Rice lab creates sub-10-nanometer graphene nanoribbon patterns

Rice University shows how water makes it practical to form long graphene nanoribbons less than 10 nanometers wide. And it’s unlikely that many of the other labs currently trying to harness the potential of graphene, a single-atom sheet of carbon, for microelectronics would have come up with the technique the Rice researchers found while they …

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Robotic Lawn Mowers

For lawn mowing, there’s already several robotic solutions. * Honda sells the Miimo * a company called LawnBott offers a variety of lawn bots * Friendly Robotics has a bunch of really friendly looking mowing robots. * Husqvarna is a company with a long history in the grasscutting biz. Husqvarna also has deep experience with …

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Scientists implant false memories in mice so the movies Inception and Total Recall should have more accurately starred Mickey Mouse

A group of neuroscientists say that they’ve identified a potential mechanism of false memory creation and have planted such a memory in the brain of a mouse. Like us, mice develop memories based on context. When a mouse returns to an environment where it felt pain in the past, it recalls that experience and freezes …

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Non-invasive brain to brain communication to allow a human to mentally control movement of a rats tail

Harvard researchers have created the first noninvasive brain-to-brain interface (BBI) between a human and a rat. The interface allows the human to control the rat’s tail. This is computer mediated telepathy and remote control of another body from someone elses brain. The human BCI has an accuracy of 94%, and that it generally takes around …

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US Student Loans are more than China’s Total External Debt

The total outstanding US student-loan debt stood at $986 billion at the end of the first quarter of this year. China’s total external debt stands at 710,700,000,000 US dollars If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a …

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Google Android is the New Windows

The Google Android of today has many parallels to Microsoft Windows 95 of 1995. * Android is a growing platform with endless form-factor diversity (or fragmentation, depending on how you look at it) and strong OEM support, just like Windows has had and still enjoys. * Android’s flexibility for users and developers created an explosion …

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Bain’s list of eight trends to 2020

Bain forecasted eight Trillion-Dollar Growth Trends to 2020. (44 page pdf) Macro trend: The next billion consumers. The rising wealth of emerging economies will continue to bring a broader range of consumption goods to huge numbers of new consumers. More of them will cross the critical annual household income threshold of $5,000, planting them in …

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Bain estimates world assets will be $900 trillion in 2020 from $600 trillion in 2010 and Bain expects Disruption from Nanotech, AIm, Biotech, Robotics and Ubitquitous Connectivity

Bain and Company’s Macro Trends Group (32 page pdf) set out to understand how underlying capital trends will influence the longer-term global investment environment by investigating how the quantity and scale of assets on the world balance sheet have evolved over time. We discovered that the relationship between the financial economy and the underlying real …

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Guaranteed minimum income, robots taking human jobs and financing early retirement

Guaranteed minimum income (GMI) also called minimum income, is a system of social welfare provision that guarantees that all citizens or families have an income sufficient to live on, provided they meet certain conditions. Eligibility is typically determined by citizenship, a means test and either availability for the labour market or a willingness to perform …

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Skyscrapers and the Tower of Babel

Tall buildings inviting accusations of hubris is as old as the Tower of Babel. The skyscraper index, which places the completion – or the proposal, it’s not entirely clear – of a “world’s tallest” tower as the sign of an incoming recession or financial crisis. Careful statistical study has found that the height of buildings …

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Modern resuscitation science will soon allow doctors to reanimate people up to 24 hours after their death according to doctor who is over twice as good at reviving cardiac arrest patients

Death is not a fixed moment in time. Brain cells can take many hours to die. It is a misconception even among doctors that the body dies all at once. We are only a little dead when even an hour after the heart has stopped. Raising the dead may soon become medical reality. According to …

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