News Index

WannaCry is Childsplay Compared to This

How the stolen NSA cyberweapons are being used for nefarious tasks

#Computers
Fri, June 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The New York Times has this fascinating piece on how the stolen NSA hacking tools were used by unknowns to penetrate IDT Corporation and steal…

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“We have to forget steel as a core employer.”

14 people make 500 thousand tons of steel

#Technology
Thu, June 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Bloomberg reports that in the ore-rich Austrian town of Donawitz, the new steel mill can be operated by just 14 employees versus the 1,000 back…

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"Is meant to produce more energy than it consumes."

ZeroHouse

#Future
Wed, June 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Harvard's Centre for Green Buildings and Cities shows off HouseZero, a home designed to produce more energy than it consumes. FWe’re moving away from all…

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"Its tilted axis makes orbit, showing the position of the sun and the time."

Orbit

#Art
Tue, June 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Created by Korean product designer Hoyoung Joo, this unusual clock titled Orbit mimics the location of the sun based on the time. For most of…

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A Simple Task for CRISPR

Single gene diseases

#Literature
Mon, June 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Guardian has a book review on A Crack in Creation, written by the biochemists who led the breakthrough on the gene editing revolution. The…

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“Drone carrying defibrillators could begin operating in Sweden.”

Emergency drones are 16 minutes faster than traditional emergency services

#Future
Sun, June 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Sweden — the same country that has made it law to turn carbon neutral by 2045 — is planning on making defibrillator carrying drones a…

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“Making paper out of stone.”

Limex paper

#Products
Sat, June 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit it sounds like the journey so far has been quite a struggle, Japanese entrepreneur Nobuyoshi Yamasaki is able to make paper out of limestone.…

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“It’s not something you would expect to see there and not something we’ve seen there before.”

A study on climate change forced to post-pone due to climate change

#Environment
Fri, June 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Guardian reports that a scientific expedition to the Hudson Bay was cut short due to the dangerous sea conditions the melting Artic ice is…

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"The first to target civilians and the first such malware built to target a nation’s power supply."

Stuxnet 2.0

#War
Thu, June 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Daily Beast reports that the electrical blackout experienced in Kiev was courtesy of a cyberattack powered by very sophisticated malware. Reportedly, the software is…

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"There's a giant tsunami of societal change."

Calling for responsibility to the disruption automation will cause

#Workplace
Wed, June 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Noting that automation will eliminate 70% of white-collar jobs, Fred Destin — former general partner with venture capital firm Accel — asks that while technologists…

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"Technological transformation first reduced the income of the populations for decades, although societies became wealthier in the long term."

Engels’ Pause

#Future
Tue, June 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The birth of the Industrial Revolution did not yield immediate wealth. If anything, it caused several decades of turmoil, much like digitalisation and globalisation are…

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It's a Commercial About a Sweater

Timeless, The Film (Director’s Cut)

#Advertising
Mon, June 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit Timeless, The Film is a commercial about a sweater, it is fun and enjoyable to watch. The Making Of video is equally entertaining. The…

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“Lights-out factory devoid of human labor”

Automated factories of the future require no lights, no heat, no air-conditioning, no TVs, no microwaves, no refrigirators

#Future
Sun, June 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Bloomberg, robots in fully-automated factories require a significant amount of electricity but require neither lighting and heating to function. The article notes that…

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"The Paris Climate Agreement means almost nothing which is why they were able to get everyone to support it."

We are all fucked

#Environment
Sat, June 10th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Noting that the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement is to get countries in the world "moving in lockstep by the year 2020," change strategist…

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"Our boredom is at base an impatient resentment at being held at bay from the genuine traumas of another’s life."

How Not To Rant

#HowTo
Fri, June 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

As part of its series The School of Life has this video and article explaining how one should rant appropriately so as to not make…

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“A 3D printer that could re-create itself”

Making self-replicating 3D printers from materials that can be found on the moon

#Technology
Thu, June 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Currently in development at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, engineers want to create a 3D printer capable of replicating itself using materials found on the…

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“It’s the worst investment in human history”

The multi-million dollar carbon-capture plant is lunacy

#Environment
Wed, June 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit it received much attention from the media, the National Economics Editorial calls the multi-million dollar carbon-capture plant “lunacy”. Reportedly 88,200 trees could do the…

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There Is One Vending Machine for Every 23 People in Japan

Why Japan has so many vending machines

#Travel
Tue, June 6th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

As part of its series of videos, Vox Borders takes us to Japan and explains why a country with a dwindling population has so many…

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"DragonflEye was created by genetically modifying regular dragonflies."

Remote-controlled cyborg dragonfly

#Technology
Mon, June 5th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Popular Mechanics brings to attention the DragonflEye, a living insect with cyborg implants that can be controlled remotely. This technology is both amazing and terrifying—it's…

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"The historical land of windmills is leading the charge in wind energy development."

Dutch railways run all their trains on wind-generated power

#Environment
Sun, June 4th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Netherlands were able to achieve their goal of running their trains on 100% renewable energy a year ahead of schedule. Reportedly, the yearly 1.2…

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