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Feb 20, 2016

No compromise for cyber criminals, says Salleh

Posted by in category: futurism

It does make one wonder what the punishment will be.

The ministry would monitor, take action against those who slander, insult and cause hatred for gov’t and leaders.

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Feb 20, 2016

Associated Press jumps into virtual reality

Posted by in category: virtual reality

AP News now in VR.

The American multi-national news agency Associated Press has partnered with California-based chipmaker AMD to launch a virtual reality and 360-degree digital portal. (Pictured: AP’s 360-degree experience Rush Delivery)

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Feb 20, 2016

Japan Launches Observatory To Study Black Holes And Dying Stars

Posted by in categories: cosmology, satellites

Japan is studying the black holes.

This week the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a new space observatory designed to study black holes, dying stars and the history of galaxy clusters. The X-ray Astronomy Satellite, known as ASTRO-H, will be able to detect X-rays more than 10 times fainter than its telescope predecessor, Suzaku.

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Feb 20, 2016

Hybrid Electric Powertrain Powers Up For The First Time

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

Electric Hybrid Train Powers Up

HYPSTAIR Project Reaches Significant Milestone.

A major step towards electric powered air travel was achieved on 9th February 2016 with the power-up of the world’s most powerful hybrid electric powertrain for aviation in a project led by Pipistrel. Hybrid-electric powertrains are a new breed of aviation propulsion, which extend the range of all-electric aircraft while being environmentally friendly and quiet. The 200 kW propulsor developed during the project HYPSTAIR delivers the power equivalent to a typical general aviation piston engine and can run in three modalities: electric-only mode using batteries, generator-only mode or hybrid mode combining both power sources.

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Feb 20, 2016

Is Your COUCH Smart Enough? Enter the Immersit

Posted by in categories: entertainment, habitats, mobile phones

Smartphone meet the Smartcouch.…-20160220#

I’m reporting this news now from my couch and I must admit that after months of immersion in the Smart Home world, I’ve never once considered if my sofa was on the list of home products needing to be upgraded. Until, I suppose…today. Welcome to the Immersit, the new device which might have you never looking at your La-Z-Boy the same way again. Or, if you’re like me … wondering if the product will work, destroy your sofa, or frighten the heck out of your pet.

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Feb 20, 2016

‘Giant nose in the sky’ ready for lift-off in mission to sniff out traces of life on Mars

Posted by in category: space

The giant nose is going to Mars.

The ExoMars probe will seek evidence of methane gas, which is seen as a crucial signpost of life.

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Feb 20, 2016

“The Universe is Shrinking” –A Radical Alternative to Big Bang Theory (Weekend Feature)

Posted by in category: cosmology

Here’s a concept; the Universe is Shrinking.

“The field of cosmology these days is converging on a standard model, centered around inflation and the Big Bang,” says physicist Arjun Berera at the University of Edinburgh, UK. “This is why it’s as important as ever, before we get too comfortable, to see if there are alternative explanations consistent with all known observation.”

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Feb 20, 2016

Cybercrime bill faces First Amendment questions

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government, internet

Rep. David Lifferth, R-Eagle Mountain, has introduced legislation to increase punishment for those who engage in Internet crimes. HB225, Cybercrime Amendments, specifically targets crimes known as “doxing” and “swatting.” The bill has been assigned to be heard by a House committee.

Doxing is the act of releasing personal information about a person publicly online. Oftentimes, these releases are accompanied by intimidating threats toward the targets of doxing. Releasing personal information online while encouraging others to commit crimes against the victim is understandably dangerous. However, issues have been raised concerning First Amendment rights.

Originally, HB225 included criminal charges against those who release personal information with the intent to “annoy, offend, and frighten.” Lifferth is removing these phrases particularly as they don’t necessarily indicate malicious intent. Critics have expressed that HB225 would be a violation of freedom of speech.

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Feb 20, 2016

Robots could learn human values

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Scientists have been running tests where artificial intelligences cultivate appropriate social behaviour by responding to simple narratives.

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Feb 20, 2016

Wireless Power Transmission Market (2015−2020) — Valued at $0.72 Billion in 2014 & Is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 51.5%

Posted by in categories: electronics, energy

Wireless Power Transmission Market reach $13.11 Billion by 2020. This is an area that I plan to keep a closer eye on especially since IEEE’s recent approved standards on sensors. I have a feeling that we could start seeing some major progress in this space.

DUBLIN, Jan. 27, 2016 /PR Newswire UK/ — Wireless Power Transmission Market (2015−2020) — Valued at $0.72 Billion in 2014 & Is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 51.5%.

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