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Everything You Think You Know About the Collapse of the Soviet Union Is Wrong

Everything You Think You Know About the Collapse of the Soviet Union Is Wrong | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"(...)the motto of the 1980s -- "We cannot live like this any longer!" -- is becoming an article of faith again. The moral imperative of freedom is reasserting itself, and not just among the limited circles of pro-democracy activists and intellectuals."
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Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Humanity

Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Humanity | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress."
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How materials research will drive the 'Innovation Age'

Using and developing new materials has been vital to the development of humankind. Indeed, the naming of the "ages" of history after materials - the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age - demonstrate the importance that humans place in materials.
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Google's Android ambitions go beyond mobile

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Andy Rubin, Google's top mobile-phone executive, likes to talk about everything being "Android-ized." Android has become the top smartphone operating system in the United States, but Google's ambitions for it go well beyond tablet computers and smartphones, even beyond the mobile Web.
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Nanosized diamonds enable progress in retinal prostheses

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Research groups in several countries are making progress in retinal prosthesis development.
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The Internet of Things: Toolbox to help objects communicating via the Net

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Increasingly, the things people use on a daily basis can be connected to the Internet. An alarm clock not only rings, but can also switch on the coffee machine while turning on the light. But what is needed to ensure that the Internet of Things operates as efficiently as possible?
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Humanity Plus: How Transhumanism Could Change the Human Race

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Human technology is an incredible phenomenon. It’s something that grows exponentially: for every advance we make, our next advances are more varied and easier to attain.
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Community: A New Business Model for News

‘… the most powerful emerging business driver in the new economy is community.’...
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Factory farms the only way to feed the world? Not so, argues Science paper

Factory farms the only way to feed the world? Not so, argues Science paper | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
I keep hearing that only large-scale chemical farming can "feed the world" amid population growth and climate change. And I keep reading studies by high-level researchers that argue just the opposite.
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Study: Video wanted on all screens, all the time

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Summer blockbusters or fall and winter Oscar nominees, new research shows younger viewers are likely watching movies on electronic devices as well as movie and television screens to feed their content craving.
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People Argue Just to Win, Scholars Assert

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Rationality evolved to win arguments, some scholars suggest, and flawed reasoning is itself an adaptation.
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New spin on computing: Toward a new breed of computers that can process data using less power

New spin on computing: Toward a new breed of computers that can process data using less power | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Harnessing the magnetic moment, or spin, of electrons rather than their electric charge, physicists have achieved a breakthrough toward the development of a new breed of computing devices that can process data using less power.
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Caloric Restriction: The Science of Eating Less and Living Longer

Caloric Restriction: The Science of Eating Less and Living Longer | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Research suggests consuming fewer calories could slow the aging process, but could it really work?
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Restoring Memory, Repairing Damaged Brains

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Scientists have developed a way to turn memories on and off—literally with the flip of a switch.
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Cuba: Seas to rise more than 30 inches by 2100

Cuban scientists calculate that median sea levels around the Caribbean nation will rise more than 30 inches by the end of the century due to global climate change, official media said Friday.
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Experts ponder era of big data

The era of big data has arrived. Last year, consumers and businesses around the world are estimated to have stored more than 13 exabytes of information on PCs, laptops and other devices - the equivalent of more than 52,000 times the information housed in the Library of Congress. An exabyte is 1 followed by 18 zeros, or a billion gigabytes.
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Futuristic Laptop Concepts

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These days we see laptops as our modern companions.Thankfully there are enough designers who come up with extremely creative design concepts for laptops.
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Mind Control & the Internet by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books

Mind Control & the Internet by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Early this April, when researchers at Washington University in St. Louis reported that a woman with a host of electrodes temporarily positioned over the speech center of her brain was able to move a computer cursor on a screen simply by thinking but not pronouncing certain sounds, it seemed like the Singularity—the long-standing science fiction dream of melding man and machine to create a better species—might have arrived.
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Stay Cool in The Summer With Columbia Omni-Freeze Ice Clothing

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Columbia introduced a new line Omni-Freeze Ice clothing that will cool you to the core even on the hottest of days.
The clothing is made of flat fibers that lay close to your skin and help remove both your body heat and sweat on a hot day.
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100 Year Starship Study: Call for Papers

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We’re keeping a close eye on the 100 Year Starship Study, and with the call for papers for its upcoming conference just issued, I want to run this verbatim.
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Scientists create hottest substance on Earth

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Scientists using the world's largest atom smasher have made some of the hottest and densest matter ever achieved on Earth.
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