"Cells have the capacity to process and respond to instructions and codes inputted into their main system."

Programming cells like computers to fight disease

#Health

Wed, Sep 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to this press release by the University of Warwick, researchers have discovered the ability to program a common molecule found in cells to alter their behaviour.

As well as fighting disease and injury in humans, scientists could harness this technique to control plant cells and reverse environmental and agricultural issues, making plants more resilient to disease and pests.

RNAs carry information between protein and DNA in cells, and Professor Jaramillo has proved that these molecules can be produced and organised into tailor-made sequences of commands - similar to codes for computer software - which feed specific instructions into cells, programming them to do what we want.

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“The greatest economic crisis of our age: the one still awaiting us.”

Documentary on the next financial collapse

#Future

Tue, Sep 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit from 2012, this documentary by Journeyman Pictures looks at the greatest financial collapse of our generation, which has yet to happen. Here is a review of the documentary.

Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis. Award-winning documentary giving fresh insight into the greatest economic crisis of our age: the one still awaiting us.

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“If you don’t remember any of these countries from geography class, you’re not alone.”

Members of self-proclaimed micronations meet

#Video

Mon, Sep 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Vice has this video on self-proclaimed mini-states you have never heard of. Members from each country — only recognised by other members — met at a summit in Georgia, all sporting some very interesting uniforms.

Molossia. Slobovia. The Aerican Empire. If you don’t remember any of these countries from geography class, you’re not alone. They are all “micronations,” self-declared sovereign states not formally recognized by any official authority (other than each other). This summer, representatives from 27 of these would-be fiefdoms gathered for a summit in Dunwoody, Georgia. While several of these micronations claim that they are their own autonomous countries, many are created as a political protest, for artistic reasons or as a social experiment.

MicroCon 2017 was hosted by Veronica Boritz, who also identifies as Queen Anastasia von Elphberg of Ruritania. The event, which lasted four days,…

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“We deserve pity for being born in such primitive times.”

Smartphone usage as a mean of self-avoidance

#Telephone

Sun, Sep 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Fascinating video by The School of Life arguing that while smartphones are handy, we misuse them to keep ourselves at bay, running away from "the joys of and terrors of self-knowledge."

They are hugely useful of course but in many ways, we buy the advantages our phones give us at a subtly high price we don’t entirely recognise. Some reflections on how to live well around phones.

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Marble

Random photo of the day

#Photography

Sat, Sep 16th, 2017 16:05 by capnasty NEWS

Beautiful marble pattern.

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“Instead of consuming fossil fuels, it would then feed surplus electricity into the grid.”

Electric truck produces more energy going downhill than it needs to go back up

#Driving

Sat, Sep 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Phys reports that a consortium of Swiss companies, led by Ciments Vigier SA, are converting a gigantic diesel-powered Komatsu dump truck into an electric vehicle. The goal is to have the descent of the vehicle produce the energy needed to send it back up the hill, with plenty to spare.

Never before has a vehicle of this performance class been constructed to conquer slopes of up to 13 percent inclination under the harshest of environmental conditions while straining the batteries with electrical currents of up to 3,000 amperes, but also charging them by 40 kWh during a single descent and traveling as an energy plus vehicle on balance (plus 10 kWh of energy per roundtrip). If the use of the new vehicle proves successful, Ciments Vigier SA could power up to eight vehicles purely electrically in the long run. For Kuhn Schweiz AG this opens up new fields for…

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Classic Bowl

Random photo of the day

#Photography

Fri, Sep 15th, 2017 12:24 by capnasty NEWS

Where the 80s still go strong.

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“Clicking on a Facebook advert may reveal things about yourself you don’t want anyone to know.”

How Facebook sells your privacy for a tidy profit

#Advertising

Fri, Sep 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video Point explains how Facebook uses everything it knows about you so that it can sell advertising taylored to specific factors marketers are looking for. Reportedly the authors were quickly able to create a business home page, purchase thousands of Likes, backdate their posts to make their page look established and buy ads. The ads were then used to gander private information about the users who clicked them.

Clicking on a Facebook advert may reveal things about yourself you don’t want anyone to know.

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Milky Way

Random photo of the day

#Photography

Thu, Sep 14th, 2017 22:08 by capnasty NEWS

This probably would have come better with a real camera, but the phone set on manual was able to capture a decent amount of the Milky Way up in Grand Bend.

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"They’ve managed to plant, tend, and harvest an acre and a half of barley using only autonomous vehicles."

Autonomous farming

#Robots

Thu, Sep 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Spectrum brings to attention Harper Adams University's The Hands Free Hectare project, which has used only robots to grow "the most expensive hectare of barley ever." Albeit expensive right now, the goal is eventually have robots dedicated solely to farming as they get more affordable.

While it’s possible that at some point there might be significant labor savings by fully automating farming like this, there are lots of other, more immediate benefits. With fully autonomous farm vehicles, you can use a bunch of smaller ones much more effectively than a few larger ones, which is what the trend has been toward if you need a human sitting in the driver’s seat. This means higher precision, minimal soil compaction, cost savings, and increased flexibility to deal with mechanical breakdowns. Without the need for daylight, you could also keep a farm active…

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Aug 27“Silicon Valley’s newfound urge to postpone aging indefinitely is an attempt by the super wealthy to extend their own lives.” #Science
Aug 29Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine #Robots
Aug 13“Our Internet handlers, not government, are using operant conditioning to modify our behaviour today.” #Advertising
Aug 18“That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think.” #Robots
Aug 31"A handful of upper-assembling machines that can work at 20 times the pace of human workers." #Robots
Aug 25“Some technologies arrive more quietly, but just as surely revolutionize the way we live.” #Technology
Aug 17“Nobody is forcing the participants to stay, of course, but if they leave, they won’t be paid.” #Advertising
Sep 01“It appears that Google may have lost sight of what being evil means.” #GoogleWorldDomination
Aug 23Amateur-Built Electric Car Going After Record Set by Tesla #Driving
Aug 24“Robots and humans may increasingly work hand-in-hand in industrial sectors.” #Robots
Aug 26“Your great-grandparents may phone you up to ask you to babysit your granduncle for the evening.” #Future
Sep 11“Facebook has contributed to, and profited from, the erosion of democratic norms in the United States.” #Politics
Sep 19“The greatest economic crisis of our age: the one still awaiting us.”
Sep 20"Cells have the capacity to process and respond to instructions and codes inputted into their main system."
May 27Making a Movie Inside a Video Game
Sep 18“If you don’t remember any of these countries from geography class, you’re not alone.”
Jan 11How to Avoid Jury Duty
Jan 26Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World
Sep 13“Any person, organization or government serious about web security should return to plain-text.”
Sep 15“Clicking on a Facebook advert may reveal things about yourself you don’t want anyone to know.”
Sep 14Milky Way
Sep 16“Instead of consuming fossil fuels, it would then feed surplus electricity into the grid.”
Sep 17“We deserve pity for being born in such primitive times.”
Sep 14"They’ve managed to plant, tend, and harvest an acre and a half of barley using only autonomous vehicles."