With Facebook and Google already being criticised for their business model, it may come as no surprise that lawmakers are now going after the unregulated landscape the tech giants enjoyed for so long. Denmark is going as far as having a digital ambassador to deal with the government influence of powerful tech companies.
Many of the issues, like revising antitrust laws, have a slim chance of producing new laws soon. But they have become popular talking points nonetheless, amplified by a series of missteps and disclosures by the companies, including Facebook telling Congress this month that fake accounts linked to Russia had bought over $100,000 in political ads on the service.“There is much stronger agreement among me and my colleagues that there needs to be more aggressive enforcement action on tech companies like Google,” said…
According to this press release by the University of Warwick, researchers have discovered the ability to program a common molecule found in cells to alter their behaviour.
As well as fighting disease and injury in humans, scientists could harness this technique to control plant cells and reverse environmental and agricultural issues, making plants more resilient to disease and pests.
RNAs carry information between protein and DNA in cells, and Professor Jaramillo has proved that these molecules can be produced and organised into tailor-made sequences of commands - similar to codes for computer software - which feed specific instructions into cells, programming them to do what we want.
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Vice has this video on self-proclaimed mini-states you have never heard of. Members from each country — only recognised by other members — met at a summit in Georgia, all sporting some very interesting uniforms.
Molossia. Slobovia. The Aerican Empire. If you don’t remember any of these countries from geography class, you’re not alone. They are all “micronations,” self-declared sovereign states not formally recognized by any official authority (other than each other). This summer, representatives from 27 of these would-be fiefdoms gathered for a summit in Dunwoody, Georgia. While several of these micronations claim that they are their own autonomous countries, many are created as a political protest, for artistic reasons or as a social experiment.
MicroCon 2017 was hosted by Veronica Boritz, who also identifies as Queen Anastasia von Elphberg of Ruritania. The event, which lasted four days,…
Fascinating video by The School of Life arguing that while smartphones are handy, we misuse them to keep ourselves at bay, running away from "the joys of and terrors of self-knowledge."
They are hugely useful of course but in many ways, we buy the advantages our phones give us at a subtly high price we don’t entirely recognise. Some reflections on how to live well around phones.
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Phys reports that a consortium of Swiss companies, led by Ciments Vigier SA, are converting a gigantic diesel-powered Komatsu dump truck into an electric vehicle. The goal is to have the descent of the vehicle produce the energy needed to send it back up the hill, with plenty to spare.
Never before has a vehicle of this performance class been constructed to conquer slopes of up to 13 percent inclination under the harshest of environmental conditions while straining the batteries with electrical currents of up to 3,000 amperes, but also charging them by 40 kWh during a single descent and traveling as an energy plus vehicle on balance (plus 10 kWh of energy per roundtrip). If the use of the new vehicle proves successful, Ciments Vigier SA could power up to eight vehicles purely electrically in the long run. For Kuhn Schweiz AG this opens up new fields for…
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In this video Point explains how Facebook uses everything it knows about you so that it can sell advertising taylored to specific factors marketers are looking for. Reportedly the authors were quickly able to create a business home page, purchase thousands of Likes, backdate their posts to make their page look established and buy ads. The ads were then used to gander private information about the users who clicked them.
Clicking on a Facebook advert may reveal things about yourself you don’t want anyone to know.
This probably would have come better with a real camera, but the phone set on manual was able to capture a decent amount of the Milky Way up in Grand Bend.188More
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