Applied Technotopia

We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.

We have added a few indices around the site. Though we look to the future, we need to keep an eye on the present as well:

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A look at  SpaceX's Dragon V2 cockpit.


The evolution of spacecraft cockpits: the 1960s to today

Goodbye fillings, hello laser-treatment? Certainly a medical breakthrough to watch.




No more fillings! Scientists have figured out how to regenerate dentin, the material inside our teeth, and all it takes is a quick blast with a low-powered laser.

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Teeth is the only part of the body that cannot repair itself…bull i say

So teeth do not grow back but scientists are trying to stimulate stem cells in the teeth to regenerate denten! It actually sounds pretty interesting, the article that the above article sources can be found here, here’s an except too, if you’re on a phone or something: 

Teeth don’t grow back, as your dentist might like to remind you while revving up the drill for a root canal. But scientists have now found a way to regenerate dentin, the hard stuff in the middle of the tooth, right in the mouth. It’s surprisingly simple, too—all it takes is a blast of laser.

In a study published today in Science Translational Medicine, a Harvard-led team lays out how a low-power laser can trigger stem cells in the tooth to form dentin. Currently, damaged dentin is replaced with synthetic material, like when you get a filling or a root canal.

The current study builds on years of anecdotal reports about low-power laser stimulating skinor hair growth. (Yes, at the same time high-power lasers do the opposite.) Something about laser light stimulates certain biological pathways in cells. Scientists have now figured what thatsomething is when it comes to dentin. A blast of laser induces reactive oxygen species, which are chemically active molecules that then activate a growth factor to stimulate dentin growth.

Although studies have regenerated parts of a tooth from stem cells in a petri dish before, the laser procedure can happen right in the mouth. This study’s authors got it to work in tiny rodent teeth, and now they’re continuing onto human clinical trials in hope it could someday replace some current dental procedures. I don’t know if the thought of even low-power lasers makes the dentist less terrifying, but I’d take it over a root canal. [Science Translational Medicine]

Also, here’s a link to the original paper, I’ve not read it and I think it might be behind a paywall so I’ll try to get better info for it. I really appreciate people asking/commenting about things instead of just hitting ‘reblog’ btw, even if I get called out or someone calls bull or bias, I would rather have that than people not thinking at all!

What do you think about Google Glass? For or against it? And why?

More about Google Glass and people’s, sometimes, negative response to it. Why?



Code script put together by Julian Oliver which detects Google Glass devices on a WiFi network and blocks them:

This script is a response to a comment by Omer Shapira that the presence of Google Glass worn by audience at an ITP graduate exhibition left him feeling understandably uneasy; it was not possible to know whether they were recording, or even streaming what they were recording to a remote service over WiFi.

The … script will find and detect Google Glass on the local network and kick them off.

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A company in China's proposed floating city.


Chinese company wants to build this spectacular floating city
With so many of China’s 1.4 billion people clustered around its coastline, things can get pretty crowded. So instead of using more precious land space to build the cities of the future, a Chinese company has proposed using some of the 71 percent of the Earth’s surface that’s covered by water for expansion. Floating City will be a four square mile structure that floats like an iceberg, with some of the surface structure visible above the surface, but most of the action happening down below the waterline. Built on land in large hexagonal sections, the pieces will be slotted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle in the ocean. Designed to be totally self-sufficient, Floating City will have its own farms and waste disposal systems, and will offer everything from housing to entertainment, sports complexes and shopping. Transportation will be provided using a series of underwater tunnels and submarines. (via Chinese company wants to build this spectacular floating city | DVICE)

Our daily Shuttle magnificence!

The Space Shuttle Atlantis over the Bahamas.

Our daily Shuttle magnificence!


The Space Shuttle Atlantis over the Bahamas.

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This gif offers not only a look at carbon emissions, but also a timeline of global industrialization.


A Filthy History
By Eric Holthaus and Chris Kirk

Which countries have emitted the most carbon since 1850?
To get a sense of how ridiculous carbon pollution has become, going back in time gives some perspective.

So, let’s time-travel 

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