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Collection of news around technology trends and innovation, designed to make humans live better. (personal channel, 3rd party content, views are my own)
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8 New Electric Vehicles and Plug-Ins We Can't Wait to Drive - Triple Pundit

8 New Electric Vehicles and Plug-Ins We Can't Wait to Drive - Triple Pundit | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
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Speaking of EVs: Triple Pundit hosted a live panel discussion yesterday on the fate of sustainability in the auto market.
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Happy people work harder (especially if they get chocolate)

Happy people work harder (especially if they get chocolate) | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Economists at the University of Warwick have found happiness increases productivity by around 12%.
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What Does 3D Printing Have To Do With Food Scarcity And Climate Change? - ThinkProgress

What Does 3D Printing Have To Do With Food Scarcity And Climate Change? - ThinkProgress | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
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The Next Big Thing You Missed: 3-D Printing Promises Better Bionic Limbs for the War-Wounded | Wired Business | Wired.com

The Next Big Thing You Missed: 3-D Printing Promises Better Bionic Limbs for the War-Wounded | Wired Business | Wired.com | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
David Sengeh grew up during Sierra Leone's bloody civil war. Today at MIT, he's combining advanced math and 3-D printing to make better artificial limbs for amputees everywhere.
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Is 3-D Printing Better For The Environment?

Is 3-D Printing Better For The Environment? | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Even though it's subverting traditional--and dirty--manufacturing, the new technology isn't without its own flaws.

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Mike Barry's curator insight, February 24, 2014 8:11 AM

3D printing is generating much discussion but there is little hard evidence on whether it will be better or worse for the enviroment than traditional centralised manufacturing.

 

This article summrises some early research on the pros (light weigting, less freight) and cons (energy use). It's early days but it's difficult to discern a substantial positive or negative trend environmentally.

 

Perhaps most interestingly the article concludes that the social benefits of 3D printing may be the sustainable game changer, putting individuals/communities in charge of the means of production and enabling products to be made in developing countries remote from existing well established global supply chains.

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Remaking the industrial economy | McKinsey & Company

Remaking the industrial economy | McKinsey & Company | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
A regenerative economic model—the circular economy—is starting to help companies create more value while reducing their dependence on scarce resources. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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What if natural products came with a list of ingredients?

What if natural products came with a list of ingredients? | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Processed foods are notorious for their jaw-droppingly long lists of chemical-laden ingredients, each one sounding worse than the last. But as these detailed infographics show, even the simplest of foods are anything but.
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Sugar batteries could be greener, cheaper and store more energy than lithium-ions

Sugar batteries could be greener, cheaper and store more energy than lithium-ions | Human and Technology | Scoop.it

Even today's best rechargeable lithium batteries do lose their ability to hold a charge after a while, and are considered toxic waste once discarded. In just a few years, however, they may be replaced by batteries that are refillable and biodegradable, and that will also have a higher energy density yet a lower price ... and they'll run on sugar.

"Sugar is a perfect energy storage compound in nature," says Virginia Tech's Prof. Y.H. Percival Zhang, who is leading the research. "So it's only logical that we try to harness this natural power in an environmentally friendly way to produce a battery."

Zhang's isn't the first experimental sugar battery, although he claims that its energy density is "an order of magnitude higher than others."

It's actually a type of enzymatic fuel cell. For fuel, it utilizes maltodextrin, which is a polysaccharide made from the hydrolysis of starch (polysaccharides are chains of sugars). The catalyst in its anode is made from inexpensive enzymes, as opposed to the costly platinum that's used in regular batteries.

When the maltodextrin is combined with air, water and electricity are produced. Unlike the case with a hydrogen fuel cell, however, the sugar battery is non-explosive and non-flammable.

Zhang envisions users refilling the batteries with sugar when they need refueling, "much like filling a printer cartridge with ink." He hopes that they may be powering electronic devices in as little as three years.

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Why 3D Printing is the Future {Infographic} - Best Infographics

Why 3D Printing is the Future {Infographic} - Best Infographics | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Tweet Tweet 3D printers have been around for a while now. Their prices are slowly coming down. Some people are still not sure what they can do with a 3D printer though. 3D printers can print food, human tissue, plastic, and other material.

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Harold Thwaites's curator insight, January 22, 2014 7:55 PM

Sci-fi becomes sci-reality once again.

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Culture secretary announces £10m fund for innovation in spreading superfast broadband | Digital By Default News

Culture secretary announces £10m fund for innovation in spreading superfast broadband | Digital By Default News | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
A £10 million fund will be available to alternative technology providers who come forward with innovative ideas to help superfast broadband reach Britain’s most remote communities, according to Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
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Hershey's 3D Chocolate Printer Will Make Your Mouth Water [VIDEO]

Hershey's 3D Chocolate Printer Will Make Your Mouth Water [VIDEO] | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Willy Wonka's wildest dreams might be coming true. Hershey's and 3D Systems are teaming up to create a 3D chocolate printer.
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How science goes wrong - THE ECONOMIST

How science goes wrong - THE ECONOMIST | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
A SIMPLE idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea has generated...
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@Wildcat2030, wow thanks for sharing this post so extensively. Have a nice day!
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KatRas's curator insight, January 17, 2014 9:28 AM

"TRUST BUT VERIFY"
This is good article to prove my statement in the abstract for zine.
Pros and cons of the science and technology. It is not about praising or slamming, it is about equal and objective discussion and informative text.

But success can breed complacency. Modern scientists are doing too much trusting and not enough verifying—to the detriment of the whole of science, and of humanity.

 

One reason is the competitiveness of science. In the 1950s, when modern academic research took shape after its successes in the second world war, it was still a rarefied pastime. The entire club of scientists numbered a few hundred thousand.

Careerism also encourages exaggeration and the cherry-picking of results. In order to safeguard their exclusivity, the leading journals impose high rejection rates: in excess of 90% of submitted manuscripts. The most striking findings have the greatest chance of making it onto the page. Little wonder that one in three researchers knows of a colleague who has pepped up a paper by, say, excluding inconvenient data from results “based on a gut feeling”.

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Why Space Matters in Innovation Leadership

Why Space Matters in Innovation Leadership | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
There are three elements for innovation leadership to consider in getting innovation space to be effective: the location, the stage and the props.
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How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty: 4 Insights From The World's Best Social Entrepreneurs

How Business Can Lift People Out Of Poverty: 4 Insights From The World's Best Social Entrepreneurs | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
How do you profitably sell to a customer who earns less than $2 per day?
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Disrupt or Die: Brand Leaders Talk Logistics of a Circular Economy | Sustainable Brands

Disrupt or Die: Brand Leaders Talk Logistics of a Circular Economy | Sustainable Brands | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Circular economy thinking is throwing up some fascinating dynamics right now. The urgent need for systems-level redesign requires an experimental cocktail of innovation and imagination, not to mention open platform dialogue and collaboration.
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3D Pizza Printing with SMRC at SXSW Eco

Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) is experimenting with 3D printing of food on a contract from NASA. Their pizza printer uses open source tec...
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Graphity Diagram Editor

Graphity is a diagram editor that can be used to quickly and effectively generate drawings and to apply automatic layouts to a range of different diagrams and networks like:

FlowchartsSocial networksComputer networksUML diagramsBusiness process modeling diagrams


Graphity can be used for free and without registration directly from this web page!

Graphity makes full use of the yFiles FLEX library enabling the viewing, editing, drawing, and animation of a wide range of diagrams, networks, and other graph-like structures.

 

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Cool, the very handy system modelling tool yWorks yED has now this nice web-based version. Haven't checked the data privacy though.

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A vegetarian diet can help reduce water consumption across Europe

Different European regions have very different diets and environmental conditions, meaning their water consumption varies widely. Despite this, switching to vegetarian diets in keeping with regional variation would substantially reduce water consumption in all areas, a new study co includes. Where people choose to eat meat, adopting a healthy diet low in oils and sugar will also reduce water consumption, although to a lesser degree.
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Now that's GREEN energy! Robotic lawnmower uses the grass it cuts as fuel

Now that's GREEN energy! Robotic lawnmower uses the grass it cuts as fuel | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
U.S. students have created an autonomous machine that not only cuts grass in a specified area, but uses the waste cuttings to power itself – saving you both time and money.
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Future solar cells may be made of wood

Future solar cells may be made of wood | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A new kind of paper that is made of wood fibers yet is 96% transparent could be a revolutionary material for next-generation solar cells.
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In 1939 They Attempted To Predict The Fashion Of The Future

In 1939 They Attempted To Predict The Fashion Of The Future | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
The technology and environments featured in science fiction movies are often good indicators as to what our future world might be like. For example, in the very early series of Star Trek they had d...

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KatRas's curator insight, January 22, 2014 12:12 PM

This is so good and quite funny as well. Altough it looks like we are heading towards some of the things predicted(climate change clothes etc)!
WATCH THE VIDEO! 

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Rubbish bike shed recognised as one of the most secure ever

Rubbish bike shed recognised as one of the most secure ever | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
A shed made from reclaimed landfill materials has been recognised by the police as one of the most secure bike sheds ever.The thief resi
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Do Pivots Matter?

Do Pivots Matter? | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure ' Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven In late 2013 Cowboy Ventures did an analysis of U.S.-based t...
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Innovative 3D Food Printers Create Edible Geometric Forms

Innovative 3D Food Printers Create Edible Geometric Forms | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3D Systems showcased the world's first 3D food printers. Called Chefjet and Chefjet Pro, the innovative…

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KatRas's curator insight, January 17, 2014 9:55 AM

I LOVE SWEETS, simple as that. I just needed to post this.

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REFRESH - sea transport of fresh water, by the use of flexible containers towed by a tugboat.

REFRESH - sea transport of fresh water, by the use of flexible containers towed by a tugboat. | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
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