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Software Helps Identify Anonymous Writers or Helps Them Stay That Way

Software Helps Identify Anonymous Writers or Helps Them Stay That Way | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Graduate students at Drexel University have released two potentially provocative tools to identify the author of a disputed document or to help an author avoid detection.
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More about Java Graphical Authorship Attibution Program and other programs that are similar.


from the article: "Now graduate students at Drexel University have released two potentially provocative stylometry tools, which could have larger repercussions for whistle-blowers, human rights advocates, hackers and, well, anyone who doesn’t want their writing traced back to them down the road. One tool helps identify the author of a disputed document, and another helps authors avoid detection. The students released early, “alpha” versions of their tools on Thursday at a convention of the Chaos Computer Club, a hackers’ group, in Berlin."

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New drug mimics the beneficial effects of exercise

New drug mimics the beneficial effects of exercise | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A drug known as SR9009, which is currently under development at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), increases the level of metabolic activity in skeletal...
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D-Wave CTO Geordie Rose: Machine Learning is Progressing Faster Than You Think

D-Wave CTO Geordie Rose: Machine Learning is Progressing Faster Than You Think | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
D-wave CTO Geordie Rose talks about quantum computing, AI and the technological singularity. Check out the full interview at SingularityWeblog.com
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Don’t Fret About What Social Media is Doing to Relationships | MIT Technology Review

Don’t Fret About What Social Media is Doing to Relationships | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Love and sex in the age of social media and mobile communication.
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Love this question: “What happens after you’ve had a great online flirtatious chat … and then the conversation sucks in person?” 


I think about the old days when people didn't have email or the Internet. They depended on the postal services of their day. People wrote letters and it would take days (or weeks?) to receive a letter. Wouldn't it be an interesting school experiment for everybody to write letters to each other and agree not to use electronic means of contact for a given amount of time?

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Use Hashtags in IM Conversations to Easily Find Info Later

Use Hashtags in IM Conversations to Easily Find Info Later | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Okay, hashtags are kinda silly and overly-promoted in social media. They can be useful though! For example, you can use them in chat conversations to find information or links you'll need later.
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Going Postal: EXCLUSIVE TRAILER! - Sky1 HD

Going Postal: EXCLUSIVE TRAILER! - Sky1 HD | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Watch the brand new trailer for Terry Pratchett's 'Going Postal' coming this May to Sky1 HD.
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I missed this. I wonder if I can watch it entirely on DVD...

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Looking Glass

Looking Glass | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

This is a superb site and download where you can make 3D animated cartoons by selecting your props, characters and locations and then use blocks to programme how things move and interact in a similar way to MIT's Scratch. You can upload your creations to the website to share. There are a set of challenges to try and you can even remix animations designed by other users. Discovered via http://twitter.com/@mberry


http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Video%2C+animation%2C+film+%26+Webcams


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This Guy Left Google To Put The Power Of Big Data Into Small Classrooms

This Guy Left Google To Put The Power Of Big Data Into Small Classrooms | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Prasad Ram (aka Pram) is founder, creator, and CEO of Gooru, “an open and collaborative online community where the best free materials for learning can be found, created, remixed and shared.” Gooru harnesses the power of data to enable personalized...
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On the ball: Eone debuts a tactile watch for the visually impaired

On the ball: Eone debuts a tactile watch for the visually impaired | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Watchmaker Eone's debut timepiece, the Bradley, is aimed at the visually impaired and indicates the time via magnetic ball bearings that move around special...
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Vibram Smart Concept Sole gives footwear headlights

Vibram Smart Concept Sole gives footwear headlights | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Vibram's Smart Concept Sole gives some insight as to the company's ideas for the future of sneaker technology. Along with a lighting system that illuminates...
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One of the new sneaker concepts is "a remote controlled LED lighting system that allows the soles to illuminate the ground ahead." 

I like this idea. It increases runner's ability to run at any time of the day. Maybe hike boots will do the same thing. A hiker can get lost, click on lights for the boots, and keep going until shelter is found.

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Why I don't agree that systems thinking is a 'fallacy'

Why I don't agree that systems thinking is a 'fallacy' | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It’s been some time since I wrote my counterpoint to Bojan’s article on quitting GTD, and in that time I’ve come to know him a great deal better, to respect his opinion, and I consider him a friend...
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It seems that GTD stands for Getting Things Done. I'm not sure how this relates to Systems Thinking. Can anyone clarify? 

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Life-like cells are made of metal - life - 14 September 2011 - New Scientist

Life-like cells are made of metal - life - 14 September 2011 - New Scientist | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A chemist intent on proving metal-based life is possible has produced cell-like bubbles from metal oxides
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How a Computer Program Helped Reveal J. K. Rowling as Author of A Cuckoo’s Calling : Scientific American

How a Computer Program Helped Reveal J. K. Rowling as Author of A Cuckoo’s Calling : Scientific American | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Author of the Harry Potter books has a distinct linguistic signature
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Imagine the implications. I wonder if there is scholarly research into "stylometry".

from the article: "Fiction has recently become fact with the improving science of stylometry, the study of writing style."

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from the article: "This technology is clearly a double-edged sword. If Rowling can be identified by computational analysis, what about whistleblowers? Is anyone safe from the modern equivalent of Sherlock’s all-seeing eye? For the moment, yes. The person who truly violated Rowling’s privacy was not my computer or even the Sunday Times reporter, but the tipster who suggested the investigation in the first place. It’s simply not feasible to look at every potential author to see who might have written a book; without old-fashioned detective work (and informants), the haystack is still large enough that needles can successfully hide."
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Engage! Warp Drive Could Become Reality with Quantum-Thruster Physics

Engage! Warp Drive Could Become Reality with Quantum-Thruster Physics | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Warp drive technology, a form of 'faster than light' travel popularized by TV's 'Star Trek,' could be bolstered by the physics of quantum thrusters — another science fiction idea made plausible by modern science.
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33rd Square: Grid Computing May Universal Access To Supercomputing

33rd Square: Grid Computing May Universal Access To Supercomputing | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Grid computing, currently being used by researchers at CERN in Switzerland to help uncover secrets from the Large Hadron Collider, will soon be available to everyone, allowing individuals to access super-computing power.
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Eight Books From the Last Decade That Made Me Excited About SF | Tor.com

Eight Books From the Last Decade That Made Me Excited About SF | Tor.com | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Eight Books From the Last Decade That Made Me Excited About SF by Jo Walton
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I've seen the movies for Never Let Me Go (both The Island and the movie Never Let Me Go). I think if you see the movie Never Let Me Go, you might get angry at the glossiness of The Island. 

 

I'm almost finished reading Anathem! Awesome book about a post-apocalyptic, post-Singularity world that is similar but not the same as our Earth.

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Outlook Blog - Skype is now available for all Outlook.com customers in North America

Outlook Blog - Skype is now available for all Outlook.com customers in North America | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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Evolution of monogamy in humans the result of infanticide risk

Evolution of monogamy in humans the result of infanticide risk | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The threat of infants being killed by unrelated males is the key driver of monogamy in humans and other primates.
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Software Reads Wild Animal Footprints | MIT Technology Review

Software Reads Wild Animal Footprints  | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
New software can ID an animal’s gender and age based just on a picture of a footprint.
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from the article: "Over the last decade, WildTrack, an organization founded by zoologist and veterinarian Zoe Jewell and her husband, Sky Alibhai, has been developing image processing software to detect physical footprint characteristics that are hard for an untrained eye to recognize. The organization’s software is being used to track a variety of animals in different habitats, including Amur tigers in Russia,tapir in South America, and polar bears in the Canadian province of Nunavut."

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PairASight lets other people in on what you're seeing

PairASight lets other people in on what you're seeing | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The PairASight system allows users to transmit their own first-person video via the internet in real time.
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from the article: 

The technology is still in the prototype stage, although the designers hope that it could ultimately have applications in fields such as automotive repair, healthcare and retail. It will be interesting to see how the system stacks up against its obvious competitor, Google Glass.

 
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Talk to the hand: HOT Watch turns your palm into a mobile phone

Talk to the hand: HOT Watch turns your palm into a mobile phone | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
HOT Watch is a new smartwatch with a directional speaker and microphone embedded in the wrist, allowing the wearer to answer phone calls by cupping their ha...
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This is cool and weird! 

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Russell Ackoff: A Lifetime of Systems Thinking

Pegasus Communications publishes books and newsletters, and produces conferences and recordings on systems thinking, organizational learning, and the design and development of the next-generation workplace.

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george_reed's curator insight, May 27, 2013 4:41 PM

He was a great one.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 15, 2013 1:11 PM

We are in that next-generation workplace and systems thinking is not in evidence the way it could be.

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Sumanas, Inc. Animation Gallery

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Sumanas develops animated #tutorials in a variety of formats for many scientific disciplines. Click on the subject headings below to view samples of our animations. Also, don't forget to visit our Science in Focus section for animations that explain science topics that are in the news.

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Stem Cell Research: Fact vs. Fiction

Stem Cell Research: Fact vs. Fiction | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
 Stem Cells
A decade ago, stem cell research was nearly forbidden in parts of the world.  In this article by Kandace Heller, she examines some of the basics of stem cell research and the...
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