexion internet n’a rien de systématique. En 2013, il restait encore 61 % de la population mondiale à connecter à Internet. Mais il existe surtout une réelle fracture numérique entre les pays du Nord et ceux du Sud. Par exemple, seuls 16 % de la population africaine dispose d’un accès à Internet, contre 75 % des Européens (...)"

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25 Interesting STEM Experts Worth Following On Twitter

25 Interesting STEM Experts Worth Following On Twitter | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a science teacher or not, education and the STEM subjects is a hot topic these days. From discussions about comparing test scores in STEM subjects with students around the globe to tracking the number of STEM based jobs and future graduates, there’s certainly a lot to discuss. There’s a lot of information out …
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Everything You Need To Know About Ethernet Cables

Everything You Need To Know About Ethernet Cables | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
I really hate WiFi, and you should too. If you own your own home or your landlord doesn't mind a few holes in the wall, running gigabit Ethernet around the house is the best thing you can do for a faster computing experience. But what's all this about Cat 6 or crossover cables? Here's everything…
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Experimental navigation system swaps satellites for quantum physics

Experimental navigation system swaps satellites for quantum physics | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it

"GPS can be useful when you're trying to navigate to that hot new bar -- as long as your travels don't take you somewhere its signal can't reach. A new so-called quantum positioning system could pick things up when satellites fail, and help guide your way using super-cooled atoms. Aside from better directions, the solution might even make travel safer..."

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Généalogie : ce GPS retrouve l'origine de votre ADN et de vos ancêtres

Généalogie : ce GPS retrouve l'origine de votre ADN et de vos ancêtres | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it

"Une équipe de scientifiques vient de créer un nouvel outil GPS capable de retracer l'histoire de votre ADN jusqu'à sa région d'origine. Vous n'avez besoin que d'un kit ADN avant de rentrer vos résultats sur le site. Un modèle information déterminera ensuite où votre ADN s'est formé, il y a 1.000 ans..."

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The Illustris cosmological simulation projection

The Illustris cosmological simulation projection | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it

"The Illustris project is a large cosmological simulation of galaxy formation, completed in late 2013, using a state of the art numerical code and a comprehensive physical model. Building on several years of effort by members of the collaboration, the Illustris simulation represents an unprecedented combination of high resolution, total volume, and physical fidelity. The About page contains detailed descriptions of the project, for both the general public and researchers in the field..."

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Cette nouvelle simulation numérique reproduit l’évolution de la matière et la formation des galaxies durant plus de 13 milliards d’années au sein d’un cube de 350 millions d’années-lumière de côté.

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World's thinnest nanowires may lead to foldable tablets, smartphones

World's thinnest nanowires may lead to foldable tablets, smartphones | Sciences & Technology | Scoop.it
A researcher at Vanderbilt University has created a way to build nanowires just three atoms wide that could eventually lead to paper-thin, flexible tablets and smartphones.
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