Technological Revolution

One EMP burst and the world goes dark

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 11/17/2010 - 13:54

November 11, 2010 - The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses.

End-of-the-world novel? A video game? Or could such a scenario loom in Amerika's future?

There is talk of catastrophe ahead, depending on whom you believe, because of the threat of an electromagnetic pulse triggered by either a supersized solar storm or terrorist A-bomb, both capable of disabling the electric grid that powers modern life.

Scientists makes a robot to argue climate change for him

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 11/10/2010 - 15:06

November 3, 2010 - Getting into a climate change debate on Twitter could be even more exhausting than it sounds now that a software developer named Nigel Leck has automated the process.

Tired of arguing with climate change deniers in 140 character quips, the programmer wrote a script to do it for him. Chatbot scans Twitter every five minutes searching for hundreds of phrases that fit the usual denier argument paradigm. Then it serves them up some science.

Handheld radar senses life behind a wall

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 11/10/2010 - 14:49

WASHINGTON - October 26, 2010 - Pretty please, with sugar on top, don’t call it seeing through walls. That shorthand - with its connotations of the First Earth Battalion trying to phase through brick - gets Army engineers gritting their teeth. Instead, this cream-colored handheld senses through the wall, seeing if any live human being is behind it before a squad kicks down the door to see for itself.

New nanospheres provide stronger armor than Kevlar

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 11/10/2010 - 14:45

WASHINGTON - October 22, 2010 - Printable body armor, better bulletproof glass, and tougher steel are just a few of the applications for a new materials technology developed by Israeli researchers. A team of scientists there have developed a transparent material made of self-assembling nanospheres that is the stiffest organic material ever created, surpassing the properties of stainless steel and even Kevlar.

Free thinking is now a mental illness

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 11/03/2010 - 21:13

October 14, 2010 - Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness?  According to the newest addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), it certainly is. The manual identifies a new mental illness called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. Defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.

Egyptian mummies prove cancer is man-made

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 11/03/2010 - 21:11

LONDON, England - October 15, 2010 - Cancer is the bane of the modern world. It kills millions of people annually. Yet there is almost no trace of the insidious killer among the remains of ancient peoples.

This incredible epiphany rocked researchers on their heels. Ancient people simply didn't die from any cancer-related diseases.

Scientist declares alien signal sent from extrasolar planet

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 19:45

SYDNEY, Australia - October 11, 2010 - Ragbir Bhathal, an astrophysicist at the University of Western Sydney, claims the light pulses he detected in December 2008 are from the region of space where the extrasolar planet Gliese 581g orbits a red dwarf star.

Recently, Gliese 581g was declared 100% certain to have life. Now the question has been raised, is it intelligent life?

What your cell phone could be telling the government

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 10/06/2010 - 14:14

NEW YORK - September 16, 2010 - Smart phones do many things these days: surf the Internet, send e-mail, take photos and video, and send and receive calls. But one thing they can do that phone companies don't advertise is spy on you.

As long as you don't leave home without your phone, that handy gadget keeps a record of everywhere you go - a record the government can then get from your telephone company.

New web site one more nail in privacy’s coffin

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 20:10

September 17, 2010 - A new web site and smart phone app connect license plates with an e-mail address, allowing businesses to track customers, drivers to connect with each other, and road rage to reach new heights. In doing so, Bump.com, which launched this week, throws open the doors of one of this country’s last private places: your car.

Make clothes out of a can with spray-on fabric

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 20:04

September 16, 2010 - Tight-fitting T-shirts and hipster jeans would get even snugger if you could just spray them on.

That idea just got a little less far-fetched. A liquid mixture developed by Imperial College London and a company called Fabrican lets you spray clothes directly onto your body, using aerosol technology.

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