“From sand to soil in 7 hours.”

Turning deserts into fertile land

#Environment

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this TEDx Talks, Ole Morten Olesen explains how deserts could be turned into fertile lands using liquid nano clay in just seven hours — with additional applications required every five years. Reportedly, if this technology was used on just 1% on "targetable" arid land to reform, it would suck up 26 million tons of C02. Maybe we turn deserts into forests and slow down global warming?

Water is a scarce resource that many of us take for granted, but unfortunately large parts of Earth’s population do not have that luxury. Ole and his innovation team have tried to solve an enormous task: to turn sand into soil. Even more exciting – they believe they have solved the problem!

Listen to Ole talk us through the concept behind turning deserts and sand dunes green. How…

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“If you could decide today... how long do you want to live?”

If ageing could be stopped

#Future

Sat, Oct 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the possibility that ageing may be stopped in our lifetime, Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell asks if this is a good idea.

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A Bicycle with No Pedals You Run With

The Fliz

#Travel

Fri, Oct 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit the photo above is not of the finished bicycle — it makes for a pretty amusing prototype — the FLIZ is a Laufrad-inspired bicycle with no pedals that you run with. While the video makes it look like a breeze to use, it still seems like something terrifying to be strapped in.

The prior aim of developing FLIZ was to bring a completely new driving experience to everyone. Based on the very first bike - the “Laufrad“ - we created a velocipede concept of healthy, ecological mobility in overcrowded urban space. Its laminated, innovative frame with 5 point belt system provides a comfortable, ergonomic ride between running and biking. The frame integrates the rider and due to its construction it works both like a suspension and like a top carrier whereas the belt replaces the saddle and adjusts your…

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“They're usually these people that have been fucked by the system who are trying to unfuck themselves.”

The rise of the homegrown biohackers

#Science

Thu, Oct 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Comparing them to computer hackers of the 80s, biohackers try to manipulate and modify living organisms with the purpose of curing illnesses or gaining superpowers. You too can buy a kit and start hacking the genome.

Their shared mission is to put this technology into the hands of as many people as possible.

"People should be able to use all the technologies that science develops," says Zayner. "It shouldn't just be patented and given to companies or exclusively given to certain people."

These do-it-yourself biologists say the democratization of science has given them the freedom to do work on projects that are often ignored by larger institutions. They're using gene editing technologies like CRISPR to create personalized treatments for those suffering from rare diseases or cancer, reverse engineering pharmaceuticals like Epi-Pens so…

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“Parti.Vote is designed to make the US's representative government system more equitable.”

Liquid democracy? There's an app for that

#Politics

Wed, Oct 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit Matt Negrin of Fortune jokingly suggested replacing politicians with AI in order to better represent the masses, Colorado's Camilo Casas plans to have people vote on issues via an app, and represent them accordingly.

This is how it will work: If more than 50 percent of people in his community vote "yes" on an issue through the app, Casas will vote the same way they do. Only in the event of a tie would he be forced to make a decision based on his own beliefs.

In order to avoid fraud, Casas' team will vet signups on Parti.Vote against the Colorado Secretary of State's publicly available voter rolls. In the future, Casas told me he wants to utilize biometrics for verification, possibly using something like Apple's Face ID technology.

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“They don’t drive like people. They drive like robots.”

Why self-driving cars get into accidents

#Driving

Tue, Oct 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to the Seattle Times, self-driving cars get rear-ended because they drive really weird: while robots "obey the letter of the law," humans "violate the rules in a safe and principled way," causing problems when the two share the road.

What they’ve found is that while the public may most fear a marauding vehicle without a driver behind the wheel, the reality is that the vehicles are overly cautious. They creep out from stop signs after coming to a complete stop and mostly obey the letter of the law — unlike humans.

Smoothing out that interaction is one of the most important tasks ahead for developers of the technology, says Karl Iagnemma, chief executive officer of self-driving software developer NuTonomy.

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100 Things We Can Do Today to Stop Global Warming in the Next 30 Years

Drawdown: A Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming

#Environment

Mon, Oct 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video, Renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken looks at the various things humanity can do to reverse climate change within our lifetime.

Renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken believes we can stop global warming in the next 30 years - and he not only has a plan, he knows the top 100 things we can do, today, to reverse its effects. Hear his breakthrough vision for our exponential future.

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“Creating a shift from medical device to positive body image statement.”

The Third Thumb

#Art

Sun, Oct 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Third Thumb, a 3D-printed thumb that is attached to the hand and controlled with the feet, is the brain child of designer Dani Clode. His goal is to challenge the perception of prosthetics, making them as socially accepted as glasses or even plastic surgery.

The human thumb has a really dynamic movement, the opposing movements working together make the thumb more functional than a single finger. The Third Thumb replicates these movements by using two motors pulling against the natural tension of a flexible 3d printed material. The motors are controlled by two pressure sensors retrofitted into your shoes, under your toes, and communicate to the thumb via Bluetooth connection. The foot control is inspired by products that help to develop the already strong connection between our hands and our feet. For example…

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“If the facial data and related personal information is stolen and put on the internet, it will cause big problems.”

China is building a nation-wide facial recognition system of all its citizens

#Technology

Sat, Oct 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

China is building a facial recognition system capable of identifying any of its 1.3 billion citizens in a matter of seconds with 90% accuracy. The system is however having problems due to the large number of people and the technological limits of facial recognition. Still, once those hurdles are surpassed, what could go wrong?.

Some restaurants have even offered discounts to customers based on a machine that ranks their looks according to an algorithm. Customers with “beautiful” characteristics – such as symmetrical features – get better scores than those with noses that are “too big” or “too small” and those that get better scores will get cheaper meals.

Some public lavatories in Beijing also use facial recognition so that the automatic dispensing machines will deny toilet paper to people who ask for it more than once within a given period.

Facial recognition could supersede other personal…

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"Hours after the fires in Santa Rosa I filmed this postal worker still delivering the mail."

Delivering mail to a burnt out neighbourhood

#Video

Fri, Oct 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Fascinating drone video of a US mailman delivering the mail to a completely burnt out Santa Rosa neighbourhood. This probably won't be the last as things get worse.

Hours after the fires in Santa Rosa I filmed this postal worker still delivering the mail. To help please go to: https://srcity.org/610/Emergency-Information.

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Oct 22“From sand to soil in 7 hours.”
Oct 21“If you could decide today... how long do you want to live?”
Oct 20A Bicycle with No Pedals You Run With
Oct 19“They're usually these people that have been fucked by the system who are trying to unfuck themselves.”
Oct 18“Parti.Vote is designed to make the US's representative government system more equitable.”
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Oct 14“If the facial data and related personal information is stolen and put on the internet, it will cause big problems.”
Oct 13"Hours after the fires in Santa Rosa I filmed this postal worker still delivering the mail."
Sep 12“As users, it’s important to be aware of how the platform is manipulating you.”
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