Japanese Create Ice Cream That Does Not Melt

Just in time for global warming

#Food

Mon, Aug 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Conde Nast Traveler, Japanese scientists have discovered that when strawberry polyphenol is added to dairy cream it solidifies instantly. This has allowed them to create normal tasting ice cream that doesn't melt — not for several hours, at least. Above, a timelapse video showing the melting progress of one of these ice creams over the course of three hours.

Through trial and error, Tomihisa Ota, professor emeritus of pharmacy at Kanazawa University, soon developed non-melting popsicles. "Polyphenol liquid has properties to make it difficult for water and oil to separate so that a popsicle containing it will be able to retain the original shape of the cream for a longer time than usual and be hard to melt," he told the Asahi Shimbun. The popsicles went on sale in Kanazawa, Osaka, and Tokyo in April and, according…

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“This conversation about how technology is hijacking people is really catching on.”

Non-profit Time Well Spent is devoted to stopping tech companies from hijacking our minds

#Internet

Sun, Aug 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Wired talks to former product manager at Google Tristan Harris, who for the last 12 months has been critiquing how the big platforms (Apple, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram) use design techniques to keep people glued to their phones as much and as often as possible.

Technology steers what 2 billion people are thinking and believing every day. It’s possibly the largest source of influence over 2 billion people’s thoughts that has ever been created. Religions and governments don’t have that much influence over people’s daily thoughts. But we have three technology companies who have this system that frankly they don’t even have control over—with newsfeeds and recommended videos and whatever they put in front of you—which is governing what people do with their time and what they’re looking at.

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“Human and animal cells can be 3D printed into high-resolution tissue.”

Creating complex tissue using 3D-printer

#Health

Sat, Aug 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Singularity Archive, scientists at the University of Oxford can create complex tissue and cartilage using a 3D-printer designed for living tissue, without issues of cellular collapse. The machine, which is noted as being relatively inexpensive, is predicted have a serious impact in medicine.

“We were aiming to fabricate three-dimensional living tissues that could display the basic behaviours and physiology found in natural organisms. To date, there are limited examples of printed tissues, which have the complex cellular architecture of native tissues. Hence, we focused on designing a high-resolution cell printing platform, from relatively inexpensive components, that could be used to reproducibly produce artificial tissues with appropriate complexity from a range of cells including stem cells.” said Dr Alexander Graham, lead author and 3D Bioprinting Scientist at OxSyBio.

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“That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think.”

Boston Dynamics shows off how far its robots have come

#Robots

Fri, Aug 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this TED talk, Boston Dynamics' founder Marc Raibert demonstrates how far robots have come in handling their environment, while showing off SpotMini's abilities.

That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think. Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, is developing advanced robots that can gallop like a cheetah, negotiate 10 inches of snow, walk upright on two legs and even open doors and deliver packages. Join Raibert for a live demo of SpotMini, a nimble robot that maps the space around it, handles objects, climbs stairs -- and could soon be helping you out around the house.

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“Nobody is forcing the participants to stay, of course, but if they leave, they won’t be paid.”

Crowdcasting

#Advertising

Thu, Aug 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Washington Post brings to attention marketing app Surkus, designed to provide crowds where needed. Sign-up and the app, based on age, location, style and Facebook “likes,” sends you at a location, where the user is expected to stay and act as if genuinely interested. Leave, you don't get paid. You may also not get called again if your acting is not liked.

Surkus raises new questions about the future of advertising and promotion. At a time when it has become commonplace for individuals to broadcast polished versions of their lives on social media, does Surkus give businesses a formidable tool to do the same, renting beautiful people and blending them with advertising in a way that makes reality nearly indiscernible? Or have marketers found a new tool that offers them a far more efficient way to…

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“Eliminating the time needed to stop and re-charge a conventional electric car’s battery.”

When all cars are electric, gas stations will simply switch to selling you electrolyte

#Driving

Wed, Aug 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Purdue University, a new system to instantly recharge the battery of an electric vehicle could be obtained without changing existing petroleum-based distribution centres, simply by using a battery system that could be quickly filled-up much like a gasoline engine. While the idea is novel, economic, and environmentally friendly, it also means that drivers would still be financially dependent on "gas" stations, rather than simply recharging their car at home.

“Instead of refining petroleum, the refiners would reprocess spent electrolytes and instead of dispensing gas, the fueling stations would dispense a water and ethanol or methanol solution as fluid electrolytes to power vehicles,” Cushman said. “Users would be able to drop off the spent electrolytes at gas stations, which would then be sent in bulk to solar farms, wind turbine installations or hydroelectric plants for reconstitution or…

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“This 160-step biochemical process is very well studied, and surprisingly inefficient.”

Improving photosynthesis by genetically engineering plants' metabolism

#Food

Tue, Aug 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With global warming and a growing global population, food production must increase by 50% by 2050. According to MIT's Technology Review, one way of doing this is to genetically modify the efficiency of photosynthesis in a plant. Reportedly a plant only converts 5% of the light it collects into biomass, and even less than that for the production of the edible parts. Just by changing three genes in tobacco, there was a 20% increase in yield. Other plants are now being tested.

[...] Plants thrive on carbon dioxide, but very hot days suppress crop yields. In many parts of the world, the rising temperatures and increased droughts caused by climate change will be devastating. And those negative effects “will have the biggest impact on the poor,” says Steve Long, director of the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project, an international consortium based at the University of Illinois at…

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“During this phase of decline, the US was likely to go through a phase of reactionary 'fascism'.”

Collapse of the U.S. predicted in 20 years

#Future

Mon, Aug 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Double-doctored, Nobel Prize-nominated professor at the University of Hawaii and Transcend Peace University Johan Galtung is a futurist, who is predicting the decline of the “US empire” in 20 years — possibly sooner, now that Trump was elected. Reportedly, Galtung has made numerous predictions of major world events, all of which were correct. According to Motherboard, he predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union almost to the day, a decade ahead. He's not completely pessimistic, though.

Galtung has doctoral degrees in both sociology and mathematics, and some decades ago developed a theory of "synchronizing and mutually reinforcing contradictions", which he used to make his forecasts. The model was based on comparing the rise and fall of 10 historical empires.

In 1980, Galtung used his theoretical model to map the interaction of various social contradictions inside the Soviet empire, leading him to predict its demise within 10 years.…

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“Our Internet handlers, not government, are using operant conditioning to modify our behaviour today.”

The internet has basically become one giant marketing tool designed to control people's built-in impulses

#Advertising

Sun, Aug 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

American psychologist B. F. Skinner considered free will an illusion and that all human behaviour is based simply on previous experiences — hence his experiments with instrumental conditioning, where behaviour is tailored using rewards or punishment. Skinner was heavily criticised for his experiments, but as we enter the era of big data, marketers are using the exact same approach to control the behaviour of their consumers.

One of the reasons America is hooked on junk foods is that we are gnomically designed to crave sweet, salty, and fatty tastes (as Michael Moss has documented and reported on in his recent Salt, Sugar, Fat). Many obese people have those cravings. If a fast-food provider using big data can discover by analyzing your Internet behavior that you have been looking for ways to lose weight, they have a pretty good idea that you might be one of…

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“We’re going to start to see chip implants get the same realm of acceptance as piercings and tattoos.”

We are all getting chipped, sooner or later

#Future

Sat, Aug 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

While USA Today notes that the chipping of employees at a Winsconsin company was more of a publicity stunt than anything else, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Noelle Chesley believes that getting chipped "will happen to everybody."

“It will happen to everybody,” says Noelle Chesley, 49, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “But not this year, and not in 2018. Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids.”

Gene Munster, an investor and analyst at Loup Ventures, is an advocate for augmented reality, virtual reality and other new technologies. He thinks embedded chips in human bodies is 50 years away. “In 10 years, Facebook, Google, Apple and Tesla will not have their employees chipped,” he says. “You’ll see some extreme forward-looking tech people adopting it, but not…

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