“Civilisation is a movement, and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbour.”

Generation Ships


Mon, Jul 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In Isaac Arthur's latest episode he looks at Generation Ships, massive starships akin to an interstellar ark ferrying humans for thousands of years, generation after generation, to reach another planet.

Today we will begin our look at the spaceships we might use for colonizing interstellar space in the future. In order to cover the vast distances between even the nearest stars in our galaxy within the boundaries of known physics, we need vessels able to voyage at high speeds for very long periods of time while carrying everything they need to colonize another solar system, a concept typically known as a space ark or generation ship. We will explore the challenges and options for such a vessel, as well as some alternative approaches to the problem.


“A company headquartered in Toronto runs a successful affordable mobile phone service in the US.”

Report indicates Canadian telecom providers gouge their customers


Sun, Jul 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Looking at a report by Tefficient, Motherboard notes that Canadians are getting a "raw deal" when it comes to data on a smartphone. Reportedly, Canadians pay the most yet use the least amount of data compared to other countries.

[...] Canada’s telecom industry is notoriously moribund, with just three established players making up a kind of oligopoly that account for the vast majority of mobile subscriptions in the country — Rogers, Bell Canada, and Telus. It’s one of Canada’s many curious ironies that a company headquartered in Toronto runs a successful affordable mobile phone service in the US — Ting by Tucows — but has thus far been unable to operate in its home country.


“Inhibiting this pathway has extended life span in every species studies to date.”

Anti-aging drug appears to be working


Sat, Jul 14th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Technology Review reports that drugs which inhibit the aging-related pathway TORC1 has extended the life span in mice and works. The drugs boost the immune system which otherwise is less responsive as people age.

“Immune function was just one of the things that got better,” said Joan Mannick, who worked on the trial at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Massachusetts. The researchers now have plans to test the drugs on other age-related conditions, such as neurodegenerative diseases.

“This is an extremely important and exciting study,” said Matt Kaeberlein, director of the Healthy Aging and Longevity Research Institute at the University of Washington, who was not involved in the study. The mTOR inhibitors “appear to broadly rejuvenate immune function in healthy elderly people,” he added. “I think this study raises the real possibility that most middle-aged adults could benefit from short-term treatments with mTOR inhibitors.”


“Prof Mallett has wanted to build a time machine for most of his life.”

Time travel is plausible


Fri, Jul 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to the BBC, some respected physicists think that time travel is entirely possible and are diligenty working at making this a reality.

Prof Mallett has built a table-top device that illustrates principles he thinks could be used to build a real, working time machine. First, lasers are used to generate a circulating beam of light. The space inside this "ring laser" should become twisted, "like stirring a cup of coffee", the University of Connecticut professor explains.

Because space and time are intimately connected, warping space should also warp time. Prof Mallett's theoretical work has shown that, given enough laser intensity in a small enough space, it should be possible to alter the normally linear timeline we all inhabit.


“Social media can be good but we must be careful with how we use it.”

Social media is designed to be addictive leaving you in a fragmented mental state


Thu, Jul 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Absolute Motivation has this short documentary on how social media is designed to be as addictive as possible in order to maximize profit.

This might be one of the most important videos I've edited in 2018. After everything that has been going on with the privacy crisis and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg going to Washington to speak with members of Congress, I felt that this video was timely. I think social media can be good but we must be careful with how we use it.


“Only strong authority can bring order to a turbulent country.”

A look at the high-tech authoritarian future


Wed, Jul 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

If you want to get a glimpse of what the future of law enforcement — some may argue of totalitarian control — will look like, the New York Times takes you down a tour to showcase what the Chinese have put together in order to maintain order and control at unprecedented levels.

“In the past, it was all about instinct,” said Shan Jun, the deputy chief of the police at the railway station in Zhengzhou, where the heroin smuggler was caught. “If you missed something, you missed it.”

China is reversing the commonly held vision of technology as a great democratizer, bringing people more freedom and connecting them to the world. In China, it has brought control.


“Artificial intelligence can detect your sexuality and politics just by looking at your face.”

Uncomfortable technological progress


Tue, Jul 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Guardian, research from Psychologist Michal Kosinski, a professor of organisational behaviour at Stanford University, indicates that artificial intelligence can be used to determine political affiliation, I.Q., sexual orientation, and the predisposition to commit certain crimes.

How did this 36-year-old academic, who has yet to write a book, attract the attention of the Russian cabinet? Over our several meetings in California and London, Kosinski styles himself as a taboo-busting thinker, someone who is prepared to delve into difficult territory concerning artificial intelligence and surveillance that other academics won’t. “I can be upset about us losing privacy,” he says. “But it won’t change the fact that we already lost our privacy, and there’s no going back without destroying this civilisation.”


“A cloned cat is simply a genetic twin of your current cat, born at a later date in time.”

Clone your pet


Mon, Jul 9th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Charging a meager $50k for a dog or $25k for a cat, you can now have your pet easily cloned by Viagen Pets.

Today, safe genetic preservation and cloning of your dog or cat is an option pet owners may choose to explore for their healthy living pets, and for those pets that are nearing the end of their lives or have just passed away. Preservation and cloning with ViaGen Pets can allow you to reimagine and extend the very special love and experience you have with your pet to a genetic twin – a new adorable puppy or kitten that shares many of your original pet’s traits. ViaGen Pets provides a cloning process that you can be confident is safe, and your pet’s DNA is not altered in any way.


“Oh gosh, that as a journey.”

Boston Bun - Spread Love


Sun, Jul 8th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Fun to watch with a catchy tune to boot.


Starring Gerard Kearns.
Produced by Théo Gall - Jules de Chateleux
Cinematography by Simon Chaudoir
Animatronic by Morgan Hildebrand
Editor Simon Colin
Line Producer Bérangère Petitjean
Color by Vincent Heine
Thanks to Family Production and all the crew.


“We’re America, Bitch.”

Trump is not the problem, people are


Sat, Jul 7th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On GQ, Drew Magary argues that the problem with America is not Trump but the very people that elected him.

At nearly every turn, our worst leaders are enabling our worst people. They are, in the most soulless possible fashion, REPRESENTING them. When Trump chucks a handful of Starburst at Angela Merkel, he’s representing the people. When an anonymous Trump official says that the official Trump Doctrine is “We’re America, Bitch,” they’re representing the people. And when Trump uses ICE as an agency of soft ethnic cleansing, he’s representing the people. If Trump has brought out the worst in them, well the worst was always there to begin with. I can say “Trump doesn’t REALLY stand for America” to myself over and over, but I know that’s a lie.

Jun 07“The construction industry is by no means immune to these developments.” #Robots
Jun 10“A mass-market robotic cocktail maker.” #Robots
Jun 09“Whether using drones to pollinate an apple orchard will increase yields.” #Robots
Jun 08“So is this just paranoia, or are our smartphones actually listening?” #Privacy
Jun 11“A method to cheaply and directly pull carbon-dioxide pollution out of the atmosphere.” #Environment
Jun 19“Research that could engineer dinosaurs back into existence within the next five to 10 years.” #Science
Jun 16“The only thing worse than assuming that carbon removal will save the day is assuming it will save the day.” #Environment
Jun 17“A machine meant to hurl rockets into space.” #Space
Jun 15Chinese warehouse organises, packs, and fulfills 200,000 orders a day with four people #Robots
Jun 12“It is the responsibility of all of us to get to know our weaknesses and make sure they don't become weapons.” #Politics
Jun 22“In comparison to the waste produced by every other kind of electricity production, that quantity is close to zero.” #Environment
Jun 1310 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes from BBC Earth #Video
Jul 15“A company headquartered in Toronto runs a successful affordable mobile phone service in the US.”
Jul 14“Inhibiting this pathway has extended life span in every species studies to date.”
Aug 29Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine
Jul 16“Civilisation is a movement, and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbour.”
Dec 23Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you
Apr 03Somebody Needs to Build a New Facebook Stat
Jan 04The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit
Jan 11How to Avoid Jury Duty
Jan 09CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form
Jul 13“Prof Mallett has wanted to build a time machine for most of his life.”
Jul 06“Forget everything you were taught about having your phone out at the table — you'll need it to call the robots that serve you.”
Jul 10“Artificial intelligence can detect your sexuality and politics just by looking at your face.”