News Index

“Commercial fusion reactors could begin operation as soon as 2030.”

Fusion within our lifetimes

#Technology
Sat, December 30th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to NBC News, experts seem to think that we are so close to achieving fusion that by the year 2030 there will be commercially…

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“How different technologies may reshape the retail world.”

What the future of retail may look like

#Future
Fri, December 29th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit Bloomberg is quick at pointing out that this exact type of future may not come to fruition, fully automated retail where there is little…

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“The entire practice of medicine can be revolutionized by technology.”

Tech sector going after health care

#Health
Thu, December 28th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Wanting a slice of the $3 trillion dollars spent on health care in the United States, big companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft are doing…

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“Completely driverless trucks are already being used”

Self driving vehicles unlikely to happen during the careers of existing drivers

#Future
Wed, December 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit several Canadian companies are investing in Tesla's new electric semi-trailer truck, they are aware that the self-driving revolution may not happen for at least…

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“Why don’t we exchange our fossil fuel dependence for an existence based only on renewables?”

Completely switching to renewable energy isn't that easy

#Future
Tue, December 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With the world set to run out of fossil fuels in 50 years, Federico and Renzo Rosei explain in this TedED talk the challenges to…

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“We have a chance to leave a powerful and positive legacy for future generations.”

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) halfway to first plasma

#Technology
Mon, December 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER for short), a partnership of 35 countries has announced that they are halfway to reaching "first plasma". Reportedly the…

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“The human race quit evolving when they stopped adapting to their environment and started adapting the environment to their own needs.”

7th Aeon

#Video
Sun, December 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Too bad this is a short and there isn't more to it, but the compelling idea set in an animated future reminiscent of the original…

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“Improve on the ability of plants to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.”

Genetically engineering our way out of climate change

#Environment
Sat, December 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to the LA Times, researchers are looking at finding ways to help plants improve their carbon absorption and keeping it stored in the ground…

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Exit Glacier is Melting at a Rate of 10 to 15 Feet per Day

Global warming in action

#Environment
Fri, December 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Depressing video showing how the Exit Glacier is melting at an incredibly rapid rate due to global warming. The effects are being felt even by…

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“As a species, we generate a lot of waste.”

So let's have worms eat it?

#Environment
Thu, December 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

After reading about mealworms eating plastic, The Thought Emporium fed styrofoam plastic to superworms to see what would happen. This may be a viable option…

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“In conclusion, they want you to use more Facebook. Wait, what?”

Facebook says using Facebook makes you sad, please use more Facebook

#Health
Wed, December 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

LifeHacker looks at a recent post by Facebook in which it acknowledges that using Facebook is bad for you — I'm guessing seeing other people's…

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“The American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion.”

UN brands US a champion of inequality

#Politics
Tue, December 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The United Nation discusses the statement by professor Philip Alsto, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, who calls the United States a champion…

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“I am a philosopher, and we tend to deal more with nightmares.”

Technology is giving us everything that we want, and that is a bad thing

#Technology
Mon, December 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Fascinating TEDxFrankfurst talk by philosopher Nolen Gertz arguing not against the technology that we are creating, but on how we are using that technology in…

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“You trust Google more than any priest, scholar, rabbi, coach, mentor, boss.”

An argument in favour of breaking up Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

#Internet
Sun, December 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

From Business Insider a video of the lecture given by Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at the NYU Stern School of Business, in which he…

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“If that fly on the wall is actually a fly.”

Robotic insects from Cornell University

#Robots
Sat, December 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Cornell University brings to attention RoboBees, miniature robots that move and think like real bugs by using neuromorphic computer chips, shrinking the amount of technology…

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“Like a gigantic version of something you’d find in Toys 'R' Us.”

Car Vending Machines

#Future
Fri, December 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

TechCrunch has this video of a car vending machine by Chinese-based Alibaba, who wants to make buying a car as easy as buying a can…

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“China’s unmanned stores allow people to live their lives with almost zero human contact.”

How to live alone in a large, busy metropolis

#Money
Thu, December 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

This video by the South China Morning Post takes us on a tour of Chgina's unmanned economy, a system that allows people to live in…

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“These days, the children don’t play at break time anymore.”

France bans smartphones from school

#Telephone
Wed, December 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Starting September 2018, smartphones will be banned from schools entirely by order of the French ministry of education. Students, who already can't use them in…

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“He says he tries to use Facebook as little as possible, and that his children aren’t allowed to use that shit.”

Social media is destroying the social fabric of society

#Internet
Tue, December 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya criticises not just Facebook but Silicon Valley in general for creating "dopamine-driven feedback loops"

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“Previously unknown plastic contamination in the tap water of cities around the world.”

Study reveals microscopic plastic fibres are in your drinking water and more than likely in your food too

#Environment
Mon, December 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Journalistic website Orb discovered through a first-of-its-kind study that microscopic plastic pollution has reached the very bottom of the food chain and it is working…

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