Applied Technotopia

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



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Will the Union Jack be changed after Scotland's inevitable independence?

theatlantic:

Will This Be the U.K.’s New Flag?

Long after the Empire’s collapse, the Union Jack remains an internationally recognized symbol of Britain. But all that could change soon. Scotland, one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom (along with England, Northern Ireland, and Wales), will hold a referendum on independence this September. If it succeeds, Britain’s iconic flag may need a makeover.

The Flag Institute, the U.K.’s national flag charity and the largest membership-based vexillological organization in the world, recently polled its members and found that nearly 65 percent of respondents felt the Union Jack should be changed if Scotland becomes independent. And after the poll, the organization found itself flooded with suggested replacements for the flag.

Read more. [Image courtesy of the U.K. Flag Institute]

Keeping New York green and composting?

mothernaturenetwork:

Composting park proposal keeps NYC’s organic waste close to home
Talk about pulling double-duty: In lieu of being hauled out of state, will organic waste be turned into compost at a network of park-topped artificial islands dotting NYC’s waterfront?

A look at the changing mobile and digital landscape.
pewresearch:

Americans are growing more attached to modern digital technologies, such as cellphones and the internet, and less attached to traditional hardware, such as landline phones and televisions. What would you give up?

A look at the changing mobile and digital landscape.

pewresearch:

Americans are growing more attached to modern digital technologies, such as cellphones and the internet, and less attached to traditional hardware, such as landline phones and televisions. What would you give up?

NASAs planned robotic mission to explore Jupiter´s watery moon, Europa, should produce very interesting findings.

laboratoryequipment:

NASA Plans Trip to Jupiter’s Watery Moon

NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter’s watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life.

The space agency set aside $15 million in its 2015 budget proposal to start planning some kind of mission to Europa. No details have been decided yet, but NASA chief financial officer Elizabeth Robinson says that it will be launched in the mid-2020s.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/03/nasa-plans-trip-jupiters-watery-moon

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An interesting “what if" scenario: "What if Africa and South America had split along the West African Rift System?"

mapsontheweb:

What Earth could have looked like

The African Continent That Almost Was:

A hypothetical model of the circum-Atlantic region at present-day, if Africa had split into two parts along the West African Rift system. Here, the north-west part of present day Africa would have moved with the South American continent, forming a “Saharan Atlantic ocean”

(via abcstarstuff)

Liftware is a very innovative device for improving the quality of life of those suffering from neurological conditions that cause patients hands to tremble.

txchnologist:

Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, a benign trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk, are heavy burdens in their own right.

But add to that the moments when sufferers try to enjoy a meal with friends or family. The frustration attendant with being unable to keep food on the fork or spoon becomes another consequence of the disorder.

Now a San Francisco startup called Lift Labs is selling a piece of assistive technology that counters hand tremors and lets users have a meal without embarrassment or annoyance. The device, called Liftware, mounts utensils on an active stabilizing platform that diminishes uncontrollable jerking movements. 

This month, Lift Labs is matching donations to its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to send Liftware to people in economic hardship. The company will send the devices to the International Essential Tremor Foundation for distribution to those in need. Click through to see the campaign video.

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There are more than 50 different digital currencies out there.

kubimichael:

So Much Crypto

Last night, the owner of the tiny crypto-currency exchange Poloniex reported that 12% of its assets had been stolen. 

The statement, frank explanation and action plan to deal with the compromise can be found here.

Checking out the exchange, we couldn’t help but be amazed by the sheer number of crypto-currencies which have sprung up. The image above, from Poloniex’s home page, lists 51 of them aside from bitcoin, most being only a miniscule fraction of the size of bitcoin.

Crazy new world…