News Index

Changing the Oil of Your Car is so Easy, Even a Kid Can Do It

Little How To Girl

#Driving
Sun, May 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

If you're like me, debating whether an oil change is something you can do or if it should be left to the experts, this how-to…

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"Synthetic biology is the realm of creating life from scratch."

Bioengineering is almost a thing

#Future
Sat, May 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Futurism has this piece on Synthetic Biology, a process for creating biological systems that "do not exist in nature," which promise the ability to create…

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"Immigration policy has left many worried that there simply won’t be enough immigrant workers to meet the demand."

Apple picking robot

#Robots
Fri, May 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With a concern that U.S. immigration policies may prevent farmers from hiring fruit pickers, Futurism shows off the apple picking robot by startup Abundant Robotics,…

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"By controlling the pace of the autonomous car in the study, they were able to smooth out the traffic flow for all the cars"

Using self-driving vehicles to regulate traffic flow

#Driving
Thu, May 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Phys brings to attention the research done by Daniel Work, assistant professor of civil environmental engineering at the University of Illinois, which indicates that a…

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"We've been able to take a can of spray paint and put a touch screen on almost anything."

Touchscreen in a can

#Technology
Wed, May 10th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Cnet, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have come up with Electrick, a "low-cost touch-sensing technology," which allows to turn pretty much any surface…

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"The 20th century will be humanity’s high-water mark."

We live in a funny dystopia -- funny as in funny smell

#Depression
Tue, May 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

If you think the world has gone crazy and makes absolutely no sense, not to worry: not only are you not alone, but Jon Evans…

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"Humanity must have existed in the world of Cars at some point."

The world of Cars, examined

#Film
Mon, May 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

I really hated Cars 2 which not only lacked the charm of the original story, but was basically nothing more than a 1.5 hour long…

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"With CRISPR, what lines do we absolutely not cross?"

Would you edit your child's genome?

#Health
Sun, May 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this PBS IDea Channel video, host Mike Rugnetta asks what ethical issues CRISPR will raise when used on humanity and what crossing those lines…

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"It's becoming clear that as some point simulations will be indistinguishable from reality."

Are we living in an ancestor simulation?

#Philosophy
Sat, May 6th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

PBS Space Time's Matt O'Dowd sits down with Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss whether or not we are in a simulation right now. Neil deGrasse…

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"If we develop these anti-aging technologies, who will have access to them?"

Questions from the war on aging

#Science
Fri, May 5th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

For Biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey, aging is an engineering problem: for him the body is a machine and, much "like any machine, it can be…

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"Facebook’s public relations spin is to give the impression that such targeting is not even possible."

Facebook accused of showing targeted advertising to vulnerable teens

#Advertising
Thu, May 4th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

After news came out that Facebook was showing targeted advertising to vulnerable teens, the social media giant was quick to explain that this was nothing…

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"The unique DNA fingerprint of fusion genes could be their own undoing."

Using CRISPR-Cas9 to target cancer

#Health
Wed, May 3rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to New Atlas, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have used CRISPR-Cas9, the genome editing system, to target a cancer's "command centre," effectively reducing…

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"We’re just a scant 16 years away from reaching a goal that has eluded every generation that came before us."

We're going to Mars

#Space
Tue, May 2nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

After Elon Musk explained how "incredibly depressing" it would be if our "future doesn’t include being [...] a multi-planet species," almost as if in cue,…

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Everything You Need to Know About Cyborgs

But didn't have a brain connected to the internet to be able to ask

#Future
Mon, May 1st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

As you can probably tell, I love listening to Isaac Arthur. In his latest post he covers cyborgs, explaining what they are and especially since…

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"Every saint and every sinner in the history of our species lived out their lives on a spec of dust suspended in space."

Comparing sizes in the universe

#Space
Sun, April 30th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this animation, Reigarw Comparisons gives you a a tour from the smallest particle all the way to the universe itself — and still taking…

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"Have you ever pondered why we itch in the first place?"

Why we itch

#Video
Sat, April 29th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In Ted ED video, educator Emma Bryce explains why we feel itches and how scratching our skin is nothing more than an attempt at fooling…

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"Frozen brains could be thawed and inserted into a donor body."

Brain transplants possible in three years

#Health
Fri, April 28th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Controversial Italian doctor Sergio Canavero, who is planning on the first head transplant in under a year (which looks entirely possible), wants to "begin trials…

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"It’s appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow babies."

Artificial womb successful

#Health
Thu, April 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to The Verge, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia used what "look like oversized ziplock bags" filled with tubes and fluid to allow…

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Google's Self-Driving Cars Giving Rides to the Public

Waymo deploys 500 self-driving minivans

#Technology
Wed, April 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Electrek, Waymo — the self-driving company formerly known as Google — is offering rides to the public for the purpose of data collection.…

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"Academics who study basic income said the pilot gives a chance to see how the idea plays in a changed economy."

Ontario to test out UBI

#Money
Tue, April 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a pilot program to study UBI's effectiveness by providing 4,000 randomly picked low-incomes households with about $17,000 a year, "whether…

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