Friday Futures: fake leaves for life, wireless heart charger

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: artificial leaves can solve CO2; a fridge that dates; smart app data; Russia and the internet and quirky high tech art.

Are artificial leaves ready to clean the planet?

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have proposed a design solution that could bring artificial leaves out of the lab and into the environment. Read more…

Really? A fridge that is a dating app?

Electronics giant Samsung has launched a dating app called “Refrigerdating” that runs on smart refrigerators — and connects eligible singles based on the compatibility of their food choices. Read more…

Do you really know what data your smart apps are collecting?

Russia is about to cut itself off from the internet

The brief shutdown is part of an ongoing effort to bolster Russia’s cybersecurity against foreign attacks that would cut it off from the rest of the world. Read more…

Where space technology meets grass roots development

New fabric can properly regulate temperature

Researchers have engineered a new fabric from synthetic yarn with a carbon nanotube coating that is activated by temperature and humidity, releasing heat in warm humid conditions and trapping heat when conditions are cool and dry. Read more…

This artificial heart wirelessly charges itself

The 24-year-old man was experiencing end-stage heart failure when doctors in Kazakhstan implanted a VAD into him in December. But the device in Tursunov’s chest is unlike any other. Read more…

Here’s some high tech art based on human quirks

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by John C. Tanner)

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