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Quantum Dot Breakthrough Could Lead to Cheap Spray-on Solar Cells

Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Quantum Dot Breakthrough Could Lead to Cheap Spray-on Solar Cells

Quantum dots are nanocrystals made out of a semicondutor material that is small enough to take advantage of the laws of quantum mechanics. At the center of a very new and rapidly evolving field of research, they offer promise for applications in highly efficient solar cells, transistors and lasers, among other things.

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Hackers are the Internet’s Immune System

Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Technology with 0 Comments
Hackers are the Internet’s Immune System

Do hackers force us to evolve and improve? See if you agree with this TED talk by cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari.

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Chatty Robot Is World’s First to Read People’s Emotions

Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Chatty Robot Is World’s First to Read People’s Emotions

Pepper the robot is touted as the world’s first with the ability to read emotions. Pepper doesn’t look much like its name. Standing under four-feet tall with a tablet computer mounted to its chest, it has human-like hands and a mermaid-like lower torso — though its toddler-like voice seems incongruous with this state-of-the-art facade. Despite the high-pitched voice, Pepper is able to converse about everything from the weather, to more sophisticated topics like the latest fluctuations in the stock markets. Yet the great differentiator is the fact Pepper is fully interactive, making eye contact when meeting people. In addition, Pepper is “the first robot to read human emotions,” said Softbank’s CEO Masayoshi Son.

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New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

In the future, virtual reality won’t require strapping a bulky contraption to your head. Instead, imagine stepping into an empty room and then suddenly seeing life-size, 3-D images of people and furniture. Or looking down at a smartwatch and seeing virtual objects float and bounce above the wrist, like the holographic Princess Leia beamed by R2-D2 in the movie “Star Wars.” A key to this future may lay in Carlsbad, Calif., where startup Ostendo Technologies Inc. has spent the past nine years quietly working on miniature projectors designed to emit crisp videos and glasses-free 3-D images for smartphones and giant screens.

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‘Reset The Net!’ Reddit, Greenpeace, Amnesty Unite In Anti-NSA Hit Campaign

Posted by on June 2, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
‘Reset The Net!’ Reddit, Greenpeace, Amnesty Unite In Anti-NSA Hit Campaign

Some 200 websites have joined the #ResetTheNet campaign, urging internet users, developers and content providers to use “NSA-resistant” software and tools to protect the global net against intrusive government surveillance. The sites, which vary from individual pages to internet giants like Reddit, Imgur and Boing Boing, various rights groups, including Amnesty International and Greenpeace will place an internet “splash screen” on Thursday in support of the campaign.

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Can a Robot Learn Right From Wrong?

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Can a Robot Learn Right From Wrong?

Home-helper robots are a few years off, military robots are imminent, and self-driving cars are already here. We’re about to see the first generation of robots working alongside humans in the real world, where they will be faced with moral conflicts. Before long, a self-driving car will find itself in the same scenario often posed in ethics classrooms as the “trolley” hypothetical — is it better to do nothing and let five people die, or do something and kill one?

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Tech Giants Team Up To Fight For Net Neutrality

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Tech Giants Team Up To Fight For Net Neutrality

“A sizable coalition of technology companies has today taken a stand in favor of net neutrality in the form of a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. The group, led by giants including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, and Yahoo, challenges a proposal the FCC is considering that threatens net neutrality.” Read more from The Verge here: http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/7/5692…

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Scientists Discover How To Turn Light Into Matter After 80-Year Quest

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Scientists Discover How To Turn Light Into Matter After 80-Year Quest

Imperial College London physicists have discovered how to create matter from light – a feat thought impossible when the idea was first theorized 80 years ago. Three physicists worked out a relatively simple way to physically prove a theory first devised by scientists Breit and Wheeler in 1934. Breit and Wheeler suggested that it should be possible to turn light into matter by smashing together only two particles of light (photons), to create an electron and a positron – the simplest method of turning light into matter ever predicted. The calculation was found to be theoretically sound but Breit and Wheeler said that they never expected anybody to physically demonstrate their prediction. It has never been observed in the laboratory and past experiments to test it have required the addition of massive high-energy particles. The new research, published in Nature Photonics, shows for the first time how Breit and Wheeler’s theory could be proven in practice.

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The Energy Internet Explained by Jeremy Rifkin

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Sci-Tech, Technology with 1 Comment
The Energy Internet Explained by Jeremy Rifkin

Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Internet of Things. Rifkin’s latest book is The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism.

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Promising Solution To Plastic Pollution

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 1 Comment
Promising Solution To Plastic Pollution

Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have introduced a new bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells. It’s made from chitosan, a form of chitin — the second-most abundant organic material on Earth. This environmentally safe alternative to plastic could also be used to make trash bags, packaging, and diapers.

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Sun’s Fractal Surprise Could Help Fusion On Earth

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Sun’s Fractal Surprise Could Help Fusion On Earth

The sun has thrown us a fractal surprise. An unexpected pattern has been glimpsed in the solar wind, the turbulent plasma of charged particles that streams from the sun. It offers clues for handling plasmas that roil inside nuclear fusion reactors on Earth.

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Technology to Experience Life in Another Person’s Body

Technology to Experience Life in Another Person’s Body

An unusual virtual reality device allows people to experience stepping into the skin of another person. Body swapping experiments are being conducted by a group of artists at the Be Another lab in Barcelona.

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How Albert Einstein Helped Blackmail President Roosevelt Over Manhattan Project Funding

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
How Albert Einstein Helped Blackmail President Roosevelt Over Manhattan Project Funding

Seventy-five years ago, Hungarian-American physicist Leo Szilard wrote a letter to United States President Franklin Roosevelt expressing concern that German scientists would soon unlock the secrets to developing the first atomic bomb. Concerned that his relative anonymity would cause the warning to go unheeded, Szilard persuaded his friend and colleague Albert Einstein to sign the letter. The Einstein-Szilard letter resulted in the establishment of the Manhattan Project, and the United States’ subsequent creation of the world’s first nuclear weapon. But that wasn’t the only letter penned by the pair. Szilard and Einstein actually drafted four missives to the president…

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Are You Ready for a Driver’s License for the Internet?

Posted by on April 30, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Are You Ready for a Driver’s License for the Internet?

Online authentication technology is sprouting up in state government agencies around the country, led by a White House vision of a new, central form of identification, what some are calling “a driver’s license for the Internet.”

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Mysterious Robotic Plane Hits 500 Days In Space; What’s It Doing?

Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Mysterious Robotic Plane Hits 500 Days In Space; What’s It Doing?

A robotic space plane is speeding in low Earth orbit at this very moment. Some say it’s a weapon; others, a data-gathering mission. There’s one fact most agree on as the plane hits 500 days in space: Its real purpose is a mystery. The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Space Vehicle, constructed in California, is one-fourth the size of the Endeavour Space Shuttle. The Air Force craft, purely a test vehicle that will never reach production, in part aims to explore reusable space-vehicle technologies. That means the robotic vehicle can land, but no one will say when. What could it be?

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