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A Scientist Predicts the Future

A Scientist Predicts the Future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When making predictions, I have two criteria: the laws of physics must be obeyed and prototypes must exist that demonstrate “proof of principle.” I’ve interviewed more than 300 of the world’s top scientists, and many allowed me into laboratories where they are inventing the future. Their accomplishments and dreams are eye-opening. From my conversations with them, here’s a glimpse of what to expect in the coming decades:


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Teresa Lima's curator insight, January 10, 2014 4:38 AM

#Not 

I think the future is unpredictable, and no one  can predict the future!

Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, January 16, 2014 7:38 AM

Predicción científica del futuro, esto es un tema a leer por lo menos.

Jesús Martinez's curator insight, January 18, 2014 8:07 AM

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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System - infographic

From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System - infographic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion. 

However, with the way our current food system works, processed foods such as chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers and candy are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, though, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy options. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks.


Do you know where your food comes from? Or what’s in it? How is a hotdog made? Today’s conventional food system depends heavily on the use of toxic chemicals and synthetic inputs that pose threats to our health — especially children’s.


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FarmRoof®'s curator insight, June 28, 2013 2:51 PM

What a great infographic!

sTreet's comment, July 5, 2013 4:03 AM
fantastic
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Shredded Social Safety Net: European Austerity Costing Lives

Shredded Social Safety Net: European Austerity Costing Lives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the euro crisis wears on, the tough austerity measures implemented in ailing member states are resulting in serious health issues, a study revealed on Wednesday.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 5, 2013 4:06 AM

How the EU's austerity policies is leading to more suicides, mental illness and increased epidemics. Spiegel report based on scientific article in The Lancet.

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Green and Healthy Buildings: monitoring consumption & ecology in the built environment

Green and Healthy Buildings: monitoring consumption & ecology in the built environment | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, buildings account for approximately 40 percent of worldwide energy use and are responsible for 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. They also play an important role in the health and wellbeing of those who inhabit them each day.

The mass of information about what makes a building green tends to concentrate on new and innovative designs that create beautiful photo spreads. While such examples are inspiring, they make up a very small percentage of all buildings in operation.

Green Buildings Alive is an environmental initiative aimed at collecting and sharing data on existing buildings between 10 and 60 years old. The data is collected from office towers in Australian Central Business Districts (CBDs) and shared on a public website.

 


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[VIDEO] Putty heals broken bones in days

Scientists from the University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center used adult stem cells to produce a protein involved in bone healing gel. The putty provides full load bearing capabilities. Once its implanted into the site of a fracture bone, it rapidly restore a patient to ambulatory function while healing. Fracture Putty has already been proven to work in animals, and It could be two or more years until human studies are done.

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Infographic: Everything You Need To Know About GMO Laws [or the lack there of]

Infographic: Everything You Need To Know About GMO Laws [or the lack there of] | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Are genetically modified foods, better known as GMOs, safe to eat? Although there is no definitive answer to this question yet, American consumers eat genetically engineered foods all the time. However, the maze of labeling laws makes choosing whether or not they want to eat them a totally different story...


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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, December 2, 2013 7:34 PM

The Huffington Post and visual.ly tell it like it is with GMOs.

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Food Fraud: 10 Counterfeit Products We Commonly Consume

Food Fraud: 10 Counterfeit Products We Commonly Consume | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Coffee, olive oil and fish are just some of the adulterated and intentionally mislabeled foods regularly passed off as something they’re not.

 

In a country where we have relatively strict labeling regulations, many food manufacturers still manage to swindle shoppers by adding fillers or diluting the real deal with less expensive ingredients, without the knowledge of the consumer. And in fact, it’s become so prevalent that the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, a nonprofit that sets standards used by the FDA, set up a database to track the infractions. Called the Food Fraud Database (FFD), it describes food fraud as the "deliberate substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients or food packaging, or false or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain." It has a shocking number of entries.


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Kirk Fontaine's curator insight, April 7, 2013 11:02 AM

This seems to be happening quite frequently in order to cut production and manufacturing costs and the consumer is the one that loses out

Sandi Cornez's curator insight, April 7, 2013 1:13 PM

Good catches. Best advice: be discerning when you shop. Read labels carefully. Buy organic. Do research on brands you're not familiar with. Purchase fresh foods as often as possible. You can make your own orange juice.

nancercize's comment, April 8, 2013 11:55 AM
Natural foods + natural exercise = health.
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Infographic: The Impact Of EV Solar Charging Stations

Infographic:   The Impact Of EV Solar Charging Stations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There are more benefits to driving a solar charged vehicle than meets the eye.

 

As technology for these vehicles improve, so will their travel distance and accessibility, as charging stations are becoming more common, with locations at airports, malls, and even college campuses.

Electric vehicles are good for the environment, and recent studies have shown they also play a role in our health. 

 

This infographic outlines their benefits, compares emissions from the different types of charging stations, maps locations across the US, and summarizes the positive impact electric vehincles have on the economy, environment and our health.


Via Lauren Moss, Stephane Bilodeau
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Electric Car's curator insight, December 30, 2012 12:30 AM

Tesla Motors ( NASDAQ : TSLA ) And SolarCity

have released their Supercharger network

 

Built secretly, Tesla and SolarCity have revealed the first six Superchargers, which will allow the Model S and other electric cars that have the hardware fitted to drive long distances with ultra fast charging, 100% free through California, Nevada and Arizona.

 

Tesla Motors and Elon Musk, CEO, have delivered an audacious preemptive strike on BigOil and Fossil Fuel dealers:

 

Tesla has grabbed the moral environmental high ground with the ambition to have these Solar Powered SuperChargers installed throughout the U.S.A. and then in 2013 - Asia and Europe

Mercor's curator insight, January 31, 2013 9:40 AM

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Science Has Created a Substitute for Breathing

Science Has Created a Substitute for Breathing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A single intravenous injection of a lipid-based gas-filled solution brought 15 minutes worth of life-saving oxygen to rabbits with completely blocked airways.

 

PROBLEM: Patients who can't breathe need oxygen quickly to avoid cardiac arrest and brain injury. Unfortunately, attempts in the early 1900s to intravenously supply this essential gas failed to oxygenate the blood and often caused dangerous air bubbles. Current treatments, such as blood substitutes, breathing masks, and tubes, aren't always effective as well since they still rely on the lungs to function or require time to properly administer. . . .

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Deborah Verran's comment, July 1, 2012 12:40 AM
Brilliant research. Hopefully it is being trialled in humans.