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Employees seize Greek State TV and radio HQ after govt-announced suspension

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Employees of Greece’s state TV and Radio Corporation have seized the headquarters in Athens following government plans to suspend it under pressure from austerity cuts.

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We need to follow this example with all state and corporate media!

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Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

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Nasa equips robots with smartphones

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Nasa plans to send Google's 3D smartphones into space to function as the "eyes and brains" of free-flying robots inside the Space Station.

The robots, known as Spheres (Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental satellites), currently have limited capabilities.

It is hoped the smartphones, powered by Google's Project Tango, will equip the robots with more functionality.

The robots have been described by experts as "incredibly clever".

When Nasa's robots first arrived at the International Space Station in 2006, they were only capable of precise movements using small jets of CO2, which propelled the devices forwards at around an inch per second.

"We wanted to add communication, a camera, increase the processing capability, accelerometers and other sensors," Spheres project manager Chris Provencher told Reuters.

"As we were scratching our heads thinking about what to do, we realised the answer was in our hands. Let's just use smartphones."

In an attempt to make the robots smarter and of more use to astronauts, engineers at Nasa's Ames Research Centre sent cheap smartphones to the space station, which they had purchased from Best Buy, an American electronics shop.

Astronauts then attached the phones to the Spheres, giving them more visual and sensing capabilities.


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How is the net generation growing up?

How is the net generation growing up? | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

My children live in the digital world as much as they live in the real one.

Whether they are chatting to their friends on Xbox Live or FaceTime or viewing their profiles on Instagram, these days it seems that there is always a virtual guest in our house.

Their expectations of life are fundamentally different to mine at their ages - eight and 10. They were among the first generation to swipe a dumb screen and wonder why nothing happened; the first to say when a toy was broken: "Don't worry, we can just download a new one"; and the first to be aware that the real world runs seamlessly into the digital one.

These digital natives understand the etiquette of the digital world - how to text, how to email, how to get wi-fi and how to watch whatever they want, whenever they want. And homework is a whole lot easier now that they have the virtual font of all knowledge at the their fingertips - Google.

As the author of the book Growing Up Digital, Don Tapscott has spent a lot of time looking at how the generation born in the age of computing will differ from those before.

"Generation M [mobile] are growing up bathed in bits," he says. "Their brains are actually different."

For him, the way the brain is wired is dictated by how you spend your time.

"My generation grew up watching TV - we were passive recipients. Today children come home and turn on their mobile devices, they are listening to MP3s, chatting to their friends, playing video games - managing all these things at the same time."


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How does complex behavior spontaneously emerge in the brain?

How does complex behavior spontaneously emerge in the brain? | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

In a new study published in Nature Physics, a team of researchers from Spain has shown that emergence in neuronal networks can be explained as a noise-driven phenomenon that is controlled by the interplay between network topology and intrinsic neuronal dynamics.


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The view of emergence in neural networks as a noise-driven phenomenon differs from the common view in which the bursts of neuronal pulses are controlled by specific leader neurons assisted by the network architecture. In the noise-driven explanation, the nucleation sites do not actively initiate the firing process, but collect and amplify the firing activity that originated elsewhere.

"The mechanism of noise focusing emerges naturally in any system with interconnected integrate-and-fire units (like neurons), so its effect should also be present in the brain," Orlandi said. "If this effect is important in the brain, or by contrast, if the brain has other mechanisms to counter its effect, is still an open question. 

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Build an All-In-One Raspberry-Pi Powered Portable PC

Build an All-In-One Raspberry-Pi Powered Portable PC | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Lifehacker reader rocky.colt.tumtum tipped us off that he was building a Pi-powered portable PC, complete with multiple USB ports and a 2TB drive, back when we asked for the best Raspberry Pi cases.

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Brain-machine interface capable of learning - E & T Magazine

Brain-machine interface capable of learning - E & T Magazine | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

The first brain-machine interface system capable of learning commands has been developed in Japan.

The system, designed to help people with severe motion or speaking disabilities, is the first of its kind addressing the excessive mental load existing systems place on a user. Every time the user wants to perform even a simple action, he or she has to focus their mental energy to deliver the message, which could be very tiring.

“We give learning capabilities to the system by implementing intelligent algorithms, which gradually learn user preferences,” said Christian Isaac Peñaloza Sanchez, a PhD candidate at the University of Osaka, Japan.

“At one point it can take control of the devices without the person having to concentrate much to achieve this goal," he said.

For the past three years, Peñaloza Sanchez has been developing the system which uses electrodes attached to the person’s scalp to measure brain activity in the form of EEG signals. The signals show patterns related to various thoughts and the general mental state of the user as well as the level of concentration.

Currently, the system can learn up to 90 per cent of common instructions such as controlling a wheel chair and navigating it around a room.

After the system learns the command from the user, the action could be triggered either by pressing a button or by a quick thought. While performing the automated action, the system looks for the so-called error-related negativity signal – a reaction in a human brain when an incorrect response is initiated – for example if the system opens a window instead of turning on the TV.

"We've had pretty good results in various experiments with multiple people who have participated as volunteers in our in vivo trials,” said Peñaloza Sanchez.

“We found that user mental fatigue decreases significantly and the level of learning by the system increases substantially."


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Future smart phones could be printed on your clothes | KurzweilAI

Future smart phones could be printed on your clothes | KurzweilAI | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

Monash UniversityDepartment of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE) engineers have modeled the world’s first “spaser” (surface plasmon amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) to be made completely out of carbon.

Spasers are analogous to lasers, but generate surface plasmons (coherent electron oscillations) instead of photons.

PhD student and lead researcher Chanaka Rupasinghe said the modeled spaser design using carbon would offer many advantages. “Other spasers designed to date are made of gold or silver nanoparticles and semiconductor quantum dots, while our device would be comprised of a graphene resonator and a carbon nanotube gain element,” he said.

These materials are more than 100 times stronger than steel, can conduct heat and electricity much better than copper, and can withstand high temperatures, he noted.


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Robots and sex: creepy or cool?

Robots and sex: creepy or cool? | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Tauriq Moosa: Sex robots, as far-fetched as they may seem, could end up being commonplace. A mature response to this would be best all round

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Consenting adults’ private activities seem to get a lot of other people very cross. Almost nowhere is this more pronounced than activities involving sex: the position, placement and management of people’s genital activities seem to keep a lot of other adults awake – but in an unhealthy, conservative way.

Many people don’t like two men doing romantic things together; many dislike women doing things too; and even if it’s the “proper” combination of sexes, there are rules about monogamy and marriage and money and so forth – that must not be violated, lest you incur the wrath of judgmental columnists and incomprehensible comment sections (or, unfortunately, the law itself).

Even otherwise progressive individuals are troubled by things such as non-monogamous relationships, child-free people (mostly child-free women, because wombs must always be filled with future babies, apparently), and men using sex toys.

So when considering, for example, sex robots, we should expect hatred, antagonism, and judgement. That attitude, in particular and in general toward adult consensual sex, should change. We can use sex robots as a good case-study to demonstrate why.


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POWERFUL speech about the Military Industrial Complex & US Imperialism (Graphic Content) - YouTube

This short video highlights the harsh Truth of U.S. foreign policy and the military industrial complex. Follow Choice and Truth at; [FACEBOOK] https://www.fa...

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Eterni.me - Become Virtually Immortal- what if you could be remembered forever?

Eterni.me - Become Virtually Immortal- what if you could be remembered forever? | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
A team of engineers, designers and business people at MIT EDP tries to defeat death by preserving your memories into an intelligent avatar, that can interact with your close ones after you pass away.

 

Eterni.me collects almost everything that you create during your lifetime, and processes this huge amount of information using complex Artificial Intelligence algorithms.

Then it generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to your family and friends after you pass away.

It's like a Skype chat from the past


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Omni Zillion's curator insight, February 7, 1:47 PM

If we can live forever, in some form, then let's remember the vibrations of the full spectrum or continuum of beloved 'Pleasure' to the ultra-degree, so that we might repeatedly experience such things as contentment, cheerfulness, euphoria, happiness, joy, bliss, exaltation, jubilation and orgasm!

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Mentally strong people don't pick up these bad habits.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 4, 12:06 PM

Great topic and scoop Christine!  I hope you are having a wonderful start to 2014.  #4, 10 and 13 hit home the most for me but all of these are great reminders!  

 

Here is my favorite one:

 

4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control

You won’t hear a mentally strong person complaining over lost luggage or traffic jams. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives. They recognize that sometimes, the only thing they can control is their attitude.

Don Cloud's curator insight, January 5, 3:43 PM

Strength of character comes from within.

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Unsplash | Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos.

Unsplash | Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. 10 new photos every 10 days. Subscribe


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Mark Strozier's curator insight, November 25, 2013 2:47 PM

This is a great way to find (and share) top-shelf photography! All available free for use. Another great find on Tumblr.

Photo by: Jennifer Trovato


Thanks for the link [url=/u/2279693 x-already-notified=1]Barbara Vigier[/url]!

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Strange Fibers Found Embedded Inside Chicken McNuggets

Strange Fibers Found Embedded Inside Chicken McNuggets | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
This video speaks for itself in that McDonald’s chicken mcnuggets seem to contain some strange ingredients and substances that currently have no explanation.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, September 30, 2013 8:25 PM

This is truly shocking!  Please watch this video and share this scoop with as many people as possible!  

 

Make sure you watch what real chicken looks like under the microscope to see the difference between real food and processed food.  

 

From the article:

 

What are these strange ingredients? We do not know. We also do not know if they are safe or unsafe to consume as not much is known about them. However, these mysterious ingredients are another great reason why we should avoid processed foods and stick with fresh, clean foods.

 

Share this with friends and family who might still be eating McDonald’s food.

 

Craig Crossley's curator insight, October 7, 2013 3:29 AM

More 'NON-CHICKEN' McNuggets evidence...

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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' And That Could Be A Problem

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' And That Could Be A Problem | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
“Today there’s no legislation regarding how much intelligence a machine can have, how interconnected it can be. If that continues, look at the exponential trend. We will reach the singularity in the timeframe most experts predict. From that point on you’re going to see that the top species will no longer be humans, but machines.”

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Usually, these kinds of predictions are way off. What about augmented humans? Wouldn't they outdo the machines?

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Power flex! ~ Seth

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6 Astounding Facts About Saturated Fat

6 Astounding Facts About Saturated Fat | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
A new book makes that case that the low-fat obsession has made us less healthy

 

It's nutrition dogma: saturated fat is bad for you. However, in 2013, a prominent cardiologist argued in BMJ that the long-held advice to reduce saturated fats has actually increased the risk of obesity and heart disease.

 

Nonetheless, it will take more than a few studies to sway the court of public-health opinion, but for now. Here are 6 astounding facts about saturated fat:

 

1. The war against fat was started by one man
2. Reducing fat has caused us to eat more carbs, which is not good
3. That’s true even of supposedly “healthy” unrefined carbs
4. Women have been particularly hurt by the demonization of fat
5. We shouldn’t be so quick to ban trans fats
6. We’ve been eating saturated fat for thousands of years

Read more about the 6 facts here:
http://time.com/96626/6-facts-about-saturated-fat-that-will-astound-you/


Read the BMJ article here:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2013-10-23-saturated-fat-link-with-heart-disease-questioned/


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 17, 12:52 AM

Great resource with lots of nutritional facts!

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Chemists show life on Earth was not a fluke - Phys.org

Chemists show life on Earth was not a fluke - Phys.org | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
This form of self-organisation is remarkable, and figuring out how it happens may hold the key to understanding life on earth formed and perhaps how it might form on other planets. ...

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starwalker's curator insight, June 16, 12:54 AM

Stano reports in the journal Angewandte Chemie that many of these liposomes trapped some molecules of the assembly. But remarkably, five in every 1,000 such liposomes had all 83 of the molecules needed to produce a protein. These liposomes produced large amount of GFP and glowed green under a microscope.

Computer calculations reveal that even by chance, five liposomes in 1,000 could not have trapped all 83 molecules of the assembly. Their calculated probability for even one such liposome to form is essentially zero. The fact that any such liposomes formed and that GFP was produced means something quite unique is happening.



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-10-chemists-life-earth-fluke.html#jCp

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Call for killing of birds deemed health hazard splits conservationists

Call for killing of birds deemed health hazard splits conservationists | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Some of Britain's most familiar species, such as the robin and starling, could end up in the firing line under new measures to allow destruction of nests and eggs if they present a danger, writes Jamie Doward

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Hundreds send out Mayday to save NHS at city centre rally

Hundreds send out Mayday to save NHS at city centre rally | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Hundreds of trades unionists and supporters were urged to fight to prevent further privatisation of NHS services. The call was made at a May Day rally in Leicester protesting over the Government's...

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Grant's muscle posing!

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Human biology inspires "unbreakable" encryption

Human biology inspires "unbreakable" encryption | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

Researchers at Lancaster University, UK have taken a hint from the way the human lungs and heart constantly communicate with each other, to devise an innovative, highly flexible encryption algorithm that they claim can't be broken using the traditional methods of cyberattack.

Information can be encrypted with an array of different algorithms, but the question of which method is the most secure is far from trivial. Such algorithms need a "key" to encrypt and decrypt information; the algorithms typically generate their keys using a well-known set of rules that can only admit a very large, but nonetheless finite number of possible keys. This means that in principle, given enough time and computing power, prying eyes can always break the code eventually.

The researchers, led by Dr. Tomislav Stankovski, created an encryption mechanism that can generate a truly unlimited number of keys, which they say vastly increases the security of the communication. To do so, they took inspiration from the anatomy of the human body.


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The Raspberry Pi computer – how a bright British idea took flight

The Raspberry Pi computer – how a bright British idea took flight | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
The Guardian The Raspberry Pi computer – how a bright British idea took flight The Guardian The elaborate skydive to a field in Berkshire was accomplished using credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computers which released the toy from the balloon when...

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Is this why the Profumo file is still secret?

Is this why the Profumo file is still secret? | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Desire not to upset the Royal Family may be behind the Government's continued refusal to release key documents relating to the Profumo affair of 1963, according to a leading British historian.

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Gaza Cars - The Epic Split feat. Bsyazlma Mahmoud Zuiter (Live Test 6)

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How Kshama Sawant Won Last Night's Election

How Kshama Sawant Won Last Night's Election | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Kelly O"Richard Conlin is finished," Kshama Sawant announced to a crowd of cheering supporters in lieu of a concession speech last night. It might seem...

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Robotic Skin Lights Up When Touched - Wired Science

Robotic Skin Lights Up When Touched - Wired Science | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

Imagine how awesome — or distracting — it would be if human skin lit up every time something pushed on it. Pulsing arteries, mosquitoes, a rude shoulder-check on the sidewalk, or scratching an itch would transform a person into a blinking light show.

Now, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have designed an electronic skin that does actually does this: Super-thin and flexible, the skin lights up when touched. More pressure produces a brighter light, the team reports July 21 in Nature Materials.

Thinner than a sheet of paper, the skin is made from layers of plastic and a pressure-sensitive rubber. A conductive silver ink, organic LEDs, and thin-film transistors made from semiconductor-enriched carbon nanotubes are sandwiched between the layers. Applying pressure sends a signal through the rubber that ultimately turns on the LEDs, which light up in red, green, yellow or blue.

Instead of using the material to create bodysuits for Burning Man or other illuminated party tricks, scientists suggest that it might be used for smart wallpapers, health-monitoring devices, or in robotics. The type of interactive pressure sensor developed by the Berkeley scientists could also be useful in artificial skin for prosthetic limbs. For years, scientists have been working on developing systems and materials that could be integrated into a functioning, stimulus-responsive skin — something that can sense temperature, pressure, and stretch, and can heal itself. In addition, such a sheath might one day transform an ordinary robot into an interactive machine that’s capable of responding to tiny changes in its environment.

If and when that day comes, we will welcome our touchy-feely glow-bot overlords.


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