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Oct 7, 2016

EU e-government report: countries should follow Estonia’s footsteps

Posted by in categories: governance, government, internet

According to the European Union e-government report 2016, other countries should follow the steps Estonia has taken in e-governance and the availability of online services to the public.

Even though the report ranks the small Mediterranean nation of Malta as first in Europe for e-government services, it notes that Estonia has been capable of increasing its internet penetration in 2014–1015 and the awareness of its e-government services, “which were of high quality already”.

“Malta, Cyprus and Lithuania should follow the steps of Estonia, as they are very similar countries,” the report asserts.

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Oct 6, 2016

The quantum clock is ticking on encryption – and your data is under threat

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, quantum physics, security

Quantum computers pose a major threat to the security of our data. So what can be done to keep it safe?

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Oct 6, 2016

Alien Implants Now Science Fact as DARPA Invades the Human Brain

Posted by in categories: food, neuroscience, science, sustainability

Imagine a cow being branded on a farm. Now imagine your family dog being micro-chipped so he can be returned to his owners if lost. The next logical step from these commonly accepted practices include the tagging and observation of you. The only question is who is doing the tagging?

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Oct 6, 2016

Project Originally Funded By DARPA Seeks To Replace Bees With Tiny, Winged Robots

Posted by in categories: drones, food, information science, internet, military, mobile phones, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Got a bee shortage? No problem, DARPA has you covered.

Following the news that the honeybee is now officially an endangered species as “colony collapse disorder” accelerates, it seems that a Harvard research team has the solution – robotic honeybees. Instead of attempting to save the bees by reducing the use of pesticides or revising safety standards for cell phone radiation, the focus has shifted to replacing the bees altogether. Harvard University researchers, led by engineering professor Robert Wood have been tweaking “RoboBees” since their initial introduction in 2009. The bee-sized robots made of titanium and plastic represent a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. The size of the components needed to create flying robots were previously too heavy to make a such a small structure lightweight enough to achieve flight. Current models weigh only 80 mg and have been fitted with sensors that detect light and wind velocity.

Researchers claim that the bees could artificially pollinate entire fields of crops and will soon be able to be programmed to live in an artificial hive, coordinate algorithms and communicate among themselves about methods of pollination and the locations of particular crops. In addition, RoboBees have been suggested for other uses including searching disaster sites for survivors, monitoring traffic, and “military and police applications.” These applications could include using RoboBees to “scout for insurgents” on battlefields abroad or allowing police and SWAT teams to use the micro-robots to gather footage inside buildings.

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Oct 6, 2016

Why US and NATO Military are looking at Blockchain

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, military

US defence research unit wants a comms platform built on Blockchain tech.


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Oct 6, 2016

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Posted by in category: neuroscience

A large group of neurons migrates into babies’ frontal lobes after birth.

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Oct 6, 2016

Brain Cells That Cool the Body

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Summary: Researchers have identified a set of heat sensing neurons that prompt both nervous system and behavioral changes that help cool the body.

Source: NIH.

The body’s temperature is closely regulated. We sense temperature changes in the environment through specialized nerve cells in the outer layers of the skin. If we are too hot or too cold, our nervous system activates responses to help change our temperature. We can sweat to cool down or shiver to generate heat. Our blood vessels can constrict to conserve heat or expand to release heat. To avoid discomfort, we sometimes seek out different environments―choosing to go into an air conditioned room or sit by a heater.

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Oct 6, 2016

Time #24: Has Physics Finally Caught up With Nature?

Posted by in category: physics

What is the physics of organisms made from?

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Oct 6, 2016

UFO sighting: Flying saucer over China stops traffic

Posted by in category: transportation

# UFO # ChinaUFO sighting: Flying saucer over China stops traffic : Commuters in a busy street of Guangzhou, China, were brought to a halt when they spotted a flying saucer hovering over the traffic.

The dashboard camera of one car snapped the flying saucer. The car pulled up behind crowds that were staring at the strange phenomenon. The footage that was taken from the car shows the driver coming to a stop, while people on the road were looking up with wide-open eyes and mouths.

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Oct 6, 2016

China Wants to Build a 20-Seat, Reusable Space Plane for Rich Tourists

Posted by in category: space travel

The plan is heavy on ambition, light on specifics.

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