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  • Tech Jobs and Female Privilege: Women Are Under-represented in the Tech Field

    08/27/2015 6:59:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2015 | Noel S. Williams
    Women, who outnumber men in college and are more likely to graduate, are underrepresented in computer science fields.  That’s female privilege, unless we condescendingly presume they are making the wrong choices in college.  Overall, women received 18 percent of Computer and Information Sciences undergraduate degrees in 2013, yet were 26% of the computing workforce in 2014 (PDF). Women make up 30% of the workforce at tech giant Apple; at Intel, they represent about 24%; 22% of leaderships positions at Google are held by women.  Compared to their rates of participation in STEM majors in college, women also receive disproportionately...
  • Need Help with Opera Spell Checking

    08/26/2015 5:39:35 PM PDT · by Bigg Red · 20 replies
    My lame abilities ^ | 26 August 2015 | self
    When I compose a comment here or on Facebook, the spelling check function underlines every single word in red. Problem began about 1 week ago and occurs only when I am using Opera. I went to the Opera settings, but I could not find a way to correct this. Sorry, I am not tech savvy, and I would appreciate advice from someone who is.
  • You know the stock market is in trouble when Apple's Tim Cook is emailing Jim Cramer

    08/24/2015 6:21:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    The Verge ^ | 08/24/2015 | By Ben Popper
    Stock markets around the world have beenposting big losses for the last few days. The route was especially rough this morning, with the DOW Jones at one point falling 1,000 points in less than an hour. At the heart of the current slide is an issue which could impact many tech companies:economic weakness in China. Two weeks ago China's government made an aggressive move todevalue its currency. This followed several weeks of tumult in the Chinese stock market, during which the government had also interceded with force. Taken together, investors saw a Chinese market where growth was flagging. That...
  • High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into skyscraper shoes

    08/24/2015 4:12:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/24/15 | Darren Pauli
    Mildly nsfw A Chinese hardware hacker has built a penetration testing toolkit built into high-heeled shoes. The WiFi-popping platforms were forged in a 3D printer and contain spacing so that hacking hardware can be hidden to bypass strict security checks in place at datacentres and the like and later retrieved.The hacker and pen-tester, who goes by the handle "SexyCyborg", showcases the heels she dubs Wu Ying shoes, named after the famed "shadowless kick" that Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung used to distract opponents.The hacker showcased the shoes in a post (somewhat NFSW) showing how a router, backup battery, and...
  • Full yet Lonely A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video

    08/22/2015 9:18:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Full yet Lonely – A Picture of the Modern Person, as Seen in a Video Msgr. Charles Pope • August 21, 2015 • One of the great “evils” of our time is satiation. I put the word “evil” inside quotation marks to emphasize that no particular good thing that God has made is, in itself, evil. But on account of our own inordinate drives, we accumulate and indulge beyond reason. And in becoming satiated, we leave little room for God or other people.The more materially affluent we get, the more spiritually poor we seem to become. The higher our standard...
  • 'Diamonds from the sky' approach turns CO2 into valuable products

    08/20/2015 2:53:15 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 17 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8/19/2015 | American Chemical Society
    American Chemical Society Summary: Finding a technology to shift carbon dioxide, the most abundant anthropogenic greenhouse gas, from a climate change problem to a valuable commodity has long been a dream. Now, a team of chemists says they have developed a technology to economically convert atmospheric CO2 directly into highly valued carbon nanofibers for industrial and consumer products.
  • Upstarts Raid Giants for Talent in Silicon Valley: The Expensive Tech Recruitment Battle

    08/19/2015 5:03:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/19/2015 | Mike Isaac
    For the last year, Googles work force has increasingly been under attack from a herd of unicorns. The unicorns, a class of hot start-ups valued at $1 billion or more, are all aggressively pursuing the best and brightest minds in Silicon Valley with promises of talked-about workplaces and eye-popping payouts. Amid a general scramble for talent, Google, the Internet search company, has undergone specific raids from unicorns for engineers who specialize in crucial technologies like mapping. In particular, Uber the largest unicorn, with a valuation of more than $50 billion has plundered Googles mapping unit over the last...
  • The Imperative of Technological Progress: Why Stagnation Will Necessarily Lead to Disaster & how...

    08/18/2015 11:37:37 AM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 1 replies
    Wave Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2015 | G. Stolyarov II
    [Another pro-technology piece. Of course, we need free markets so entrepreneurs can do great things!] The Imperative of Technological Progress: Why Stagnation Will Necessarily Lead to Disaster and How Techno-Optimism Can Overcome ItHe who moves not forward, goes backward. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe If the approximate technological and economic status quo persists, massive societal disintegration looms on the horizon. A Greece-style crisis of national-government expenditures may occur as some have predicted, but would only be a symptom of a greater problem. The fundamental driver of crisis since at least September 11, 2001, and more acutely since the Great Recession...
  • Watch Google's terrifying humanoid robot running through a forest as firm pledges it will soon [tr]

    08/17/2015 1:38:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    It may have fared badly in the recent robo-olympics, causing hilarity with a series on unexpected falls, but Google has revealed its humanoid robot has been set free in the woods to learn how to run through terrain. The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb. In the video, it is shown struggling to stay upright - but managing to traverse a forest path without falling.
  • How the Philippines Became Tech Startups New Source for Talent

    08/16/2015 5:59:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ^ | 08/14/2015 | Oliver Segovia
    Fifteen years ago, Fort Bonifacio in the Philippines was a former military base still dotted with barracks built in World War II. Thanks to an aggressive privatization and conversion program, Bonifacio Global City as the base is known today is a modern, bustling financial district lined with blocks of skyscrapers, shopping malls, and luxury condos. The Southeast Asia citys rapid growth echoes the story of the so-called unicorns technology start-ups that rapidly grew to a billion-dollar valuation and beyond. So far, 2015 has produced 30 unicorns. But as start-ups mature, the grow-at-all-cost narrative will be replaced by...
  • Android security on the ropes with one-two punch from researchers (Link only due to copyright)

    08/13/2015 9:27:48 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Ars Technica LINK ONLY | by Dan Goodin
    Faulty Stagefright patch and newly reported sandbox bypass leave users exposed. Link only due to copyright infringement issues from Ars Technica. Read more at the link. READ THE ARTICLE AT ARS TECHNICA: Android security on the ropes with one-two punch from researchers
  • Waiting for Androids inevitable security Armageddon (Link Only due to copyright issues)

    08/11/2015 9:33:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Ars Technica LINK ONLY | August 10, 2015
    Supported Android 5.1 Devices that might be updated to patch security issues and All Others that will not be updated. LINK TO THE ARTICLE: Editorial: Android's update strategy doesn't scale, and that's recipe for disaster. Read the article at the link above. . . cannot be posted on FreeRepublic due to copyright issues.
  • HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

    08/11/2015 8:59:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | August 10, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Android biometric banks more Fort Nope than Fort Knox. Four FireEye researchers have found a way to steal fingerprints from Android phones packing biometric sensors such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One Max.The team found a forehead-slapping flaw in HTC One Max in which fingerprints are stored as an image file (dbgraw.bmp) in a open "world readable" folder. "Any unprivileged processes or apps can steal users fingerprints by reading this file," the team says, adding that the images can be made into clear prints by adding some padding.It is one of four vulnerability scenarios in which biometric...
  • Sundar Pichai: Google's new boss from humble roots

    08/10/2015 11:14:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/11/2015 | Dave Lee
    With Google creating its own parent company, Alphabet, there's a bit of moving about in the Google boardroom. Larry Page is now chief executive of Alphabet. Sergey Brin is its president. And moving up to be in charge of Google is 43-year-old Sundar Pichai. Great news for Pichai, and good news too for India - his appointment makes him the latest Indian to earn a massively high-profile job in the US technology industry. Microsoft's Satya Nadella is the other notable example. Pichai's life story is remarkable, and his rise to the top of Google is a glowing endorsement of India's...
  • Sailor faces charges after photos of Navy attack sub found on cellphone

    08/05/2015 4:25:46 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 37 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 3, 2015 | n/a
    A Navy sailor assigned to a nuclear-powered submarine has been accused of using his cellphone to snap revealing photos of the subs top-secret inner spaces. Prosecutors say Machinist Mate 1st Class Kristian Saucier took the photos aboard the attack submarine Alexandria, the Navy Times reported Saturday. He has been charged with unauthorized retention of defense information and destroying his laptop and a camera to thwart an FBI probe.
  • Scientists Confirm 'Impossible' EM Drive Propulsion

    07/27/2015 4:32:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hacked Magazine ^ | July 27, 2015 | Giulio Prisco
    Later today, July 27, German scientists will present new experimental results on the controversial, "impossible" EM Drive, at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' Propulsion and Energy Forum in Orlando. The presentation is titled "Direct Thrust Measurements of an EmDrive and Evaluation of Possible Side-Effects." Presenter Martin Tajmar is a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology, interested in space propulsion systems and breakthrough propulsion physics. A Revolutionary Development for Space Travel The EM Drive (Electro Magnetic Drive) uses electromagnetic microwave cavities to directly convert electrical energy to thrust without the need to expel...
  • The Apple inventions that never surfaced: in pictures (Link Only)

    07/23/2015 10:54:31 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | July 23, 2015
    Ten Apple patents that may or may not see the light of day. For example this patent for a virtual reality headset capable of linking to an exterior device such as an iPhone or Mac filed in 2008. . .
  • Four Facts for Human Achievement Day

    07/20/2015 1:10:29 PM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 3 replies
    The Atlas Society ^ | July 20, 2015 | Edward Hudgins
    [OK, I dont like government running these programs, but how about this idea?] Four Facts for Human Achievement Day By Edward Hudgins July 20 is the anniversary of one of humanitys greatest accomplishments, the first lunar landing. We should not only give a shout out to the thousands of people who made it possible for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk the surface of another world. We should each celebrate this date as Human Achievement Day, to acknowledge all achievements, especially our own. Here are four facts on which you should reflect. Fact one: Achievements are what human life...
  • Google accidentally reveals data on 'right to be forgotten,' private information requests

    07/15/2015 1:33:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    CNN ibnlive.com ^ | July 15, 2015
    ....Google has accidentally revealed crucial data on information requests it receives from people, which includes those of a private and personal nature. The Guardian discovered the data hidden in the source code on Googles own transparency report that reveals the scale and nature of the data requests it receives. The revealed data shows that 95 per cent of Googles privacy requests are from the general public who want to protect personal and private information.....
  • How MINECRAFT is teaching robots to do the laundry

    07/13/2015 10:28:23 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/13/2015 | Victoria Woollaston
    As humans, we make intuitive choices every day about how to empty the bin, sort laundry or the best way to get to work. But robots have a far more difficult time choosing from a never-ending list of possible actions. To make robots respond in a more human-like way to tasks, researchers have developed an algorithm and are teaching machines to use it through an unlikely source - playing Minecraft. The algorithm was developed by computer scientists at Brown University. It is designed to help robots better plan their actions in complex environments and use these skills in the real...
  • Amazon Echo (Loving A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) or Household Imperial Probe Droid?)

    06/23/2015 8:40:53 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Amazon ^ | 06/23/15
    "The Echo may be the closest thing well have to a Star Trek computer at home." CNET "Echo could hear my voice even when music was playing loudly" USA Today "With Amazon Echo, it was love at first sight." Re/code What is Amazon Echo? Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam-forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the roomeven while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service,...
  • Engineers find a simple yet clever way to boost chip speeds

    06/18/2015 12:01:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-17-2015 | Provided by Stanford University
    A typical computer chip includes millions of transistors connected with an extensive network of copper wires. Although chip wires are unimaginably short and thin compared to household wires both have one thing in common: in each case the copper is wrapped within a protective sheath. For years a material called tantalum nitride has formed protective layer in chip wires. Now Stanford-led experiments demonstrate that a different sheathing material, graphene, can help electrons scoot through tiny copper wires in chips more quickly. Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a strong yet thin lattice. Stanford electrical engineer H.-S....
  • Tech employees are fleeing Silicon Valley with their riches and making other cities more expensive

    06/16/2015 10:45:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/16/2015 | Madeline Stone
    A recent study by real-estate brokerage Redfin showed that more people are looking to move out of the Bay Area than ever before. Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said that tech workers and their high salaries could be responsible for making Silicon Valley unaffordable. A new Redfin study demonstrates a correlation between rising home prices and hiring by big tech companies.They found that, as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have ramped up their hiring in various cities in the past year, the cost of homes in those cities has also gone up. "For every 1% increase in technology workers, theres a...
  • Western Firms Caught Off Guard as Chinese Shoppers Flock to Web

    06/16/2015 12:30:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 14, 2015 5:30 a.m. | Laurie Burkitt, Peter Evans
    After enjoying nearly three decades of steady growth in its China business, Unilever PLC last year watched sales fall off a cliff. The maker of Dove soap, Lux shampoo and Comfort fabric softener warned in October of a 20% drop in its third-quarter China sales. The next quarter, the company announced another 20% fall. Unilever blamed a slowing Chinese economy and a pullback by shoppers. But a close look at retailing trends in China suggests Unilever was also feeling the pain of the migration of hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers to online shopping. Unilever wasnt the only Western company...
  • Exclusive: Bildeberg deploys hi-tech jamming to shut down communications.

    06/12/2015 8:17:18 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 35 replies
    Christian Patriots ^ | 6-11-15 | Daniel Crane
    The secretive Bilderberg Group has deployed a hi-tech jamming system to shut down communications around the site of the elitist confabs luxury hotel in order to strangle media coverage of the event.
  • America's Next Economic Boom Could Be Lying Underground

    06/11/2015 7:39:13 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 33 replies
    NPR (don't barf, this is pretty good!) ^ | June 11, 2015 | Chris Arnold
    There's a serious problem in the American economy right now: Big corporations are doing well, but real household income for average Americans has been falling over the past decade down 9 percent, according to census data. "That's not good for America," says Harvard economist Michael Porter. "That's not good for America's standard of living. That's not good for our vitality as a nation." That's why Porter's excited about the deep reserves of natural gas and oil that have been made accessible by hydraulic fracturing technology, or fracking a boon he examines in detail in a new report. "It...
  • Is There a STEM Worker Shortage? (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

    06/10/2015 5:51:33 PM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | May 2014 | Karen Zeigler, Steven A. Camarota
    Steven A. Camarota is the Director of Research and Karen Zeigler is a demographer at the Center for Immigration Studies. While employers argue that there are not enough workers with technical skills, most prior research has found little evidence that such workers are in short supply. This report uses the latest Census Bureau data available to examine the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Consistent with other research, the findings show that the country has more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with other research, we find only modest levels...
  • Virginia Opens Its Roads To Self Driving Cars

    06/06/2015 11:11:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 3, 2015 | Mary Beth Griggs
    Self-driving cars are taking to the streets in California this summer, but the Golden State isn't the only one opening its roads to autonomous cars.Virginia just announced that 70 miles of highway in the Commonwealth would be open to self-driving cars, like the cars in Google's fleet. Any autonomous vehicle wanting to travel those routes, called the Virginia Automated Corridors, will be overseen by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which helped the state government plan the project.As the Richmond Times-Dispatchreports the plan is for companies to test how their cars react in real-world situations on highways packed with human drivers....
  • The Liberal Arts Are Dead; Long Live STEM

    06/02/2015 10:27:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6/2/15 | Thielman
    In recent months, Christopher Scalia in the Wall Street Journal and Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post have defended studying the liberal arts in college, primarily to confront advocates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Zakarias article previewed his new book, In Defense of a Liberal Education. From my perspective as a former engineer, two caveats arise regarding their pleas: first, liberal education that involves critical thinking disappeared decades ago, to be replaced by hyper-sensitive grievance mongering; second, the quantitative reasoning STEM occupations develops also facilitates the understanding of trade-offs people need to make rational decisions among myriad conflicting...
  • Hammer Fired vs. Striker Fired

    05/26/2015 7:50:24 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 21 replies
    Firearms History, Technology & Development ^ | Monday, May 25, 2015 | The Editor
    In the world of modern firearms which use centerfire cartridges, there are two major types of mechanisms used to trigger the cartridge primer. One uses a hammer and another uses a striker. Therefore, mechanisms that use a hammer are called hammer-fired and the ones that use a striker are called striker fired. As you can guess, each mechanism has its own group of supporters. In today's post, we will study what this all means. In a hammer fired mechanism, the hammer is a heavy piece that is allowed to rotate about a pivot point. When the hammer is cocked, it...
  • Google Tone Shares Links To Computers Within Earshot Using Beeps And Boops

    05/23/2015 9:46:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 05/22/15 | Jason Cipriani
    A new Chrome extension, called Google Tone, released this week makes it possible to share a URL with another computer in the room using a series of beeps and boops. The concept is dead simple yet instantly instills a sense of disbelief. A computer making seemingly random sounds can transmit the URL for the tab I have open in Chrome across the room? Get out. Full of skepticism, I decided to put it to the test. I installed the Chrome extension on a MacBook Air and a HP laptop running Windows 10. And you know what? It works! Click on...
  • GE ENGINEERS JUST MADE A FULLY-FUNCTIONAL 3D PRINTED JET ENGINE

    05/14/2015 3:35:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 05/14/2015 | Mike Murphy
    If you needed any more proof that you can make absolutely anything with a 3D printer, check out this video from GE. To showcase the versatility of 3D printing as a manufacturing process, a team of engineers at GE recently built a fully-functional, backpack-sized jet engine made entirely from 3D-printed parts. And its not just for show either the team actually fired the engine up and took it up to 33,000 RPMs to demonstrate how robust the parts are. Now, obviously, since this is a jet turbine were talking about here, it wasnt printed in ABS with the latest...
  • Bureaucracies: Dinosaurs Run Amok in Technological Civilization

    05/10/2015 10:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 10, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Finally, neural networks that actually work. So reads the headline in Wired, and, really, havent we all been waiting? (Yes, we have, even if we do not know it.) The article concerns artificial-intelligence innovator Jeff Dean, who as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota 25 years ago created a rudimentary neural network a computer system sophisticated enough to learn but was hobbled by the available computing power of the time. Now working at Google, hes helping to create vastly powerful and subtle networks that recognize faces and spoken language. A few pages over, theres a wonderful if...
  • Essays in Technology, Security and Strategy

    05/10/2015 6:39:36 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 1 replies
    Amazon ^ | May 10, 2015 | Stephen Bryen
    Former Department of Defense Official and Author Releases New Cyber Security Book New book, Essays in Technology, Security and Strategy, now available on KindleThis press release was originally distributed by ReleaseWireOlympia, WA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/28/2015 -- Technology security visionary Dr. Stephen Bryen has published a new collection of pivotal essays on national security and cyber security to help policy makers and citizens understand the real threats facing the security of the United States. "Essays in Technology, Security and Strategy," provides unique insight and new information from Dr. Bryen who has more than 40 years of experience in government and...
  • Why Im Running for President As the Transhumanist Candidate

    05/10/2015 2:26:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 7, 2015 | Zoltan Istvan
    Its a wild request to ask a nation to consider electing you as their president, especially when youre a transhumanistsomeone who advocates for using science and technology to radically change and improve the human species. But Im doing it. Last October, I declared my 2016 US candidacy under the newly formed Transhumanist Party, which I founded, and promised my community of techno-optimists Id do everything I could to use my campaign as a way to speed up the arrival of robotic hearts, brain implants, artificial limbs, exoskeleton suits, and indefinite lifespansall of which are just a small part of the...
  • The Thorium Powered Car

    05/02/2015 10:21:16 AM PDT · by all the best · 80 replies
    Eric Peters Autos ^ | May 1, 2015 | Eric Peters
    Heres another, more recent one: The thorium-turbine powered car. Heat energy from the thorium a weakly radioactive element (named after the Norse god Thor) that is estimated to be 3-4 times more naturally abundant than uranium and which contains 20 million times the energy as an equivalent lump of coal is used to generate steam, which is then used to power a small turbine, which provides the motive force. The beauty of the system is that like a nuclear submarine the fuel lasts almost forever. Well, longer than you will last, probably. Hows 100 years sound?...
  • Protesters Say "Block The Tech Commute" Was A Bust

    05/02/2015 6:11:30 AM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 14 replies
    Vocativ ^ | May 1, 2015 | James King
    [Ha, ha! These Luddites don't like it that people who make money rather than spending their lives complaining move into their neighborhoods. I bet rent control has kept new housing low in this part of California, so the leftists probably created the problem they complain about!] Protesters Say "Block The Tech Commute" Was A Bust By James King A May Day protest intended to shut down the shuttle system that transports employees for tech companies like Facebook, Apple and Google from the Bay Area to their offices in Silicon Valley was a bit of a flop, according to several accounts...
  • New 3D Printable Hydrogel Composites Created Possible Breakthrough in Human Body Part Replacement

    05/01/2015 11:22:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    3DPrint ^ | April 29, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    There is tremendous progress being made within the area of 3D bioprinting. In fact, there are companies working to print human organs as we speak, and within the next decade such organs may, if we are lucky, be available for human transplantation. With that said we still are a ways away from such an accomplishment. There are multiple obstacles researchers must first overcome. When considering the organ printing space in general, the printing of complicated vascular networks is the main obstacle currently preventing progress. On the other hand, when printing cellular musculoskeletal tissues the main obstacle in this space is...
  • ACLU Launches "Mobile Justice" Recording App to Film Police

    04/30/2015 9:18:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC ^ | 4/30 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The Mobile Justice app is unique in the sense that it will allow videos captured by the app to be preserved in the case police seize or destroy the device.The ACLU of Northern California launched a free cell phone recording app Thursday which would allow people to record and send videos to their local ACLU affiliates when they feel their rights are being violated by police. The app comes as protests decrying police violence are taking over the country, most recently for the controversial death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died after suffering a spinal cord injury...
  • Florida Could Soon Place Limits On Drone Use

    04/29/2015 1:50:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 4/28/15
    The use of drones to photograph people on their own property could soon be illegal in the Sunshine State. On Tuesday, the Florida Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that places limits on the use of remote-controlled drones... ....drones could not be used to photograph or record images of people or their property from the air. The restrictions would also apply to state and local governments. The legislation does not call for any criminal penalties...
  • Telemedicine Controversy in Texas

    04/20/2015 2:03:10 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-20-15 | Sean Riley
    The Texas Medical Board views rules it adopted April 10 as expanding telemedicine opportunities, but business and industry groups insist theyll instead serve to drive a stake through the heart of telemedicine in the Lone Star State. At the center of the issue is whether a video consultation is enough to establish the requisite doctor-patient relationship for physicians to prescribe medication or provide a diagnosis. That convenience is critical if an overarching goal of telemedicine is to deliver care to the underserved, particularly in rural areas where geography and provider shortages create access issues. The boards rules, however, require either...
  • Baltimore Police used secret technology to track cellphones in thousands of cases

    04/09/2015 1:47:57 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 9, 2015 | Justin Fenton
    he Baltimore Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years while following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday.. The testimony shows for the first time how frequently city police are using a cell site simulator, more commonly known as a "stingray," a technology that authorities have gone to great lengths to avoid disclosing. The device mimics a cellphone tower to force phones within its range to connect. Police use it to track down stolen phones or find...
  • This Arm-Powered Chip Could Work For 10+ Years From A Single Charge

    04/09/2015 4:55:47 AM PDT · by gasport · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 31, 2015 | Javier Hasse
    On Tuesday, microcontrollers and touch-technology developer Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) released samples of a new type of super-low power, ARM-based family of microcontrollers (MCUs). Many are already saying that the SMART SAM L21 family of MCUs has the potential to revolutionize the way the Internet of Things (IoT) works. 411 On These Chips Made by Atmel and based on ARM Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ: ARMH) technology, these chips can last for over 10 years on a single battery charge. According to Atmel, this family of MCUs delivers power consumption down to 35 microamps per megahertz in active mode and to...
  • Ultra-fast charging aluminum battery offers safe alternative to conventional batteries

    04/06/2015 1:10:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 82 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/06/2015 | Provided by Stanford University
    Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today. "We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames," said Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford. "Our new battery won't catch fire, even if you drill through it." Dai and his colleagues describe their novel aluminum-ion battery in "An ultrafast rechargeable aluminum-ion battery," in...
  • New Study about Texas Brown Tarantulas will help engineers in hydraulic robots

    04/03/2015 2:18:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The reason for the arachnids sensitivity to temperature doesnt rely chiefly on their muscles to move, but they rather employ their blood which also called hemolymph. The spiders fluid is sensitive to temperature. Hence, when the hydraulic fluid flows into their tube-like legs, it makes them quite loosened and enlarged. An associate professor of biology at Harvey Mudd College in California and who spearheaded the study quipped that temperature can alter the thickness, or viscosity, of hemolymph. Ahn said that at colder temperatures, the spiders moved at a slower pace since the hemolymph has become more viscous than at higher...
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge lack compelling software; not enough to pull company out of tailspin

    04/02/2015 10:36:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 53 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2015 3:58 pm
    NY Times: Samsung finally seems to understand the many criticisms that have long been leveled at its phones: the plastic hardware looked cheap, the most promoted features were mostly useless and the software was too complicated,” Farhad Manjoo writes for The New York Times. “Samsung, according to Samsung, has realized the errors of it ways.” “The realization was born out of necessity. Samsung’s market share and profits in the smartphone business have plummeted over the last year. The company, which is based in South Korea, is in the unenviable position of getting squeezed from the bottom by the affordable phones...
  • Engineer wants to turn dumb pavement into a smart I70

    03/31/2015 10:13:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Ledger-Enquirer ^ | March 22, 2015 | Rick Montgomery (Kansas City Star)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. The following is about infrastructure. Don't nod off just yet. To be specific, it's about pavement basic, boring road surface. In the six decades since Interstate 70 began to creep across Missouri, how we view pavement hasn't changed much. Now meet Tim Sylvester, 33. He sees pavement as an electronic tablet with a concrete touch screen, The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1MWYIxn) reports.
  • A Very, Very Good Day': Lakewood Girl Gets New Hand From 3-D Printer

    03/31/2015 4:36:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    ktla.com ^ | Melissa Pamer and Nerissa Knight,
    Faiths left forearm and hand were amputated when she was 9 months old, according to Build It Workspace, where her new limb was printed in 24 hours. It took less than a month to design and plan for the hand, and the final pieces were printed Tuesday morning. The family was put in touch with Build It Workspace President Mark Lengsfeld through the Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit devoted to children with different abilities related to their limbs. Lengsfeld authorized full use of the facility to make Faiths hand. Its just an amazing opportunity to be here just to help...
  • New Homeowner Has To Sell House Because Of Comcasts Incompetence, Lack Of Competition

    03/26/2015 11:45:10 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 42 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | March 25, 2015 | Chris Morran
    Only months after moving into his new home in Washington state, Consumerist reader Seth is already looking to sell his house. He didnt lose his job or discover that the property is haunted. No, Seth cant stay much longer because no one can provide broadband service to his address; even though Comcast and CenturyLink both misled him into thinking hed be connected to their networks and in spite of the fact that his county runs a high-speed fiberoptic network that goes very near to his property. Like an increasing number of Americans, Seth works from home, meaning that its vital...
  • Magnets Can Control Heat And Sound? Shocking New Research Suggests They Can

    03/24/2015 9:10:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The study is the first ever to prove that acoustic phonons (particles responsible for the transmission of both sound and heat) contain magnetic properties, The Ohio State University reported. The team of researchers demonstrated that a magnetic field about the size of an MRI was able to reduce the amount of heating flowing through a semiconductor by about 12 percent. "This adds a new dimension to our understanding of acoustic waves," said Joseph Heremans, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Nanotechnology and professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio State. "We've shown that we can steer heat magnetically. With a strong enough magnetic...