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New Microfluidic Device Uses Acoustics to Quickly Analyze Blood

New Microfluidic Device Uses Acoustics to Quickly Analyze Blood | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A team of engineers has developed a new microfluidic device uses acoustics to quickly analyze blood for signatures of cancer and other diseases.
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This new method of exosome isolation “may usher a new paradigm in disease diagnosis and prognosis,” says Taher Saif, a professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “This paper presents a noninvasive, label-free, biocompatible, on-chip method to isolate exosomes rapidly from blood with ultrahigh precision,” says Saif, who was not involved in the research.  JB

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China signed a $300 million lab-grown meat deal with Israel

China signed a $300 million lab-grown meat deal with Israel | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
China has signed a trade agreement with Israel worth $300 million that will see the country import lab-grown meats produced by three companies.
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Science fiction trending toward real. Too many animals. This technology could change the paradigm of meat consumption. JB

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'Lego-electronics' offer simple way to assemble integrated circuits

'Lego-electronics' offer simple way to assemble integrated circuits | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
(Tech Xplore)—One of the biggest challenges in the drive to miniaturize electronic devices is the difficulty in aligning and assembling the increasingly tiny electronic components with the necessary precision, which i
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Another great example of innovation at the verge--the merger of electronics and legos! Love it!  JB

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3D-printable synthetic muscle is three times stronger than you

The emerging field of soft robotics is helping to make robots safer, but recreating muscle is no easy task. Now, mechanical engineers from Columbia University have developed a synthetic soft muscle that’s much more simple to make and run than others, and is stronger than the real thing.
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Interesting in its own right, but, the bigger picture is this: in every area, energy, manufacturing, materials, health, etc. we are making breakthroughs and paradigm shifts that will profoundly change and improve the future.  JB

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Vincent Callebaut envisions futuristic eco-resort in the Philippines

The Nautilus Eco-Resort is the latest sustainable concept from Vincent Callebaut Architectures. Envisioned for the Philippines, the ambitious project would include rotating buildings and sustainable technology that produces a surplus of energy.
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Clearly visionary. We need images like this to stir our positive emotions about the future!  JB

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McLaren creates custom "Invincible shield" for post-surgery protection

McLaren Applied Technologies was recently given the task of creating a new type of body armor to protect an unnamed billionaire from damaging their fragile ribcage following surgery. The result is the Invincible Shield.
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Great example of innovation at the verge.  JB

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Why haven't we evolved immortality? The answer is in our genes

If evolution works by selecting for the most advantageous genes, why haven’t we evolved immortality? A new study has identified genes that promote reproductive success in youth but aging later in life, and found that switching off those genes dramatically extended the lifespan of worms.
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Life extension research is becoming like graphene--more and more ways to solve the problem. This is part of the research on senescent cells led by the Mayo Clinic but done by another group of researchers.  JB 

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Airborne Giant with 150 metre wingspan

A concept aircraft under development at Boeing's Phantom Works R D unit, the massive Pelican would have a wingspan of more than 150 m, carry up to 1400 tons of
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How to avoid building concrete roads and still have a significant and fast cargo carrier  JB

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'Breakthrough' Can Eradicate Tumors Claim Researchers

'Breakthrough' Can Eradicate Tumors Claim Researchers | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Researchers in Scotland have found a way to trigger the death of cancer cells that they believe could be more effective than current methods.
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Another pathway to irradicate cancers.  JB

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Nanoparticles from tattoos can travel to the lymph nodes

Nanoparticles from tattoos can travel to the lymph nodes | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Scientists were already aware that pigments from tattoo ink can travel to the lymph nodes. Cutting edge X-ray technologies have now provided a look at what much smaller, and more toxic particles within the ink get up to, suggesting that these too can make the migration.
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Oops! what will be the results of this movement?  JB

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Tesla Superchargers coming to city centers

Tesla has expanded its Supercharger network to include more than 5,400 outlets across the globe, and has now announced plans to fit out downtown centers with Supercharger stations to help ease the range anxiety for urban dwellers.
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This is a requirement over the long run. Too bad Texas and Florida don't have them for Tesla owners right now.  JB

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New drug could be back-up in fight against malaria - Futurity

New drug could be back-up in fight against malaria - Futurity | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A new treatment is effective against non-severe cases of malaria, clinical trial results show.
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The world needs this, the sooner the better. Especially with the hurricane situation. Mosquitos come flying in shortly after the disaster.  JB

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Engineers Develop a Radical New Architecture for Quantum Computing

Engineers Develop a Radical New Architecture for Quantum Computing | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Engineers have invented a radical new architecture for quantum computing that promises to make quantum chips dramatically cheaper.
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And the pattern continues. We are now in the paradigm enhancement section of quantum computers. This is a perfect example of that.  JB

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Nine pictures that show how climate change is impacting Earth

Nine pictures that show how climate change is impacting Earth | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
The latest satellite data from NASA that showcases the effects of climate change paints a sobering picture.
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If a picture is worh 1000 words, then this article is worth 10,000 words. And they do speak volumes.  JB

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The Rise of the Machines: Why We Can’t Stop Artificial Intelligence

The Rise of the Machines: Why We Can’t Stop Artificial Intelligence | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence is gradually becoming smarter and more human-like. As an exponential technology, it has taken decades of seemingly slow progress to get us to where we are. But now, in only in the last few years we’ve seen some major breakthroughs, and they are accelerating.
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I always read articles that take dogmatic positions. Why can't we stop it? Is AI really inevitable?  Read the novel, DUNE to get the counter argument. And remember, our concept of "intelligence" is a paradigm and I'm willing to bet it is a lot more complex than our present paradigm presents.  JB

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How to Achieve the Low Cost of Sandcasting with the Complexity of 3D Printing - Core77

How to Achieve the Low Cost of Sandcasting with the Complexity of 3D Printing - Core77 | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
As far as mass production methods go, sand casting is one of the oldest. 3D printing is one of the newest. Dutch design and engineering consultancy Arup has figured out how to combine the two, allowing one to enjoy both the low cost of the former and the physical complexity
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And now we see very old manufacturing processes verge with 3D additive manufacturing to gain the benefits of both.  JB

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Is climate change making our food less nutritious?

Is climate change making our food less nutritious? | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Much study has focused on the effects these rising carbon dioxide levels could have on weather patterns and global temperatures, but could elevated atmospheric CO2 levels negatively affect the nutritional value of the food we grow?
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In all likelihood it will be the second and third order effects that cause the most damage. A key quote from the article: "Essentially, as the carb content rose, the mineral content dropped, making the plant less nutritionally valuable to humans as food.."  JB

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Proterra bus sets EV record with 1,100-mile run on a single charge

​The electric buses from Proterra keep going from strength to strength. We first heard of its vehicles when its Catalyst XR logged more than 250 mi (402 km) on a single charge. Less than two years have passed, and the company is now reporting a run of 1,101.2 mi (1,772 km) for its Catalyst E2 max.
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When commercial vehicles like buses start moving into the electric paradigm, you know it is a major trend. think about how many diesel buses are running around the world, putting particulates into the atmosphere.  JB

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Barsha pump provides irrigation water, but doesn't need fuel

Dutch startup aQysta, a Delft University of Technology spin-off company, manufactures what's known as the Barsha irrigation pump. It can reportedly boost crop yields in developing nations by up to five times, yet requires no fuel or electricity to operate.
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This fits limits stech and local tech paradigms perfectly. And having its origins in ancient Egypt is just icing on the cake.  JB

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Record efficiency for converting solar energy to hydrogen without rare metals

Scientists from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have created a solar water splitting technique that uses common materials. They have also achieved a record solar energy to hydrogen conversion efficiency of 12.3% in the process.
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A cheaper, more efficient way to convert water into hydrogen gas and oxygen. Hydrogen is, by far, the most benign fuel. Now we are beginning to find efficient ways of generating it.  JB

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Virtual Revolution: 4 Ways VR Is Changing Unexpected Industries For Good

Virtual Revolution: 4 Ways VR Is Changing Unexpected Industries For Good | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
When virtual reality was first introduced to the public as a mainstream option many years ago, it was largely featured as being a new form of entertainment with applications in gaming, movies and more. However, virtual reality technology has evolved considerably over the years, and it is now increasingly being used in a wide range of business applications and functions with impressive results.
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And so begins the discovery of new ways of using VR. As it has always been.  "I wonder if...."   JB

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How Electric Trucks Will Change the Package Delivery Business

How Electric Trucks Will Change the Package Delivery Business | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Fred Smith birthed the idea for FedEx at a management class at Yale, a course that he purportedly got a C, according to the legend. Then, the idea of online ordering and doorstep delivery seemed too far-fetched. Fast-forward many years later, thanks to the e-commerce bubble, same day delivery services are the norm. From drones to electric trucks, getting ordered goods at your doorstep has never been easier.
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A whole new business model and a huge growth area. Electric motors become dominant. Is that a coup for GE???  JB

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Continental's latest concept tire adjusts tread to meet the conditions

Continental's new tire concepts shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA 2017) today are named ContiSense and ContiAdapt and are demonstrated in a concept tire that monitors and reports on its health and can tailor its characteristics to prevailing road condition​s.
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Hell of an idea, especially for us Minnesoa folks!  JB

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Warm-up could obliterate 33% of Earth's parasites - Futurity

Warm-up could obliterate 33% of Earth's parasites - Futurity | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Almost one-third of all parasites could be extinct by 2070. Here's why that's bad.
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Finally some good news about climate warm-up! JB

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Electrons Flowing Like Liquid in Graphene

Electrons Flowing Like Liquid in Graphene | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
By observing the unusual movement of electrons in graphene, scientists have uncovered a new understanding of the physics of conductive materials.
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And so it goes. Another capability for gaphene!!! JB

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