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Medical innovations to expect in 2014

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With significant scientific and medical breakthroughs last year, there are greater expectations  in 2014, BUKOLA ADEBAYO writes Many breakthroughs in medicine

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JIM SINCLAIR - The Coming USD COLLAPSE, Future for GOLD PRICE, U.S. DEBT & HYPER INFLATION

SUBSCRIBE for more from JIM SINCLAIRE, GOLD PRICE, HYPER INFLATION, END OF AMERICA, CHINA, NEW WORLD ORDER and more http://www.youtube.com/AgendaNWO JIM SINC...

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▶ Economy Collapsed! USA Financial Meltdown When Will Economic Collapse Happen Economic - YouTube

The United States could soon become a large-scale Spain or Greece, teetering on the edge of financial ruin. That's according to Donald Trump, who painted a v...

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Taking Advantage of the Pause | The Thinking Stick

Taking Advantage of the Pause | The Thinking Stick | The Future Today | Scoop.it

by Jeff Utecht

 

"I have come to an understanding that this technology trajectory we are on isn’t a straight line. That we go through moments of great technological growth…usually around new hardware….and then we have these plateau periods. They might not be as flat as they look in this image…but there are definitely slower periods I think of innovation as we prepare for the next disruption.

 

"So the image above shows my thoughts on this kind of innovation and plateau idea that I think we go through.

 

"We saw steep climbs when the desktop came out…then there was a period of using them before the Internet came out that created another steep climb of innovation. The laptops and then mobile where other steep moments in technology innovation. These times when we try to figure out what we do with this thing. How does it impact education, what’s it’s best use, etc. We are all trying to figure out how to best use this new technology.

 

"In between these climbs we have moments of pause that allow us to really look at learning, the new technology, and start thinking of ways to really truly use it in the classroom to impact student learning.

I believe we are in one of these pauses right now….we’ve been in one since about 2011…or a year after the iPad came out. There hasn’t been any real new technology. Sure things get faster, smaller, lighter…but it’s all mobile right now…that’s the stage we’re in. I think we also have a couple years left in this pause before wearable technology creates the next steep stage and sends us all once again scrambling to figure out how this new technology impacts education."


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:44 PM

Being an online instructor means you'll make a living by swimming strong in an ever evolving sea of technology.  Ultimately it's about communicating with tech and stimulting thinking as well as independent learning.  Mobile - Wearable - Embeddable tech... all in the next few years my friends.  Are you ready to keep swimming?

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22 global cities implement urban & social innovations to improve lives of 121 million citizens.

22 global cities implement urban & social innovations to improve lives of 121 million citizens.

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Printing the Human Body: How It Works and Where It Is Headed

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The rise of 3D printing has introduced one of the most ground-breaking technological feats happening right now. The most exciting part, though, doesn't have anything to do with printing electronics or fancy furniture, but in producing human tissues, otherwise known as bioprinting. While it is still in its infancy, the future of bioprinting looks very bright and will eventually result in some major advances for society, whilst also saving billions for the economy this is spent on research and development.


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Peter Phillips's curator insight, November 27, 2013 1:55 PM

I can't see this saving money - but it will save lives. The technology to print exists. It is the question of how to develop stem cells into tissue types and then how to link these with the bodies complex control systems (nervous, circulatory and immune). in the best case scenario a grown organ will be recognised as self and the body systems will grow into them. However, organs are not toasters. Researchers are concentrating on easy things like skin grafts and ears at present, but like nano electronics, the future is full of potential and questions.

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 27, 2013 9:27 PM

Will HP buy Organovo, which invented and produces the NovoGen bioprinter?

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, November 29, 2013 5:46 PM

Such astonishingly wonderful ways to use the new 3D printing technology.

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7 Practical Tips To Running an Empowered Small Business

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, November 27, 2013 9:16 PM

Tips that come from practical knowledge. Every startup should read this.

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Two things that jumped out at me, Listen to your employees, clients and your market. The other was to reinvest profits to grow your business

cashflow tuna's curator insight, November 29, 2013 5:18 PM

As the EOY slowly approaches, these few reminders will help every small business end 2013 with stronger cashflow and lower tax liability.

 

Small and medium size business owners without a team of analysts or accountants on hand often wait for the final hour until reality sets in. The brutal reality of not enough sales, spending too much money, and hindsight of a poorly managed staff.  Review the practical tips in theis article to start getting ahead of the game. 

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Meet the flying machine that was inspired by a jellyfish

A mathematician is developing a flying machine that's based off the movement of jellyfish.
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Big 5: Solar innovations gaining popularity in GCC - Construction Week Online

Big 5: Solar innovations gaining popularity in GCC - Construction Week Online | The Future Today | Scoop.it
Big 5: Solar innovations gaining popularity in GCC Construction Week Online Greek solar company Nobel exhibited its collection in solar power innovations at Big 5 this year including solar water heaters, solar collectors, forced circulation systems...
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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid | The Future Today | Scoop.it
Editors' Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a Dec. 3 guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here.
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Top business and IT process automation trends for 2014

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Enterprise technology as we know it is changing. Several years ago, significant improvements in IT were viewed by the business as

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Facebook Inches Closer to Figuring Out the Formula for Love | Wired Design | Wired.com

Facebook Inches Closer to Figuring Out the Formula for Love | Wired Design | Wired.com | The Future Today | Scoop.it
A novel study shows that couples that share certain types of Facebook friends are more likely to break-up.
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Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future ~ TeachThought

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future ~ TeachThought | The Future Today | Scoop.it

by Paul Moss

 

"Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it’s not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum.

 

"Few progressive educationalists would argue that a personal learning network (PLN) is not incredibly valuable and important. Passionate advocates including Murray, Whitby, and Sheninger lead with clarity in such discussions. The wealth of professional development that stems from such a network is quickly defining it as an essential tool for teachers, and will, I believe, replace organised costly professional development undertaken by organisations.

 

"However presently, few discussions and promotions of PLN’s venture further than lauding specific benefits for teachers. But why just teachers, and not students? Could students benefit from a network of learners? Considering the importance of exams in determining futures, it seems that professional development for students not only has unbounded potential, but must be taught as a matter of urgency."


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Expo 2020 to transform Dubai's economic landscape - gulfnews.com

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Expo 2020 to transform Dubai's economic landscape
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Expectations are high in UAE too.
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Bees And Flowers Speak In A Secret UV Color Code

Bees And Flowers Speak In A Secret UV Color Code | The Future Today | Scoop.it
Flowers may use UV patterns to attract bees. See how, and check out photos that shows us approximately what a bee sees when it looks at flowers.

 

UV fluorescence may be a common trait to most flowers, but might be of temporary occurrence for parts of the flower. Anthers, style, and pollen grains occasionally are seen to fluoresce. Strong fluorescence has been noted from nectar glands (Angelica sylvestris) and several other species. Some species show fluorescence of the non-fertilised stigmas, but this trait is difficult to document with my normal technical approach. Fluorescence from outside of the bracts is exhibited by some species. As far as the photography is concerned, the main issue with flower fluorescence is its transient behaviour. It may be present, but the flowers collected for photography don't appear to fluoresce simply because the floral development is in the "wrong" stage. With fluorescent pollen grains, their size often are at or below the detection limit unless quite high magnification is employed, thus calling for a true photomacropgraphic approach. The fluorescing pollen of Mirabilis jalapa has been documented using this method.

 

UV-absorbing substances (flavonyl glucosides) are instrumental in bringing about the fascinating pollinating guide patterns. UV marks on flowers are but a logical extension of the visual pollinating clues provided by evolution in nature. If the flower absorbs UV all over the floral parts, it may appear visually in a "UV-complementary" color even to pollinators capable of seeing in UV. We can only speculate as to the rendition of that complementary color, but if say the insect is modelled as seeing UV as "blue", blue as "green", and green as "red", then the UV complementary would be yellow. Thus, a UV-absorbing yellow flower still would come across as "yellow" even for an insect (or so it might seem, but who are we to know such things anyway).


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CRISPR-Cas: A powerful new tool for precise genetic engineering

CRISPR-Cas: A powerful new tool for precise genetic engineering | The Future Today | Scoop.it

Viruses cannot only cause illnesses in humans, they also infect bacteria. Those protect themselves with a kind of ‘immune system’ which – simply put – consists of specific sequences in the genetic material of the bacteria and a suitable enzyme. It detects foreign DNA, which may originate from a virus, cuts it up and thus makes the invaders harmless. Scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig have now shown that the dual-RNA guided enzyme Cas9 which is involved in the process has developed independently in various strains of bacteria. This enhances the potential of exploiting the bacterial immune system for genome engineering.

 

Even though it has only been discovered in recent years the immune system with the cryptic name ‘CRISPR-Cas’ has been attracting attention of geneticists and biotechnologists as it is a promising tool for genetic engineering. CRISPR is short for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats, whereas Cas simply stands for the CRISPR-associated protein. Throughout evolution, this molecule has developed independently in numerous strains of bacteria. This is now shown by Prof Emmanuelle Charpentier and her colleagues at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) who published their finding in the international open access journal Nucleic Acids Research.

 

The CRISPR-Cas-system is not only valuable for bacteria but also for working in the laboratory. It detects a specific sequence of letters in the genetic code and cuts the DNA at this point. Thus, scientists can either remove or add genes at the interface. By this, for instance, plants can be cultivated which are resistant against vermins or fungi. Existing technologies doing the same thing are often expensive, time consuming or less accurate. In contrast to them the new method is faster, more precise and cheaper, as fewer components are needed and it can target longer gene sequences.

 

Additionally, this makes the system more flexible, as small changes allow the technology to adapt to different applications. “The CRISPR-Cas-system is a very powerful tool for genetic engineering,“ says Emmanuelle Charpentier, who came to the HZI from Umeå and was awarded with the renowned Humboldt Professorship in 2013. “We have analysed and compared the enzyme Cas9 and the dual-tracrRNAs-crRNAs that guide this enzyme site-specifically to the DNA in various strains of bacteria.” Their findings allow them to classify the Cas9 proteins originating from different bacteria into groups. Within those the CRISPR-Cas systems are exchangeable which is not possible between different groups.

 

This allows for new ways of using the technology in the laboratory: The enzymes can be combined and thereby a variety of changes in the target-DNA can be made at once. Thus, a new therapy for genetic disorders caused by different mutations in the DNA of the patient could be on the horizon. Furthermore, the method could be used to fight the AIDS virus HIV which uses a receptor of the human immune cells to infect them. Using CRISPR-Cas, the gene for the receptor could be removed and the patients could become immune to the virus. However, it is still a long way until this aim will be reached.

 

Still those examples show the huge potential of the CRISPR-Cas technology. “Some of my colleagues already compare it to the PCR,” says Charpentier. This method, developed in the 1980s, allows scientists to ‘copy’ nucleic acids and therefore to manifold small amounts of DNA to such an extent that they can be analysed biochemically. Without this ground-breaking technology a lot of experiments we consider to be routine would have never been possible.

 

Charpentier was not looking for new molecular methods in the first place. “Originally, we were looking for new targets for antibiotics. But we found something completely different,” says Charpentier. This is not rare in science. In fact some of the most significant scientific discoveries have been made incidentally or accidentally.

 

Reference:

Ines Fonfara, Anaïs Le Rhun, Krzysztof Chylinski, Kira Makarova, Anne-Laure Lécrivain, Janek Bzdrenga, Eugene V. Koonin, Emmanuelle Charpentier: Phylogeny of Cas9 determines functional exchangeability of dual-RNA and Cas9 among orthologous type II CRISPR-Cas systems.

 

Nucleic Acids Research, 2013, DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkt1074


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How new technologies and innovations are transforming heath care ...

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Tracks focus on consumer engagement, exchange implementation, streamlining administrative processes and enhanced operational efficiency, implementing payment reform initiatives, and new technologies and innovations ...
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34 innovations are PACE finalists - Automotive News

Thirty-four innovations, in such diverse areas as all-wheel drive, adhesives and infotainment, are finalists for the 2014 Automotive News PACE Awards.
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