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A Bionic, Mind-Controlled Arm, From the Inventor of the Segway

A Bionic, Mind-Controlled Arm, From the Inventor of the Segway | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The FDA just approved a prosthetic arm that amputees can control with their brains.
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Regenerating Plastic Grows Back After Damage - YouTube

Professor Scott White discusses the research breakthrough that allows plastic to not only heal, but truly regenerate. Self-healing materials have been around...
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The Great Extinction

The Great Extinction | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
There’s nothing unnatural about human beings’ wholesale destruction of fellow species. That’s the problem.
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Does the Science of Human Behavior Only Show Us What We Want to See?

Does the Science of Human Behavior Only Show Us What We Want to See? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The behavioral sciences have become a popular oracle like never before. But they are suffering a crisis of credibility. Can psychology repair itself?
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App-Controlled Hearing Aid Improves Even Normal Hearing

App-Controlled Hearing Aid Improves Even Normal Hearing | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
As they work more closely with our mobile computers, devices that once simply fixed whatever ailed us will begin to do much more.
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In a first, stem cells cloned from human skin

In a first, stem cells cloned from human skin | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it

In a major breakthrough, scientists have for the first time grown stem cells from a man’s skin using cloning techniques.

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Now You Can File For Divorce Online With Wevorce, The H&R Block Of Nasty Breakups

Now You Can File For Divorce Online With Wevorce, The H&R Block Of Nasty Breakups | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The startup that is trying to take the cost, hassle, and acrimony out of the uncoupling process.
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Why futurologists are always wrong – and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians

Why futurologists are always wrong – and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
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Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com

Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Five years ago, a team of researchers from Google announced a remarkable achievement in one of the world’s top scientific journals, Nature. Without needing the results of a single medical check-up, they were nevertheless able to track the spread of
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The Navy's Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels

The Navy's Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is building technology that will allow the military to capture solar power in orbit and project it back down to Earth.
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Demo of mind-controlled exoskeleton planned for World Cup

Demo of mind-controlled exoskeleton planned for World Cup | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The World Cup opening ceremony next month in Brazil in and of itself will be enough to make June 12 a standout for athletes and their fans but yet another eye-opener may make the Sao Paulo stadium opener long remembered globally. This is when a mind-controlled exoskeleton designed to enable a paralyzed ...
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The Secret History of Life-Hacking of the Cult of Self-Optimization

The Secret History of Life-Hacking of the Cult of Self-Optimization | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
How the cult of self-optimization was born on the factory floor—with a manager's stopwatch in hand.
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Technology Is Taking Over English Departments

Technology Is Taking Over English Departments | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Humanists should critique the digital humanities, not embrace it, unless they want to sell their birthright for a mess of apps. 
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Don't Type! Pinch and Swipe the Air Instead

Don't Type! Pinch and Swipe the Air Instead | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Wave your hands around in the air to control your keyboard, type messages and manipulate data.
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Want to reboot civilization? What you’ll need

Want to reboot civilization? What you’ll need | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
When you’re looking down the barrel of a civilization-erasing event, you have to plan for a world where humanity has lost everything. Canned goods might be nice, but you’d better have brought along a can opener—or know how to make one. What information should we leave survivors? And how do we store it so they can actually make use of it? In recent years, these questions have jumped onto the research agendas of a range of thinkers, from physicists to philosophers to agricultural engineers to librarians, who are considering how to curate and preserve caches of the most useful and important information, tools, and biological samples from today’s world.
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Google invents smart contact lens with built-in camera: Superhuman Terminator-like vision here we come

Google invents smart contact lens with built-in camera: Superhuman Terminator-like vision here we come | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Google has invented a new smart contact lens with an integrated camera. By virtue of being part of the contact lens, the camera would naturally follow your gaze, allowing for a huge range of awesome applications, from the basis of a bionic eye system for blind and visually impaired people, through to early warning systems (the camera spots a hazard before your brain does), facial recognition, and superhuman powers (telescopic and infrared/night vision). In related news, Google Glass is publicly available today in the US for one day only (still priced at $1500).
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Lucile Debethune's curator insight, April 21, 2014 6:42 AM

Vous pensiez que Minority report était de la science fiction ? allez faire un tour sur les démos de P. Mistry ou J. Underkoffler pour la visualisation ou sur un article que j'ai fait passer ici sur les technologies "mood-sensitive" (Edit : ici en fait :/http://www.scoop.it/t/robot-cerveau). Vous pensez que Terminator n'arriverais jamais? c'est peut être pour demain, en tout cas pour la vision (les recherches sont conduites depuis longtemps http://iopscience.iop.org/0960-1317/21/12/125014) mais Google pourrait le commercialiser demain...)

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Human body parts grown in a lab

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View the Human body parts grown in a lab photo gallery on Yahoo News. Find more news related pictures in our photo galleries.
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Amputee Feels in Real-Time with Bionic Hand

Dennis Aabo Sørensen is the first amputee in the world to feel sensory rich information -- in real-time -- with a prosthetic hand wired to nerves in his uppe...
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Lucile Debethune's curator insight, April 21, 2014 7:10 AM

Les sensations dans les membres amputés (membres fantomes) viennent d'une région du cerveau particulière reliés à différents nerfs. Il est désormais possible de relier ces régions du cerveau à des prothèses plus ou moins évoluées pour "sentir" et donc, grâce au feedback, mieux manipuler) les objets.

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An Engineering Company Is Creating a Robot Army, Inspired by Nature

An Engineering Company Is Creating a Robot Army, Inspired by Nature | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
These robots want to make laborious tasks easier in the factories of the future.
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Immanuel Velikovsky: From Visionary to the Fringe

Immanuel Velikovsky: From Visionary to the Fringe | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
In the 1940s, a curiously enigmatic figure haunted New York City’s great libraries, his mind afire with urgent questions whose resolution might reveal, once and for all, the most ancient secrets of the universe in their crystalline clarity.
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