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America Needs Clean Energy Support

America Needs Clean Energy Support | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

In today's competitive global economy, technological innovation is essential to long-term U.S. economic security, and the energy sector should be a particular priority. Failure to extend key U.S. clean energy initiatives would be contrary to U.S. interests.

 

Expansion in the clean energy industry will fuel economic progress and strengthen our national security. American scientific leadership has spurred innovative new energy generation and storage technologies -- from solar and wind power to fuel cells and electric vehicles. These sources can be domestically produced and deployed over time. And these are the energy options that the world's fastest-growing economies are using to support development without harming the environment.

 

Research by The Pew Charitable Trusts shows that the clean energy sector is growing rapidly -- by more than 600 percent in the past seven years. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, investments in this sector eclipsed those for conventional energy last year for the first time. Additional Pew research shows that investment in the sector could total some $2.3 trillion this decade.

 

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Tesla’s Rapidly Expanding Network of Charging Stations Form Unbroken Chain up the West Coast

Tesla’s Rapidly Expanding Network of Charging Stations Form Unbroken Chain up the West Coast | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors manufactures electric cars. There's just one small item missing—charging stations. You can travel anywhere in the US and never be further than a tank of gas from the next gas station.
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Neurocam is a wearable camera that detects your emotions to automatically record what your interested in

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Andy and Lana Wachowski hope new sci-fi film takes off | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Andy and Lana Wachowski hope new sci-fi film takes off  | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis will star in ‘Jupiter Ascending,' the latest movie from 'The Matrix' directors.
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Heidi Boghosian: Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance (2013) — Monoskop Log

Heidi Boghosian: Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance (2013) — Monoskop Log | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Writings on art, culture, and media technology

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First Drone Conference Takes Off

First Drone Conference Takes Off | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
The first day of the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference in NYC was a big success. Check out a summary of the proceedings. Read more on MAKE

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Why don’t we have fusion yet? | KurzweilAI

Why don’t we have fusion yet? | KurzweilAI | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
The preamplifiers of the National Ignition Facility. The unified lasers deliver 1.8 megajoules of energy and 500 terawatts of power --- 1,000 times more than

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Fusion milestone passed at US lab

Fusion milestone passed at US lab | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Harnessing fusion - the process that powers the Sun - could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.

But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive.

Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion.


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On the Space Between the Human and the Post- Human

On the Space Between the Human and the Post- Human | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
What especially distinguishes human beings from other animals has been the degree to which they seek out and invent ways to leverage the basics of their biology to reach ever more complex levels of thought and action.

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First computer made of tiny carbon nanotubes is unveiled

First computer made of tiny carbon nanotubes is unveiled | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

The miniaturization of electronic devices has been the principal driving force behind the semiconductor industry, and has brought about major improvements in computational power and energy efficiency. Although advances with silicon-based electronics continue to be made, alternative technologies are being explored. Digital circuits based on transistors fabricated from carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have the potential to outperform silicon by improving the energy–delay product, a metric of energy efficiency, by more than an order of magnitude. Hence, CNTs are an exciting complement to existing semiconductor technologies.

 

Owing to substantial fundamental imperfections inherent in CNTs, however, only very basic circuit blocks have been demonstrated. Scientists from Stanford recently show how these imperfections can be overcome, and demonstrate the first computer built entirely using CNT-based transistors. The CNT computer runs an operating system that is capable of multitasking: as a demonstration, we perform counting and integer-sorting simultaneously. In addition, we implement 20 different instructions from the commercial MIPS instruction set to demonstrate the generality of our CNT computer. This experimental demonstration is the most complex carbon-based electronic system yet realized. It is a considerable advance because CNTs are prominent among a variety of emerging technologies that are being considered for the next generation of highly energy-efficient electronic systems.


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Russ Roberts's curator insight, October 1, 2013 8:35 AM

Another computer revolution may be upon us. Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Solar And Electric Vehicles Will Kill Industry Dinosaurs

Solar And Electric Vehicles Will Kill Industry Dinosaurs | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy. Several years ago, Tony Seba, an energy expert from Stanford University, published a book called Solar Trillions, predicting how solar technologies would redefine the world’s energy markets and create an...

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Cognitive Biases in Evaluating Human Life

Cognitive Biases in Evaluating Human Life | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
One of the greatest feats of the human brain is its ability to filter a vast amount of information into a manageable stream of relevant information.

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Aldous Huxley describes this as a ‘reducing valve’ – our brains funnel the enormous amount of information in the environment in whichever way proved to be most adaptive to our ancestors.

This means two things; we have sampled an excruciatingly tiny portion of the buffet of potential experiences our neural hardware is capable of, and we are insensitive to certain environmental information that didn’t confer an adaptive advantage in the ancestral environment. Developing sensitivity to this information is crucial for rational and ethical behaviour in the modern world.

Cognitive biases can lead the most empathic and conscientious people to behave in ways that could appear as sheer callousness.

The source of this seemingly selfish behaviour is not malice or indifference, but more that our brains are not equipped to apprehend reality as it really is. By recognizing our cognitive limitations we can understand why people act in inconsistent and unethical ways and how we can avoid falling into the same trap ourselves.

If people acted in accordance with their espoused egalitarian preferences, they would treat the value of every human life equally. In practice this is not the case. Despite endorsing egalitarian norms studies have shown unconscious cognitive biases can lead to valuation functions that decrease in absolute value as the number of victims increases!


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Smart neural dust could carry sensors deep into the human brain, send data back out

Smart neural dust could carry sensors deep into the human brain, send data back out | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
You can't do science without data, and a team at Berkeley has proposed a method to get a lot more data about the brain. All they need to do is sprinkle your brain with tiny dust-like sensors.

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Reinventing Discovery | Michael Nielsen

Reinventing Discovery | Michael Nielsen | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

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I’m very excited to say that my new book, “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science”, has just been released!

 

The book is about networked science: the use of online tools to transform the way science is done. In the book I make the case that networked science has the potential to dramatically speed up the rate of scientific discovery, not just in one field, but across all of science. Furthermore, it won’t just speed up discovery, but will actually amplify our collective intelligence, expanding the range of scientific problems which can be attacked at all."


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, July 19, 2013 10:06 PM

I can't recommend this book highly enough -- six stars on a scale of five. The most detailed, well scaffolded with examples and supporting research, and well-written how-to do collective intelligence in the field of science. It's about open science as much as collective intelligence, but understanding each field illuminates understanding of the other.

Barbara Truman's curator insight, July 20, 2013 5:49 AM

Timely! My copy had just found its way to the top of my book pile to mention in my dissertation on transdisciplinarity. Imagine the FoldIT game where the whole family can play and be entertained while engaging in valuable citizen science and collective intelligence. Calling all leaders who can wield such superpowers. 

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Highly recommended by two people who I respect.

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IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WiSEE) | KurzweilAI

Spaceflight involves critical sensing and communication in extreme environments such as planetary surfaces, space vehicles, and space habitats. The many
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Solar and Wind Power Cheaper Than Coal

A new study revealed that it is now less costly to get electricity from solar panels and wind turbines that from traditional coal-powered power plants.
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Keeping Science in the Right Hands

Keeping Science in the Right Hands | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Cutting-edge scientific research such as synthetic biology has brought extraordinary advancements for society, but also terrifying dangers.


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The same augmented reality that makes games more immersive will make in-car ... - TechHive

The same augmented reality that makes games more immersive will make in-car ... - TechHive | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
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Augmented reality is coming to cars, with navigation in mind rather than art or entertainment.

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'Critical phase' for fusion dream

'Critical phase' for fusion dream | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
The world's largest bid to harness the power of nuclear fusion has entered a "critical" phase at Cadarache in the south of France.

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FUSION ENERGY WORKSHOPS

Only a few seats left in Edmonton and Calgary 

https://abctech.ca/uploads/files/Fusion%20Energy%202013/Agenda%20for%20Fusion%20Workshops.pdf

 

Canada is the only developed nation without a fusion energy research program. Yet fusion as an emerging energy source continues to attract significant public and private interest on a global scale  the The Alberta Council of Technologies is assessing the status of major fusion energy research and its commercial implications for Alberta with support from Alberta Energy and Stantec, the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta. 

The study is engaging teams visiting research sites in Europe, Asia and North America. Preliminary results will be available this fall for workshops in Calgary and Edmonton in October and a follow-on international forum to be held in Edmonton in late November.  The Forum is to help formulate the role Alberta and Canada may play in helping advance the development and commercialization of the emerging technology.  In preparation for the Forum the Alberta Council of Technologies is hosting workshops in ...

Calgary, Friday October 25th at Alberta Innovates - Map

Edmonton, Saturday October 26th at Alberta innovates - Map

The workshops will be of interest for companies and research organizations that have an interest in advanced research and the commercial applications of fusion energy in a host of fields from lasers and photonics, to engineering and construction, analytics and materials science.  The workshops will provide highlights of the study, identify Alberta's research and corporate interests, and discuss how to keep companies and research associates in Alberta up-to-date on the commercial status of the research for the benefit of Alberta and Canada.

This email is to solicit the names and contacts for organizations that are interested in receiving an invitation to the workshop in either Calgary or Edmonton.  The workshop rationale and agenda now follows:

FOR THE WORKSHOP AGENDA CLICK HERE

Please reply or contact either of us with your questions and the basis for your expression of interest to attend either the workshop at AITF's facilities n Calgary or the one in Edmonton.  There is no charge for the half-day workshop and a lite lunch will be served.

Thank you,

 

Perry Kinkaide and Allan Offenberger

Co-Chairs - Alberta/Canada Fusion Energy Alliance

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http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nuclear-fusion-research-enters-critical-phase-france

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/global-observer/building-the-worlds-largest-nuclear-fusion-reactor/10646

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Current-and-Future-Generation/Nuclear-Fusion-Power/#.UhbGhz_8Stw

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Underground bases, orbital habitats, hollowed-out asteroids: Can human colonies exist in space?

A look at how human colonies could exist in space, from domed cities to underground bases, to orbital habitats, to hollowed-out asteroids. Also a look at how robots will play a role in space survival; how food will be grown; the advances in space suit and equipment technology; and a look at how resources could be gathered and processed to sustain such otherworldly colonies. 

Space colonization (also called space settlement, or extraterrestrial colonization) is permanent human habitation outside of Earth. There are several arguments for space colonization that can be made: survival of human civilization and the biosphere from possible disasters (natural or man-made), and the huge resources in space for expansion of human society, being the two most common ones.

However, as of right now the building of a space colony would be a hugely difficult and massively expensive project. Space settlements would have to provide for all the material needs of hundreds or thousands of humans, in an environment out in space that is very hostile to human life. They would involve technologies, such as closed-loop life support systems, that have yet to be developed in any meaningful way. They would also have to deal with the as yet unknown issue of how humans would behave and thrive in such places long-term.

There have been no space colonies built so far, nor are there any governments or large-scale private organizations with a timetable for building any. However there have been many proposals, speculations and designs for space settlements that have been made, and there are a considerable number of space colonization advocates and groups. And several famous scientists, such as Freeman Dyson, have come out in favor of space settlement.

The primary argument that calls for space colonization as a first-order priority is as insurance of the survival of human civilization, by developing alternative locations off Earth where humankind could continue in the event of natural and man-made disasters.

Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has argued for space colonization as a means of saving humanity, in 2001 and 2006. In 2001 he predicted that the human race would become extinct within the next thousand years, unless colonies could be established in space. The more recent one in 2006 stated that mankind faces two options: Either we colonize space within the next two hundred years and build residential units on other planets or we will face the prospect of long-term extinction.

Louis J. Halle, formerly of the United States Department of State, wrote in Foreign Affairs (Summer 1980) that the colonization of space will protect humanity in the event of global nuclear warfare. The physicist Paul Davies also supports the view that if a planetary catastrophe threatens the survival of the human species on Earth, a self-sufficient colony could "reverse-colonize" Earth and restore human civilization. The author and journalist William E. Burrows and the biochemist Robert Shapiro proposed a private project, the Alliance to Rescue Civilization, with the goal of establishing an off-Earth backup of human civilization.

J. Richard Gott has estimated, based on his Copernican principle, that the human race could survive for another 7.8 million years, but it isn't likely to ever colonize other planets. However, he expressed a hope to be proven wrong, because "colonizing other worlds is our best chance to hedge our bets and improve the survival prospects of our species"


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Solar Engineering

Climate engineering-which could slow the pace of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere-has emerged in recent years as an extremely controversial technology. A leading scientist long concerned about climate change offers a proposal for an easy fix to what is perhaps the most challenging question of our time. After decades during which very little progress has been made in reducing carbon emissions we must put this technology on the table and consider it responsibly.

David Keith is the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.


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Musk: SpaceX Has All the Pieces For Reusable Rockets

Musk: SpaceX Has All the Pieces For Reusable Rockets | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

On Sunday, SpaceX leapt toward its dream of affordable orbital flight through reusable launch vehicles. The company's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast carrying the Canadian CASSIOPE scientific satellite, as well as a trio of small, university-built satellites. But the big success for Elon Musk's space venture came when some of the rockets succeeded in refiring their engines, a major step toward a reusable Falcon 9.

 

 


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Russ Roberts's curator insight, October 1, 2013 8:37 AM

The development of reusable rocket engines could reduce the cost of launching commercial and amateur radio satellites.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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First "mini human brains" grown from stem cells

First "mini human brains" grown from stem cells | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists have grown the first mini human brains in a laboratory and say their success could lead to new levels of understanding about the way brains develop and what goes wrong in disorders like schizophrenia and autism.

 

Researchers based in Austria started with human stem cells and created a culture in the lab that allowed them to grow into so-called "cerebral organoids" - or mini brains - that consisted of several distinct brain regions. It is the first time that scientists have managed to replicate the development of brain tissue in three dimensions.


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50 Common Cognitive Distortions

50 Common Cognitive Distortions | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
A giant list of ubiquitous cognitive distortions.

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on a more fun side, you might be interested in visual illusion, check this out: http://sprng.me/imthv
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Celkem přesné a věřím, že v článku každný najde to své a dokáže to tím pádem teď správně pojmenovat.

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NOAA's new interactive map shows all the vegetation on the planet

NOAA's new interactive map shows all the vegetation on the planet | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Thanks to the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite, NOAA has put together an incredible interactive map of the world's greenery, we can now see to an amazing degree of detail which parts of the planet is covered in green and which are bare.

The map is thanks to the ability of the satellite to collect 2 TB of data every week -- and that's only the portion of data collected for the vegetation index...


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alistairm 's curator insight, June 24, 2013 12:54 AM

I'm hoping we'll see seasonal changes too! Great potential for looking at conservation issues, biodiversity, urban encroachment etc

Steve Mattison's curator insight, July 19, 2013 6:36 AM

It is a lot greener than you would think considering all the slash and burn hype the media puts out.

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Robots: The future of elder care?

Robots: The future of elder care? | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Would you let a robot take over as a live-in nurse for your aging parent or grandparent?

In 2050, the elderly will account for 16 percent of the global population. That's 1.5 billion people over the age of 65, according to the Population Reference Bureau. Caring for those seniors - physically, emotionally and mentally - will be an enormous undertaking, and experts say there will be a shortage of professionals trained and willing to take on the job.

"We have to find more resources and have to get new ways of delivering those resources and delivering the quality of care," says Antonio Espingardeiro, an expert in robotics and automation at the University of Salford in Manchester, England.

Enter the elder-care robot.


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