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This Extraordinary App Lets You See the Cell Towers, Wifi Signals, and Satellites Around You

This Extraordinary App Lets You See the Cell Towers, Wifi Signals, and Satellites Around You | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
iPhone App lets You See the Cell Towers, Wifi Signals and Satellites Around You

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THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY's curator insight, August 24, 2016 10:19 AM

Awesome app!

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California Freeways Will Soon Generate Electricity

California Freeways Will Soon Generate Electricity | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a pilot program in which piezoelectric crystals will be installed on several freeways. 

 

Piezoelectric-based energy‐harvesting technology is already being used in other countries. Since 2009, all the displays in the East Japan Railway Company's Tokyo station have been powered by people walking on the piezoelectric flooring. Italy has signed a contract that will install this technology in a portion of the Venice-to-Trieste Autostrada. Israel is already using this technology on some highways, which is how Gatto got the idea for the pilot program in California. A friend returning from a trip to Israel raved about a road that produced energy. 

 

"If piezoelectric‐based technology has the potential to match the performance, reliability and costs of existing or emerging renewable energy sources, then it can potentially diversify California's resource portfolio and ultimately increase grid reliability and reduce costs to ratepayers," states a report prepared for the CEC in 2014 by international certification body and classification society DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability...


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, August 16, 2016 1:04 PM

With all that traffic in California, this might turn out to be quite productive...

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Why Humpback Whales Protect Other Animals From Killer Whales

Why Humpback Whales Protect Other Animals From Killer Whales | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
It’s possible humpbacks are rescuing seals, sunfish, and other species by mistake, but there’s a chance they have altruistic motivations.
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Humpback Whales are my heroes!
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How Hashtags, Texts, and Tweets Are Influencing Digital Language - Science Friday

How Hashtags, Texts, and Tweets Are Influencing Digital Language - Science Friday | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it

How has technology changed language? What’s the difference between this, THIS, and #this? 

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5 of the Greatest Physics Demos From the MythBusters

5 of the Greatest Physics Demos From the MythBusters | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
Looking back on the previous seasons of MythBusters, here are five great physics demos.
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The Rise Of The Supertalls

The Rise Of The Supertalls | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
Engineering advances have architects striving for the mile-high skyscraper.
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How tall is too tall?

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System automatically converts 2-D video to 3-D

System automatically converts 2-D video to 3-D | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
Exploiting video game software yields broadcast-quality 3-D video of soccer games in real time.
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Now any TV can be a 3D TV.

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Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Meats Cause Cancer, WHO Says

Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Meats Cause Cancer, WHO Says | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization's decision puts bacon, hot dogs and sausages in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking. And beef, pork, veal and lamb are "probably carcinogenic," WHO says.
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According to the World Health Organization, bacon is as bad for you as smoking?  But, but, but, it's sooooo delicious.

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Did Dark Matter Kill the Dinosaurs? - Science Friday

Did Dark Matter Kill the Dinosaurs? - Science Friday | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
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Is Dark Matter, which makes up 96% of all matter in the Universe, to blame for the asteroid that ended the Cretaceous period?

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10 TED Talks for techies

10 TED Talks for techies | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
These inspiring, sometimes frightening presentations detail how technologies from bionics to big data to machine learning will change our world for good or ill -- and sooner than you might think.

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Ian Harris's curator insight, October 10, 2015 1:56 AM

My brain is buzzing!

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Scientists may have just stumbled upon a mathematical secret to how nature works

Scientists may have just stumbled upon a mathematical secret to how nature works | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
The surprising mathematical relationship between predators and prey.
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It seems that across ecosystems, a single mathematical formula can describe the numerical relationship between predators and prey.  

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Origami and the art of structural engineering

Origami and the art of structural engineering | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
The latest creation inspired by the ancient art of paper folding comes in the form of a new "zippered tube" design that forms paper structures with enough stiffness to support weight, but can be folded flat for shipping or storage.
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How the ancient craft of origami helps us understand structural engineering.  

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New Species of Ancient Dolphin Shows How the Animals Moved From Seas to Rivers

New Species of Ancient Dolphin Shows How the Animals Moved From Seas to Rivers | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
The newly discovered fossil gives scientists a fresh glimpse into the evolution of ocean life
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How does one go about finding a new genus?  Old fashioned hard work and some new technology.  

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From Tree to Shining Tree

From Tree to Shining Tree | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
Forests feel like a place of great stillness but dig deeper and there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy an
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Do forests have collective intelligence?  Listen to this fascinating podcast about what's going on underneath your hiking shoes.
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Airbus Partners With Anti-Drone Startup

Airbus Partners With Anti-Drone Startup | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
Call it a jam session
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How airlines are preventing airplane/drone accidents
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Wilson Just Made the Smartest Football of All Time

Wilson Just Made the Smartest Football of All Time | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
The Wilson X Connected Football calculates your throwing stats and serves up some fun backyard games.
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A football that tells you how far you've thrown the ball!
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EPA Says Insecticide May Pose Risk to Bees

EPA Says Insecticide May Pose Risk to Bees | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency found that bee colonies may face health risks from a class of controversial insecticides called neonicotinoids in certain situations.
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Could this finally be the answer to colony collapse?

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Why Experts Doubt That North Korea Tested a Hydrogen Bomb

Why Experts Doubt That North Korea Tested a Hydrogen Bomb | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
North Korea claimed on Wednesday that it had tested a hydrogen bomb, the most powerful kind of nuclear weapon.
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The difference between a hydrogen bomb and other types of nuclear weapons

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Big Data Predicts Centuries Of Harm If Climate Warming Goes Unchecked

Big Data Predicts Centuries Of Harm If Climate Warming Goes Unchecked | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
It took about 30 teams of scientists worldwide, using supercomputers to churn through mountains of data, to see patterns aligning of what will happen decades and centuries from now.
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How supercomputers are calculating climate change risks.  It's all in the data.

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Video: ScienceTake | Inside the Flame

Video: ScienceTake | Inside the Flame | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
High-speed imaging captures what happens when a laser ignites a bubble of methane.
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Cool video filmed with a schlieren camera at Stanford University

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Australia to trial cloud passports in world-first move

Australia to trial cloud passports in world-first move | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
Under a cloud passport, a traveller's identity and biometrics data would be stored in a cloud, so passengers would no longer need to carry their passports and risk having them lost or stolen. DFAT says 38,718 passports were registered as lost or stolen in 2014-15, consistent with the 38,689 reported missing the previous year.

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This could revolutionize travel, but will your information be safe from hackers?

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Luigi Cappel's comment, November 6, 2015 1:13 PM
I'm happy with technology like bio-metrics. I don't use tickets any more for domestic flights, but like I said, a technology that relies solely on Internet access has risks. I used to work for the NZ Automobile Association which runs a national breakdown service. Our mobile provider had major problems with their network and we couldn't get help to our customers. We have had a couple of majoer earthquakes, which took out many cell towers. Cloud at an airport would typically be wireless, what happens when the routers go down. I'm not saying I disagree, I'm just suggesting there need to be a number of forms of redundancy to ensure that at critical times, if the cloud is unavailable, there needs to be a back up system for the back up system. I can deal with not being able to access a Word document. If I'm at the airport, I can't deal with missing my flight because of a comms failure and they do happen at airports:)
Farid Mheir's comment, November 6, 2015 6:07 PM
Yes indeed, all good points - but I don't see them as showstoppers but rather as technical constraints, that may ultimately the solution impractical until cloud access maturity is there. But I thought it is a great example of digital transformation, no? ;-)
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Brilliant 10: Alex Halderman Strengthens Democracy Using Software

Brilliant 10: Alex Halderman Strengthens Democracy Using Software | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
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Online voting seems like a good idea, until you realize how much damage a hacker can do to the system.

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Coming soon: helmets made from carrots | Smithsonian TweenTribune

Coming soon: helmets made from carrots | Smithsonian TweenTribune | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
Lexile leveled current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments
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Food Waste is a huge problem in developed countries.  These scientists found a way to take carrot pulp and turn it into nanofibers hard enough for a helmet.

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If Greenland's Ice Melts, Sea Levels Rise 23 Feet | Video

If Greenland's Ice Melts, Sea Levels Rise 23 Feet | Video | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
"And it's melting!" according to NASA. The deep ocean beneath Greenland is fueled by currents from the subtropics. This warm and salty water is melting the ice from the bottom up and much faster than the surface water.
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Learn why Greenland is ground zero in the study of polar ice melt and how it will affect our coastlines in the future.

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Behind the Scenes of a Virtual Reality Beethoven Concert

Behind the Scenes of a Virtual Reality Beethoven Concert | L2k Inspiration and Ideas | Scoop.it
A lovely little bit of Ludwig Van, in a headset.
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In an effort to promote classical music to the masses, the LA philharmonic is bringing the symphony to the streets via a virtual reality equipped van.  Music and tech lovers unite!

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