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  • (FReep Poll) Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime?

    03/30/2012 7:45:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 70 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 28, 2012 | By Charlie Jane Anders
    Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime? Science fiction is full of fantastic and horrifying scenarios, many of which seem like they could come true any time. But which of them is really going to materialize — and which is most likely to happen in your lifetime? Vote in our poll for the science fictional scenario that you're most likely to live to witness for yourself: Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime? Global Pandemic Moonbase World War III/Nuclear Apocalypse Suspended Animation The Singularity Something Else (See Comments) Martian Colony...
  • Insurgents Used Cell Phone Geotags to Destroy AH-64s in Iraq

    03/29/2012 7:27:51 AM PDT · by rpierce · 19 replies
    Defense Tech (Military.com) ^ | March 15th, 2012 | Defense Tech
    Insurgents Used Cell Phone Geotags to Destroy AH-64s in Iraq Here’s a battlefield safety issue that some people have been warning about—and others have been ignoring—for a while now; an enemy using social media and cellphone geotagging to identify the precise location of troops on a battlefield. When you take a photo with your cellphone, the gps coordinates of the location you took the picture is embedded into the image. When you upload said photo onto the internet for all to see, people can pull the location data from that picture. If you think this is just people being paranoid...
  • Vegan Red Velvet Cupcake, Sprinkles ATM

    03/28/2012 9:23:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Family Kitchen ^ | MARCH 19TH, 2012
    The new Sprinkles Cupcake ATM in Beverly Hills has been hyped up for a few weeks now. More details in Average Betty’s video post here. But would the crazy-cool idea for an ATM that dispences freshly baked cupcakes actually be successful? Would the cupcakes be tasty and moist? How many flavors would there be to choose from? Well after my visit to the ATM this weekend to pick up a few vegan red velvet cupcakes with my husband – I can give you my review of the experience.. My First Cupcake-Run at the 24-hour ATM. We were leaving Saturday brunch...
  • Recovering three-dimensional shape around a corner using ultrafast time-of-flight imaging

    03/20/2012 2:48:27 PM PDT · by Stoat · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Nature ^ | March 20, 2012 | Andreas Velten, et al
    The recovery of objects obscured by scattering is an important goal in imaging and has been approached by exploiting, for example, coherence properties, ballistic photons or penetrating wavelengths. Common methods use scattered light transmitted through an occluding material, although these fail if the occluder is opaque. Light is scattered not only by transmission through objects, but also by multiple reflection from diffuse surfaces in a scene. This reflected light contains information about the scene that becomes mixed by the diffuse reflections before reaching the image sensor. This mixing is difficult to decode using traditional cameras. Here we report the combination...
  • Colleges, employers ask for Facebook passwords

    03/20/2012 7:05:19 AM PDT · by madison10 · 49 replies
    Some employers and college are asking to see applicants' Facebook pages from job applicants and student athletes, according to a report on Tuesday. MSNBC's Red Tape Chronicles blog said job applicants at the Maryland Department of Corrections have been asked to log into their accounts so that interviewers could see their wall posts, friends, photos and anything else they may have behind the social network's privacy wall... ...Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens said many such school and employer policies appear to violate the site's terms.
  • Lasers can 'unprint' documents

    03/17/2012 3:48:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 52 replies · 2+ views
    British researchers say they've developed a laser process that can "uncopy" toner ink from paper as an alternative to traditional recycling. Scientists at the University of Cambridge say the process involves short laser pulses to erase words and images by heating the printed material to the point that it vaporizes. The technique works with commonly used papers and toner inks and is more eco-friendly than recycling, they said. "When you fire the laser, it hits the thin toner layer and heats it up until the point that you vaporize it," researcher David Leal-Ayala told the BBC. "Toner is mostly composed...
  • US Army to soldiers: 'Check-ins' can kill

    03/15/2012 12:52:01 AM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/15/2012 | Athima Chansanchai
    While the U.S. Army knows its soldiers live in the modern world and carry location-aware, socially networked smartphones, it is reiterating the dangers of broadcasting too much information, because oversharing could cost lives. "Someone with the right software and the wrong motivation could download the photo and extract the coordinates from the metadata." As civilians, we're constantly giving out warnings about the dangers of revealing real-time locations via Facebook and Foursquare check-ins, or via tweets. We also tell you how to disable location tracking in your smartphones. Not only does it make individuals vulnerable to stalking, but also to robbery...
  • New 'thinking cap' technologies that control weaponry 'a step closer'

    03/02/2012 12:49:11 AM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies · 35+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/1/2012 | The Telegraph
    Researchers believe that new "thinking caps", could help provide super-human strength, highly enhanced concentration or thought-controlled weaponry. A British ethics group is investigating the ethical dilemmas posed by inventions that interfere with the brain's inner workings. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics (NCB) has launched a consultation on the risks posed by such new technologies, the global market for which it says is worth $8bn (£5bn) and "growing fast. With the prospect of future conflicts between armies controlling weapons with their minds, the Council, an independent body, is wanting to identify what issues that come with blurring the lines between humans...
  • How to Build a Speech-Jamming Gun (SpeechJammer: Artificial Speech Disturbance)

    03/01/2012 9:37:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies · 107+ views
    Technology Review ^ | 03/01/2012 | kfc
    How to Build a Speech-Jamming Gun Japanese researchers build a gun capable of stopping speakers in mid-sentence. The drone of speakers who won't stop is an inevitable experience at conferences, meetings, cinemas, and public libraries. Today, Kazutaka Kurihara at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tskuba and Koji Tsukada at Ochanomizu University, both in Japan, present a radical solution: a speech-jamming device that forces recalcitrant speakers into submission. The idea is simple. Psychologists have known for some years that it is almost impossible to speak when your words are replayed to you with a delay of...
  • Why You Never Hear About World-Altering Inventions Created by Committee

    03/01/2012 3:43:42 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 26 replies · 4+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | March 1, 2012 | Gizmodo
    Modern corporate culture is in L-O-V-E, love with meetings (and any opportunity to engage in groupthink). But if you look back, history's real intellectual heavyweights weren't "team players." Intellectual giants like DaVinci, Einstein, and even Steve Wozniak, all developed their best works in near solitude. Quiet, by Susan Cain, examines why the world's best thinkers have usually been lone wolves. March 5, 1975. A cold and drizzly evening in Menlo Park, California. Thirty unprepossessing-looking engineers gather in the garage of an unemployed colleague named Gordon French. They call themselves the Homebrew Computer Club, and this is their first meeting. Their...
  • Linux Fans Gorge on Raspberry Pi ($35 PC is a smash hit!)

    02/29/2012 3:42:35 PM PST · by bigbob · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Tech News World ^ | 2-29-12 | Richard Adhikari
    Raspberry Pi is the name given to an ultra-low-cost computer that went on sale recently for just $35. The bare-bones PC, which is built to run a few different flavors of Linux, is capable of hooking up to a mouse, keyboard, HDTV and Ethernet. Initial interest has been strong -- the first batch quickly sold out. Frantic buyers cleaned out the shelves of two UK retailers offering a small US$35 Linux computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
  • Avatars Invade Military Training Systems

    02/26/2012 11:12:00 PM PST · by U-238
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/1/2012 | Eric Beidel
    A lot of virtual training happens in video game-like environments, where soldiers see combat through the eyes of a superhero character. But if the Army is going to train its troops through gaming, officials say the characters in the virtual world should perform more like actual soldiers. That is one part of the reasoning behind a new idea the Army has to create avatars for every soldier. These digital representations would accompany service members throughout their training and allow them to see, through simulation, how their skills, or lack thereof, would play in life and death situations. The influence of...
  • Soldier Energy Needs Outpacing Technology, Policy

    02/23/2012 5:59:43 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2012 | Eric Beidel
    Eric Shields, an engineer with the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division, never thought he would have to monitor the use of a microwave oven in Afghanistan. But that is exactly what he and his colleagues have been doing to gauge how much power Marines are using in theater. “If the microwaves and coffee pots are turned on at the same time, it could trip your generator,” Shields told a recent Institute for Defense and Government Advancement symposium. Sometimes a generator is left on too long, and the temperature inside the tent drops so much that Marines are forced to...
  • (High-tech) Drive-In Theater Coming to Fort Worth

    02/22/2012 10:15:58 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 64 replies · 1+ views
    NBC5DFW ^ | 02/22/2012 | Andrew Tanielian
    Get ready for some retro entertainment because the drive-in theater is returning to Cowtown. The Tarrant Regional Water District gave Coyote Theaters the go ahead Tuesday to develop a drive-in theater along the Trinity River just south of La Grave Field. "We are producing the first urban drive-in right now in the U.S.," said J.D. Granger Trinity River Development Director. It’ll have digital projectors and ways to listen through your car or smart phones. The tech will allow it to be the first drive-in in the country to offer first run movies simultaneously in both English and Spanish. There will...
  • 5TH Graders Design Improved Military Helmet (Video)

    02/21/2012 10:08:12 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Platts Energy Week ^ | February 16, 2012 | Mike Hydeck
    We made two stops for this Cool Schools report: Leesburg, Va. and the White House. A team of fifth graders came up with an invention so impressive, the President of the United States even noticed! Learning about the war in Afghanistan could be pretty daunting and the graphic scenes can be scary, but for these 11 year olds, it was a motivation to do something positive. Jack Dudley, a student at Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn, Va. told us, "Our inspiration for the project...Specialist Robert Warren lost part of his skull in an IED blast in Afghanistan." Virginia 5th...
  • Deadliest weapons ever invented - Metal Storm

    02/18/2012 10:46:35 AM PST · by doug from upland · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | 2-12
    YOU MIGHT ENJOY THIS VIDEO. I wonder when Obama will say we are not allowed to use it.
  • Air Force Special Operations Command eyes Russian security software for iPads

    When the Air Force Special Operations Command decided to buy 2,861 made-in-China Apple iPad tablet computers in January to provide flight crews with electronic navigation charts and technical manuals, it specified mission security software developed, maintained and updated in Russia. The command followed in the path of Alaska Airlines, which in May 2011 became the first domestic carrier to drop paper charts and manuals in exchange for electronic flight bags. Alaska chose the same software, GoodReader, developed by Moscow-based Good.iware, to display charts in a PDF format on iPads. Delta Air Lines kicked off a test in August for electronic...
  • Windows 8's five biggest enemies

    02/16/2012 5:59:37 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 15 February 2012 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Summary: There are lots of reasons why I think Windows 8 will having trouble finding acceptance. A major one is that Windows 8 will face more competition than ever before. Here are Windows 8’s biggest rivals. Windows 8 biggest rivals are already hitting it. We’re finding out more and more about Windows 8 as its beta release approaches. And, you know what? The more I find out, the more I feel secure about saying Windows 8 will be a flop.I’ve already explained in general terms I think Windows 8 will follow in Vista’s footprints as a strategic failure. Here’s specifically,...
  • Is Computer Tech Support the Equivalent of TV Tube Testing of 50 Years Ago?

    02/11/2012 1:33:46 PM PST · by CARTOUCHE · 73 replies · 2+ views
    Cartouche
    So I'm on the phone with Samsung Tech support in SOUTH CAROLINA - not Bombay or Sri Lanka, (thank you very much Samsung) to troubleshoot the connection problems with the other half's inability to print wirelessly from across the room to our recently acquired Samsung Color Laser Printer CLP-325W. (The HP 6300 was a gross waste of time, talent, and energy, NEVER AGAIN as they say in Tel Aviv)) And I'm musing that the process is not much different than when I would accompany my long past Dad with a paper bag full of Philco TV tubes to the local...
  • Small modular reactor design could be a SUPERSTAR

    02/11/2012 7:59:11 AM PST · by Wonder Warthog · 65 replies
    R&D Magazine ^ | Feb 9 2012
    Home > News Though most of today's nuclear reactors are cooled by water, we've long known that there are alternatives; in fact, the world's first nuclear-powered electricity in 1951 came from a reactor cooled by sodium. Reactors cooled by liquid metals such as sodium or lead have a unique set of abilities that may again make them significant players in the nuclear industry. At the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, a team led by senior nuclear engineer James Sienicki has designed a new small reactor cooled by lead—the Sustainable Proliferation-resistance Enhanced Refined Secure Transportable Autonomous Reactor, or...