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"Fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business."

Big oil erecting wind turbines at sea

#Environment
Fri, March 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to Bloomberg, with fossil-fuel alternatives limiting growth in oil demand, Big Oil is using its experiences in building off-shore oil rigs to anchor massive…

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Nerf John Wick

John Wick with Nerf guns

#Video
Thu, March 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Corridor Digital has this action-packed video featuring a John Wick-like character, shooting it out with... Nerf guns. Really well done. When the price on an…

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"This very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age."

The first collapse of globalised civilisation

#History
Wed, March 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this video, Dr. Eric H. Cline of The George Washington University examines the rise and fall of the Bronze Age — an era defined…

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"Most of what kids currently learn at school will probably be irrelevant by the time they are 40."

Drugs and virtual reality

#Future
Tue, March 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With robots coming and government being warned about the rise in unemployment resulting from it, Yuval Noah Harari of TED wonders what to do with…

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“There was not only automation but where the suggestion that humans had any control [...] was absent too.”

World not ready for mass unemployed caused by automation

#Workplace
Mon, March 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Guardian's Greg Jericho asks what will happen when automation raises mass unemployment to 20%. Albeit he presents various options as to what could be…

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“You can make spaceships much bigger than anything we’ve seen so far in history.”

Mission to Psyche has been cancelled

#Space
Sat, March 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

With the proposed 2018 U.S. budget cancelling the Asteroid Redirect Mission, NASA will no longer be going to Psyche, an asteroid believed to be the…

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“It's unbelievable how much energy is released.”

Physicist converting old nuclear test explosion films to digital before they decompose

#Data
Fri, March 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory brings to attention the work being done by weapon physicist Greg Spriggs and his team, who are uploading films of…

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“One of the major concerns with asteroid mining is, of course, getting to the asteroids.”

We could be mining asteroids within the next decade

#Space
Thu, March 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Noting that the future of humanity — and colonising the solar system — will depend on mining asteroids, this article on Futurism explains what governments…

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“That glazed-over look a grandma has at a Vegas slot machine is the same look Facebook chases in its users scrolling the feed.”

Facebook a threat to free society

#Privacy
Wed, March 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

By examining how Facebook manipulates its users for financial gain, TruthHawk argues how the social media giant is "a structural threat to free society". Because…

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“The use of AI assistants may dramatically accelerate and broaden what might be looked back on as a global period of cognitive decline.”

AI will first make us dumb, then easy to manipulate

#Future
Tue, March 14th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Noting how, since the advent of the smartphone, we have already lost the ability to remember phone numbers or navigate without GPS, ForwardLook worries that…

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“It was weeks later that she was at a party and realized she'd been texting with her dead friend's bot for 30 minutes.”

Texting with the dead

#Death
Mon, March 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Using bits of digital presence from text messages, tweets and Facebook posts to create tone, vocabulary and expressions, Eugenia Kuyda built an AI chatbot based…

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“You can think of quasars as lighthouses in the dark of the early universe.”

Possibly answering what came first: galaxies or black holes?

#Space
Sun, March 12th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Ultra-distant quasars are so rare that only 60 have been discovered so far — that in itself a remarkable achievement. Reportedly, by being able to…

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“There are still some shockingly difficult and remote places to get to in the world.”

And some places where humans have not been at all

#Travel
Sat, March 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

From impossible to reach mountain tops to extremely remote islands, this video by Real Life Lore looks at some of the most difficult places to…

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“It is possible that FRBs are from an alien propulsion system.”

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) could be alien devices used to propel starships

#Space
Fri, March 10th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In a paper titled Fast Radio Bursts from Extragalactic Light Sails, researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) are theorising that FRBs may not…

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"After that they tend to dodge."

The Baby Bottle Robot

#Technology
Thu, March 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Mike, the CEO of Useless Duck Company, shows off the Baby Bottle Robot, a device that will feed your child when they are crying for…

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"All the lost time we collectively spend in digital limbo."

Analogue Loaders

#Art
Wed, March 8th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Raphael Vangelis takes the ridiculous amount of time we waste waiting for computers and programs to load and turns them into analogue versions. Making of…

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Giving Mars an Artificial Magnetosphere

NASA suggests creating an artificial magnetic dipole at Mars’ L1 Lagrange Point

#Space
Tue, March 7th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

According to PHYS, NASA is proposing giving Mars an artificial magnetosphere at the Lagrange Point, effectively protecting it from solar winds. This, in turn, would…

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Small House 3D-Printed in 24 Hours

Just needs a sofa bed

#Technology
Mon, March 6th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

Apis Cor and PIK companies have announced that they successfully 3D-printed a small house in the middle of winter and that the entire process took…

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“Sickle cell is caused by a typo.”

Doctors reprogram teenager's DNA to stop sickle cell disease

#Health
Sun, March 5th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

BBC reports that a French teenager has been free of sickle cell disease for the last 15 months after a world-first procedure involving reprogramming his…

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"Almost every flight today takes longer than it did back in the 60s."

Why Planes Don't Fly Faster

#Travel
Sat, March 4th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty

In this video, Wendover Productions explains why airplanes today fly just as fast or not as fast as they did back in the 60s.

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