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A universal radio receiver could have a lot of utility beyond military.
Far from perfect but way better than nothing which is what many people get
Probably won't last, but awesome move making blocked reporting available through a videogame.
Now malware writers also have to deal with defensive security. Serves them right.
Distributed food production and distributed energy production are both key parts of our sustainable future. This is a big step in the right direction.
In benefit to the world commons, all of the Smithsonian digital image archive is now CC0.
Another source of renewable energy, a thin film of protein nanowires generating electricity from atmospheric humidity.
Only works for U.S. based spam callers but great nonetheless and definitely a step in the right direction.
Good writeup of being on the receiving end of a phishing scam, suitable for less technical readers.
Some perspective on the development of immunotherapy to fight cancer.
Some details on how a super fast camera for mostly transparent things.
Grow your own bricks. Not an immediate solution to anything yet as it stands, but interesting.
Another level of baiting and directing the immune system to battle cancer.
Dense stable storage of hydrogen for fuel cell applications.
Cannabigerol (CBG) can kill off MRSA in mice. Early days, but any possibilities in the pipeline are good news.
Miniaturized particle accellerators more accessible for general research.
Asgard archaea and the possible origins of complex life on earth.
Pretty basic structure and function, but we have living robots now.
99% of ocean plastic is broken down so it is too small to see. Small enough to enter the bloodstream.
Long read about online murder markets. Law enforcement needs to get up to speed a bit it seems
A vaccine is a huge step towards putting this horrible disease away.
Some good perspective on children's learning and function within family and community.
Treating math like natural language has been alluded to by human computers, the approach works for neural nets. Whoa.
Really cool we can get these details from some kid's chewing gum after all these years.
Vastly improved technique for dealing with prostate cancer. Sound waves guided to destroy cancer cells.
Affordable homes 3d printed in around 24hrs. This could help a lot of people.
Earliest known storytelling cave painting now 44k years ago in Indonesia.
Great energy possibility leveraging saline differences in estuaries. Breakthrough in membrane manufacturing tech.
Ford motors continuing to innovate on re-use of materials. More of this kind of thing please.
We need to step up our recycling game. Both better separation and better tech to deal with it.
Yet another reason I'm extremely hesitant to do monetary transactions on android.
Vanadium dioxide is transparent below 30 degrees Celsius, then reflects infrared between 30 and 60, then it becomes conductive without transmitting heat. Interesting material.
Synthetic biologists make Escherichia coli live off CO2 through genetic engineering and directed evolution.
Sticking an ECG onto a Blue Whale is pretty impressive. Now we know their heart rate can go as low as two beats per minute on a deep dive.
By measuring distorted light backscatter in undersea fiber optic cables it is possible to find fault lines and detect seismic activity. Brilliant application, hoping this rolls out over the next few years.
Detecting cancer early from a simple blood test could save lives, avoid suffering and reduce medical care costs.
Solid state lithium battery technology. Reducing the fire risk would be a big step forward.
Biochar could be really useful for sequestering carbon as part of combating climate change.
Heliogen is using patented AI to better concentrate the mirrors of a solar furnace. Works great, now to get it in use at at scale.
New form of carbon discovered by Joel Therrien of the University of Massachusetts in Lowell on 4 November at the International Symposium on Clusters and Nanomaterials
This is how the gig economy could actually have a chance of working.
Lithium sulfur batteries might be able to bridge the power to weight ratio needed for wider adoption.
Xenotransplantation moves a step closer to reality with temporary skin grafts.
Landfills responsible for 41% of methane emissions in California. Manure management 26%, oil and gas operations 26%.
Capturing solar energy as heat would help reduce impact of heating for older buildings. Seems like a worthwhile angle to explore, we need all the tools we can get.
Capturing trash before it enters the ocean by redirecting it using bubbles.
Perhaps observing superconductivity in magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene will finally be enough to kickstart more widespread use of the material.
BBC international news now available via TOR. Nice!
The quantum supremacy milestone evaluated and contextualized.
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Apparently Ghost In The Shell style thermoptic camouflage is close to reality. Need to see some of this IRL.
HireVue is a bullshit license to discriminate.
At risk for Alzheimer's? Consider hitting the clubs and some choice concerts.
Equifax credit dispute portal? User admin, password admin.
Google funding climate change denial and anti-environmental action.
β-Bi2Pd naturally exists in a quantum state making it the logical building block for computing.
How millions of identities were hijacked to scrap net neutrality.
Open loop scrubbers should be illegal on cruise ships. Discharge needs to be regulated to protect food supply and water access.
Just kind of neat to see something growing off planet.
A privacy-respecting security-oriented linux-based phone has actually shipped.
Hackable lightning cables, careful what you plug in.
A for-profit enterprise will always abuse its users, but the advantage of a public social net extends beyond avoiding problems to providing additional benefits.
Our election systems are still not secured.
A good tactic for a phone with more privacy. At least better visibility into what you are using.
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Finally someone is applying the logical tech to absurdly annoying audio ads.
AI deep learning on par with humans for medical image diagnosis without patient context.
Heads up if you get an email, apparently from someone you know, quoting an old conversation. Do not open the attachment.
The genetically modified mosquitoes were supposed to die. They didn't.
A Metal Organic Framework works like a crystalline sponge to trap other compounds. Can be used to pull water from air.
Any breakthrough on malaria is hugely welcome.
Apparently human voice communication is at a rate of 39.15 bits per second, regardless of language.
Reducing the toxicity and quantity of insecticide using targeted drone delivery is great. Now if we can take the next step of direct mechanical action without any pesticide at all that would be huge.
Brilliant new technique for repairing metal foams using an initial polymer coating as a marker and then electroplating. Having recently dealt with welding aluminum, I'm looking forward to better fab options.
Volumetric bioprinting becoming clinically useful. Shooting a laser into a spinning jar of hydrogel with stem cells in it.
New way of creating hydrogen peroxide from just water. Water does more than we knew.
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Centrifugal pump artificial heart with magnetically suspended impeller can simulate a pulse with variable speed. Currently in animal trials.
How 4 malformed net management packets took out the 911 system for over 20 hours.
Exact location info easily pronounced over the phone, robust typo protection. Smart.
Nerve cells in the epidermis wrapped by Schwann cells form an independent pain sensory mechanism.
Environmental stiffness linked to aging of stem cells.
Hunstable electric turbine makes some significant advances in motor tech. Here i was thinking all the advances would be in batteries..
When a penguin approaches my height and weight, it starts to get slightly unsettling.
Another indicator there are no places left on earth without plastic pollution.
Fairly speedy and durable. Kind of fun to see on action, no practical applications yet.
Feels like we might be starting to build some serious therapeutic potential of CRIPSR.
New record for the number of trees planted in one day: 350 million. More of these kinds of records please.
Near miss city killer asteroid previously unknown.
For those with even a passing interest in boolean math, the world is more well known and tidier. Hao Huang proves the sensitivity conjecture.
Not only are the voting machines insecure, they are on the internet in swing states.
This is odd enough to almost be worth the clickbait, but waiting for an application
Possible mechanism for early protocell formation from basic chemical elements.
All this heart disease could be due to a missing gene in humans.
Neural net chips aren't sitting still either.
Capturing heat (broadband infrared) at up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit and converting it to photons (solar panel food) is pretty groundbreaking.
A great example of how manufacturing can be re-localized.
This should be a game changer. Someone please get this into the market.
Solar panel and solar still in one device with good efficiency.
Promising approach using a common cold virus to attack bladder cancer.
Veillonella gut bacteria metabolizes lactic acid produced by exercise and converts it into propionate, a short chain fatty acid the body uses as fuel.Potential supplement for those in earlier training stages
Not every day you discover a new property of light. No direct applications yet.
Didn't realize a heartbeat was that distinctiive or long distance detectable.
Sounds vaguely related to vegemite but I'd be willing to try it.
Giant birds of the ice age. Amazing humans made it through this time at all...
Noninvasive and effective is brilliant, blasting cancer cells with lasers is just awesome.
Why the fan site Archive Of Our Own manual tag wrangling beats AI, top-down, and laissez faire approaches to information organization.
Promising path for converting type A blood to type O in an economically practical way.
The role of the NSA in the crippling of Baltimore services and other cyber attacks.
Margaret Hamilton and Ellen Fetter, the programmers of chaos working with Edward Lorenz. Fantastic this has finally been documented.
Mapping soil microbes related to different kinds of trees is an important step in starting to understand our ecosystem.
Applying anti-HIV antibody location tech to curing snakebite, new research starting.
Ultraviolet light activated adhesive hemostatic hydrogel possible new surgery tool
A hearing aid that can focus on the one voice out of several that you are trying to hear.
The security and privacy you would expect from Facebook.
Immune system membrane attack complexes making holes in a bacterial surface.
Molecular antidote found for box jelly stings. A skin cream within 15 minutes and your skin cells don't die. Heart attack still possible.
Stronger SIRT6 gene proteins increase lifespan due to better DNA breakage repair.
Really good explanation of the 737 Max root issues and causes, with all the background you need.
Smart solution design and engineering for infant jaundice on Peru.
Significant work on identifying vulnerabilities of various cancers.
You can make an old brain work like it was young again by synchronizing hemispheres using electrical stimulation. The effect lasts less than an hour and the long term impacts of the stimulation are unknown.
Guessing what thieves are most likely going to do with stolen info, then recommending what to do to mitigate that risk. Pathetic there is enough data to have patterns.
Finally some clue on why pyroclastic flow is so fast and far reaching.
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Skrillex mosquito repellent. No really, I couldn't have made this up if I tried.
Genetic marker for being able to dull pain opens up more possibilities to explore.
Bioprospecting on old druid grounds in Ireland leads to new potential antibiotic source.
Some very welcome forward progress on secure verifiable voting. Not there yet, but a promising start.
Humans brains react to subtle magnetic field changes. How much varies, and replication needed, but significant result.
More clue how neurons connect up and how control systems develop.
Directly joining glass and metal is an impressive materials breakthrough, but not applicable to most personal projects.
Sleep allows DNA repair mechanisms time to catch up. Might be why it's needed.
Get some non-REM deep sleep to help clear the gunk out of your brain.
Open airflow lightweight acoustic metamaterial that can block up to 94% of the sound passing through it. Breakthrough enabling technology.
The problem isn't so much technology as technology companies. Point for point parallel vid for the insipid IBM ad.
Stable synthetic augmentation of DNA up to 8 letters.
Track who is posting this crap, then take care of the victims, including these moderators.
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Every time this page is refreshed it generates a new face. Can't even tell. Wow
Structured porous metal, in this case nickel plated plastic spheres.
Converting plastic waste into vehicle fuel would be a huge improvement.
Like image enhancement for genome sequencing. Oceania part of human evolution.
Reusable packaging is definitely part of the solution. Great to see some innovation on this front.
Brilliant new mechanism for insulin delivery. Brilliant means anything that seems fairly obvious but you would never have thought of before you heard about it.
Steven Pruitt, Wikipedia editor extraordinaire. Wow. Need to step up my game a bit.
Alzheimer's maybe caused by the same bacteria responsible for gum disease. Wow. Keep flossing folks.
Rice paddies may be going away, the system of rice intensification (SRI) is a better way to grow.
Not only does seismic testing deafen whales, it also kills all the zooplankton for over a kilometer.
Applying bioacoustic monitoring to rainforests should happen yesterday.
If cancer cells are changing, why not change them into something less harmful? Very smart.
Do not trust search results unless you generated the search directly yourself. Even then always have your brain engaged.
Important breakthrough in plant efficiency, but lots of questions. Are the plants less resilient? Why is the USDA patenting things? How is a massively domesticated crop like corn a baseline for what's reasonable?
Ill health from ultrasonic interference + audible noise from crickets seems quite plausible to me.
Really good summary of how long a year is and when/why it's relevant.
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Good background in influencing the social media herd through purchased followers.
Cautiously optimistic on GMO plants like this to help clean up air in hermetically sealed buildings.
Bacteria and archaea at least 5km down in earth core samples. Large biosphere discovery.
If you are in need of secure digital communications and not sure what to do, Outline looks recommendable.
Ionic wind driven model plane shows propulsion without any moving parts.
I would not have known there was any connection at all. Interesting.
Good defensive technology for the ongoing and upcoming water wars.
We know just enough about genetic hacking to be dangerous. Need to grow out of this phase quickly.
This should be standard on all sunglasses IMNSHO. And polarized.
Always call back, using the number on your card. You might have to wait, but it's less hassle in the end.
6 degree Celsius passive cooling in a paint-on coating material.
Zinc-air batteries are awesomely non-toxic and made from common materials.
Apparently we have melted so much arctic ice the planet is actually wobbling more.
Bridging spinal cord injuries through signal amplification.
Transparently thin spray on antennas and shielding opens possibilities.
Just say no to diesel, it's an option for trains now. Germany taking the lead on the rail front.
This is going to be difficult. Trust networks, penalties for representing fabrication as fact, AI detection?
Good explanation of an ugly bulk shipping problem pointing out how some tech could save lives.
Way to bulky but at least someone is innovating in the UI space.
Significant progress toward a cure for muscular dystrophy by editing out the mutated gene.
Automating reef control with robots. Some cautious optimism if this works.
Our election mechanism security issues don't need to be exaggerated, they need to be dealt with.
Putting cancer cells to sleep, an alternative strategy with proof of concept.
Our police forces deserve better. So does the public. Body cams need to be trustworthy.
Cheaper and easier Wi-Fi luggage scanning, not much how it stacks up in actual use but notable.
Momentum continuing to grow on electrification of ships.
Actual voting machine irregularities in Georgia appear to surpass Chicago during the mob years.
Facebook with bank account info, what could possibly go wrong?
Simple, practical advice if you need to make use of public Wi-Fi.
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Just in case you were still harboring the fantasy that electronic voting was somehow secure. Hilarious if it weren't so awful.
Looking forward to pics and data from this one. An exciting mission.
Remote access software installed on election control machines. Significant election integrity questions.
Quantum technology in long range radar detection. Messy article raises more questions than answers but notable.
Wiping out invasive mosquito populations by releasing sterile males. Initial success.
More options for plastic re-use: paving binder and building tiles.
Solar/hydrogen hybrid electric boat. Big step from ultralight to container vessel but it's a start.
Signaling the immune system to attack can be used to fight bacteria in addition to cancer.
Yet another leak of your personal info. No socsec or credit card numbers but significant personal data like kids and interests.
Good overview of current plant based structural engineering approaches.
Non-creepy ad targeting is smart. Still waiting for non-creepy social.
The confidence map generated by the neural net from the wireless data is pretty amazing. Full article http://rfpose.csail.mit.edu/
Energy density improvements in nuclear batteries open the possibility of implants.
Successful test eradicating breast cancer using T-cell immunotherapy.
Massachusetts finally starting on wind energy and hopefully leading the nation on green jobs.
Electric buses are taking over. Good riddance!
The intercalated motif DNA structure has now been confirmed in nature, which means it's probably functional. Time to go meta on the double helix.
Light overview of the case for climate change attribution. A long shot but increasingly possible.
Unfortunately the question of whether you are an addict is frequently not an answered well by addicts.
Spleens appear to be underrated, especially w/r/t dive response.
Hope for our plastic problem. And as with all great discoveries it was by accident. Also mutants from Japan but that's more movies...
Identifying the apoE4 risk factor gene and being able to neutralize it is a monumental breakthrough. The article is short on details but noteworthy.
E-citizenship is apparently a thing. And an interesting one at that.
Chem AI able to plan steps for molecular synthesis from single reactions data alone.
Amputee prosthetic kinesthetic sense through muscle vibration feedback. This is a huge step.
Quick overview summary of recent antibiotic resistance research findings with some small hope.
Rebuilding from macular degeneration with stem cells.
Your brain doesn't make new neurons. Yes it does! No, it doesn't.
Metal-organic frameworks can be used to mimic filters, desalinating seawater or extracting metals from it.
If you are going to build an electronic brain, something like this memtransistor would be the basic building block.
U.S. citizens owe a debt of gratitude to Dutch intelligence, Russian interference in our elections could have been a lot worse.
Good survey of the current state of scientific thought on origins of life on earth.
Using machine learning to recognize microexpressions. Applications include interrogation and security checkpoints. What to make of this indeed.
Good info on dead zone processes including a helpful illustrative map.
Twitter needs to step up their game and provide some real solutions. Tools like Imposter Buster have a place.
Google continues to favor propaganda over reliable information.
Another plus for batteries on the grid: instant failover recovery.
Nuclear drones. What could possibly go wrong? Thorium is an interesting angle though.
Intercepting messenger molecule to prevent creation of a corrupted protein.
Attentional context shifts have small gaps of unconsciousness with them.
At a minimum, independent testing of forensic technology must not be financially prohibitive. Worth being aware of..
Some good analysis on how the general population was overwhelmed by bots in the net neutrality comments.
Bipedal robots are not easy. This is a pretty amazing achievement.
Social media is a tool for repression, No alternatives given,
Way to go Detroit! Building out your own networks when others won't.
Light article but important framing points related to geoengineering to deal with climate change.
Hey, does that rat seem unusually smart to you? Depends which human I suppose.
How to crash a navy warship - multiple levels of failure. System design matters.
Good layperson explanation of how that new area was found inside the Giza pyramid.
As an added bonus, baking soda is also more environmentally friendly.
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If you use apps with location targeted ads, pretty much anyone can track your movements by serving location targeted ads to you from different places.
The sidenote on pulsars provided an explanation I had forgotten I was waiting for. Nice when that happens.
A promising newly refined approach to battling acute myeloid leukemia.
Fully past theoretical and looking towards energy market dominance. Impressive.
Establishing a base on the moon is the first step towards expanding off the planet.
Some very smart detection finally finds a whole lot of matter in the universe that wasn't being found before.
Impressive new HIV prevention breakthrough combining super antibodies.
We're going to need something like this to tackle our plastic problem, but early days yet.
Good introduction to RSS for those who have never heard of it or why use it.
A brilliantly straightforward attack vector and the bottom line is security is not a design priority.
Hard to imagine writing down a bunch of trig tables and not using the info, but time will tell.
Detail article illustrating data concentration process from federal intelligence agencies and into law enforcement. Network effects, lock-in, codification of prejudice and other issues
Good summary of the current state of gene editing: can cut but not paste
Free floating wind turbines being deployed. Price dropping below nuclear energy.
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Make a website out of folders of pics, with comments. Only writes index files, leaves everything else alone.
Less expensive than I thought, especially discrediting journalists.
Get ready for facial recognition v2.0 from neurological research.
Some of what those of us in coding should be conveying to those not in coding about coding. I would add that "fun" is required in the sense that you can't achieve the required focus on discipline alone. You need to get something out of it personally. Also that building neural nets is not the same. Otherwise correct.
Psyops + Facebook API + Consumer data = "managed" democracy.
Structural color printing. Looking forward to seeing it
HIV-1 replication can be completely shut down and the virus eliminated from infected cells in animals using CRISPR/Cas9
Predicting magnetism, and developing magnets without rare earth elements is breakthrough stuff.
Some much needed hope on the war on plastic waste. Caterpillars to the rescue.
Pulling water from the atmosphere using metal organic frameworks aka MOFs (porous crystals that form continuous 3D networks).
4 bit jet printable mristor. Tiny, but flexible.
Significant step forward in therapeutic relief for severe allergic reactions.
Electric ferries are getting going in Norway, with interest from other countries.
Using robots to control dangerous invasive species in quantity.
Another long standing assumption falls to new observation techniques.
A story of brain plasticity and the inadequately explored avenue of sound for vision.
Getting rid of aging cells without as many side effects. Early days.
Some interesting survival mechanisms with potential applications to dry transport of vaccines. Long way out, but interesting.
Sounds like silly DNA tricks, but the information densities and simple replication looks like it might have crossed over into transformative technology.
A small change in our approach to plastic could have a huge beneficial effect on the environment.
This ought to help with some of vast energy consumption for air conditioning. Smart engineering.
Who codes matters. How we code matters. Why we code matters.
Great visualization of world population changes since the 1960s. Older presentation, but still one of the best.
Not the oldest, but pretty extreme. Interesting genetics.
Computers guessing whose face it is and digitally enhancing images. What could possibly go wrong?
Fantastic development, looking forward to the implications falling out of this.
This could lead to a whole lot less suffering. Hope it goes through to general availability.
Vastly reduced methane emissions, and seaweed feed is also more effective since producing methane takes energy.
Robotic surgery is starting to cross the line into science fiction movie land. Now they need to get it into production.
Remarkable effects. Wonder if this might help explain some human behavior eventually.
This factory is seriously doing it right. Eat your own dog food.
Brilliant application of existing toy technology to medical analysis.
Not sure if it will have a major effect or not, but fantastic that a lawyer finally did this.
Not a fan of fossil fuels, but this is some potentially very helpful tech.
One example of how internet infrastructure should be built out.
Apparently a virus can rewire humans to create and store fat more.
Not clinically ready yet, but good progress on fast and easy disease testing.
V1.0 solar road installation. Viva La France!
Smart workaround, and admirable approach to supporting secure communications within repressive regimes.
Significant step moving aging into the realm of a treatable condition.
Extracting tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), multiplying them in the lab and then reinjecting them to kill off the cancer. Not magic, but a strong therapy. Illuminating case.
This is the kind of packaging that will help get us past our current mess.
Yet another amazing graphene application. But relatively easy to make..
Non-aviating dinosaur tail extremely well preserved in amber. With feathers! Amazing details in this find.
A drug that inhibits the activities of the mTOR cellular process regulator protein also inhibits the cells' activities. Just the discovery point.
Very smart thinking for recycling graphite blocks used for reaction moderation in nuclear power plants.
Research into why artificial sweeteners don't help with weight loss. Specific study shows aspartame blocks intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) which can prevent obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
If you have any interest in Feynman diagrams this is some interesting developments relating to scaling up.
Breakthrough antibody discovery with a different binding mechanism making it highly effective across a wide range of varieties.
While the energy density is modest, the lack of toxic materials and recharge capability is intriguing.
Anything that converts human or animal waste into something useful is welcome technology. Hope the pilot works, even if non-polluting cruise ships are not yet on the horizon.
Reasonably sane categorization of the target devices comprising the Mirai botnet.
CO2 disolved in water converted to ethanol at 63% efficiency using common metals in nano form. Probably commercial scalable. Initial application possible energy storage.
Small tokamak pressure and temperature record the day before funding runs out. Good links to other ongoing efforts, all efforts still many years off.
Still early days, but fantastic that a sense of touch within the realm of "natural" can be achieved synthetically.
Memorial chatbots are here, trained from archived text messages and other digital ephemera. Kind of like a memorial book, but not. Article is long and historical. Concepts and angles are worth it.
Good introduction if topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter are completely new to you.
Progress on 3d printed bone scaffolding. Early days, but big advantages over current materials.
Antibiotic resistance can increase by orders of magnitude in a short period of time. Video makes this really concrete. Well worth the two minutes.
Liquid water (conductor) over permafrost (ice is a non-conductor). Up one and down the other was the path of least resistance as the strike radiated outwards.
Decent intro perspective on how digital attacks can physically compromise a computer. Not magic, just thinking from the hardware
Extremely early and basic prototype, but if softbody robotics could eventually be a thing then this is a possible start.
Trees interconnect with fungi to exchange food for minerals, build and maintain the forest. Infotaining 30 minutes.
Reactivating brain control over previously unresponsive legs is an enormous achievement.
The most advanced artificial neuron to date. Pretty impressive. Remains to be seen if we can build a brain out of it.
Interesting bet. Personally I would expect some therapeutic results, but not sure about breadth of applicability or long term effects.
Not editing the germ line. Hope where standard options have failed. Start of a new era.
Serious clickbait. Overview and video of a tiny cyborg skate swimming through a nutrient bath guided by blue light pulses.
New levels of environmental awareness, medical monitoring, and snooping.
Useful example of how to detect an actual atm skimmer.
I think this ups the chances a bit for life elsewhere in the universe.
Using sound "vibration" to get amplification out of interference patterns. Basis technology. Linking to slashdot because really good summary in the comments and multiple article access links.
Nice to have a bit of hope on the climate change front. Just proof of concept, but on of the better concepts so far.
Very significant therapeutic results injecting stem cells to help stroke damaged brains heal.
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Current state of the art for mid scale low res haptic displays. Worth seeing the possibilities.
Finally a solution for all the flat roofs out there. View obstruction is an issue, but smart thinking.
Using a good chatbot as a bridge to making coursework more approachable. Only answers if 97% or better confidence, otherwise defer to human.
Electricity prices in Germany briefly go negative. Rewards of investing in infrastructure.
Prevalent affordable e-paper displays. Or yet more graphene hype. Here's hoping.
Possibly the first official human telomere lengthening gene therapy case.
A straightforward way to unlock human potential on a huge scale. Side effects include transitioning to an advanced society, and removing the poor getting poorer constant pain.
Very happy some people are still thinking big on the space front. Guessing a network approach for returning data.
Hard to believe nobody had been using LIDAR for self driving cars. Smart move.
Huge step forward for burn victims and other applications. Long way from mice to humans, but this is fantastic progress.
Amazing to see evidence of memory rewriting in action. Strengthening a new memory weakens other connections.
A 30k speedup in neural net training could be a game change. Possibly affordable to start doing brain components
Great writeup illustrating why restricting encryption is just a brain dead excuse for avoiding doing the real work.
Win/win if it works at scale. Sequestering carbon and making good batteries.
An antiviral agent capable of eradicating the most common recognized varieties of HIV-1. Tested in mice humanized with patient-derived cells. Hope this makes it through to human therapy.
Getting rid of lenses entirely and going back to pinhole light input, making up for those limitations by using thousands of pinholes and then merging the images. Early days, but game changing.
Mining the FDA complaint bin for bad drug interactions. Brilliant leveraging of data.
Aerobic exercise makes more hippocampal neurons. Yet another reason to get off the couch and go do something.
Stellerator (alternative to tokamak) fusion reactor model proof of concept.
Possible the hippocampus may track time by mapping it into a spacial representation of an interval. Neurons firing in sequence. Early days, but interesting.
Not physically observed yet, but too good not to note (plan 9 from outer space)
Evidence for parts of the brain communicating via weak electrical fields. Early days, but could be an important mechanism.
Random migration of cells varies even with identical twins.
CRISPR gene editing to fix deadly genetic diseases. If I had Duchenne MS I'd be more than willing to give it a try.
With some backing and refinement I think this could have astonishing defense potential, and few (if any) negative repercussions.
Remarkable cancer shrinking gel. Works on mice. Encouraging new delivery system. Hope this leads to some effective therapy for people who need it.
Useful to have a handy link to the catalog when/if surveillance comes up in conversation or news.
Not so interested in car tech, but small scale strong steel manufacturing could be a key part in re-localizing manufacturing.
Malaria is awful and i hate mosquitoes, but gene drives are a big step. Is it time? For full CRISPR article details see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4376861/
Innovative approach using deformation of the ear canal to recognize word formation. Limited to just a few words for now.
Could be a game changer for the machine learning community
To get brain computer phoneme data after being shut down by the FDA this guy implanted himself. Wow.
Thinking out of the box, in a more sustainable way. Hope this takes off.
Starting to leverage viruses to fight cancer. Could be a game changer.
Large scale solar heat storage project on the edge of the Sahara. The more of these the better.
This is very simple, and apparently quite needed. Under 5 minutes and worth it.
Seems like antineutrino detection can't be beat. Definitely worth putting some effort into.
Controlling a robotic exoskeleton with your brain is great. Controlling your own legs again after you've been paralyzed is even better. First time this has been done. Great step forward.
Actual microwave tracing using a coffee can radar receiver with red/green receiving LEDs and moving it across the radiation field in a long exposure photo.
This is much more interesting than a watch. E-ink display that lasts for days, more screen real estate. Wraps around your wrist or lies flat on the desk. Hope this lives up to the hype.
Potentially great water purification technology combined with some really smart packaging.
Watching the far side of the moon as it transits the earth. Amazing.
Making it easier to use your own skin cells for nerve repair. Hope you never need this, and hope the tech is available if you do.
A brief history of how we came to be here. Probably the most concise and up to date so far.
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The most amazing images of our sun from the Solar Dynamics Observatory in the past 5 years, spliced together in a single four minute video. Simply amazing.
This is an incredible example of technology shining a light on something that has desperately needed it for a long time. Finally a tool to look into ocean exploitation and possibly move us more in the direction of responsible stewardship.
Great animated visualization of a year's worth of carbon dioxide emissions data for the planet. Actually seeing the sources and movement provides some helpful perspective on the processes involved. For me it is always useful to be able to see what is going on at the planetary level, and this does an awesome job of conveying that.
Finally a decent general purpose chassis for robot hobbyists and anyone else wanting to build something that can get around. There are a ton of applications here and it's wonderful to see this being done in an open way.
Apparently echolocation is a skill that can be learned, with basic proficiency achievement in 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately it doesn't look like we are getting dolphin capabilities anytime soon, but studying how people do this is a great first step. Obviously it helps that the street or corridor is not too noisy, but sound isolating headphones combined with a high frequency click emitter combined with a pitch shift receiver could go a long way towards making this work well generally. Maybe one of these headset mic manufacturers will try it out. Or maybe some students: http://news.wfu.edu/2014/11/14/sonar-assisted-human-navigation/
Impressive thinking on how to handle broad spectrum cleanup. Really hope this works and scales up enough that it can be used in the general population. Strongly suspect I would feel a lot better after a general blood cleaning if such a thing were safe, effective, and not too intrusive.
Actual pics from Voyager strung together into a movie. 1:15 of amazing real space flyby. More details about the movie at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/m/news/news.php?release=2014-285
The short story is that if you are entering your PIN onto a keypad, your first step is to make sure nobody is watching you type in. Your second step is to rest your fingers against some of the buttons you are not using so it is difficult to read the residual thermal signature. And of course your best option is to avoid having to enter a PIN anywhere ever. Remember that with a credit card you don't have to pay if you didn't do the transaction. With a debit card you are trying to get your money back.
Great explanation of why you are enjoying movies less on that that new amazing TV and what you can do about it. Personally I still have a pretty old set and may not be upgrading for a while, but it's good to know there is something you can do about it (provided the settings are available). Definitely something I'll be considering if I upgrade.
If you've ever spent any time swimming in water where lots of people congregate, then you know how disgusting sunscreen can get. Now here's some solid information on what to avoid. A lot of this stuff probably isn't much good for humans either, but definitely if you are heading out on the reef please consider the shirt and hat approach to sun protection. From the article: "The sunscreen is lethal for the corals and should be avoided if the product contains parabens (common preservatives such as butylparaben) or any of the following chemical filters: BMDBM (4-tert-butyl-4-methoxydibenzoylmethane benzophenone BZ (benzophenone-3) MBC (4-methylbenzylidene camphor) OMC (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) OCT (octyl methoxycinnamate) BEMT (bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine) any component that includes the term –benzene
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This may not seem like much at first, but my guess is that structure morphing is going to be a key part of advanced robotics and this really illustrates some of the basics very well. And it's fun to watch. If you have limited interest in robots or origami, then you might skip it, but otherwise it's worth the time.
The new black is really... black. Like you can't see it. Very much looking to see an example of this in real life as it will look like somebody photoshopped a hole in reality. That might be worth all the nanoparticles in a controlled environment. I'm also guessing more applications will be forthcoming.
The phrase "giant virus" forced me to read this article, but it was worth it because 1. It really is giant (for a virus) 2. There's some cool background on various speculations around how life evolved. The speculation has to do with whether viruses could have evolved before cells and what that means in terms of how life emerged out of a soup of ingredients. If that kind of thing interests you, then this is probably worth your time. Things have changed a bit since I last studied any of this.
Part of me believed I would see this in my lifetime, but I'm still kind of shocked it actually happened. Back in the 80s world of Artificial Intelligence, even coming close to passing this test was a vague theoretical reality that had a conceivable chance of being achieved by whatever technology was most favored at the time. But here we are. Detractors would say that some less than Deckard level judges were fooled by a chatbot, but in a way that's beside the point. This probably would have fooled most people in Turing's time. I'll reserve my real celebration for a minimum 20 year old from the U.K. who has at least a passing familiarity with world events and some kind of interests. That would seem like a more fitting finale.
Ok, they aren't really visibly stripey (it's not like you missed that). But this is a really great fast overview of epigenetics and if that term is not immediately familiar to you then spend 5 minutes and check it out. It may give you a new appreciation of Calico cats.
One of the enormous impediments to long distance space travel is radiation, and this new understanding provides a big potential step forward in being able to protect against that. Still a way off from being actionable, but probably an order of magnitude less impossible than it was. Interesting effect. Worth reading if the term "deflector shield" has any personal appeal to you.
It's still early days on this, but being able to reboot an immune system is quite remarkable. Achieving this effect through periods of prolonged fasting (2-4 days) is not something I would have expected but it makes intuitive sense in retrospect. Difficult to imagine actually doing it though, I get pretty grumpy without regular coffee..
The sound on this is atrocious, but it's still an excellent explanation of the major differences between two classic superconductor effects (just in case you forgot). And of course after studying that up, be sure to check out some of the other classic liquid nitrogen shenanigans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_xLsm5Yb7w
This is a high energy marketing vid, so be prepared. That said, there are so many reasons why this would be a huge life improvement it's worth your time to at least check out the first half. Start with parking lots, contained developments, dedicated walkways, then grow it.
Excellent explanation of the "metal in the microwave" thing. Between the article and the supporting videos this shed some light on the situation, and added the grape thing, which I was previously unaware of.
Admittedly I read this article mostly because of the Oahu connection, but it was definitely interesting from a background point of view. For whatever reason it's oddly fascinating to learn what people were like and what they were doing just before they become larger than life. An interesting interaction of people at one junction in time.
It's probably going to be many years before any real winner emerges in the "biggest dinosaur" discoveries, but this looks like a very solid contender so I'm noting it now. Quite a bit more work to be done before it can be described fully, so it will probably be a few years before someone can do a decent job making a CG model and sticking it into various urban backdrops to get an actual feel for the scale, but wow.
Cool map of nuclear reactor antineutrino output from nuclear reactors around the world. Need to map the background radiation before studying the earth's core...
Smart design for the new cholera clinic in Port Au Prince Haiti. Brilliant to handle treatment of people and waste water in the same facility.
Yes it is possible for a large organization to move from Microsoft to open source. And yes, it saves money in licensing and upkeep. And everyone can read files you produce without having to purchase software. Why public institutions (especially those not funded sufficiently) have not done this yet is completely beyond me.
This is remarkably brilliant. My definition of brilliant is anything that seems simple and intuitive after you've heard about it, but you didn't know it before. Remarkably brilliant is something that modifies the inherently closed system of our world so it functions significantly better as a whole. Nice job.
Living gears. Never would have guessed this existed in nature. Not a full wheel or anything, but quite fantastic nonetheless.
You know something is brilliant when it seems obvious in retrospect. This struck me as being a revolution in math calculators. Punching buttons for trig was never intuitive, and I can see this getting smarter. Putting together this technology into this package is genius.
If you are traveling to the southwestern U.S. you should be aware of this fungal lung infection that can happen from dust exposure.
Reprogrammed e-coli to kill off antibiotic resistant infections. First hope I've had of a path forward given all the current antibiotics are failing from overuse and animal feed.
Either the earth is some complete anomaly where every mm of non-sterile environment is teaming with life, or life is a commonplace occurrence and getting to other planets needs to move up the priority list.
Just when you thought it was lost, some more progress on common sense computing. A University of Illinois at Chicago team put ConceptNet 4, an artificial intelligence system developed at M.I.T., through the verbal portions of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence Test and apparently it scored as a strange kind of 4 year old.
Crystal storage has been a science fiction standard for a long time. Now it looks like it getting viable. Hitachi is also working on similar technology. 360Tb of extremely durable storage using fused quartz written by a femtosecond laser.
While smartphone mesh networks are unlikely to take over anytime soon (latency won't support voice communication well), this kind of capability would be really useful and IMHO should be built into every cell phone to help with emergency preparedness.
  1. A link with a reason why it is memorable.
  2. An open source project available free at membic.org