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Tesco Homeplus Virtual Subway Store in South Korea

When grocery chain Tesco wanted to expand their market share in South Korea, they came up with a brilliant idea. Because the people in South Korea work long hours they thought of an efficient way to sell their products. The Korean subsidiary Home Plus put up billboards in subway stations with their range of products, accompanied by QR, or Quick Response codes. All people had to do now is scan the QR codes with their cell phone and the groceries were delivered to their doorsteps.
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A robot that flies like a bird | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Plenty of robots can fly -- but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings.
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From Technologist to Philosopher - Manage Your Career

From Technologist to Philosopher - Manage Your Career | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Why you should quit your technology job and get a Ph.D. in the humanities
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Observations: Learn to Forgive Yourself in a Parallel Universe

Observations: Learn to Forgive Yourself in a Parallel Universe | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Let me be clear: Another Earth , opening July 22, is not a science-fiction film, despite its premise of the discovery of a planet just like our own.
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Jay Rosen on Journalism in the Internet Age

Jay Rosen on Journalism in the Internet Age | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
In a break from our usual practice of focusing on books, we asked the journalism analyst and veteran blogger to recommend five articles illustrating the upheavals of the news business
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Japanese firm perfects fuel cell for homes of the future

Japanese firm perfects fuel cell for homes of the future | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A Japanese company has perfected the technology that will store green energy in the homes of the immediate future and control where and when that power is provided to the building.
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Hilarious and Surprising Predictions of the Future…From the 1960s! (video)

Hilarious and Surprising Predictions of the Future…From the 1960s! (video) | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"Nothing should make a futurist more wary than looking at the history of the profession and seeing how hilarious its mistakes have been. Jetpacks, flying cars, death rays…the future isn’t quite what the past hoped it would be. Of course, when predictions do come true it can be really shocking. I thought I’d treat you to some of the more entertaining and eye-opening videos that show classic predictions from the 1960s. Check them out below. The Jet Age couldn’t imagine the Age of Social Media clearly, but they got a few things right. And many more hilariously wrong."
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Researchers create the first artificial neural network out of DNA

Researchers create the first artificial neural network out of DNA | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence has been the inspiration for countless books and movies, as well as the aspiration of countless scientists and engineers.
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Cheaper and cleaner electricity from wave-powered ships (w/ video)

Cheaper and cleaner electricity from wave-powered ships (w/ video) | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- At the Clean Technology 2011 Conference and Expo in Boston, Andre Sharon presented a new concept of using ships equipped with a wave-power system to harvest energy and deliver it back to a power grid on shore.
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Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now | Video on TED.com

Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now | Video on TED.com | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
TED Talks Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on "external brains" (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives.
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A Light for the Future: On the Political Uses of a Dying Body

ORDINARILY, POLITICS is very much about living bodies—bodies assembled or scattered, hungry or well-fed, bodies migrating or accommodated. In a world without bodies, there would be no politics, and no...
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The Case for Parallel Universe: Scientific American

The Case for Parallel Universe: Scientific American | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Why the multiverse, crazy as it sounds, is a solid scientific idea...
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Scientists Develop Blood Test To Detect Alzheimer’s Disease Before Patients Even Show Symptoms

Scientists Develop Blood Test To Detect Alzheimer’s Disease Before Patients Even Show Symptoms | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"After decades of sluggish progress the battle against Alzheimer’s disease is moving fast. Just last year scientists showed that spinal fluid can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with a 100 percent accuracy. And a pair of studies published earlier this month showed brain scans to be reliable enough for commercial use. Now a group of researchers has shown that blood can be used to diagnose the disease. Routine blood tests could lead to earlier diagnoses and prove invaluable in efforts to treat the disease early and eventually find a cure."
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UK Researchers Urge Rules Governing Creation and Use of Human-Animal Hybrids

UK Researchers Urge Rules Governing Creation and Use of Human-Animal Hybrids | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"A new regulatory group should be formed to oversee experiments that mix animal and human DNA, British researchers said Friday. While the experiments themselves don’t necessarily need stricter regulation, there are a few types of experiments that could “approach social and ethically sensitive areas,” so they should have an extra layer of scrutiny, the researchers said.
Although it sounds like something from science fiction, human-animal hybrids are actually very common — at least on a genetic, cellular level. In the past few weeks alone, we’ve seen mice engineered to express a human form of hemophilia, and cows engineered to produce milk with human characteristics. Human DNA is frequently inserted into mice to study cancer, and so on."
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The Siren's Call: Apocalyptic world? Forget about it!

The Siren's Call: Apocalyptic world? Forget about it! | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Marcel Proust , the great author of memory, gets a swift kick in the pants in Dan Simmons' latest novel of an apocalyptic future, "Flashback" (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown: 560 pp., $27.99).
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Retracted: Study on Genetics that Extends Human Longevity to 100: Scientific American

Retracted: Study on Genetics that Extends Human Longevity to 100: Scientific American | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Technical problems mar study of centenarians.
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Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race - BusinessWeek

Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race - BusinessWeek | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The Pentagon, the IMF, Google, and others have been hacked.
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Kurzweil: 3 Supplements To Let You Live Until The Singularity (video)

Kurzweil: 3 Supplements To Let You Live Until The Singularity (video) | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"The future could be a paradise of technological wonders, but you’ll (probably) need to keep yourself alive for decades in order to enjoy all it has to offer. Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author, and futurist, predicts that The Singularity is coming in 2045 and he plans on living long enough to see it. No mean feat considering he’ll be 97 at the time. In order to survive to know whether his predictions come true, Kurzweil takes 150 pills a day, some 70 to 80 different substances that “radically reprogram [his] body’s biochemistry.” In a recent interview on BigThink, Kurzweil explained what he thought were the three most important supplements on that list. Check out the brief video below. Spoiler alert: the substances are coenzyme Q10, phosphatidylcholine, and vitamin D."
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A New Therapy Without Side Effects Could Improve Dramatically Chemotherapy

A New Therapy Without Side Effects Could Improve Dramatically Chemotherapy | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
This significant progress –based on nanotechnology– has been achieved by researchers of the universities of Granada, Edimbourgh and Kebangsaan (Malaisie). This therapy is based on the encapsulation of a catalyst (palladium) into microspheres, to synthesize artificial materials or activate drugs into human cells, thus avoiding any toxicity.
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Researchers identify seventh and eighth bases of DNA

Researchers identify seventh and eighth bases of DNA | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
For decades, scientists have known that DNA consists of four basic units -- adenine, guanine, thymine and cytosine.
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Pentagon looks to social media as new battlefield

Pentagon looks to social media as new battlefield | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The Pentagon is asking scientists to figure out how to detect and counter propaganda on social media networks in the aftermath of Arab uprisings driven by Twitter and Facebook.
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Science fiction reflects the extremes of human belief

Science fiction reflects the extremes of human belief | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Liz Williams: It is in the extreme that we learn about the consequences – both positive and negative – of faith in our own day...
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Teaching The NAO Robot Japanese Calligraphy

Teaching The NAO Robot Japanese Calligraphy | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
French robot NAO is taught by an American to write Japanese kanji characters.
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