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Sep 30, 2018

The first “social network” of brains lets three people transmit thoughts to each other’s heads

Posted by in category: neuroscience

BrainNet allows collaborative problem-solving using direct brain-to-brain communication. The ability to send thoughts directly to another person’s brain is the stuff of science fiction. At least, it used to be.

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Sep 30, 2018

Here’s What Happens To Your Recycling

Posted by in category: sustainability

We followed the recycling process from the bins to the plant to understand where our recycling actually goes.

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Sep 29, 2018

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Posted by in category: energy

The occurrence of geomagnetically induced currents (GICs) poses serious threats to modern technological infrastructure. Large GICs result from sharp variations of the geomagnetic field (dB∕dt) caused by changes of large-scale magnetospheric and ionospheric currents. Intense dB∕dt perturbations are known to occur often in high-latitude regions as a result of storm time substorms. Magnetospheric compressions usually caused by interplanetary shocks increase the magnetopause current leading to dB∕dt perturbations more evident in midlatitude to low-latitude regions, while they increase the equatorial electrojet current leading to dB∕dt perturbations in dayside equatorial regions. We investigate the effects of shock impact angles and speeds on the subsequent dB∕dt perturbations with a database of 547 shocks observed at the L1 point. By adopting the threshold of dB∕dt = 100 nT/min, identified as a risk factor to power systems, we find that dB∕dt generally surpasses this threshold when following impacts of high-speed and nearly frontal shocks in dayside high-latitude locations. The same trend occurs at lower latitudes and for all nightside events but with fewer high-risk events. Particularly, we found nine events in equatorial locations with dB∕dt 100 nT/min. All events were caused by high-speed and nearly frontal shock impacts and were observed by stations located around noon local time. These high-risk perturbations were caused by sudden strong and symmetric magnetospheric compressions, more effectively intensifying the equatorial electrojet current, leading to sharp dB∕dt perturbations. We suggest that these results may provide insights for GIC forecasting aiming at preventing degradation of power systems due to GICs.

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Sep 29, 2018

SEC settles charges with Tesla’s Elon Musk, will remain as CEO but relinquish chairman role and pay stiff fine

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

The Securities and Exchange Commission settled charges with Tesla CEO Elon Musk over his aborted bid to take the company private, with the billionaire remaining as the helm of the company but relinquishing his chairman title and getting slapped with a hefty fine.

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Sep 29, 2018

HPE powered an AI that beat the best poker players

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

Imagine what it can do for business.

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Sep 29, 2018

Canada Considers Buying Huge Non-Flyable Drone From Germany To Meet Arctic Patrol Needs

Posted by in category: drones

The Germans removed virtually all essential components and put what’s left of the German aircraft into storage five years ago.

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Sep 29, 2018

The Graham Norton Show: Robot dances to Gangnam Style

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

We want one of these dancing robots… NOW! 😂.

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Sep 29, 2018

Brain Implants Would End Most Sexual Assaults

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, transhumanism

Some of my thoughts on the Kavanaugh hearings, sexual assault, and technology: https://mavenroundtable.io/…/brain-implants-would-end-most…/ #transhumanism #MeToo


A brain implant that registers trauma could help prevent rape and violent crime — so why don’t we have it yet?

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Sep 29, 2018

California just became the first state with an Internet of Things cybersecurity law

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

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a cybersecurity law covering “smart” devices, making California the first state with such a law. The bill, SB-327, was introduced last year and passed the state senate in late August.

Starting on January 1st, 2020, any manufacturer of a device that connects “directly or indirectly” to the internet must equip it with “reasonable” security features, designed to prevent unauthorized access, modification, or information disclosure. If it can be accessed outside a local area network with a password, it needs to either come with a unique password for each device, or force users to set their own password the first time they connect. That means no more generic default credentials for a hacker to guess.

The bill has been praised as a good first step by some and criticized by others for its vagueness. Cybersecurity expert Robert Graham has been one of its harshest critics. He’s argued that it gets security issues backwards by focusing on adding “good” features instead of removing bad ones that open devices up to attacks. He praised the password requirement, but said it doesn’t cover the whole range of authentication systems that “may or may not be called passwords,” which could still let manufacturers leave the kind of security holes that allowed the devastating Mirai botnet to spread in 2016.

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Sep 29, 2018

The end of HIV transmission in the U.S.: A once-unthinkable dream becomes an openly discussed goal

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

And yet, today, the struggle against HIV may be undergoing a sea change.

U.S. health officials and HIV experts are beginning to talk about a future in which transmission in the United States could be halted. And that future, they say, could come not within a generation, but in the span of just a few years.

“We have the science to solve the AIDS epidemic,” Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, himself a longtime HIV researcher and clinician, told STAT in a recent interview. “We’ve invested in it. Let’s put it into action.‘’

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