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November 27, 2014

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2:10 AM | Meet Ranavalona I of Madagascar- the deliciously wicked queen and torture master seen as a supervillan by European rulers
This post is with thanks to Rejected Princesses who did all the hard research and translations to tell us about this remarkable woman. If you’ve always identified with Ursula over Ariel, thought Maleficent was really not that bad or would actually really like to see Yzma on the throne then Queen Ranavalona is really the woman for you. This woman started life as a peasant and became supreme ruler and Queen. She fought off colonial rule, started one of the first industrial […]

November 26, 2014

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10:54 PM | I love this weird idea.
I love this weird idea. A design group in Hong Kong has come up with a concept design for "parasitic robots" that would roam the city at night drawing power from annoying neon signs and sucking up carbon to feed little plant farms growing on their bodies. I want to live in a world where these robots fly free.Read more...
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8:24 PM | Symantec Just Discovered One of the Most Sophisticated Computer Bugs Ever Detected
Its name is Regin. For six years, the bug has been infecting computers while flying under the radar of security systems. Once it installs itself on a computer, Regin is able to do things like take screenshots, steal passwords and recover deleted files. Symantec says the bug has been used primarily to spy on government organizations, businesses and private individuals. “We don’t believe it is being used… for mass surveillance,” said Vikram Thakur, Senior […]
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8:15 PM | Is this peer reviewed? Predatory journals and the transparency of peer review.
A few days ago, we learned that another spoof paper (PDF) had been accepted to an ostensibly peer reviewed journal. The paper was a simple repetition of the words “Get me off your f***ing mailing... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:01 PM | This ridiculously addicting game is supposed to find us all careers
Me when people ask me WTH I’m doing with my life Have you ever wondered how you can combine your love of cats with your passion for retail and love of stats? Or maybe you like working with numbers and wonder how you can combine that with your feminist activism and turn it into a career? Well this totally addictive Plotr Careers game is claiming to have all the answers!!! I have to say I’ve been playing it for the last hour and I think it’s kind of awesome, […]
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4:34 PM | An eel-lectrifying future for autonomous underwater robots
On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, […]
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4:24 PM | Explosive! Process converts human waste into rocket fuel
Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste — yes, that kind — […]
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3:51 PM | What Things Are You Thankful for in Science?
As the social media lead for Promega, I keep my eye on trends in new media. I have personal accounts that I keep mostly to see what other people are doing. I try hangouts, social networking and other things so that I have an idea of developing practices outside of the biotechnology industry. One activity […]
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3:30 PM | Watch As A Hacker Frees This Telepresence Robot From Its Confinement
A robotics company recently made one of its telepresence units accessible over the Internet for a public demonstration. But to keep it from going astray, the device was confined to an office — an unacceptable constraint that one crafty user interpreted as a challenge. Read more...
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11:32 AM | How to heal paralysis: modern day miracles
Without doubt, Geoffrey Raisman is in line for a Nobel Prize. The little-known British professor has been the brains behind a breakthrough that ‘cured’ a paraplegic man. Bulgarian Darek Fidyka was left paralysed after a knife attack four years ago; images of him now standing upright shot across the globe a few weeks ago. For … Continue reading →
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11:32 AM | How to heal paralysis: modern day miracles
Without doubt, Geoffrey Raisman is in line for a Nobel Prize. The little-known British professor has been the brains behind a breakthrough that ‘cured’ a paraplegic man. Bulgarian Darek Fidyka was left paralysed after a knife attack four years ago; images of him now standing upright shot across the globe a few weeks ago. For … Continue reading →
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10:00 AM | Should You Buy An Industrial Computer?
Your big business project is only as strong as its weakest link and that’s why you shouldn’t skimp on things like the computer that might be running it. Depending on the nature of your business, if it’s not for home or office use, you might just need an industrial computer. Industrial Computer or Standard PC? […]

November 25, 2014

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10:30 PM | You Are Not Alone, Shows Hacked Webcam Site
If you don't put a piece of tape over your webcam, get used to being watched. adafruit, CC BY-NC-SABy Gordon Fletcher, University of Salford read more
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10:17 PM | Blu-ray solar power
  So here’s something you don’t see everyday. Blu-ray disks, you know the stuff we use for video games or DVDs also improve the performance of solar cells—suggesting a second […]

Smith, A., Wang, C., Guo, D., Sun, C. & Huang, J. (2014). Repurposing Blu-ray movie discs as quasi-random nanoimprinting templates for photon management, Nature Communications, 5 5517. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6517

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9:41 PM | 45 Gifts To Buy For Your Favorite Popular Science Editor In 2014
We like to geek out over all kinds of things here at Popular Science. From retro-cool, to cutting-edge, to future-tech there's nothing like a good gizmo to get our gears…
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8:30 PM | Americans Don't Know A Lot About Internet History Or Policy
The Pew Research Center quizzed Americans on their knowledge of technology and the web, and the results were pretty middling. …
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5:13 PM | How To Make Extra-Efficient Solar Panels Using Old Blu-Ray Discs
You probably don't think of them that way, but Blu-ray discs have a gorgeous color. In fact, the same physics that gives butterfly wings and housefly eyes their iridescent…
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4:15 PM | Three Billion People Are On The Internet Now
Mobile broadband is growing fast in Africa and other developing countries, but overall penetration still lags behind the Western world. …
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4:05 PM | Bitcoin And Anonymity: User's Identity Can Be Revealed Much Easier Than Thought
Bitcoin calls itself the new money and says it can be minted and exchanged on the Internet, faster and cheaper than a bank. It's gotten a lot of attention but how anonymous is it? Not very, if you have computers and about $1,500. Several groups worldwide have shown that it is possible to find out which transactions belong together, even if the client uses different pseudonyms but it has only recently become clear that it is also possible to reveal the IP address behind each […]
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4:05 PM | U.S. Particle Physics Program Aims for the Future
In the last few years, stories have abounded in the press of the successes of the Large Hadron Collider, most notably the discovery of the Higgs boson. This has led some to speculate that European... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:02 PM | Which Government Created Regin, One Of The Most Sophisticated Espionage Bugs Ever Discovered?
Worry only if you have something to hide. FinchenBy Andrew Smith, The Open UniversityThe computer-security firm Symantec says it may have found some of the most sophisticated malicious software ever made. The cyber-espionage bug, called Regin, has been making attacks for many years without being caught. read more
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12:37 PM | New device may ease mammography discomfort
Researchers have developed a new device that may result in more comfortable mammography for women. According to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological […]
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12:37 PM | Scientists could save thousands of pounds with student’s DIY microscope
Ph.D. student at Brunel University London makes his own high-tech microscope for £160 Expensive tests for measuring everything from sperm motility to cancer diagnosis have just been made hundreds of […]
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12:32 PM | Unmanned underwater vehicle provides first 3-D images of underside of Antarctic sea ice
A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully tested an autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV, that can produce high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of Antarctic sea ice.SeaBED, as the vehicle is known, […]
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9:17 AM | Climate change is an obvious myth – how much more evidence do you need? | Dean Burnett
Many people just refuse to accept the facts that surround them, even if we saw 100 more years of it plain and apparentClimate change is a myth. We all know this, deep down. Some of you reading this may have been taken in by the fear-mongering governments or corrupt scientists so have been brainwashed into thinking climate change is a real thing that “threatens all of humanity” or some other nonsense, but it’s just that: nonsense. When you look closely at it, the so-called […]
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12:15 AM | A Cyber Disaster Somehow Occurred… What to Do the Next?
It’s not that rare case that some person or organisation holds very sensitive and confidential information as their data storage within their cyber system. The main headache to such an institution is not to lose its valuable content. Some studies […]test The post A Cyber Disaster Somehow Occurred… What to Do the Next? appeared first on Australian Science.

November 24, 2014

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7:09 PM | Computers Wrote the Caption for This Photograph, and Changed Everything
Computers at Google now have a machine-learning system that can analyze images like the one above and generate captions for them. The phrase used to caption this image? "A person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road." It might not seem like much, but it's actually one hell of an accomplishment. Read more...
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4:23 PM | Powerlace – “The Very First Auto-Lacing Shoe” (Video)
A new shoe that claims to be the world’s first “auto-lacing” shoe has gotten some buzz lately. According to Geek.com… “…the auto-lacing relies solely on a lever, cables, and the weight of your own foot — no batteries, motors, gears, or springs. Furthermore, the lever and cables virtually don’t add extra weight to the shoe.”   Check out the video below to see how the technology works… According to the Powerlace […]
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3:00 AM | The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
By Nicholas Carr Synopsis: At once a celebration of technology and a warning about its misuse, The Glass Cage will change the way you think about the tools you use every day. In The Glass Cage, best-selling author Nicholas […]

November 23, 2014

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9:04 PM | A Paper Puppet Homage to Microbes
The amazing power duo of Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck (Sweet Fern Productions) has come out with a new animated short on the discovery of microbes. I’ve written about their stunning use... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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