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Cheap heroin replaces painkillers as drug of choice

Cheap heroin replaces painkillers as drug of choice | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A survey of more than 9,000 patients at drug treatment centers confirms an increase in heroin use as prescription painkillers become too expensive and difficult to buy.
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So the drug companies thought they had a captive market. Wrong again. Their justification for marking up drugs is unacceptable when we know it to be a fact that the longer you make something, the more efficient you get at doing that. Yet, because their product is badly needed, they price,  not on a specific margin, but on the results. So, those who cannot afford the legal drug, go to the illegal drug. Shame on the drug companies for causing this to happen.  JB

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This has been a long standing issue of the implications opiate prescription pain medication has done over the years reguarding addiction and heroin. 

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Blocking protein gateway in malaria parasite paves way for new drug treatments

Blocking protein gateway in malaria parasite paves way for new drug treatments | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A study carried out by researchers from the Burnet Institute, Monash University and Deakin University has shown that blocking a gateway used by the malaria ...
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New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold

New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Researchers at Aalborg University, MIT and Caltech have developed a new technique that makes the nodes of a network much smarter and adaptable, leading to i...
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UK scientists develop super-black material that absorbs 99.6 percent of surface light

UK scientists develop super-black material that absorbs 99.6 percent of surface light | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A newly produced material is believed to be the "blackest" ever created. Vantablack is a pure carbon coating and absorbs 99.96 percent of incident radiation (solar energy as it hits the material's surface).
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Basic research, yes. Huge potential for products, definitely. Watch how long this takes to become commercial.  JB

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Positively un-American tax dodges

Positively un-American tax dodges | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Bigtime companies are moving their “headquarters” overseas to dodge billions in taxes ... that means the rest of us pay their share.
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The future is more than just emerging technology. It is also shaped by government policy. This seminal article is about US companies running away to get a better tax break while still expecting the USA to protect them and let them use the USA infrastructure. That leaves the rest of us to cover their "costs."  Worth thinking about.  JB

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3D-printed body parts designed for teaching anatomy

3D-printed body parts designed for teaching anatomy | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
While we might not hear much about a "worldwide shortage of cadavers," the fact is that in developing nations and other places, they are in short supply.
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Hadn't thought of this use. Just a further demonstration of how many ways 3D printing can be done. JB

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A cheaper way to make hydrogen fuel - Futurity

A cheaper way to make hydrogen fuel - Futurity | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it

Scientists say they've identified a more efficient and less expensive way to make hydrogen fuel. But sustainable electricity still is in front.  JB

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Hydrogen fuel advocates keep picking away at its weaknesses. Easier to make via this catalyst is a good step forward. But I still see 

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Airborne Giant with 150 metre wingspan

Airborne Giant with 150 metre wingspan | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
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...
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This just reinforces the new diversity in transportation and travel that is going on. Here we have a kind of plane that flies very close to the surface. And at the same time, we have SpaceX building commerial space craft to, ultimately, go to Mars.  Exciting times.  JB

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New record brings superconductors closer to the mainstream

New record brings superconductors closer to the mainstream | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A new high-temperature superconductor can trap a record magnetic field of 17.6 Tesla – an advance that could bring us closer to cheaper maglev and vacuum tr...
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And important incremental improvement. JB

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LG "rolls out" latest flexible and transparent OLED panels

LG "rolls out" latest flexible and transparent OLED panels | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
LG Display has unveiled two new 18-inch OLED panels. The first is a transparent display that boasts transmittance of 30 percent, while the second can be rol...
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This is a dramatic paradigm enhancement for flat screens. How about a 90 inch that roles up into the ceiling. True home theater that would take up very little space when not in use. The Koreans are really doing great work in this paradigm of TV's.  JB

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Crystal switch might lead to cellphone shirts - Futurity

Crystal switch might lead to cellphone shirts - Futurity | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A crystal that can form a paper-like sheet just three atoms thick could potentially create electronics that would be as light and flexible as fibers.
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Innovation at the serge!  JB

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Futuristic biplane design eliminates sonic boom - Images

Futuristic biplane design eliminates sonic boom - Images | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
The Tohoku University design would change shape during flight to adapt to supersonic speeds (Image: Tohoku University)
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I saw this several years ago and then it dropped out of site. I thoiught it was a failed paradigm. Guess not.  JB

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MIT Develops Membrane That Can Separate Highly Mixed Oil-Spill Residues

MIT Develops Membrane That Can Separate Highly Mixed Oil-Spill Residues | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it

A newly developed membrane can separate highly mixed fine oil-spill residues, processing large quantities of the finely mixed materials back into pure oil and water.


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Great if it works. And it sounds like it can be manufactured relatively cheaply.  JB

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The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating "Ocean Cleanup Array"

The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating "Ocean Cleanup Array" | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
The barriers to cleaning up ocean plastic pollution are so massive that the vast majority of the scientific and advocacy community believe it’s a fool’s errand. The solution starts on land.
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A brilliant critique of the "Clean up the plastic in the ocean"  discussion with a viable solution at the end. This is really worth reading if only for the rigor of the criticism.  We need this kind of examination on many of our new ideas to be clear on what we are getting into.  JB

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Txchnologist - Magnets Mean Your New Refrigerator Will Make History

Txchnologist - Magnets Mean Your New Refrigerator Will Make History | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
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This is a paradigm shift of profound proportions. Notice that the very first problems it solves (coolant pollution, moving parts that break) could not be solved using the old paradigm. Also assume that this version is the MOST inefficient of the new paradigm so it will only get better for the next 20 years. 25% decrease in energy over such a broad spectrum of use leads to enormous energy savings. I'll be buying one of the first.  JB

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3D-printed spine cage enables customized spinal fusion surgery

3D-printed spine cage enables customized spinal fusion surgery | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
3D printing has given rise to a new breed of patient-specific surgeries and treatments. Following in the footsteps of recent high-tech solutions such as pri...
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So quickly the 3D printing paradigm is moving into all sorts of uses. Medicine will be quick to adopt because of the improvement in treatment even as the cost goes down.  JB

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New discovery could pave the way for glues that stick like barnacles

New discovery could pave the way for glues that stick like barnacles | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
If you place pretty much any type of solid material in the ocean, barnacles can firmly attach themselves to it. So, what do barnacles know that we don't? Sc...
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What I like best about this article was the scientists had "assumed" that the barnacle was doing one thing and never checked it out. Finally someone did and discovered they were completely wrong. Now, with the new knowledge it looks like we can mimic barnacle glue.  JB

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Warp drive looks more promising than ever in recent NASA studies

Warp drive looks more promising than ever in recent NASA studies | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
NASA has developed a new test rig in the quest for the elusive warp drive.
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Clearly this is an optimist's point of view, but it is good to be stretched and this discussion of faster-than-light space ships does that well. Remember that in 1890, radio would have been considered magic. JB

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Krill loss could be ‘catastrophic’ for polar food chain

Krill loss could be ‘catastrophic’ for polar food chain | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Changes in wind and sea ice cover in the rapidly warming Western Antarctic Peninsula have the potential to affect the food chain—from single-cell organisms to the humpback whale.
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The little control the fate of the big. This is a powerful example.  JB

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Honda's new ASIMO robot is all grown up

Honda's new ASIMO robot is all grown up | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Humanoid robots are continually improving and Honda's ASIMO is no different. Honda's first two-legged robot was born in 1986 and since then, subsequent mode...
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The Honda robot demonstrates just how far robots have come and how long it has taken. Good work, Honda.  JB

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Model 3 to join Tesla's all-electric stable in 2017

Model 3 to join Tesla's all-electric stable in 2017 | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Details have emerged of a new baby all-electric that Tesla plans to add to its stable. Although we have only been able to confirm a 2017 release date with T...
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Tesla is filling out their line and lowering their prices. Watch to see how fast the rest of the industry follows. They screwed up with Prius and gave Toyota massive monopoly advantage. Hopefully they won't do that this time. But, no matter what, WAY TO GO ELON!!!  JB

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Sand-based anode triples lithium-ion battery performance

Sand-based anode triples lithium-ion battery performance | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed an anode using pure nano-silicon made from sand that improves the performance of lithi...
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We are seeing paradigm enhancements on almost every battery front right now. This is an amazing race to see who commericalizes their idea first.  JB

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Layered paper 3D printers: Full colour, durable objects at a fraction of the cost

Layered paper 3D printers: Full colour, durable objects at a fraction of the cost | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Irish company Mcor's unique paper-based 3D printers make some very compelling arguments. Not only are they much cheaper to run than any other 3D printer, th...
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And so we are now starting to see wonderful variations on the theme of 3D printing. This one uses paper to create specific kinds of products that work well in the paper medium. I can see this kind of machine in schools all over the world with kids creating CAD designs and then realizing them through this process.  JB

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Newly discovered fungus holds clues to stopping superbugs

Newly discovered fungus holds clues to stopping superbugs | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A research team from McMaster University, the University of British Columbia and Cardiff University has discovered a fungus in the soil of the Canadian prov...
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This could be a big deal!  It is too early to know but the research sounds right and the fact that the fungi molecule is so transparent in what it does to stop the antibiotic resistance, suggests it can be fully tested for its own long term implications. I will be following this because antibiotic resistance is one of the five big threats to humanity in the 21st century.  JB

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Audi set to cut vehicle weight with introduction of fiberglass springs

Audi set to cut vehicle weight with introduction of fiberglass springs | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
The quest for ever-greater fuel efficiency is driving auto manufacturers to extreme lengths to reduce the weight of their vehicles. In its search for enlig...
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This is a materials paradigm shift for the auto industry. Reduced weight is the mantra these days and these new fiberglas springs sure do that!  JB

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New water-based organic battery is cheap, rechargeable and eco-friendly

New water-based organic battery is cheap, rechargeable and eco-friendly | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it

A team of scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) are working on a water-based organic battery that is cheaper, more environmentally friendly...

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If you look back just 10 years, we were bemoaning the fact that there were no good battery technologies to meet the new tech requirements. Now we have paradigm shifting battles around new battery designs. It's what we need, so this is very good!  JB

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