Be Seen and Unseen With Privacy Glasses



Tue, Dec 6th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Currently seeking your financial support on Kickstarter, custom-spectacles-craftsman Scott Urban introduces the Reflectacles, glasses and sunglasses that reflect any light they encounter. While these are great for being seen at night, they also have the ability to make the wearer unrecognisable from "the growing surveillance-state."

Reflectacles represents a revolutionary new concept in eyeglasses industry with the ability to protect you from being spied upon through security cameras and also to alert you while driving or biking at night. It is an exceptional product that can help you maintain optimal privacy by evading CCTV cameras installed at the roadsides and also to alert other drivers on the road when you are enjoying night-time biking adventure.

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The Value of the Venezuelan Currency Depends All on One Man, in Alabama, Who Works at Home Depot

"It's all about information."


Mon, Dec 5th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to PRI, website Dolar Today run by Gustavo Díaz, a Home Depot employee in Alabama, helps ordinary Venezuelans understand the real value of their mostly worthless currency — the bolivar — allowing them to "navigate the underground economy," while directly affecting the price of "just about everything in Venezuela."

“We founded this company DolarToday in 2010," Díaz explains, "as a form of protest against the dictatorship because the dictatorship was intimidating and controlling the media on all the information.”

So let's say you have a bunch of bolivars to spend. The official government exchange rate is fixed at 10 bolivars to the dollar. But according to DolarToday, the real street value of the bolivar in Caracas is much lower. It’s now well over 4,000 bolivars to the dollar.


IBM's Watson Saves the Life of Patient by Correctly Indentifying Her Disease

Human doctors couldn't figure it out


Sun, Dec 4th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Futurism, the age of artificial intelligence is "officially upon us." Reportedly, IBM's Watson was able to save the life of a Japanese woman after correctly identifying her disease, something that human doctors had not been able to do.

The key to this success is the AI’s ability to take a massive amount of data and analyze it quickly. This is something that human physicians, sadly, cannot do themselves (or at least, they can’t do it with nearly the accuracy or efficiency). The system looked at the woman’s genetic information and compared it to 20 million clinical oncology studies. After doing so, it determined that the patient had an exceedingly rare form of leukemia.

Initially, the woman had been diagnosed with, and treated for, acute myeloid leukemia; however, she failed to respond to the traditional treatment methods, which perplexed doctors.


The Presence of Drones Becomes an Increasingly Pervasive Reality in the Skies of Tomorrow

Our Drone Future


Sat, Dec 3rd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Titled Our Drone Future, this video by Alex Cornell, a product designer for Facebook Live, explores the "pervasive reality" drones will have "in the skies of tomorrow."

In the near future, cities use semi-autonomous drones for urban security. Human officers monitor drone feeds remotely, and data reports are displayed with a detailed HUD and communicated via a simulated human voice (designed to mitigate discomfort with sentient drone technology). While the drones operate independently, they are "guided" by the human monitors, who can suggest alternate mission plans and ask questions.

Specializing in predictive analysis, the security drones can retask themselves to investigate potential threats. As shown in this video, an urban security drone surveys San Francisco's landmarks and encounters fierce civilian resistance.


"Twitter is way more important than you might realize."

Using technology to silence Standing Rock protesters


Fri, Dec 2nd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Sounding more like a tin-foiled hat conspiracy theory than a 21st-century reality, Cracked visits the 5,000-person strong campout at Standing Rock and explains that despite technological efforts put into place by government and private entities to silence the protest against the North Dakota Access Pipeline, social media is the driving force that has kept the movement going.

"The moment you hit this camp from the highway, the signal goes to [nothing]." He added that, "People are reporting their cellphones are turning on, their [apps] are turning on, their battery is draining." In any other situation, we'd have been prepared to write this off as the world's lamest campfire story. It's the kind of story you'd expect to be followed up with "totally real" pictures of Bigfoot or something. But ...

We ran into similar strange rumors across camp for the next couple of days. People from every…


"Imagine if you cut a person in half at the waist, the bottom half would grow a new head and the top half would grow new legs."

Enabling regeneration in humans


Thu, Dec 1st, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The University of Washington examines the acorn worm, a creature with a genetic makeup similar to ours and with the capacity of regrowing any major part that is cut off, including head, heart, and brain. If researchers are able to determine the mechanism that causes this, it could mean the ability for humans to "regrow an amputated arm or leg, or completely restore nervous system function after a spinal cord injury."

“I really think we as humans have the potential to regenerate, but something isn’t allowing that to happen,” Swalla said. “I believe humans have these same genes, and if we can figure out how to turn on these genes, we can regenerate.”

Regeneration is common in many animal lineages, though among the vertebrates (which includes humans) it is most robust in amphibians and fish. Humans can regrow parts of organs and skin cells to some degree, but…


"Just like diseases, the symptoms of aging all have a solution."

Aging as a curable disease


Wed, Nov 30th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

British biologist Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is nothing more than a pathological disease for which we have simply not found the cure, and that "the first person who will live to 1,000 years old is already among us" — a statement some find controversial.

He says that aging is the result of the accumulation of “garbage material” that our cells cannot break down. De Grey and his team decided to look into the phase after death for a solution to sustaining life and youth: decomposition. They hypothesized that the answer lies in the decomposition of dead bodies, where there are bacteria that can break down everything in the human body, including those our bodies could not break down on their own while we are alive.


Diamond Batteries Are Forever #diamondbattery

Turning nuclear waste into diamond batteries that last a really long time


Tue, Nov 29th, 2016 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit it sounds like these type of batteries only produce minute amounts of electrical power, physicists and chemists at the University of Bristol are turning useless nuclear waste into diamonds that produce electricity. The battery, which would deplete 50% of its charge after 5,730 years, "has no moving parts, gives off no emissions, and is maintenance-free."

The team has already built a prototype diamond battery that uses the isotope nickel-63 as radioactive fuel and is now moving on to using carbon-14, which will be more efficient. Because c-14 has such a long half life, the researchers estimate a diamond battery would still generate 50 percent of its capacity after 5,730 years.

"We envision these batteries to be used in situations where it is not feasible to charge or replace conventional batteries," says Tom Scott, Professor in Materials. "Obvious applications…


"Research suggests we aren’t ready to send astronauts to Mars for a visit, much less to live there."

Screw Mars, let's go to Titan


Mon, Nov 28th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Scientific American, Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix argue that instead of focusing on Mars or even the Moon, we should set our goals in colonising Titan. While the icy moon of Saturn isn't exactly as welcoming as Mars, it does offer one crucial thing that no other planet in our solar system — except Earth — can offer: protection from Galactic Cosmic Rays, energetic particles from distant supernovae, capable of destroying brain tissue. Of course, first we need some efficient way to get there.

[...] although the Moon and Mars look like comparatively reasonable destinations, they also have a deal-breaking problem. Neither is protected by a magnetosphere or atmosphere. Galactic Cosmic Rays, the energetic particles from distant supernovae, bombard the surfaces of the Moon and Mars, and people can’t live long-term under the assault of GCRs.

The cancer-causing potential of this powerful radiation has long been known,…


"The way you use the phone is a proxy for the way you live."

Phone usage data to determine loan eligibility


Sun, Nov 27th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Bloomberg, phone usage data — which, for phone carriers, will be worth up to $1 billion-a-year over the next decade — could be used to determine the worthiness of an individual when deciding on their eligibility for a loan. Reportedly, companies like Equifax have determined that "the more economically active you are, the more people want to call you."

Some of the data financial institutions are using come directly from interactions with potential borrowers, while other information is collected in the background. FICO’s partner EFL sends psychological questionnaires of about 60 questions to potential borrowers’ mobile phones. With Lenddo’s technology, FICO can check if users’ phones were physically present at their stated home or work address, and if they are in touch with other good borrowers -- or with people with long histories of fooling lenders.

“We see this as a good opportunity to explore that type…

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