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Nov 17, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 18, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 18, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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The Economist: Genetically modified crops. The biggest study so far finds that GM crops have large, widespread benefits The biggest study so far finds that GM crops have large, widespread benefits http://lnkd.in/diqjQp4

The Economist: What next for retail banks? http://lnkd.in/dahXnmU

Bank of Canada: Money in a Digital World http://lnkd.in/dnwMD4p

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Nov 17, 2014

A New Economic Layer — BitCoin, Cryptorcurrency, and Blockchain Technology

Posted by in categories: big data, bitcoin, business, complex systems, computing, disruptive technology, economics, electronics, encryption, engineering, ethics, finance, futurism, geopolitics, hacking, human trajectories, information science, innovation, internet, law, materials, media & arts, military, open access, open source, policy, privacy, science, scientific freedom, security, software, supercomputing

Preamble: Bitcoin 1.0 is currency — the deployment of cryptocurrencies in applications related to cash such as currency transfer, remittance, and digital payment systems. Bitcoin 2.0 is contracts — the whole slate of economic, market, and financial applications using the blockchain that are more extensive than simple cash transactions like stocks, bonds, futures, loans, mortgages, titles, smart property, and smart contracts

Bitcoin 3.0 is blockchain applications beyond currency, finance, and markets, particularly in the areas of government, health, science, literacy, culture, and art.

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Nov 17, 2014

Is our Sun falling silent?

Posted by in categories: astronomy, environmental

— BBC

Image of Sun from Solar Dynamics Observatory

“I’ve been a solar physicist for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” says Richard Harrison, head of space physics at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

He shows me recent footage captured by spacecraft that have their sights trained on our star. The Sun is revealed in exquisite detail, but its face is strangely featureless.

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Nov 16, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 17, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 17, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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Huffington Post UK: The Technological Revolution Is All Well and Good — But We Must Ensure That the Digital Skills Gap Is Bridged http://lnkd.in/dPN_AyC

Alberta Express: The next farm technology revolution. Rob Saik says big data will soon be a fact of life on farms, and producers will have to find ways to deal with it all http://lnkd.in/dNxbkBt

WALL STREET JOURNAL: How Is Our Digital Revolution Doing? http://lnkd.in/dn2-p4q

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Nov 16, 2014

Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

By Justin Huggler, Berlin — The Telegraph

Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany – in the form of radioactive wild boars.

Wild boars still roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy.

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Nov 15, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 16, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 16, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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REUTERS: Western leaders confront Putin at G20 with threat of more sanctions. Western leaders warned Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit on Saturday that he risked more economic sanctions if he failed to end Russian backing for separatist rebels in Ukraine. Russia denied any involvement in an escalation of the separatist war in eastern Ukraine, where more than 4,000 people have been killed since April, but faced strong rebukes from leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Harper told Putin at the summit in Brisbane, Australia, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/15/us-g20-summit-idUSKCN0IZ03C20141115

FORBES: IBM Signs $325 Million Supercomputing Deal With Dept. Of Energy http://lnkd.in/drkeJ8E

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Nov 15, 2014

Scientists Link Autism To These Toxic Chemicals During Fetal Development

Posted by in category: biotech/medical
by Arjun Walia — Collective Evolution

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The cause of autism is still unknown, but we are definitely closer to figuring it out. A new study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, from researchers at the University of Chicago revealed that autism and intellectual disability (ID) rates are linked with exposure to harmful environmental factors during congenital development.

Essentially what happens is during pregnancy… there are certain sensitive periods where the fetus is very vulnerable to a range of small molecules – from things like plasticisers, prescription drugs, environmental pesticides and other things. Some of these small molecules essentially alter normal development. Autism appears to be strongly correlated with rate of congenital malformations of the genitals in males across the country, this gives an indicator of environmental load and the effect is surprisingly strong. The strongest predictors for autism were associated with the environment; congenital malformations on the reproductive system in males.” (1) - Andrey Rzhetsky, professor of genetic medicine and human genetics at the University of Chicago

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Nov 14, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 15, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 15, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini, Amazon

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NBC NEWS: Australia Accuses Russia of Trying to Reclaim ‘Lost Glories’ http://lnkd.in/dM5uq-2

CBC: Vladimir Putin stations Russian warships off Australia’s coast ahead of G20 Diplomatic drama has been simmering since a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over an area of Ukraine http://lnkd.in/dxQXaq3

THE ECONOMIST: A renewed Russian military build-up could be a prelude to more fighting. EVEN as Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, was heading to the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, tensions in Ukraine were escalating. http://lnkd.in/djazYuz

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Nov 14, 2014

Injected Bacteria Shrink Tumors in Rats, Dogs and Humans

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Johns Hopskins Medicine

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A modified version of the Clostridium novyi (C. novyi-NT) bacterium can produce a strong and precisely targeted anti-tumor response in rats, dogs and now humans, according to a new report from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers.

In its natural form, C. novyi is found in the soil and, in certain cases, can cause tissue-damaging infection in cattle, sheep and humans. The microbe thrives only in oxygen-poor environments, which makes it a targeted means of destroying oxygen-starved cells in tumors that are difficult to treat with chemotherapy and radiation. The Johns Hopkins team removed one of the bacteria’s toxin-producing genes to make it safer for therapeutic use.

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Nov 13, 2014

FUTURISM UPDATE (November 14, 2014) — Mr. Andres Agostini

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FUTURISM UPDATE (November 14, 2014)

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BBC: Oil price falls below $80 a barrel http://bbc.in/1xChaon

FUTURE OBSERVATORY: An artificial retina based on semiconductor nanorods and carbon nanotubes. An international team of researchers has combined semiconductor nanorods and carbon nanotubes to create a wireless, light-sensitive, flexible film that could potentially act in the place of a damaged retina. http://lnkd.in/dCymrjH

FUTURE OBSERVATORY: Twisted-light waves transmitted in air over a 3-kilometer path. Could significantly increase data rates for non-fiber communications and improve encryption of quantum communications http://lnkd.in/dZJP7qw

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