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Aug 26, 2017

How Realistic Is Elon Musk’s Hyperloop?

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, transportation

Elon Musk’s plan for the hyperloop promised city-to-city travel at speeds in excess of 700 mph, making the trip between New York City and Washington, D.C., 29 minutes. Bloomberg QuickTake Q&A explains what hurdles exist, and how they can be overcome, before the hyperloop becomes reality. (video by Henry Baker) (Source: Bloomberg)

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Aug 26, 2017

This boat’s suspension can handle anything

Posted by in category: futurism

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Aug 26, 2017

Teeth Regenerated by Stem Cell Stimulating Fillings

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Nottingham have developed a new filling that stimulates stem cells in dental pulp to regenerate and even regrow teeth damaged by disease and decay. According to Newsweek Magazine, the discovery earned a prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry after judges described it as a “new paradigm for dental treatments.”

The treatment is believed to potentially eliminate the need for root canals.

Filling materials stimulate stem cells to encourage dentin growth.

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Aug 26, 2017

Stick these electric wheels on your boots to make your commute easier

Posted by in category: futurism

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Aug 26, 2017

It’s possible that we can build a society where people don’t have to work – here’s how

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, finance, sustainability

Work isn’t working anymore. Labour productivity has fallen in the UK since the financial crisis; 13.5 million people are living in low-income households; real wages are falling and the Gini coefficient, which measures inequality, is rising.

The sustainability and quality of jobs in our economy is also decreasing – 7.1 million workers now face precarious working conditions, meaning that uncertainty (and for many, anxiety) itself is now built into our employment system. According to some estimates, 30 per cent of UK jobs could potentially be automated away by the early 2030s. Depending on the sector, this will mean a remarkable reduction of required hours of human labour. With less work to go around, we will find ourselves in heightened competition with machines and each other, ever more desperate for stability.

Is this our only future? No. But in order to change it and move beyond this crisis, we first need to confront our very conception of work. For a long time we have thought of work as a matter of individual choice – a free, private agreement between a single person and an employer. You, the thinking goes, are free to pick whatever job you like as long as the employer is happy to have you on board and there are a sufficient number of jobs created by the free market.

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Aug 26, 2017

Meet The First-Ever 3D Printer That Can Do Construction in The Vacuum of Space

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space travel

One manufacturing company just made history by successfully using a special 3D printer in extreme, space-like conditions.

The team printed polymer alloy parts in a super-high vacuum, and hope their new tech will allow the design and manufacture of much more ambitious spacecraft and space-based telescopes.

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Aug 26, 2017

This 12-ton robot will represent Team USA in an epic robot duel

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

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Aug 26, 2017

How a town that doesn’t get sunlight for half the year used mirrors to solve its problem

Posted by in category: futurism

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Aug 26, 2017

Phone screens could become self-healing soon

Posted by in category: mobile phones

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Aug 26, 2017

Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids

Posted by in category: futurism

Melinda Gates says that even she, a former Microsoft executive, has to learn how to be a parent in the digital age.

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