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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Our daily Shuttle magnificence!


The space shuttle Discovery climbs toward Earth orbit following a successful liftoff from KSC’s Pad 39A at 8:41:50 a.m. (EDT), Aug. 30, 1984. Inside the spacecraft are six crewmembers looking forward to a busy week in space. The scene was photographed by astronaut John W. Young in the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA).
Photo credit: NASA

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This graphic examines sovereign defaults by country since 1800.


On July 30th Argentina defaulted for the second time in 13 years, and for the eighth time in its history. That makes it one of the world’s most serial sovereign defaulters, though not the most frequent reoffender. Ecuador and Venezuela have both reneged on their debts ten times.

(via katiecouric)

A very innovative personal security device. (A tazor version could be quite interesting as well).



The Defender is a pepper spray that when sprayed takes a picture of the person you’re spraying and sends it the police along with your GPS location, user information, as well as flashing a bright light in the attackers face and emitting a loud alarm.


Im so happy that the advertisement features a really average “white frat boy, youre gonna see everywhere guy" vs. the "stereo-typical hooded thug, obviously very dangerous guy" that defense adds usually feature UuU

(via galaxyclusters)

A great resource for updates on epidemics and much more.

This is an interesting size comparison of comet 67P - the focus of the much talked about Rosetta mission.


True color and size of comet 67P.

A look at the greenhouse NASA plans to put on Mars in 2020.


NASA May Put a Greenhouse on the Red Planet | Scientific American

At long last Earthlings may be on the verge of colonizing another planet—but those first Terran ambassadors will be plants, not humans.

NASA is expected to announce within days whether they will attach a one-liter “greenhouse” to its next Mars rover to be launched in 2020. A similar greenhouse would take a voyage to the moon with any team that manages to land a robot there by 2015 to snag Google’s Lunar X PRIZE. These experiments could illuminate whether human colonization of the moon or Mars could be possible.

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A look at the spread of the current ebola epidemic.


Nigeria’s Jonathan declares state of emergency over Ebola

Nigeria has confirmed seven cases of Ebola in its commercial capital Lagos since a man fell sick on arrival from Liberia, two of whom have died. Several dozen people who came into contact with the man are under surveillance. (AP)

GRAPHIC:  Confirmed, probable, and suspect cases and deaths from Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, as of August 6, 2014. (WHO)

PHOTOS: Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Find more news related pictures on our photo galleries page.

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