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Aug 17, 2016

Hezbollah Drone Is a Warning to the U.S

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

I hate saying “I told you so”; however, it has happened. Whenever, technology is easily acquired means the bad people also has the same access via many sources.


As early as November 2004, Hezbollah sent Iranian-supplied Mirsad drones into Israeli airspace on spy missions, catching Israeli air defenses off guard. Shortly thereafter, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah proclaimed that the Mirsad could penetrate “anywhere, deep, deep” into Israel while carrying more than 200 pounds of explosives.

It was a bold claim for the time. The United States was the first country to deploy a modern, armed drone—the Predator—in 2001. For several years, America possessed a virtual monopoly on weaponized flying robots.

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Aug 17, 2016

Revolution by Design: The Materials Genome Initiative

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

Washington, DC — The creation of a new material has long been either an accident or a matter of trial and error. Steel, for instance, was developed over hundreds of years by people who didn’t know why what they were doing worked (or didn’t work). Generations of blacksmiths observed that iron forged in charcoal was stronger than iron that wasn’t, and iron that was forged in a very high-temperature, charcoal-fired furnace and rapidly cooled was even stronger, and so on.

While we’re still learning things about steel, we now have all kinds of recipes that we can use to make steels with different properties depending on the application, but those recipes took a lot of time, sweat and toil to develop. Wouldn’t it be great if we could skip over all the trials and errors and design new materials from scratch with the exact properties we want?

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Aug 17, 2016

How to make India an innovation hub

Posted by in categories: education, engineering, finance, policy

Innovation is all the buzz in Asia. Australia, China, Korea, Vietnam, and now lets look at India.

Personally, I believe there is great potential in India for some amazing innovations. Just look at their own historical sites and artifacts, art, etc.; no one can claim creativity, imagination, etc. does not exist. And, not to mention the engineering feats that have been proven by India many times.


India has moved 16 rungs up the global ranking for innovation in 2016, as compared to 2015, but still remains a lowly 66th, well below Malaysia and Vietnam, leave alone China in the middle-income category and far below countries like South Korea and Japan, and other high-income innovation hubs like Switzerland, the US, the UK and Singapore. What can be done to make India a hub of innovation? Improve the quality of education across all levels. A technology policy that incentivises genuine R&D is required. Ease of entry and exit of firms, competition, a vibrant financial sector that allocates capital to new profit potential, a culture of entrepreneurship and an end to failure-shaming would help. The least obvious requirement is political empowerment of the common man.

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Aug 17, 2016

China launches $30 billion state-controlled venture capital fund

Posted by in categories: business, innovation

China means business; and what will the long-term impacts to SV be? Could the US see a brain drain soon?


China has been encouraging its industrial firms to rise up the value chain through technical innovation and tougher efficiency standards, with the aim of creating globally competitive conglomerates.

It has vowed to be more selective in the way it disburses funds, and aims to cut off credit for non-competitive firms that are unable to upgrade.

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Aug 17, 2016

Israeli Startup BioCatch Tracks Online Behavior, Human Memory To Catch Cybercrooks

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, finance

https://youtube.com/watch?v=q90JYGxk5xw

The company is now marketing software to help banks and online stores distinguish good users from criminals.

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Aug 17, 2016

Russia’s Led Zeppelins: Country To Sink Billions In Balloon Ships?

Posted by in category: futurism

It does make you wonder.


This may be Russia’s worst investment decision, ever.

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Aug 17, 2016

Adults acting like toddlers because of technology obsession, warns neuroscientist

Posted by in category: entertainment

Adults are starting to behave like toddlers as social media and video games lead to a craving for instant gratification, a leading neuroscientist fears.

Baroness Susan Greenfield, who is a senior research fellow at Oxford University, said the obsession with games like Pokémon Go is causing the “infantilisation” of adulthood.

The trend of shunning the outdoors and live social contact in favour of social media is also contributing to grown-ups exhibiting traits associated with toddlers, including neediness and a short attention span, she added.

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Aug 17, 2016

Earth-based telescopes to be used in Quantum Experiments at Space Scale

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, satellites

Researchers display an earth-based telescope in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Aug. 17, 2016. China successfully launched the world’s first quantum satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gobi Desert at 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday. Five earth-based telescopes distributed across the country will be used in the Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), four of which were developed by the Institute of Optics and Electronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Chengdu. (Photo/Xinhua)

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Aug 17, 2016

Interscatter enables first implanted devices, contact lenses, credit cards to ‘talk’ WiFi

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, internet, mobile phones

Engenheiros da Universidade de Washington introduziram uma nova forma de comunicação que permite que dispositivos como implantes cerebrais, lentes de contato, cartões de crédito e pequenos eletrônicos vestíveis falar com aparelhos de uso diário, como smartphones e relógios.

Este novo” Comunicação interscatter” funciona convertendo sinais Bluetooth em transmissões Wi-Fi através do ar. Usando apenas reflexões, um dispositivo interscatter como uma inteligente de lentes de contato converte sinais Bluetooth a partir de um SmartWatch, por exemplo, em transmissões Wi-Fi que podem ser apanhados por um smartphone.

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Aug 17, 2016

Apple’s Tim Cook arrives in China bearing gifts: A new research center and environmental help — By Chris O’Brien | VentureBeat

Posted by in categories: business, environmental, law

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”“We want to show the world that you can manufacture responsibly, and we’re working alongside our suppliers to help them lower their environmental impact in China,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives …”

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