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Apr 6, 2016

Planes Drop Seed Bombs

Posted by in category: sustainability

Seed Bombs = Aerial reforestation to foster new growth on damaged land.

Via Reuters.
Via Next Animation Studio.

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Apr 6, 2016

Famous Movie Scenes Before And After Visual Effects

Posted by in category: entertainment

Dima Koslowski.

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Apr 6, 2016

New Discovery May Allow Us to Harness the Power of a Photon’s Spin

Posted by in category: particle physics

A strange new property of light, which correlates the spin of a light wave’s electric field with its momentum, could usher in a new age in photonics.

A new discovery links the spin and momentum of light waves, and could mean a major advance in the development of new photonic and spintronic devices.

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Apr 6, 2016

Salesforce: Future Works

Posted by in categories: finance, neuroscience

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Apr 6, 2016

I4is featured in Aerospace America: PROXIMA CENTAURI

Posted by in category: space travel


BY 2099.

The April issue of Aerospace America, the flagship journal of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), features an article on interstellar travel. Among the topics presented, i4is’ Project Dragonfly.

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Apr 5, 2016

Programming Language Creates Body-healing Bacteria

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

A new programming language allows scientists to custom-code bacteria that can measure the health of other cells, and administer drugs when necessary.

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Apr 5, 2016

Taiwanese research institute is wrapped in an undulating skin of 4,000 aluminum fins

Posted by in categories: energy, innovation

Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is located at Central Taiwan Innovation and Research Park in Nantou, Taiwan. It is expected to become the central facility of the Science Park to be built in this region. Noiz Architects and Bio Architecture Formosana won the competition to design the building in 2010. During the development phase, the project site had to be relocated once during the design development phase, and the construction finally completed in September 2014.

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Related: Japanese research center fuses natural design elements with energy efficiency.

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Apr 5, 2016

Introduction: Explaining the Future of Synthetic Biology with Computer Programming’s Past

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, computing, genetics, information science, mathematics, Ray Kurzweil, singularity

Like this article highlights; we will see a day soon when all techies will need some level of bio-science and/ or medical background especially as we move closer to Singularity which is what we have seen predicted by Ray Kurzweil and others. In the coming decade/s we will no longer see tech credentials relying strictly on math/ algorithms, code, etc, Techies will need some deeper knowledge around the natural sciences.

If you are majoring in biology right now, I say to you: that was a good call. The mounting evidence suggests that you placed your bet on the right degree. With emergent genetic recombination technologies improving at breakneck speed alongside a much deepened understanding of biological circuitry in simple, “home grown” metabolic systems, this field is shaping up to be a tinkerer’s paradise.

Many compare this stage of synthetic biology to the early days of microprocessing (the precursor to computers) when Silicon Valley was a place for young entrepreneurs to go if they needed a cheap place to begin their research or tech business. One such tech entrepreneur, the founder of O’Reilly media, Tim O’Reilly — who also coined the term “open source” — made this comparison in an interview with Wired magazine., O’Reilly further commented on synthetic biology saying, “It’s still in the fun stage.”

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Apr 5, 2016

IKEA launches virtual reality shopping experience

Posted by in categories: habitats, virtual reality

Luv it.

IKEA has announced the launch of the IKEA VR Experience, a new app for the HTC Vive that will act as a pilot test to explore new ways to transform the retail experience in home furnishings.

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Apr 5, 2016

Virtual reality helps farmers connect to kids, public

Posted by in categories: education, food, internet, robotics/AI, sustainability, virtual reality

I expect education to be taught more through VR & AI. I know as a kid, my own elementary, Jr High/ Middle School, and HS experience was pretty mundane and boring at times. By having VR & AI technologies to enable the catering/ customizing of education to the student’s needs and pace will be awesome.

Virtual reality on a Nebraska farm tour combined with a live audience made for a first-time event Tuesday at Deere & Co. headquarters, Moline.

Designed to highlight innovation behind sustainable food production, the web broadcast may have originated in Moline, but it was seen online by 37,000 high school students in the United States.

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