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Automation & Technological Unemployment. FremtidsPolitiskPropaganda. Glass that's Stronger than Steel. In the world of materials, strength (the amount of force a substance can withstand) and toughness (its capacity to resist fracturing) are not merely different attributes; they’re very difficult to achieve together.

Glass that's Stronger than Steel

Now a collaboration of researchers from Caltech and the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has created a form of glass that has both qualities. It’s stronger and tougher than steel or, indeed, any other known material. The material features palladium, a metal whose possible use in glasses was recognized 45 years ago.

“It’s probably the best damage-tolerant material we’ve seen,” says Robert Ritchie, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who tested the new material. He says no one has ever achieved such toughness from 100 percent glass and that the potential exists to mass-produce the glass. The work is outlined in a study published this week in the journal Nature Materials. Navigating through an open-source world. Open-source software is becoming the backbone of the software development industry, helping to spur innovation, reduce time to market and lower costs.

Navigating through an open-source world

According to Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, almost every device or piece of software we use today contains some open-source code. “There are hundreds and thousands of products and services that we all depend on every day that contain a vast amount of open-source software,” he said. “Whether it is every single Android device out there, whether it is an Apple iPhone, a Windows product, you name it, there are lots of open-source software in there.” It is no longer a matter of whether an organization should take advantage of open-source software; it’s also a matter of understanding, handling and managing all the open-source software coming in. What to considerOpen source has become more popular over the past few years because of its ability to get organizations to market faster.

Why you soon won't own anything and why that's a good thing. In the 20th century we got used to a certain way of thinking: if you needed something, you bought it.

Why you soon won't own anything and why that's a good thing

Cars, houses, records, you named it. Efficient manufacturing and logistics made it possible to create an unprecedented global overflow of stuff. Denmark's New Eco-Friendly School is a Marvel of Solar Science. Blade supercar has bi-fuel engine, signifies 3D-print platform. Divergent Microfactories made a name for itself this week with a twin announcement of its supercar prototype and the business platform underlying the car.

Blade supercar has bi-fuel engine, signifies 3D-print platform

It's all about 3D printing and the claims are impressive. The company announced they have built the world's first 3D-printed supercar Blade. The total weight of the car is 1,388 pounds; it goes from 0 to 60 in about two seconds. Engine? The car uses a 700 HP, 4-cylinder turbocharged internal combustion engine fueled by compressed natural gas or gasoline. 12 Projects — POC21 is open sourcing Sustainability.

#Energy #Wind 30$ Wind Turbine An open source homescale vertical axis wind turbine, that can be made from recyled materials.

12 Projects — POC21 is open sourcing Sustainability

Based on the Lenz2 VAWT design, the current version outputs 1 kW in a 60 km/h wind, and has been tested to absorb at least 105 km/h. Speed-of-light computers made possible by ultra-tiny 'beamsplitter' Computer engineers at the University of Utah announced a breakthrough on Monday, potentially paving the way for supercomputers that process data thousands of times faster than they do now.

Speed-of-light computers made possible by ultra-tiny 'beamsplitter'

Traditional computers process data by way of electrons, which travel through wired connections. But the engineers have developed an "ultracompact beamsplitter" that uses photons instead, creating light beams 50 times thinner than a strand of hair. And because the beamsplitter itself is so small, millions of them could fit on a single computer chip. Light is the only constant when it comes to measuring speed. There is nothing faster in existence. Futurology. The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades. It’s no longer surprising to encounter 100-foot pinwheels spinning in the breeze as you drive down the highway.

The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades

Cost of lab-grown burger patty drops from $325,000 to $11.36. Back in 2013, ‘test-tube’ hamburgers hit headlines across the Internet, and not just because scientists had managed to more-or-less replicate meat in the lab.

Cost of lab-grown burger patty drops from $325,000 to $11.36

It was a commendable feat, especially because it offered a potential solution to the increasingly unsustainable practice of cattle farming, but then we heard about the price tag. Who’s up for a $325K burger made from cultured muscle tissue cells? Anyone? Future Work. Surgical Robot Stitches a Grape Back Together. Emerging Technologies. Uk.businessinsider. Why the Word "Transhumanism" Should Bother You, Too.

Want to have the ability to move things around with your mind, print out any new body parts you might need, including organs, and be able to work from home every day via a completely convincing virtual reality setup?

Why the Word "Transhumanism" Should Bother You, Too

A solar future isn't just likely — it's inevitable. I plan to write a great deal about the short-term prospects for clean energy, both economic and political, but I want to begin life here at Vox with an imaginative exercise, a bit of musing about what energy might look like in the future — not 10 or 20 years from now, but 50, 70, even 100 years ahead.

A solar future isn't just likely — it's inevitable

Obviously, predicting the far future is a mug's game if you take it too seriously. This post is more about storytelling, a way of seeing the present through a different lens, than pure prognostication. But storytelling is important. And insofar as one can feel confident about far-future predictions, I feel pretty good about this one. Here it is: solar photovoltaic (PV) power is eventually going to dominate global energy. The global economy’s weird problem is that we have too much stuff. It ought to be a good thing that human society is richer than ever before, so rich that the storage tanks in Cushing, Okla., are nearly overflowing with crude oil and some 110 million bales of cotton are sitting in warehouses around the world, as Josh Zumbrun and Carolyn Cui report in The Wall Street Journal.

The problem is that policymakers don't quite know how to handle the surplus, which challenges some basic principles of conventional economics and is causing all kinds of mischief: The current state of plenty is confounding on many fronts. The surfeit of commodities depresses prices and stokes concerns of deflation. Global wealth—estimated by Credit Suisse at around $263 trillion, more than double the $117 trillion in 2000—represents a vast supply of savings and capital, helping to hold down interest rates, undermining the power of monetary policy. And the surplus of workers depresses wages. ... By 2030 over 50% of Colleges will Collapse. A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse – David Graeber on “The Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs” Graeber’s argument is similar to one he made in a 2013 article called “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs”, in which he argued that, in 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by the end of the century technology would have advanced sufficiently that in countries such as the UK and the US we’d be on 15-hour weeks.

“In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshalled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. Huge swaths of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they believe to be unnecessary. Robot chef that can cook any of 2,000 meals at tap of a button to go on sale in 2017 - Factor. It’s nowhere near on the scale of the hundreds of thousands of miles that Google’s autonomous vehicles have travelled in California and Austin, but the UK has got its own driverless cars. Announced earlier this year, the scheme is seeing a number of different vehicles being tested in the country. Inhabitat's Week in Green: floating cities, solar bikes and a Dr. Seuss house. NSF.gov - Green Revolution.

The PuzzleCluster Modular Computer – All you need to know. We already have modular smartphones (Google’s Ara and the PuzzlePhone) and a modular tablet, so why not a modular computer? Circular Devices, the company behind the PuzzlePhone has decided to make the first modular computer. Their idea for a modular computer seems to have been around from the PuzzlePhone was first introduced to the public.

The PuzzlePhone modular smartphone was also motivated by the great problem of electronic waste that seems to be multiplying every day. Since smartphones and smart devices are among the top contributors to electronic waste, making a modular smartphone makes perfect sense. Crowd Funding: Economics for the Greater Good: Simon Dixon at TEDxMiltonKeynes. The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher — The Atlantic.

Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from "content expert" to "curriculum facilitator. " Instead, I describe what I think the public-school classroom will look like in 20 years, with a large, fantastic computer screen at the front, streaming one of the nation’s most engaging, informative lessons available on a particular topic. The "virtual class" will be introduced, guided, and curated by one of the country’s best teachers (a.k.a. a "super-teacher"), and it will include professionally produced footage of current events, relevant excerpts from powerful TedTalks, interactive games students can play against other students nationwide, and a formal assessment that the computer will immediately score and record. "So if you want to be a teacher," I tell the college student, "you better be a super-teacher.

" I started reflecting. When markets become self aware. Caltech scientists unlock secrets of graphene, a revolutionary wonder material. PASADENA >> Caltech scientists solved an enigma, which intrigued scientists for over a decade when they recently discovered a method to mass produce a wonder material as revolutionary as carbon fiber. New Invention Makes Ocean Water Drinkable. The Venus Project. The Venus Project advocates an alternative vision for a sustainable new world civilization : Futurology.

(Formerly called "Natural Economics") 8 Unbelievable New Ways of Generating Electricity. The Earth is in trouble, and it’s definitely our fault. It seems clear at this point that traditional methods of generating electricity are unsustainable, and we must find new energy sources that do not produce as much carbon (or dust off old ones, like natural gas and nuclear power). Hemp fibres 'better than graphene' The waste fibres from hemp crops can be transformed into high-performance energy storage devices, scientists say. Could hemp nanosheets topple graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor? - American Chemical Society.

Innovations. Vuelo. 'Robot scientist' holds key to new drugs. Mind control, drones, holograms: The future of business? The nuclear reactor in your basement. By Bob Silberg, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. TerraPower. Chamber of Commonwealth. Visones utopicas. Robots. Food for brain. PowerPedia:Testatika. 3D Printing (old) Graphene 3D Lab Inc. The Venus Project. Introduction to Global Energy Transmission Project. Aka Global Energy Transmission As of today, at least 40% of the world’s electric power still comes from coal, despite scientific and technical achievements that have been made so far. So, coal yet plays a very important role in modern life. Many countries all over the world realize that they are not able to give up the use of coal. This concerns European countries as well, despite their recent achievements concerning eco-friendly energy and the environment. Taking up a leading position in the production of wind and solar energy, Germany is receiving half (!)

Ion Power Group LLC. 8 math talks to blow your mind. New Perspectives - What's Wrong with TED Talks? Benjamin Bratton at TEDxSanDiego 2013 - Re:Think. RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. Automation & job loss. RSA Animate - Re-Imagining Work. Physics. TOP 10 IMPOSSIBLE INVENTIONS THAT WORK « Revolutionizing Awareness. Searl Effects Generator. Game-changing discovery reveals how gold is made in outer space. This solar panel printer can make 33 feet of solar cells per minute. How to Change Education - from the ground up.

How can tiny houses offer the ultimate freedom to our generation? Amy Henion ... Richard Baraniuk: The birth of the open-source learning revolution. If This Is The Future Of Our Roads, That Would Be Awesome. Crowd Funding: Economics for the Greater Good: Simon Dixon at TEDxMiltonKeynes. Bob Metcalfe discusses the Enernet. This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth. Clean Energy. Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine? The Truth Behind The Energy Lie(What The Energy Cartels Don't Want You To See) full movie.

Yochai Benkler: The new open-source economics. A NEW WORLD SYSTEM (HD) - 2012 Documentary. Justin Hall-Tipping: Freeing energy from the grid. A smart-object recognition algorithm that doesn’t need humans. Robotique. Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles". Edward Snowden: Here's how we take back the Internet.

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The next 10 years will be very unlike the last 10 years. Automation. Are We Ready For the Coming 'Age of Abundance?' - Dr. Michio Kaku (Full. Will Work For Free. Global Village Construction Set - TED Talk. Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world?

Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don't Fire Us? Sci-Fi-Nano-Future-Blog. Wireless Electricity Is Almost Here!?! Eric Giler demonstrates wireless electricity at TEDGlobal 2009. Amory Lovins: A 40-year plan for energy. The Light Bulb Conspiracy. Chemistry Lesson Idea: What is Nylon and how is it made? Honda's Asimo robot gets faster and smarter in human makeover. World's first lab-grown burger is eaten in London. A World Without Religion. Do you dare to dream? Soybean Car. Born to Learn. The Future Starts Now - 2012 edition.