Daleks to Patrol China's Streets

Anbot, a Robotic Crime Fighter


Thu, Apr 28th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Stack brings to attention this article by People's Daily showcasing the Anbot, a robotic law-enforcement machine resembling a Dalek from Dr. Who. Much like a Dalek, it would appear that stairs are all that's needed to get away from it.

According to the People’s Daily report, AnBot is capable of eight hours of continuous work, but the article did not offer any further details about how long it takes to recharge, or what happens when a terrorist escapes down a flight of stairs.

Security and emergency applications are of growing interest for robotics teams around the globe, with some results more successful than others. The United Arab Emirates announced last year that it was looking to introduce a ‘robocop’ scheme by 2017. The robots will first roll out in public places such as shopping centres and transport hubs, and will feature an interactive screen and a microphone…


"The loss of jobs representing 1 percent of the U.S. workforce will be a devastating blow to the economy."

Self-driving trucks


Wed, Apr 27th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With a platoon of self-driving trucks successfully arriving to the Port of Rotterdam, the technology may soon displace 1.6 million drivers in the US alone; however, the cost-savings and the safety benefits alone may be well worth the "devastating blow to the economy."

While the efficiency gains are real — too real to pass up — the technology will have tremendous adverse effects as well. There are currently more than 1.6 million Americans working as truck drivers, making it the most common job in 29 states.

The loss of jobs representing 1 percent of the U.S. workforce will be a devastating blow to the economy. And the adverse consequences won’t end there. Gas stations, highway diners, rest stops, motels and other businesses catering to drivers will struggle to survive without them.


How to End a Movie


Tue, Apr 26th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Jack Nugent of Now You See It explains the importance of how a movie ends and how, in some cases, the remake fails to grasp why the original ended the way it did.

SPOILER ALERTS: 12 Angry Men, The Silence of the Lambs, and Psycho. The other movie clips only show the last shot and don't spoil anything.


"First successful example of telomere lengthening via gene therapy in a human individual."

Getting biologically younger


Mon, Apr 25th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Neuro Scientist News, Elizabeth Parrish, the CEO of BioViva USA Inc., is the first person to receive experimental gene therapies from her own company that "protect against loss of muscle mass with age" and "battle stem cell depletion" by telomere lengthening.

Telomeres are short segments of DNA which cap the ends of every chromosome, acting as 'buffers' against wear and tear. They shorten with every cell division, eventually getting too short to protect the chromosome, causing the cell to malfunction and the body to age.

In September 2015, telomere data taken from Parrish's white blood cells by SpectraCell's specialized clinical testing laboratory in Houston, Texas, immediately before therapies were administered, revealed that Parrish's telomeres were unusually short for her age, leaving her vulnerable to age-associated diseases earlier in life.

In March 2016, the same tests taken again by SpectraCell revealed that her telomeres had lengthened…


"You might use your mind to unlock your car, or explore a virtual world, hands-free."

Brain-Controlled Drone


Sun, Apr 24th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Associated Press shows how ECG technology, once relegated to the medical profession, is now being used by computer science departments to deliver an "abstract thought through the digital realm and into the real world." Brain-controlled drone races are one such way to stimulate the development of new technology to be used with the growth of the Internet of Things.

You might use your mind to unlock your car, or explore a virtual world, hands-free. It could be applied for real-time monitoring of our moods and states of consciousness. Researchers are studying whether they can use a big-rig driver's mind to trigger a device that will tell him when he's too tired to drive.

"One day you could wear a brain-controlled interface device like you wear a watch, to interact with things around you," Gilbert said.


Chasing a Father's Ghost

Player Two


Sat, Apr 23rd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

A ridiculously touching short movie by John Wikstrom based entirely on a YouTube comment on the PBS Game/Show episode titled Can Video Games Be a Spiritual Experience? Did I say touching? Very touching.

When I was 4, my dad bought a trust XBox. you know, the first, ruggedy, blocky one from 2001. we had tons and tons and tons fo fun playing all kinds of games together - until he died, when I was just 6.

i couldnt touch that console for 10 years.

but once i did, inoticed something.

we used to play a racing game, Rally Sports Challenge. actualyl pretty awesome for the time ti came.

and once I started meddling around.... i found a GHOST.


you know, when a time race happens, that the fastest lap so far gets recorded as a…


"It’s time to kill all the mosquitoes. It’s time for mass mosquito-cide."

Focus on the vector, not the pathogen


Fri, Apr 22nd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the alarming spread of the Zika virus, Slate's Daniel Engber has a modest proposal: instead of focusing on finding vaccines for mosquito-bourne diseases, our efforts should be placed in completely eradicating these deadly "flying hypodermic needles." His argument: it's been successfully done before.

The approach I’m thinking of has its origins in the 1930s, when a man named Edward F. Knipling had an idea. Faced with the problem of a deadly cattle pest, the screwworm fly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher thought to turn the bugs against themselves. By breeding and releasing sterile males into the wild, he figured that he might interfere with screwworm breeding and shrink their numbers. “The general reaction ranged from skepticism to ridicule,” he later wrote. But in 1953, Knipling used an Army X-ray machine to sterilize some flies and released them on Florida’s Sanibel Island. The experiment worked. Then it worked…


Turn Your Smartphone Into a Miniature 3D Printer

For only $99


Thu, Mar 24th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

DigitalTrends brings OLO to attention: costing a nimble $99, the device quite literally turns any smartphone into a 3D printer. Granted, the gizmo is small, but its affordability, capabilities, and speed are pretty impressive.

Basically, once you place the lid on top and the printer starts going, the app makes your phone’s screen light up with a specific pattern. The polarized glass then takes all this light (which shines outwardly to give your phone a wider viewing angle) and redirects it so that all the photons are traveling straight upward. So as your phone’s screen beams light up into the reservoir, the directed light causes a layer of resin to harden onto the build plate, which slowly moves upward as each new layer is created. It’s basically a DLP system that uses your phone’s screen instead of a projector.

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"The banks are going to discover—the hard way—that getting into bed with Apple was a bad idea."

What Apple VS the FBI is all about


Tue, Mar 29th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Charlie's Diary, Charlie Stross explains that the Apple VS. the FBI spectacle is not about a corporate giant suddenly caring about consumer privacy and civil rights, but entirely about money.

Ultimately the banks are going to discover—the hard way—that getting into bed with Apple was a bad idea, about the same way that getting into bed with Amazon over ebooks was a bad idea for the Big Five publishers. Apple is de facto an investment bank, right now: all it needs is a banking license and the right back end and regulatory oversight and risk management and it will be able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Chase or Barclays or HSBC as a consumer bank, too. And Apple has a very good idea of how risky their customers' behavior is because unlike the banks and the credit card settlement network they're not running on incrementally…

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"How difficult the idea of what alien life is."

Why we haven't found aliens yet


Sat, Apr 2nd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video, Explanimator argues that the reason we haven't found any aliens is because we are not looking for them the right way.

If aliens exist, the galaxy should be crawling with them. We've been looking and so far, no dice. Why?

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"Music has Spotify. Video has Netflix. But journalism still didn’t have it’s own dedicated platform."

Pay only for the articles you like


Fri, Mar 25th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the beta now open in the United States, Blende wants to provide a platform where various news publishers can showcase their work — and be paid for it. Reportedly, if you don't like what you read, you can get a full refund for that article. From Blende's post on Medium, which best explains the quality they are after:

Every day, you’ll get a digest of the best of the best in your mailbox. It’s a pretty particular mix. Important to mention: although Blendle is all about journalism, you won’t find a lot of “news” in Blendle. We’ve seen that our users don’t like to spend money on the news. It’s everywhere. What our users do like to read is investigative reporting, revelatory background articles, newsworthy analysis and hard-hitting interviews. In other words, users mostly want to read about the “why” instead of the “what”.

Our editors and…

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"What we hate and fear about drugs — the violence, the overdoses, the criminality — derives from prohibition, not drugs."

An argument in favour of legalising all drugs


Sat, Mar 26th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Harper's Magazine, Dan Baum looks at what little the war on drugs has achieved — other than as a political tool to destroy opposition — and argues in favour of legalising it all, shifting the focus on "licensing, standardizing, inspecting, distributing, and taxing dangerous drugs."

[...] consider Portugal, which in 2001 took the radical step of decriminalizing not only pot but cocaine, heroin, and the rest of the drug spectrum. Decriminalization in Portugal means that the drugs remain technically prohibited — selling them is a major crime — but the purchase, use, and possession of up to ten days’ supply are administrative offenses. No other country has gone so far, and the results have been astounding. The expected wave of drug tourists never materialized. Teenage use went up shortly before and after decriminalization, but then it settled down, perhaps as the novelty wore off. (Teenagers — particularly eighth…

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What if the World Went Vegetarian?

Land management could help climate change crisis


Thu, Mar 31st, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

ASAPScience's looks at what would happen if everyone in the world would go vegetarian. Interestingly, while this would free up an area of land the size of Africa, not all that land would be suitable to be used for agriculture; however, the video argues that some of that land could be used to restore grasslands and forests, potentially offsetting climate change.

Surprisingly, switching to an all vegetarian diet, could cause long term gene changes.

The team from Cornell University found another variation too: the Inuit populations of Greenland, whose diet is mainly based around seafood, didn't have the same DNA building blocks as similar communities that were largely vegetarian. While the vegetarian allele was found to have an insertion of 22 bases (DNA building blocks) within the gene, this insertion was deleted in the seafood allele, suggesting that…

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I'm Excited

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Thu, Apr 7th, 2016 22:49 by capnasty NEWS

I just saw Disney's official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first in the Star Wars Anthology Series. In this first movie, we learn how the plans of the Death Star were stolen. It looks really good.

The Star Wars Anthology Series[4] is the banner title for a series of upcoming stand-alone Star Wars films, beginning with Rogue One in December 2016.

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