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High-speed Euro train system gets solar power

High-speed Euro train system gets solar power | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Tunnel lined with 16,000 solar panels can now power things like signaling, lighting, and heating for the high-speed rail system.
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EU regulators scrutinize Facebook's facial recognition feature

EU regulators scrutinize Facebook's facial recognition feature | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"A new Facebook feature that uses face recognition technology to help you tag friends in uploaded photos is being examined for possible EU privacy rule violations." - Are we just giving up our privacy for free?
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War's Cost: To Gain Cooperation, People Punish Others

People are more willing to reward collaborators and punish lone wolves in an effort to force cooperation in times of conflict, according to the research, which was conducted during the 34-day Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006.
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Antimatter trapped for more than 15 minutes

Antimatter trapped for more than 15 minutes | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Physicists have forced flighty atoms of antihydrogen to stick around, affording a better look at how antimatter behaves.
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Global Food Shortage Becomes Urgent as Planet Warms | Climate Change | Global Warming | LiveScience

Global Food Shortage Becomes Urgent as Planet Warms | Climate Change | Global Warming | LiveScience | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A growing global food shortage has caused prices to double in recent years, and a growing consensus of scientists now blames climate change as one factor in an equation that includes a burgeoning population and increasingly scarce water supplies.
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Food Supply Under Strain on a Warming Planet

Food Supply Under Strain on a Warming Planet | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"As global warming puts stresses on farmers feeding a growing world population, financing to develop new crop varieties and new techniques has been slow to materialize." - in the age of ultra-fast, some things remain too slow.
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The Professors, The Press, The Think Tanks—And Their Problems

The Professors, The Press, The Think Tanks—And Their Problems | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"The slow collapse of the newspaper industry has opened up public discourse to additional infusions of ideologically motivated misinformation. Walter Lippmann wouldn’t be pleased." - I myself certainly wonder about this almost daily...
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Life, the Universe and Everything

Life, the Universe and Everything | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"Stewart Brand has been active in politics since the 1960s, when he persuaded NASA to release the first images of the earth from space. The biologist, author and environmental activist sat down with Martin Eiermann to talk about the importance of discoursive frames, nuclear power and the benefits of technological innovation." - And a few more ideas that'll make you wonder.
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Cisco: two connected devices for every person by 2015

Cisco has predicted that by 2015 there will be twice as many connected devices as the world’s population – a total of 15 billion.
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Scientists Create Tiny Artificial Brain That Exhibits 12 Seconds of Short Term Memory

Scientists Create Tiny Artificial Brain That Exhibits 12 Seconds of Short Term Memory | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
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Homeland Security testing mind-reading terrorist 'pre-crime' detectors

Homeland Security testing mind-reading terrorist 'pre-crime' detectors | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
It's Minority Report all over again.
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Virtual natural environments and benefits to health | Science Blog

Virtual natural environments and benefits to health | Science Blog | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
New study points to the fact that "the development of accurate simulations are likely to be beneficial to those who cannot interact with nature because of infirmity or other limitations: but virtual worlds are not a substitute for the real thing."
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First Hybrid Power Plant Will Combine Solar, Wind and Natural Gas

First Hybrid Power Plant Will Combine Solar, Wind and Natural Gas | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A new hybrid power plant to be built in Turkey will combine a traditional gas-fired steam turbine with solar thermal power and wind power, according to GE. It’s a step toward integrating renewable sources into the traditional power grid, using steam and mirrors.
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LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS | The Room and the Elephant

LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS | The Room and the Elephant | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"Electronic collectivism has very quickly gone from being a sci-fi imagining to being a plausible scenario that more and more people, at least those active in the computer-culture, would endorse for us all." - Thoughts on digital slipstream immersion and how immune we think we are.
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Why Liberalism Can’t Endure

Why Liberalism Can’t Endure | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"What makes life worth living? For the most part Western society has settled on an individualistic answer: whatever I decide or desire. It’s judgmental—an act of cultural imperialism, as we’re taught to say at fancy colleges—to suggest that there’s a right answer to this question. Rather, we are told, people should be able to organize their lives around what they feel or think best. We’re happiest, the present-day liberal presumes, when we can make up our own minds about what makes life worth living—or even if life is worth living."
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YikeBike - Urban Freedom

Designed and constructed in Christchurch New Zealand, the YikeBike is the worlds smallest, lightest electric folding bicycle weighing just over 10kg.
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NFC is more than just mobile money

NFC is more than just mobile money | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, a phone was just a phone. Then it became our camera, radio, and even TV. Recently, with the announcement of its Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile commerce program, Google made it our wallet. But that’s only the start of how NFC will affect our lives.
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Qualcomm takes sci-fi one step closer to reality at Computex 2011 (video)

Qualcomm takes sci-fi one step closer to reality at Computex 2011 (video) | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Phone cameras with zero shutter lag and an ultrasonic pen that can transfer handwriting to a mobile.
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Video Glasses Stream Everything You Do to Social Media Sites [VIDEO]

Video Glasses Stream Everything You Do to Social Media Sites [VIDEO] | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"Developers are working on Eyez, video glasses that can continuously record everything you do, transmitting it wirelessly for all to see."
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Murder Most Academic

Murder Most Academic | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"A British Ph.D. candidate puts "homicide studies" into practice." - We definitely need a better understanding of social problems.
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ARE ARTISTS LIARS?

ARE ARTISTS LIARS? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Humans are natural-born storytellers, so lying is in our blood. Ian Leslie considers how this comes out in our art ...
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Now There's a Toy Dog You Control With Your Nintendo DS

Now There's a Toy Dog You Control With Your Nintendo DS | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"Kids love video games, and kids love dogs, so Sega Toys and Activision Publishing have combined the two in Wappy Dog, a virtual pet game for the Nintendo DS that's a little less virtual, thanks to the bundled dog robot." - Something about the kids' reactions to this toy dog seems utterly wrong...
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Ford's "Talking Cars" Could Reduce Crashes, Fuel Use

Ford's "Talking Cars" Could Reduce Crashes, Fuel Use | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
"Ford is working on a technology that enables cars to talk to each other, and could help cars avoid crashes and reduce fuel consumption. The technology won't be available at least for another 5 years or so and is based on WiFi and GPS."
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NewsDaily: Special Report: An end to AIDS?

NewsDaily: Special Report: An end to AIDS? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
For his doctors, Timothy Ray Brown was a shot in the dark. An HIV-positive American who was cured by a unique type of bone marrow transplant, the man known as "the Berlin patient" has become an icon of what scientists hope could be the next phase of the AIDS pandemic: its end.
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