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At Google X, a Top-Secret Lab Dreaming Up the Future

At Google X, a clandestine lab that many employees do not know exists, engineers and robotics experts are tackling a list of 100 shoot-for-the-stars ideas that eventually might not seem so far-fetched.

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Video game playing tied to creativity, research shows

Video game playing tied to creativity, research shows | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Both boys and girls who play video games tend to be more creative, regardless of whether the games are violent or nonviolent, according to new research.
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Space and Earth Science: Nanomaterials - Researching graphene nanoelectronics for a post-silicon world

Space and Earth Science: Nanomaterials - Researching graphene nanoelectronics for a post-silicon world | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

A new study from researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute details how stacking nanoribbons of graphene can boost the material’s ability to transmit electrical charges. The discovery further supports the idea that graphene could one day replace traditional copper as the best material for interconnects that transmit data and power around computer chips. Credit: Rensselaer/Nayak

Copper's days are numbered, and a new study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute could hasten the downfall of the ubiquitous metal in smart phones, tablet computers, and nearly all electronics. This is good news for technophiles who are seeking smaller, faster devices.

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NEUROSCIENCE: Stock Market Correlations Aren't As High As You Think

NEUROSCIENCE: Stock Market Correlations Aren't As High As You Think | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Calculating correlations might seem like a task that could be carried out only in the most "rational" areas of the brain. But it turns out that humans process relationships among variables in a region of the brain called the insula, which processes visceral reactions like disgust and pain. The study also suggests that people learn best about correlation by focusing on long-term trends or sequences, rather than on isolated, salient events.


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The World’s First Vertical Forest: An… | Bit Rebels

The World’s First Vertical Forest: An… | Bit Rebels | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
I'd like to introduce you to the world's first Bosco Verticale (Italian for Vertical Forest), which is being built right now in Milan.
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olsen jay nelson's comment, November 13, 2011 7:21 AM
It's pretty amazing. Now they're doing it, you wonder why they didn't do it sooner ...
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Neural Networking: Your Brain's Internal Connections Operate Like a Country Club: Scientific American Gallery

Neural Networking: Your Brain's Internal Connections Operate Like a Country Club: Scientific American Gallery | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

The researchers liken the favored networks to a country club setting, in which people with a great number of social connections bond with other connection-rich socialites. In the brain, the socialites (the hubs with the most connections, shown in red in the image) included the regions that aggregate and process many kinds of information—the superior frontal and superior parietal cortex, for example, as well as the subcortical hippocampus, putamen and thalamus.


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"Change deafness" - the scant attention we pay to the voice on the end of the phone

"Change deafness" - the scant attention we pay to the voice on the end of the phone | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Our perception of the world is so restricted by the brain's finite attentional resources that large changes to the visual scene can occur without us noticing. Psychologists have studied this extensively and they call it "change blindness". But what about our limited vigilance to the world of sound? In a new study, Kimberly Fenn and her team have tested whether people notice when, mid phone-conversation, the person they're talking to changes. They found that unless there was a change of gender, most people didn't notice they were talking to someone else - a phenomenon the researchers call "change deafness".


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200 Years Worth of Temperature Data Compiled in One Alarming Video

200 Years Worth of Temperature Data Compiled in One Alarming Video | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
BEST researchers compiled thousands of data sets on temperature anomalies over the course of two centuries into one alarming video of a warming world.

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A Super-Absorbent Solar Material - Technology Review

A Super-Absorbent Solar Material - Technology Review | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
A new material, patterned at the nanoscale, absorbs a broad spectrum of light and could make thin-film solar cells more efficient.

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Jump Starting the Solar Economy Means Bringing Solar to Every Home, One Neighborhood at a Time

Jump Starting the Solar Economy Means Bringing Solar to Every Home, One Neighborhood at a Time | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Through Community Solar programs—which overcome the high upfront costs of going solar and the complexities of solar subsidy programs—we can jumpstart the solar economy, saving households billions of dollars and creating new jobs, while bringing...

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Decision Making Across Cultures

The TED Talk video by Sheena Iyengar that I am going to discuss is about the actual psychology behind decision making. What Iyengar concludes is that this psychology actually across different cultures, particularly because of the differences between an independent and collective mindset.


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An experiment that lets people experience reality as dolls: Scientific American

An experiment that lets people experience reality as dolls: Scientific American | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

A fascinating experiment that lets people experience reality as dolls--or giants (RT @augmented: SciAm: Researchers use HMD to make people experience reality as dolls or giants http://t.co/2gmUlCMt...

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Sensational Skate Park & Urban Climbing Wall in Spain | WebUrbanist

Sensational Skate Park & Urban Climbing Wall in Spain | WebUrbanist | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Factoria Joven, a skate park and climbing wall in Spain, sets an example for urban youth centers worldwide with its bright and beautiful architecture.

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incredible access to brain functioning: silicon nanomembrane transistors in a multiplexed 360-channel array

incredible access to brain functioning: silicon nanomembrane transistors in a multiplexed 360-channel array | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed and tested a new high-resolution, ultra-thin device capable of recording brain activity from the cortical surface without having to use penetrating electrodes.

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olsen jay nelson's comment, November 14, 2011 7:32 AM
Brilliant!
Sakis Koukouvis's comment, November 14, 2011 7:34 AM
Yes It's very important
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HRP-4C female robot has a new walk (w/ video)

HRP-4C female robot has a new walk (w/ video) | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- Japan's entertaining robot that sings and looks like a beautiful young female is finally learning how to walk just like a beautiful girl—well, almost.

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Face Recognition Moves From Sci-Fi to Social Media

Face Recognition Moves From Sci-Fi to Social Media | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Apps that use facial recognition technology to provide information about a bar scene are developing faster than privacy safeguards.
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"We are people, not brains": Is the "uncritical use" of neuroscience "oozing" into mediation?

"We are people, not brains": Is the "uncritical use" of neuroscience "oozing" into mediation? | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
If you follow my blogs, you know I have for years been decrying the people who tell us that knowledge of the brain can solve conflicts.

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Fear, Greed, And Financial Crises- A Cognitive Neurosciences Perspective

Historical accounts of financial crises suggest that fear and greed are the common denominators of these disruptive events: periods of unchecked greed eventually lead to excessive leverage and unsustainable asset-price levels, and the inevitable collapse results in unbridled fear, which must subside before any recovery is possible. The cognitive neurosciences may provide some new insights into this boom/bust pattern through a deeper understanding of the dynamics of emotion and human behavior. In this chapter, I describe some recent research from the neurosciences literature on fear and reward learning, mirror neurons, theory of mind, and the link between emotion and rational behavior. By exploring the neuroscientific basis of cognition and behavior, we may be able to identify more fundamental drivers of financial crises, and improve our models and methods for dealing with them.


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What's Your Number? | Endless Innovation | Big Think

What's Your Number? | Endless Innovation | Big Think | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Your whole life, reduced to a single number. That’s the goal of an increasing number of companies that are attempting to analyze specific aspects of your life and quantify certain behaviors with a single score. The best known of these companies is Klout, which promises to quantify your Twitter and Facebook behaviors into a single measure of "online influence." By some estimates, over 100 million people now have Klout scores - whether they know it or not. And with the recent popularity of Klout, new scorekeepers are emerging as well, such as the FICO Medication Adherence Score that tells health care insurers how likely you are to take your prescribed medicine and Identified, which gives employers a single measure of how "in demand" you are as a professional.


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Patricia Priske's curator insight, July 24, 2014 4:36 PM

An interesting play on words ... clout vs Klout.  It's so easy to count your social connections when those connections are made via technology.  This basic question, "What's your number?" could be presented to 8th-9th graders at the start of a number theory unit and revisited throughout the unit.

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Futurity.org – Create new life forms with ‘rewritable’ cells

Futurity.org – Create new life forms with ‘rewritable’ cells | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Among the most fundamental challenges facing the scientists will be developing new computer models that more accurately predict the behavior of cells in the laboratory. Scientists can already program individual cells to complete certain tasks but scaling up to create a larger organism is trickier.


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Beyond Consensus or Majority: Notes about Decision-Making in a Leaderless Movement | Anarchist news dot org

Beyond Consensus or Majority: Notes about Decision-Making in a Leaderless Movement | Anarchist news dot org | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

On October 18th I participated in the general assembly meeting in OccupyOakland. On October 22nd I posted a piece about that experience, which I named In Search of Dialogue. Even before writing that piece I have been engaging in my mind with the large question of decision-making in this movement. Since I posted this piece, I have received many comments and have read much that others have written, all of which have taken my thinking forward.


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Musical aptitude relates to reading ability

Musical aptitude relates to reading ability | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Comments:ScienceDaily (Oct. 17, 2011) — Auditory working memory and attention, for example the ability to hear and then remember instructions while completing a task, are a necessary part of musical ability.

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Google+ 'is not a social network' - Telegraph

Google+ 'is not a social network' - Telegraph | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Google+ is not a social network that directly competes with Facebook,
according Nikesh Arora, the company’s chief business officer.
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The Need To Keep Nanotechnology Products Safe - Blogcritics Sci/Tech

The Need To Keep Nanotechnology Products Safe - Blogcritics Sci/Tech | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Nanotechnology is not some sci-fi concept of the future. It's already a part of more than 1,000 products today, and it needs to be kept safe for human use.
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