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Breakthroughs from futurists and thinkers as they come in, and big ideas that are currently being worked on. Less conjecture, more astonishing advancements happening right now around the world and beyond.
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Transcript of "The psychology of evil"

Transcript of "The psychology of evil" | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.
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Engineering researchers use laser to 'weld' neurons: Ph.D. student is first ever to connect neurons, in ground-breaking research

Engineering researchers use laser to 'weld' neurons: Ph.D. student is first ever to connect neurons, in ground-breaking research | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

A method of connecting neurons, using ultrashort laser pulses -- a breakthrough technique that opens the door to new medical research and treatment opportunities -- has been developed by scientists.

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New lens ready for its close-up

New lens ready for its close-up | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Researchers have always thought that flat, ultrathin optical lenses for cameras or other devices were impossible because of the way all the colors of light must bend through them.

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Breakthrough brings optical data transport closer to replacing wires

Breakthrough brings optical data transport closer to replacing wires | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Stanford electrical engineer Jelena Vuckovic wants to make computers faster and more efficient by reinventing how they send data back and forth between chips, where the work is done.

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This article shares some incredible ideas on how the wiring in our computers could be replaced similarly to how network wiring was replaced to fiber optic cables, giving us a tremendous boost in power for our devices in the future. Wow!

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Lasers help create water-repelling, light-absorbing, self-cleaning metals - Gizmag

Lasers help create water-repelling, light-absorbing, self-cleaning metals - Gizmag | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
With the help of very high-power laser beams, researchers at the University of Rochester have created micro and nanostructures that turn metals black and make their surfaces very easy to keep clea...
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Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic - Worlds First Flexible Graphene Display

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Scientists discover how to 'switch off' autoimmune diseases

Scientists discover how to 'switch off' autoimmune diseases | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Scientists have made an important breakthrough in the fight against debilitating autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis by revealing how to stop cells attacking healthy body tissue.


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UCSD researchers debut device that removes blood clots

UCSD researchers debut device that removes blood clots | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
UC San Diego researchers Wednesday announced the local debut of a vacuum device that removes blood clots from major cardiac blood vessels without open-heart surgery.
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Paralysed man becomes first to use power of thought to move hand

Paralysed man becomes first to use power of thought to move hand | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Paralysed at 19, Ohio teen never gave up on hope of walking again
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Solar at Scale

By Elon Musk, Peter Rive and Lyndon Rive SolarCity has signed an agreement to acquire Silevo, a solar panel technology and manufacturing company whose module
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Solar power primed to meet US energy needs, says SEIA

Solar power primed to meet US energy needs, says SEIA | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
New report from the Solar Energy Industries Association argues solar power is already in a position to be a real game changer in the U.S. energy mix.
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Nation's Fastest (and Publicly Owned) Internet? Chattanooga, TN.

Nation's Fastest (and Publicly Owned) Internet? Chattanooga, TN. | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
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Businesses and residents of Chattanooga, Tennessee, enjoy faster Internet than any other city in the country thanks to the Gig, its tax-payer funded fiber-optics network.
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Scientists turn sunlight into jet fuel - Economic Times

Scientists turn sunlight into jet fuel - Economic Times | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
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Scientists turn sunlight into jet fuel
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"We were able to successfully perform 240 consecutive cycles," said Daniel Marxer, PhD student of Steinfeld's group.
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SpaceX lands rocket at sea, makes history

SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It's the first time the compan
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Einstein's gravitational waves detected by scientists

Einstein's gravitational waves detected by scientists | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

US scientists announce first ever detection of gravitational waves in breakthrough which opens a new window to cosmos.

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Sodium battery contains solution to water desalination

Sodium battery contains solution to water desalination | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Illinois have come up with a new battery design that not only relies on salt water to store and release electricity, but removes the salt ions from the water in the process.

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DSCOVR Space Weather Spacecraft On Its Way to L1

 

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft successfully lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 6:03 pm ET this evening. Once known as Triana, the spacecraft will provide data for space weather forecasting as well as earth observations after it reaches its final destination, the Sun-Earth L1 Lagrange point, in approximately 110 days.

The launch was delayed several times due to weather and technical issues, but today was picture perfect with the weather cooperating fully -- for launch. Unfortunately, however, it was a different story for SpaceX's attempt to land the Falcon 9 first stage on a drone ship 400 miles out at sea. There, a "megastorm" was underway with 30 foot swells that convinced SpaceX to recall the drone ship and support ships. The first stage was already set to fire two reentry burns for the landing and those went ahead as planned. SpaceX founder and chief designer Elon Musk tweeted thereafter that the "Rocket soft landed in the ocean within 10m of target & nicely vertical! High probability of good droneship landing in non-stormy weather."


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Topaz, the Largest Solar Plant in the US, is Now Fully Operational

Topaz, the Largest Solar Plant in the US, is Now Fully Operational | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Late last month, the Topaz Solar project achieved full commercial operation with the completion of its final 40-megawatt (AC) phase. This is the first 500-megawatt plus solar farm to come online in the U.S.
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First 3D printer in space to mark start of extraterrestrial manufacturing | Factor

First 3D printer in space to mark start of extraterrestrial manufacturing | Factor | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
For the first time in human history it will be possible to manufacture objects outside of Earth, with the initial microgravity-optimised 3D printer set to
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Michigan State University develops transparent solar cell

Michigan State University develops transparent solar cell | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Cell developed with light harvesting transparent solar concentrators delivers just 1% efficiency, researchers aiming for 5% in near future.
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Engineered Probiotics Prevent Obesity in Mice

Engineered Probiotics Prevent Obesity in Mice | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Researchers genetically modified probiotic bacteria to produce a hunger-suppressing hormone in the gut.
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All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors

All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
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SolarCity Plans Gigawatt Panel Factory to Ensure Supplies

SolarCity Corp., the installer of rooftop power systems whose largest shareholder is billionaire Elon Musk, is expanding into manufacturing in a move to cut costs and ensure a steady supply of components.
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Researchers create 3D neuron imaging system

Researchers create 3D neuron imaging system | Big Thoughts & Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Researchers create 3D neuron imaging system
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In contrast to the current techniques, the novel system for neuron mapping pioneered by Boyden and his researchers has the ability to detect neuron activity to within a millisecond.
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