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Magic 'metamaterials' storm physics

Magic 'metamaterials' storm physics | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
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Check out the earthquake application. A paradigm shift for sure!  JB

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Scientists Reverse Type 2 Diabetes and Fatty Liver Disease

Scientists Reverse Type 2 Diabetes and Fatty Liver Disease | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A newly published study reveals how scientists from Yale University developed a controlled-release oral therapy that reversed type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease in rats.

Existing therapies for type 2 diabetes, and the closely associated conditions of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAF
Joel Barker's insight:

Perhaps what is most interesting about this story is the use of a 70 year old drug in a new way. I wonder how many other "old" drugs have surprises for us?  JB

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Collaborative UMN research team develops sugar-derived copolymers for sustainable applications | IPrime

Collaborative UMN research team develops sugar-derived copolymers for sustainable applications | IPrime | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
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Just like tobacco plants are now being used to grow medicines, so, too, is sugar being used in nonfood applications. This work by the University of Minnesota is an excellent example of that.  JB

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New Research Reveals the Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

New Research Reveals the Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
In a newly published study, MIT researchers show that a canonical view of global warming tells only half the story and reveal the missing piece of the climate puzzle.

In classrooms and everyday conversation, explanations of global warming hinge on the greenhouse gas effect. In short, climate
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Raht Racer velomobile may let riders pedal

Raht Racer velomobile may let riders pedal | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Human-powered velomobiles can't go as fast as automobiles, meaning that they often have to be ridden along the edge of the road. The electric-assist Raht Racer, however, amplifies the rider's ped...
Joel Barker's insight:

My goodness, Minnesotans have been busy about bikes. This looks interesting and practical. I'll keep track of this for my own use.  JB

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Lauf unveils a freaky fork for fatbikes

Lauf unveils a freaky fork for fatbikes | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, Icelandic startup Lauf unveiled its lightweight Trail Racer leaf-style mountain bike suspension fork. Now, the company is introducing a version of the fork designed for bike...
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The Fat Bike is a Minnesota invention. What is interesting to watch is the ecosystem growing up around it. This is a model of how an industry develops around a triggering element.  JB

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An Interview with Futurist Gerd Leonhard

An Interview with Futurist Gerd Leonhard | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Over the last two months, I've had the pleasure of interacting with Gerd Leonhard, CEO of The Futures Agency, Futurist, Keynote Speaker, and Author. He is the co-author of the bestselling book titl...

Via Lewis J. Perelman
Joel Barker's insight:

It is always useful to get a deep look at a futurist thinking. Lew Perelman is good at getting to the important stuff.  JB

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Lewis J. Perelman's curator insight, February 2, 10:29 PM

A sober but pretty realistic view of the daunting future.

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"Marvel molecule" could enable new treatments for a range of inflammatory diseases

"Marvel molecule" could enable new treatments for a range of inflammatory diseases | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A team of researchers has unearthed what they are calling a marvel molecule. Said to be capable of suppressing a key activator of various inflammatory diseases, it is hoped the finding could lea...
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Enoiugh said!  JB

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Portland to generate electricity within its own water pipes

Portland to generate electricity within its own water pipes | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
There's a lot of water constantly moving through the municipal pipelines of most major cities. While the water itself is already destined for various uses, why not harness its flow to produce hydr...
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Scientists Synthesize an Entirely New Form of Silicon

Scientists Synthesize an Entirely New Form of Silicon | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Using a novel high-pressure precursor process, scientists from the Carnegie Institution for Science have synthesized an entirely new form of silicon.

Washington, D.C. — Silicon is the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust. When purified, it takes on a diamond structure, whi
Joel Barker's insight:

The use of high pressure to create this new form of silicon can be applied to other elements as well. This is a new frontier for materials and it is almost entirely unexplored.  JB

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New Anti-HIV Candidate Blocks Every Strain of HIV-1, HIV-2 and SIV

New Anti-HIV Candidate Blocks Every Strain of HIV-1, HIV-2 and SIV | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it

In a new study, researchers show that a new drug candidate blocks every strain of HIV-1, HIV-2 and SIV that has been isolated from humans or rhesus macaques, including the hardest-to-stop variants.


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The level of sophistication shown in the new research boggles the mind. Think of how far we have come in two decades of dealing with this seemingly unstoppable virus. Way to go, Scientists!!!  JB

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NASA tests ‘impossible’ no-fuel quantum space engine – and it actually works | ExtremeTech

NASA tests ‘impossible’ no-fuel quantum space engine – and it actually works | ExtremeTech | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
NASA didn't set out to confirm the feasibility of a seemingly impossible fuel-less thruster design, but it seems they did exactly that.
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Can't wait for the follow-up to confirm and not. Remember when radio would have been considered magic. This could be in the same category.  JB

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Graphite Foam Could Harness Energy from Temperature Gradient in Oceans

Graphite Foam Could Harness Energy from Temperature Gradient in Oceans | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) think that they could use graphite foam to harness energy from the temperature gradient in tropical waters, where the difference between surface and bottom varies as much as 70 to 80 degrees.



In the tropics, going down just a couple
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Wouldn't it be great to reduce the heat in the upper ocean b converting some of it to electricity?  JB

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Men have hands amputated and replaced with bionic ones - tech - 25 February 2015 - New Scientist

Men have hands amputated and replaced with bionic ones - tech - 25 February 2015 - New Scientist | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Three people with paralysed arms had their hands amputated and replaced by prosthetic ones that they control with their mind
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So the beginning of the five million dollar man. How much courage does it take to have your hand lopped off?  JB

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3D Graphene Aerogel Catalyst Shows Promise for Fuel Cells

3D Graphene Aerogel Catalyst Shows Promise for Fuel Cells | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
New research from Rice University shows that graphene nanoribbons formed into a three-dimensional aerogel and enhanced with boron and nitrogen are excellent catalysts for fuel cells.

A team led by materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan and chemist James Tour made metal-free aerogels from graphen
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Now to get a source of hydrogen that isn't methane.  JB

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Holey Graphene Framework Boosts the Energy Density of Electrochemical Capacitors

Holey Graphene Framework Boosts the Energy Density of Electrochemical Capacitors | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Scientists at UCLA have developed a new graphene material that bridges gap between traditional capacitors and batteries, boosting the energy density of electrochemical capacitors and putting them on a par with lead acid batteries.

Researchers at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at
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So many new approaches to batteries coming almost weekly. Someone (Elon Musk?) is going to aggregate these options and produce the 21st battery that will change the world.  JB

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Graphene derivative interferes with seemingly invincible cancer stem cells

Graphene derivative interferes with seemingly invincible cancer stem cells | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Graphene oxide is a surprising ally against tumor metatasis, a process where hardy cancer stem cells survive radiation and chemotherapy and cause cancer to spread and grow again. The graphene deri...
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You know what I'm gonna say: here we go again. Another use for graphene that doesn't make sense but exists.  Great stuff!!!!  JB

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Researchers create world's first 3D-printed jet engines

Researchers create world's first 3D-printed jet engines | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Working with colleagues from Deakin University and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), researchers from Australia's Monash University have created the world's fir...
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Additive manufacturing continues to grow in sophistication. But, all in all, it still takes about 10 years to make it to market.  JB

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Going small with silicon potentially has big implications for lithium-ion battery capacity

Going small with silicon potentially has big implications for lithium-ion battery capacity | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Silicon would be an excellent anode material for lithium-ion batteries, if only it did not have the tendency to make the cell explode with use. Researchers at the University of California, Riversi...
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This new material solves every problem lithium batteries have had. If it scales up successfully, it will revolutionize  electric storage. Elon Musk should be knocking on their door any minute!  JB

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CorPower system gives wave power the gears

CorPower system gives wave power the gears | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Harnessing wave power can be a tricky business. It's one thing to build a device that simply moves up and down with the waves, but another to build one that's efficient enough to be cost-effective...
Joel Barker's insight:

This is a variation on a design that was tried off Portland. That one failed but this looks like it overcomes the key problem they had. This is a good example of not assuming if an idea doesn't work one way it won't work anyway.  We'll watch and see what hapens.  JB

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Behold The Tweel, A Tire That Never Goes Flat

Behold The Tweel, A Tire That Never Goes Flat | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
The tire-plus-wheel combination became available to civilians in November
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It only works for slow-moving vehicles right now, but it is a start. JB

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Reducing Myc Gene Activity Significantly Increases the Healthy Lifespan of Mice

Reducing Myc Gene Activity Significantly Increases the Healthy Lifespan of Mice | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
In a newly published study, scientists reveal that reducing Myc gene activity extended the lifespan of mice. The mice lived 15 percent longer on average — 20 percent longer for females and 10 percent longer among males.

Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — A team of scientists ba
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Another pathway to extended life.  JB

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Inkjet-Printing System Could Enable Mass-Production of Large-Screen OLED Displays

Inkjet-Printing System Could Enable Mass-Production of Large-Screen OLED Displays | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Based on years of Institute research, MIT spinout Kateeva has developed an “inkjet printing” system that could cut manufacturing costs enough to pave the way for mass-producing flexible and large-screen OLED displays.

Flexible smartphones and color-saturated television displays were some
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When you can "print" TV screens at high speed and in large sizes, you create the opportunity for wallsized screens at low cost. This is getting close to the science fiction of the late 20th century. It also promises very low cost TV for people who are unable to afford such things now.  JB

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Sun-free farming: Indoor crops under the spotlight - environment - 12 February 2015 - New Scientist

Sun-free farming: Indoor crops under the spotlight - environment - 12 February 2015 - New Scientist | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
It tastes great, is hyper-local and is available all year round. But is growing food indoors in our cities really sustainable, asks Michael Le Page
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The urban farming paradigm is spreading worldwide. This is really good because it means many more experiments to find the optimum rules for growing different plants.  JB

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New aluminum air battery could blow past lithium-ion, runs on water

New aluminum air battery could blow past lithium-ion, runs on water | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Fuji is claiming a breakthrough in new aluminum-air batteries, with a commercialized design coming in 2015. If successful, the new battery technology could dethrone lithium-ion altogether and revolutionize the EV industry.
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Promises, promises. Actually, there are at least four unveilings that have been announced for 2015. I hope they are ALL successful.  JB

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