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Einstein’s ‘Spooky’ Theory May Lead to Ultra-Secure Internet

Einstein’s ‘Spooky’ Theory May Lead to Ultra-Secure Internet

“Spooky action at a distance” describes entanglement of particles separated at large distances and may be applied to ultra-secure message transmission.

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Electric ‘Thinking Cap’ Controls Learning Speed

Written by on March 24, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Electric ‘Thinking Cap’ Controls Learning Speed

Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if “thinking caps” were real? Scientists have now shown that it is possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or depressed depending on the direction of the current.

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Facebook’s New ‘DeepFace’ Software Can Match Faces Almost As Well As Humans

Written by on March 19, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Facebook’s New ‘DeepFace’ Software Can Match Faces Almost As Well As Humans

Facebook owns the world’s largest photo library, and it now has the technology to match almost all the faces within it. Yes, even the ones you don’t tag. Technology Review reported this week that Facebook has developed new facial verification software capable of matching the same person correctly nearly every time, regardless of whether the subject is actually facing the camera.

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MIT Creates Soft Robotic Fish that Moves Like the Real Thing

Written by on March 13, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
MIT Creates Soft Robotic Fish that Moves Like the Real Thing

Soft robots — which don’t just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels — have become a sufficiently popular research topic that they now have their own journal, Soft Robotics. In the first issue of that journal, out this month, MIT researchers report the first self-contained autonomous soft robot, a “fish” that can execute an escape maneuver, convulsing its body to change direction, in just 100 milliseconds, or as quickly as a real fish can.

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A Plan for Free, Global Access to the Internet

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Technology with 2 Comments
A Plan for Free, Global Access to the Internet

Computing devices still outnumber the people on this planet, but less than 40% of the global population has access to the Internet. Data is a costly commodity in many parts of the world. The Outernet is a plan to bridge the global information divide.

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New App Gives You Superhuman Vision

Written by on February 25, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
New App Gives You Superhuman Vision

UltimEyes, a new app gives you superhuman vision after repeated use as researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented the eyesight training program called UltimEyes with the intention of significantly improving the average person’s eyesight. Lissette Padilla and Elliot Hill discuss how this new iPad app works and how it may be able to increase your ability to see in this clip from the Lip News.

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Michio Kaku: This is Your Brain on a Laser Beam

Written by on February 24, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Michio Kaku: This is Your Brain on a Laser Beam

Dr. Michio Kaku returns to Big Think studio. Kaku explains how we might transfer our consciousness to laser beams to explore the universe at the speed of light.

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Paralyzed Woman Walks Again With 3D-Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

Written by on February 20, 2014 in Technology with 1 Comment
Paralyzed Woman Walks Again With 3D-Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

3D Systems, in collaboration with Ekso Bionics, has created a 3D-printed robotic exoskeleton that has restored the ability to walk in a woman paralyzed from the waist down. The Ekso-Suit was demonstrated by Amanda Boxtel, who was told by her doctor that she’d never walk again after a skiing accident in 1992.

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Drone on Your iPhone: Apple Drops Objections to App Tracking U.S. Strikes Overseas

Written by on February 12, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Drone on Your iPhone: Apple Drops Objections to App Tracking U.S. Strikes Overseas

A new iPhone app has been released that tracks every reported U.S. drone strike overseas. Over the course of two years, Apple rejected different versions no less than five times. Now, for the first time, the app is finally available under the name of Metadata +, created by New York University graduate student Josh Begley.

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NASA Is Working On Star Trek Healing Devices—’It’s Not Sci-Fi Anymore’

Written by on February 10, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
NASA Is Working On Star Trek Healing Devices—’It’s Not Sci-Fi Anymore’

NASA and Houston-based company GRoK Technologies will work on the development of new “breakthrough products,” noninvasive medical technologies designed to “regenerate bone and muscle tissues.”

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Eterni.me Lets You Skype With The Dead

Written by on February 9, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Eterni.me Lets You Skype With The Dead

Do you want to live forever? Well, perhaps you can. Not literally, of course, but as an online presence that can comfort your loved ones after your death.

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U.S. One Step Closer To Future Where Cars Talk To Each Other

Written by on February 3, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
U.S. One Step Closer To Future Where Cars Talk To Each Other

The United States is one step closer to a future where cars will communicate with each other to avoid accidents. The Department of Transportation announced on Monday it was moving forward with the steps necessary to one day mandate vehicle-to-vehicle — V2V — communication technology on light automobiles. The big deal here is that research — including a 3,000-vehicle test of the system in Ann Arbor, Mich. — finds that V2V technology has the potential to “help drivers avoid or mitigate 70 to 80 percent of vehicle crashes involving unimpaired drivers.”

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Exposed: Google’s “Smart Home” Surveillance Plans

Written by on February 2, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Exposed: Google’s “Smart Home” Surveillance Plans

Two weeks ago, the New York Times’ truth-humor strip on “The Home of the Future” came on the heels of Google’s purchase of ‘smart thermostat’ manufacturer Nest for $3.2 Billion. With power utility commissions such as California already stating their intention to “expand third-party access” to in-home data, the perfect storm is brewing for Google’s mission of making you their product – even in your own home.

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New Google Patent Suggests Automatically Sending Your Videos and Photos to Law Enforcement

Written by on January 31, 2014 in Technology with 0 Comments
New Google Patent Suggests Automatically Sending Your Videos and Photos to Law Enforcement

Google recently filed a patent for a system that identifies when and where a “mob” event takes place and sends multimedia alerts to relevant parties. The patents are actually titled “Mob Source Phone Video Collaboration” and “Inferring Events Based On Mob Sourced Video“.

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China’s Moon Rover Already In Trouble

Written by on January 27, 2014 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
China’s Moon Rover Already In Trouble

China’s first lunar rover successfully landed on the moon in December, but a malfunction is already jeopardizing its mission. China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover experienced a “mechanical control abnormality” according to state media said on Saturday, in what appears to be a setback for a landmark mission in the country’s ambitious space program

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