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  • Hammer Fired vs. Striker Fired

    05/26/2015 7:50:24 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 21 replies
    Firearms History, Technology & Development ^ | Monday, May 25, 2015 | The Editor
    In the world of modern firearms which use centerfire cartridges, there are two major types of mechanisms used to trigger the cartridge primer. One uses a hammer and another uses a striker. Therefore, mechanisms that use a hammer are called hammer-fired and the ones that use a striker are called striker fired. As you can guess, each mechanism has its own group of supporters. In today's post, we will study what this all means. In a hammer fired mechanism, the hammer is a heavy piece that is allowed to rotate about a pivot point. When the hammer is cocked, it...
  • Google Tone Shares Links To Computers Within Earshot Using Beeps And Boops

    05/23/2015 9:46:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 05/22/15 | Jason Cipriani
    A new Chrome extension, called Google Tone, released this week makes it possible to share a URL with another computer in the room using a series of beeps and boops. The concept is dead simple yet instantly instills a sense of disbelief. A computer making seemingly random sounds can transmit the URL for the tab I have open in Chrome across the room? Get out. Full of skepticism, I decided to put it to the test. I installed the Chrome extension on a MacBook Air and a HP laptop running Windows 10. And you know what? It works! Click on...
  • GE ENGINEERS JUST MADE A FULLY-FUNCTIONAL 3D PRINTED JET ENGINE

    05/14/2015 3:35:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 05/14/2015 | Mike Murphy
    If you needed any more proof that you can make absolutely anything with a 3D printer, check out this video from GE. To showcase the versatility of 3D printing as a manufacturing process, a team of engineers at GE recently built a fully-functional, backpack-sized jet engine made entirely from 3D-printed parts. And it’s not just for show either — the team actually fired the engine up and took it up to 33,000 RPMs to demonstrate how robust the parts are. Now, obviously, since this is a jet turbine we’re talking about here, it wasn’t printed in ABS with the latest...
  • Bureaucracies: Dinosaurs Run Amok in Technological Civilization

    05/10/2015 10:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 10, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    ‘Finally, neural networks that actually work.” So reads the headline in Wired, and, really, haven’t we all been waiting? (Yes, we have, even if we do not know it.) The article concerns artificial-intelligence innovator Jeff Dean, who as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota 25 years ago created a rudimentary “neural network” — a computer system sophisticated enough to learn — but was hobbled by the available computing power of the time. Now working at Google, he’s helping to create vastly powerful and subtle networks that recognize faces and spoken language. A few pages over, there’s a wonderful if...
  • Essays in Technology, Security and Strategy

    05/10/2015 6:39:36 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 1 replies
    Amazon ^ | May 10, 2015 | Stephen Bryen
    Former Department of Defense Official and Author Releases New Cyber Security Book New book, “Essays in Technology, Security and Strategy,” now available on KindleThis press release was originally distributed by ReleaseWireOlympia, WA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/28/2015 -- Technology security visionary Dr. Stephen Bryen has published a new collection of pivotal essays on national security and cyber security to help policy makers and citizens understand the real threats facing the security of the United States. "Essays in Technology, Security and Strategy," provides unique insight and new information from Dr. Bryen who has more than 40 years of experience in government and...
  • Why I’m Running for President As the Transhumanist Candidate

    05/10/2015 2:26:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 7, 2015 | Zoltan Istvan
    It’s a wild request to ask a nation to consider electing you as their president, especially when you’re a transhumanist—someone who advocates for using science and technology to radically change and improve the human species. But I’m doing it. Last October, I declared my 2016 US candidacy under the newly formed Transhumanist Party, which I founded, and promised my community of techno-optimists I’d do everything I could to use my campaign as a way to speed up the arrival of robotic hearts, brain implants, artificial limbs, exoskeleton suits, and indefinite lifespans—all of which are just a small part of the...
  • The Thorium Powered Car

    05/02/2015 10:21:16 AM PDT · by all the best · 80 replies
    Eric Peters Autos ^ | May 1, 2015 | Eric Peters
    Here’s another, more recent one: The thorium-turbine powered car. Heat energy from the thorium – a weakly radioactive element (named after the Norse god Thor) that is estimated to be 3-4 times more naturally abundant than uranium and which contains 20 million times the energy as an equivalent lump of coal – is used to generate steam, which is then used to power a small turbine, which provides the motive force. The beauty of the system is that – like a nuclear submarine – the fuel lasts almost forever. Well, longer than you will last, probably. How’s 100 years sound?...
  • Protesters Say "Block The Tech Commute" Was A Bust

    05/02/2015 6:11:30 AM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 14 replies
    Vocativ ^ | May 1, 2015 | James King
    [Ha, ha! These Luddites don't like it that people who make money rather than spending their lives complaining move into their neighborhoods. I bet rent control has kept new housing low in this part of California, so the leftists probably created the problem they complain about!] Protesters Say "Block The Tech Commute" Was A Bust By James King A May Day protest intended to shut down the shuttle system that transports employees for tech companies like Facebook, Apple and Google from the Bay Area to their offices in Silicon Valley was a bit of a flop, according to several accounts...
  • New 3D Printable Hydrogel Composites Created — Possible Breakthrough in Human Body Part Replacement

    05/01/2015 11:22:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    3DPrint ^ | April 29, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    There is tremendous progress being made within the area of 3D bioprinting. In fact, there are companies working to print human organs as we speak, and within the next decade such organs may, if we are lucky, be available for human transplantation. With that said we still are a ways away from such an accomplishment. There are multiple obstacles researchers must first overcome. When considering the organ printing space in general, the printing of complicated vascular networks is the main obstacle currently preventing progress. On the other hand, when printing cellular musculoskeletal tissues the main obstacle in this space is...
  • ACLU Launches "Mobile Justice" Recording App to Film Police

    04/30/2015 9:18:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC ^ | 4/30 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The Mobile Justice app is unique in the sense that it will allow videos captured by the app to be preserved in the case police seize or destroy the device.The ACLU of Northern California launched a free cell phone recording app Thursday which would allow people to record and send videos to their local ACLU affiliates when they feel their rights are being violated by police. The app comes as protests decrying police violence are taking over the country, most recently for the controversial death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died after suffering a spinal cord injury...
  • Florida Could Soon Place Limits On Drone Use

    04/29/2015 1:50:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 4/28/15
    The use of drones to photograph people on their own property could soon be illegal in the Sunshine State. On Tuesday, the Florida Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that places limits on the use of remote-controlled drones... ....drones could not be used to photograph or record images of people or their property from the air. The restrictions would also apply to state and local governments. The legislation does not call for any criminal penalties...
  • Telemedicine Controversy in Texas

    04/20/2015 2:03:10 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-20-15 | Sean Riley
    The Texas Medical Board views rules it adopted April 10 as “expanding telemedicine opportunities,” but business and industry groups insist they’ll instead serve to “drive a stake through the heart” of telemedicine in the Lone Star State. At the center of the issue is whether a video consultation is enough to establish the requisite doctor-patient relationship for physicians to prescribe medication or provide a diagnosis. That convenience is critical if an overarching goal of telemedicine is to deliver care to the underserved, particularly in rural areas where geography and provider shortages create access issues. The board’s rules, however, require either...
  • Baltimore Police used secret technology to track cellphones in thousands of cases

    04/09/2015 1:47:57 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 9, 2015 | Justin Fenton
    he Baltimore Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years while following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday.. The testimony shows for the first time how frequently city police are using a cell site simulator, more commonly known as a "stingray," a technology that authorities have gone to great lengths to avoid disclosing. The device mimics a cellphone tower to force phones within its range to connect. Police use it to track down stolen phones or find...
  • This Arm-Powered Chip Could Work For 10+ Years From A Single Charge

    04/09/2015 4:55:47 AM PDT · by gasport · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 31, 2015 | Javier Hasse
    On Tuesday, microcontrollers and touch-technology developer Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) released samples of a new type of super-low power, ARM-based family of microcontrollers (MCUs). Many are already saying that the SMART SAM L21 family of MCUs has the potential to revolutionize the way the Internet of Things (IoT) works. 411 On These Chips Made by Atmel and based on ARM Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ: ARMH) technology, these chips can last for over 10 years on a single battery charge. According to Atmel, this family of MCUs delivers power consumption down to 35 microamps per megahertz in active mode and to...
  • Ultra-fast charging aluminum battery offers safe alternative to conventional batteries

    04/06/2015 1:10:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 82 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/06/2015 | Provided by Stanford University
    Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today. "We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames," said Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford. "Our new battery won't catch fire, even if you drill through it." Dai and his colleagues describe their novel aluminum-ion battery in "An ultrafast rechargeable aluminum-ion battery," in...
  • New Study about Texas Brown Tarantulas will help engineers in hydraulic robots

    04/03/2015 2:18:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The reason for the arachnid’s sensitivity to temperature doesn’t rely chiefly on their muscles to move, but they rather employ their blood which also called hemolymph. The spider’s fluid is sensitive to temperature. Hence, when the hydraulic fluid flows into their tube-like legs, it makes them quite loosened and enlarged. An associate professor of biology at Harvey Mudd College in California and who spearheaded the study quipped that temperature can alter the thickness, or viscosity, of hemolymph. Ahn said that at colder temperatures, the spiders moved at a slower pace since the hemolymph has become more viscous than at higher...
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge lack compelling software; not enough to pull company out of tailspin

    04/02/2015 10:36:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 53 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2015 · 3:58 pm
    NY Times: Samsung finally seems to understand the many criticisms that have long been leveled at its phones: the plastic hardware looked cheap, the most promoted features were mostly useless and the software was too complicated,” Farhad Manjoo writes for The New York Times. “Samsung, according to Samsung, has realized the errors of it ways.” “The realization was born out of necessity. Samsung’s market share and profits in the smartphone business have plummeted over the last year. The company, which is based in South Korea, is in the unenviable position of getting squeezed from the bottom by the affordable phones...
  • Engineer wants to turn dumb pavement into a smart I70

    03/31/2015 10:13:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Ledger-Enquirer ^ | March 22, 2015 | Rick Montgomery (Kansas City Star)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The following is about infrastructure. Don't nod off just yet. To be specific, it's about pavement — basic, boring road surface. In the six decades since Interstate 70 began to creep across Missouri, how we view pavement hasn't changed much. Now meet Tim Sylvester, 33. He sees pavement as an electronic tablet with a concrete touch screen, The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1MWYIxn) reports.
  • ‘A Very, Very Good Day': Lakewood Girl Gets New Hand From 3-D Printer

    03/31/2015 4:36:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    ktla.com ^ | Melissa Pamer and Nerissa Knight,
    Faith’s left forearm and hand were amputated when she was 9 months old, according to Build It Workspace, where her new limb was printed in 24 hours. It took less than a month to design and plan for the hand, and the final pieces were printed Tuesday morning. The family was put in touch with Build It Workspace President Mark Lengsfeld through the Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit devoted to children with different abilities related to their limbs. Lengsfeld authorized full use of the facility to make Faith’s hand. “It’s just an amazing opportunity to be here just to help...
  • New Homeowner Has To Sell House Because Of Comcast’s Incompetence, Lack Of Competition

    03/26/2015 11:45:10 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 42 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | March 25, 2015 | Chris Morran
    Only months after moving into his new home in Washington state, Consumerist reader Seth is already looking to sell his house. He didn’t lose his job or discover that the property is haunted. No, Seth can’t stay much longer because no one can provide broadband service to his address; even though Comcast and CenturyLink both misled him into thinking he’d be connected to their networks and in spite of the fact that his county runs a high-speed fiberoptic network that goes very near to his property. Like an increasing number of Americans, Seth works from home, meaning that it’s vital...
  • Magnets Can Control Heat And Sound? Shocking New Research Suggests They Can

    03/24/2015 9:10:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The study is the first ever to prove that acoustic phonons (particles responsible for the transmission of both sound and heat) contain magnetic properties, The Ohio State University reported. The team of researchers demonstrated that a magnetic field about the size of an MRI was able to reduce the amount of heating flowing through a semiconductor by about 12 percent. "This adds a new dimension to our understanding of acoustic waves," said Joseph Heremans, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Nanotechnology and professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio State. "We've shown that we can steer heat magnetically. With a strong enough magnetic...
  • China and US molten salt nuclear reactor cooperation

    03/23/2015 6:56:29 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 5 replies
    nextbigfuture.com ^ | 3/22/2015 | brian wang
    China and US molten salt nuclear reactor cooperation china, energy, future, molten salt, nuclear, science, technology, united states A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, or CRADA, between ORNL and SINAP focuses on accelerating scientific understanding and technical development of salt-cooled reactors, specifically fluoride salt-cooled high-temperature reactors, or FHRs. The project will draw on ORNL’s expertise in fuels, materials, instrumentation and controls, design concepts, and modeling and simulation for advanced reactors, as well as the lab’s experience in the design, construction and operation of the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment, the only molten salt reactor ever built. The Chinese Academy of Sciences...
  • Are smartphones making our children mentally ill?

    03/22/2015 7:01:34 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 58 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 7:00AM GMT 21 Mar 2015 | By Peter Stanford
    Are smartphones making our children mentally ill?Leading child psychotherapist Julie Lynn Evans believes easy and constant access to the internet is harming youngsterstelegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/11486167/Are-smartphones-making-our-children-mentally-ill.html
  • Larry Magid: Amazon Inches Closer To Making Delivery Drones A Reality

    03/21/2015 11:31:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 03/20/2015 | Larry Magid
    Share on email View Comments Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (left) shows off Amazon PrimeAir drones to Charlie Rose of CBS News. (CBS) Related Tags:Amazon, Delivery, Drone, FAA, Magid Larry Magid Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safe...Read More You've Earned Points for Reading!Claim points in our Reward Center, and earn more tomorrow. San Francisco (KCBS) —  Amazon scored a victory this week in its battle with government regulators over their plan to deliver products by drone.The FAA has agreed to let the company fly Amazon Prime Air Drones… but with some big restrictions.  One of those restrictions...
  • Researchers develop revolutionary 3D printing technology

    03/20/2015 10:13:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    PHYS.Org ^ | 03-17-2015 | Provided by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    A 3D printing technology developed by Silicon Valley startup, Carbon3D Inc., enables objects to rise from a liquid media continuously rather than being built layer by layer as they have been for the past 25 years, representing a fundamentally new approach to 3D printing. The technology, to appear as the cover article in the March 20 print issue of Science, allows ready-to-use products to be made 25 to 100 times faster than other methods and creates previously unachievable geometries that open opportunities for innovation not only in health care and medicine, but also in other major industries such as automotive...
  • Ethereum, IT Dreamed Up By a Wunderkind 19 y.o. That Could One Day Transform Law, Finance & Society

    03/19/2015 11:50:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jim Epstein
    Ethereum, the brainchild of wunderkind software developer Vitalik Buterin, who was just 19 when he came up with the idea, is the most buzzed-about project right now in the cryptocurrency community. It has attracted an all-star team of computer scientists and raised $18.4 million in a crowdfunding campaign—the third most successful of all time. And now, according to the official Ethereum blog, it's on the verge of being rolled out to the public. Ethereum's developers use a rolling ticker tape of bold tag lines to describe what they're creating, including a “Social Operating System for Planet Earth,” and “the Upcoming...
  • A Matchmaking Service is Using Facial Recognition Technology to Help People Find Dates

    03/19/2015 11:36:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    SFWeekly ^ | Tue, Mar 17, 2015 | Jessica Nemire
    Remember way back when online dating was this new, futuristic concept? Although not an online dating app, the matchmaking service Three Day Rule has taken the technology-meets-dating game to a whole new level — they’ve been using facial recognition technology to help their users find dates. How’s that for futuristic? Matchmakers at Three Day Rule have their clients send them pictures of people whom they find attractive — friends, celebrities, etc. The matchmakers then run the pictures through the service’s database (a group of 30,000 singles in the area). The technology pulls out people from the database who have similar...
  • 30 specific tech skills that will get you a $110,000-plus salary

    03/19/2015 2:14:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/19/2015 | Julie Bort
    Being a tech professional is a good career with plenty of high-paying jobs. But it's an ever-changing job market. One day a skill is hot and the next it's not. Job site Dice.com recently published its 2015 Salary Survey, which named the highest-paying tech skills. Dice, a tech-job-hunting site, surveyed 23,470 IT professionals in the fall of 2014 to come up with this list. Of course, skills alone won't always lead to a high salary. Work experience counts, too. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ No. 30: RDBMS is worth $114,100 RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) is the full-jargon term for the thing otherwise known...
  • Self-driving cars will change everything

    03/17/2015 1:52:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    The Week ^ | March 17, 2015 | Marc Ambinder
    Self-driving cars. Delphi, one of the biggest auto parts suppliers in the country, will pilot a self-driving Audi from California to the New York auto show. It's part publicity stunt, part experiment: The vehicle's advanced active safety sensors will collect gigabytes of data about the experience, which Delphi will use to help build parts for autonomous cars of the future. (There will be a driver in the car, on stand-by, in case things go wrong, and to take the wheel when the car crosses into a state that regulates the robots.)
  • A map of all the underwater cables that connect the internet

    03/15/2015 5:09:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Vox ^ | March 13, 2015
    Cables lying on the seafloor bring the internet to the world. They transmit 99 percent of international data, make transoceanic communication possible in an instant, and serve as a loose proxy for the international trade that connects advanced economies.Their importance and proliferation inspired Telegeography to make this vintage-inspired map of the cables that connect the internet. It depicts the 299 cables that are active, under construction, or will be funded by the end of this year. In addition to seeing the cables, you'll find information about "latency" at the bottom of the map (how long it takes for information...
  • Buckybomb shows potential power of nanoscale explosives

    03/06/2015 3:35:05 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 41 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 3/5/15 | Lisa Zyga
    Buckybomb shows potential power of nanoscale explosives Mar 05, 2015 by Lisa Zyga Enlarge Molecular configuration of an exploding buckybomb. Credit: ACS (Phys.org)—Scientists have simulated the explosion of a modified buckminsterfullerene molecule (C60), better known as a buckyball, and shown that the reaction produces a tremendous increase in temperature and pressure within a fraction of a second. The nanoscale explosive, which the scientists nickname a "buckybomb," belongs to the emerging field of high-energy nanomaterials that could have a variety of military and industrial applications. The researchers, Vitaly V. Chaban, Eudes Eterno Fileti, and Oleg V. Prezhdo at the University of...
  • Death Is Optional (The Singularity)

    03/06/2015 8:24:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    The Edge ^ | March 6, 2015 | Yuval Noah Harari and Daniel Kahneman
    Once you really solve a problem like direct brain-computer interface ... when brains and computers can interact directly, that's it, that's the end of history, that's the end of biology as we know it. Nobody has a clue what will happen once you solve this. If life can break out of the organic realm into the vastness of the inorganic realm, you cannot even begin to imagine what the consequences will be, because your imagination at present is organic. So if there is a point of Singularity, by definition, we have no way of even starting to imagine what's happening...
  • The Really Private Phone is Coming At Last

    03/04/2015 7:39:23 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 20 replies
    armstrongeconomics ^ | March 4, 2015 | Martin Armstrong
    The American firm Silent Circle has made its debute of a new phone which is its second highly encrypted handset to come to the market.The BlackPhone 2 is able to place calls, send text messages, and store contacts with complete privacy free of government snooping. This is becoming critical for it is not terrorists they are really after, it is loose change. They will now revoke your passport if they even THINK you have money they are entitled to. The handset, due to be released later this year alongside a larger BlackPhone+ model, can also override data demands from third-party...
  • Engineer Creates a Unique 3D Metal Printer for Just $2 — Prints in Gold, Platinum, Iron & More

    02/28/2015 11:00:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    3D Print ^ | February 26, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    It isnÂ’t often that you come across new 3D printers that utilize an entirely new concept which hasnÂ’t been seen within this industry as of yet. With todayÂ’s technology, we are able to 3D print objects in hundreds of different materials, but when it comes to printing with metals, most of these machines are out our price ranges. 3D metal printers are mainly reserved for large corporations, as they come with price tags in excess of $250,000. However, as technology advances, we may one day soon be able to 3D print metal objects from the comfort of our own homes,...
  • Trigonometry Is Racist!

    02/27/2015 5:35:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 158 replies
    National Review ^ | February 27, 2015 | KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
    Trigonometry Is Racist! KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON February 27, 2015 An African-American scholar says that emphasis on STEM education is bad for blacks. Earlier today on Sirius XM Urban View, an African-American talk station, the guest was Daryl Scott, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The conversation turned to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — education, and the origins of the ongoing push to encourage institutions and students to focus on those subjects. Can you guess what happened? In 1983, the guest explained, a commission empaneled by the secretary of education issued...
  • Protecting Politicians from the Liberty of the Masses

    02/28/2015 5:24:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2015 | John Ransom
    Get prepared for less innovation and a slower Internet with added costs. Oh, and technological innovation? That'll slow down too.All thanks to the government now getting their mitts on the Internet through the so-called "net neutrality" bill. Obamacare didn't bring down healthcare costs and expand coverage; Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley didn't make the financial system safer. And there is no scientific evidence whatsoever that the proposed Cap and Trade legislation would've lowered the earth's temperature. Get wise America. Some of the biggest pieces of legislation past in the last couple of decades don't even pretend to do what's advertised. The Department...
  • Hyperloop moves closer to becoming reality

    02/26/2015 11:26:09 AM PST · by Mellonkronos · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 26, 2015 | Phil LeBeau
    [It would really be great if private entrepreneurs could develop this system! Musk is an innovator. Check out the videos in the article.] “Hyperloop moves closer to becoming reality.” Phil LeBeau@Lebeaucarnews (Hyperloop Transportation Technologies,Inc., says Elon Musk’s vision for the new transportation system is beginning to take hold. CNBC’s Phil LeBeau reports, and talks to Ahlborn about the 5-mile stretch to be tested in the next few years.) The Hyperloop, just an idea in the mind of Elon Musk two years ago, is moving closer to becoming reality. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has signed an agreement with a developer in central...
  • The Flipside: How Not to Get Killed By Cops

    02/21/2015 5:01:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2015 | Michael Loftus
    Editor's note: The following is an adapted transcript from “The Flipside with Michael Loftus,” a new comedy show that’s debuted on TV stations across America.You know what I did? I invented an app for your phone. Now here’s what you do when inventing an app, you look around and try to figure out what everybody needs; so I’m watching the news, turns out everybody’s getting killed by cops. So everybody’s gonna need my new App, “Michael Loftus’ How Not to Get Killed by the Cops.” It’s super easy; you just press a button and it tells you what to do. Let’s...
  • Death of the Hard Drive? Scientists store data inside DNA that could last MILLIONS of years

    02/16/2015 11:59:42 AM PST · by 9thLife · 27 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 16 February 2015 | VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
    Just one gram of DNA can store the equivalent of 14,000 Blu-ray discs. But although the potential for DNA as an alternative to hard drives has been known about for years, it is not the most reliable and secure way to keep data safe. The latest breakthrough could be about to change that, however.
  • Crafting strong educational policies while protecting student data

    02/11/2015 1:40:03 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 1-11-15 | Mary Gifford
    In September 2013, Oklahoma passed a bill safeguarding student data, and since then, student and family data privacy issues have received greater attention in state houses, largely because of increased data collection requirements and availability of data. There is also a growing need to provide parents with timely, relevant data to make informed choices regarding schooling options. To successfully navigate data privacy issues, it is important to consider existing policies and safeguards in place at the federal level. These safeguards include several significant and far-reaching policies such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection...
  • Spontaneous Order

    02/11/2015 6:04:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | John Stossel
    Most of life happens without a central planner. Yet people think we need one. Suppose you'd never seen a skating rink, and I told you that I want to lay down some ice and charge people money to strap sharp blades on their feet. They will zip around on the ice -- young and old, skilled and unskilled. My only rule: Go counter-clockwise. Hillary Clinton would say the rink needs regulation. She calls herself "a government junkie." Government junkies like government plans. Hillary'd probably demand that my rink have an official who tells skaters when to zoom left or right,...
  • NTSB: Taking selfies likely caused fatal Colorado plane crash

    02/04/2015 9:47:16 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 6:35 PM ET, Tue February 3, 2015
    Distraction caused by taking selfies is likely to blame for a plane crash that killed a pilot and his passenger in Colorado in May, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Investigators found an undamaged GoPro video camera near the wreckage and recovered its data card. Video from the card showed the 29-year-old pilot with several passengers on flights the previous day, and one nighttime flight shortly before the fatal trip, taking photos of himself with his cell phone, according to investigators. "The camera's flash was activated and illuminated the cockpit area," the report said. The fatal flight, on May...
  • Feminists and the Sexist Witch Hunt in Tech

    02/01/2015 9:38:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2015 | Liz Harrison
    Normally I try not to get personal when it comes to columns, but occasionally an issue gets too close to home. In the case of the rampant cries of sexism in the tech industry, it literally got to the point of taking up residence. Before writing anything on conservative politics, I was a code junkie – way back in the 80s. As far as my work is concerned, I've never completely left the tech world, since I still manage a short pile of websites, and an internet radio station. But, the work I did previously involved writing and editing documentation for software....
  • Foreign Cyber (In)Security Takes Another Hit in China

    01/30/2015 6:08:04 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 3 replies
    Wall Street OTC ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | Paul Huntly
    China has requested all of their foreign tech collaborators who have businesses on its territory to alter their products before releasing them on the Chinese market. The Chinese government has imposed new, stricter legislation for the foreign companies which will make them less secure. The official authorities requested that IT infrastructure providers, such as Cisco, should provide access to their hardware in the form of back-doors leading to their products. Softwares will have to follow the same rules, so ATMs which use Microsoft software will also have all their secrets exposed – going as far as revealing its source code....
  • This is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Unpacked

    01/29/2015 5:39:36 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 111 replies
    Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was a monster flagship, except we’ve been able to put together everything you need to know about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6, and it’s shaping up to be the most amazing phone we’ve ever heard of. From a CPU that’s 50% faster, to an incredible quad-HD display, Samsung hit every angle with this year’s flagship phone. It will also have a payment feature which works with magnetic and NFC terminals, incredible cameras, and a gorgeous glass and metal body. This is shaping up to be the Android phone to beat this coming year. We were sent photos from...
  • You Won’t Believe Where They’re Building 80% of the World’s PC Chips

    01/19/2015 7:38:53 AM PST · by blam · 73 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-17-2015 | Money morning
    January 17, 2015 Money Morning Michael A. Robinson writes: This year, 80% of the chips for new PCs will be produced in Silicon Valley… Taiwan… China‘s Shenzhen Province… South Korea… Wrong on all counts. More and more of today’s chipmakers locating their manufacturing facilities a bit off the beaten path these days – in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies… and a nation that some of you may find controversial. But my job is to take you wherever the biggest innovations are being made so that we can find the biggest opportunities. So, today I’m going to show you exactly...
  • This Temporary Tattoo Can Monitor Diabetics' Glucose Levels as Accurately as a Finger Prick

    01/15/2015 2:25:51 PM PST · by Mellonkronos · 16 replies
    Science Alert ^ | January 15, 2015 | FIONA MACDONALD
    [I really think it is important to highlight all the great advances in technology and medicine, to show what is good in society and what we can accomplish if we put our minds to it! Even if you don’t have diabetes you should appreciate the advances that can be made—if government regulators and Obama don’t destroy the medical industry first.] This Temporary Tattoo Can Monitor Diabetics' Glucose Levels as Accurately as a Finger Prick “A flexible and easy-to-wear temporary tattoo could help diabetics manage their condition without daily finger pricks.” By FIONA MACDONALD January 15, 2015 Engineers from the University...
  • Quinn: It's time for a Tech Senator (California, Boxer is retiring)

    01/11/2015 5:54:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | January 11, 2015 | Michelle Quinn
    The California technology industry has a rare opportunity: An open U.S. Senate seat from the Golden State. Could Silicon Valley put up one of its own? It's a potentially powerful idea. A tech-savvy leader replacing Sen. Barbara Boxer, who announced this week she would not seek re-election in 2016, could use the Senate as a bully pulpit to promote how Silicon Valley innovation can improve people's lives. And with a "Tech Senator," Silicon Valley, which has struggled to gain a footing in national politics, could finally achieve the influence it sees itself deserving. The Senate seat "presents an opportunity to...
  • Popular Mechanics: 110 Predictions For the Next 110 Years

    01/01/2015 5:48:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | December 10, 2012 | The Editors
    It's never easy to predict the future. But as PM's 110th anniversary celebration draws to a close, we've decided to try. Here are 110 ambitious ideas for the decades ahead. (For more about PopMech's brain trust and methodology, read Editor-in-Chief Jim Meigs' introduction. And if you want to try your hand at predicting the future, take our Facebook survey, and see when other readers think the most important events of the next 110 years will happen.) 2012—2022 · People will be fluent in every language. With DARPA and Google racing to perfect instant translation, it won't be long until your...
  • The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014

    12/31/2014 5:52:51 AM PST · by Mellonkronos · 6 replies
    io9 ^ | December 29, 2014 | George Dvorsky
    [Most of these, except for a couple, are very positive achievements. Let’s work for more in 2015, Happy New Year!] The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014 By George Dvorsky As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the most futuristic breakthroughs and developments of the past year. This year's crop features a slew of incredible technological, scientific, and social achievements, from mind-to-mind communication to self-guiding sniper bullets. Here are 15 predictions that came true in 2014. Technologically-assisted telepathy was successfully demonstrated in humans For the first time ever, two humans exchanged thoughts via mind-to-mind...