Blogs

Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing Unlocks the Key to Ubiquitous 3-D Printing

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is using 3-D printing with multiple materials, proving that additive manufacturing is not just the future of manufacturing, but also the present.

A Global Calculator To Help Countries Understand How To Strategize for Climate Change

The purpose of the Global Calculator website is to gather evidence about our impact on global climate. An open source tool, its developers are seeking public feedback to ensure that its modelling improves in accuracy over time. They are providing it to the world community under open license.

Who Will Play God in the Middle East? The Path to Long-Term Peace Is through Three Paradigm Shifts

What happens in the Middle East reverberates across the world. There lie the roots and holiest historical places of the three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. There lies the frontier between East and West. And much of the world’s remaining oil is found in this prized and disputed region.

All Information Ever Created Is Still in Existence

When we look into space we are actually looking back in time. This is because we are looking at old light traveling towards us at 186,000 miles/second. We already know that if someone is watching us through a large telescope on the Moon, they’re seeing events that happened 1.3 seconds earlier because that’s how long it takes light to reach Earth. Using this as a very crude proof, we already know that information does indeed transcend the here and now, but can we ever access it and reassemble it into a useful form?

In the Biomedical World There is an Elephant in the Room Called Ebola

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has implications for world health that cannot be ignored. The disease has killed more than 660 and infected almost 1,100 in four countries since March of this year and new cases are cropping up every day.

Martian Soils Very Earthlike

The images that Curiosity is sending back from Gale Crateris showing soil profiles similar to the ancient soil found in the dry valleys of Antarctica and in the alto-Plano of the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. The soil images and data indicate chemical weathering and accumulations of clay just as one would find them here on Earth. Phosphorus depletion, associated with microbial activity here on Earth, is evident from the information Curiosity has gathered.

The Futurist

In the July-August 2014 (Vol. 48, No. 4) Issue:

  • Looking at the Future through a Cartoonist’s Eyes
  • Visualizing the Future
  • Technolife of Romeo and Juliet in 2035
  • Terra Nova: The Religious Quest for Tomorrow
  • Backing into Eden, Gardening The World: A Parable
  • Forest Futures in the Anthropocene: Can Trees and
    Humans Survive Together?
  • What Does Moore’s Law Mean For the Rest of Society?
  • Deconstructing the Future: Seeing beyond “Magic Wand” Predictions
  • Future View: Abandoning Ship Titanistad

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  • China’s Gender Imbalance Could Lead to More Social Problems
  • In Memoriam: Arnold Brown
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Interviews

Predictive—and Persuasive—Technology: an interview with Chris Surdak, author of Data Crush

Mobile and Web technologies are making more and more data about us consumers and our lifestyle habits available to businesses. And in growing degrees, businesses are finding ways to use the data to both predict and influence their customers’ buying decisions.

Ensuring More Food for All: An Interview with Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank

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As the world population grows, and as its resource bases shrink, producing enough food to feed the world becomes a steeper and steeper challenge. But the world’s small farms are up to the task, argues Danielle Nierenberg, president of the “food think tank” Food Tank.

The Future of Sharing

Living comfortably has always, to some extent, relied on owning many goods. But this is becoming less and less the case. A new worldwide “sharing economy," composed of startup ventures whose products consumers rent or share instead of own, is blossoming across the globe.

Reviews of New Books

Toxicity and Mobile Technologies

Overpowered: What Science Tells Us About the Dangers of Cell Phones and Other WiFi-Age Devices
Image of Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) and What You Can Do about It
Author(s): Martin Blank PhD
Publisher: Seven Stories Press (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 256 pages
List Price: $23.95

Mobile phones are incredibly useful, but what effects do they have on our long-term health? Martin Blank delves into this question and presents a heavily science-backed case for concern.

What We’ll Need to Know to Bounce Back from Armageddon

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
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Author(s): Lewis Dartnell
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 352 pages
List Price: $27.95

What if a horrific global disaster brought civilization to an end? Lewis Dartnell, a BBC science correspondent and University of Leicester space research fellow, considers the aftermath of a worldwide catastrophe such as a nuclear war, a global pandemic brought on by a super-virus, or even an unusually intense coronal mass ejection from the Sun. All of these are very unlikely events, but all are destructive enough to lay waste to global commerce, electrical grids, and civic order around the world if they ever did come to pass. We had best have some survival action plans ready, just in case, he argues.

Making the Most of Our Brains

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
Image of The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
Author(s): Michio Kaku
Publisher: Doubleday (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 400 pages
List Price: $28.95

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku has not only been exploring some of the deepest mysteries of science over the years—he co-founded the string field theory of the universe and its alleged parallel multiverses—but he’s also been breaking these mysteries down to lay audiences worldwide as a professor, radio show host, and author. In The Future of the Mind, he tells readers of the latest scientific discoveries of the human brain and the startling impacts that those discoveries could have for life as we know it.

Big Data Keeps Getting Bigger

Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities
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Author(s): Christopher Surdak
Publisher: AMACOM (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 288 pages
List Price: $27.95

Our world is awash in ever-growing amounts of data, ranging from detailed breakdowns of what consumers are buying to macro-scale indicators of which businesses are growing and why, notes technology consultant Christopher Surdak. He explores the driving forces behind the data accumulation and the tremendous opportunities that it offers to businesses and organizations, as well as to individual consumers who make an effort to utilize it.

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Commerce

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Earth

The purpose of the Global Calculator website is to gather evidence about our impact on global climate. An open source tool, its developers are...

Futuring

Nikolai Kardashev, a Soviet astrophysicist born in 1932, devised a method of rating advanced civilizations. Technological advances, according to...

Humanity

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has implications for world health that cannot be ignored. The disease has killed more than 660 and infected...

Sci/Tech

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is using 3-D printing with multiple materials, proving that additive manufacturing is not just the future...

Governance

What happens in the Middle East reverberates across the world. There lie the roots and holiest historical places of the three monotheistic...