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The White House strikes back: No Death Star in the works

The White House strikes back: No Death Star in the works | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
The White House may have crushed the dreams of many a "Star Wars" fan by officially turning down a petition to start working on a Death Star. The silver lining? It did it awesomely.
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DARPA shows off 1.8-gigapixel surveillance drone that can spot a terrorist from 20,000 feet above

DARPA shows off 1.8-gigapixel surveillance drone that can spot a terrorist from 20,000 feet above | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it

DARPA and the US Army have taken the wraps off ARGUS-IS, a 1.8-gigapixel video surveillance platform that can resolve details as small as six inches from an altitude of 20,000 feet (6km). ARGUS is by far the highest-resolution surveillance platform in the world, and probably the highest-resolution camera in the world, period.

 

ARGUS, which would be attached to some kind of unmanned UAV (such as the Predator) and flown at an altitude of around 20,000 feet, can observe an area of 25 square kilometers (10sqmi) at any one time. If ARGUS was hovering over New York City, it could observe half of Manhattan. Two ARGUS-equipped drones, and the US could keep an eye on the entirety of Manhattan, 24/7.

 

It is the definition of “observe” in this case that will blow your mind, though. With an imaging unit that totals 1.8 billion pixels, ARGUS captures video (12 fps) that is detailed enough to pick out birds flying through the sky, or a lost toddler wandering around. These 1.8 gigapixels are provided via 368 smaller sensors, which DARPA/BAE says are just 5-megapixel smartphone camera sensors. These 368 sensors are focused on the ground via four image-stabilized telescopic lenses.

 

ARGUS’s insane resolution is only half of the story, though. It isn’t all that hard to strap a bunch of sensors together, after all. The hard bit, according to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is the processing of all that image data. 1.8 billion pixels, at 12 fps, generates on the order of 600 gigabits per second. This equates to around 6 petabytes — or 6,000 terabytes — of video data per day. From what we can gather, some of the processing is done within ARGUS (or the drone that carries it), but most of the processing is done on the ground, in near-real-time, using a beefy supercomputer. We’re not entirely sure how such massive amounts of data are transmitted wirelessly, unless DARPA is waiting for its 100Gbps wireless tech to come to fruition.

 

The software, called Persistics after the concept of persistent ISR — intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance — is tasked with identifying objects on the ground, and then tracking them indefinitely. As you can see in the video, Persistics draws a colored box around humans, cars, and other objects of interest. These objects are then tracked by the software — and as you can imagine, tracking thousands of moving objects across a 10-square-mile zone is a fairly intensive task. The end user can view up to 65 tracking windows at one time.


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Study clams the average person spends 43 days of their life on hold.

Study clams the average person spends 43 days of their life on hold. | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
One moment, please. Your call is important to us.

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Jeremy Cherfas's comment, January 28, 2013 8:19 AM
That's a really big clam.
Christopher Baggett's comment, January 28, 2013 11:07 AM
Just imagine if you make 100 cold calls per day seeking new business. Those stats are for the "average person". I think that's a conservative estimate.
Christopher Baggett's comment, January 28, 2013 11:13 AM
I've seen some depressing stats on how long the "average person" spent standing in line or on queu back before most things could be handled online. Been to a Post office or the DMV lately?
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World's First Driving Dog Goes Viral

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A video of Porter, the world's first driving dog, driving a car around a track has reached viral status on YouTube.
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Was This 300-Million-Year-Old Machine Part Left Behind By Ancient ETs?

Was This 300-Million-Year-Old Machine Part Left Behind By Ancient ETs? | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
The Earth was so young 300 million years ago, the first land animals had yet to evolve into dinosaurs, most scientists believe.
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Print your own InMoov animatronic robot

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Gael Langevin has spent the last year designing and engineering an animatronic android that can be built using 3D printed parts and off-the-shelf electronics.
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#3-D Printing is the #Future.

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Amateur finds massive gold nugget

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An amateur prospector in Australia's Victoria state unearths a massive gold nugget with an estimated value of more than A$300,000 ($315,000: £197,000).

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nice bit of gold there well done.
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Shipment of 18 human heads held up at O'Hare

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Eighteen human heads shipped from Rome and apparently bound for a research facility in the United States are being held up by customs officials at O'Hare International Airport pending an investigation, officials say.
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3D printing: A replicator in every home?

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In a few years, 3D printers will become a consumer electronics commodity. Today you can buy a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, “the latest in cutting edge personal manufacturing technology,” for $2,500. You can plug it into your computer via USB, load up some freely-available 3D modeling software, and print stuff; it really is that simple. The only real barrier to mass adoption is the initial purchase price, and the printing material itself isn’t cheap either.

 

Both of these costs will tumble in coming years, however. Printing — or additive manufacturing — techniques will improve. 3D printers will speed up, and the choice of colors and finishes will expand. For now these magical printers are just the plaything of prototypers, inventors, and gadgeteers, but sooner rather than later they will find a place in the home. To begin with they will be attached to a family computer, but it’s safe to assume that wireless versions that can sit on the kitchen worktop won’t be far behind.


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The Struggle Files: Indian Business Man Buys $22K Gold Shirt To Impress Women [PHOTOS]

The Struggle Files: Indian Business Man Buys $22K Gold Shirt To Impress Women [PHOTOS] | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
Some people will do anything to turn the heads of the opposite s-x, but this doesn’t seem like a good move. Datta Phuge of India wants a woman so badly that he spent $22,754 (£14, 000) on a gold shirt.
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Cardboard bike helmet could revolutionize head safety

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Kranium is a cardboard bicycle helmet which promises to be 15 percent lighter than standard helmets, while absorbing up to three times the impact energy.
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TrackingPoint precision guided rifles decide when to take their own best shot

TrackingPoint precision guided rifles decide when to take their own best shot | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
TrackingPoint precision guided rifles make sniper-level accuracy available to the average shooter.
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Scientists Create First Synthetic Material Capable of Sensitivity to Touch and Healing

Scientists Create First Synthetic Material Capable of Sensitivity to Touch and Healing | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
The material created by the Stanford research team is made of plastic polymer and tiny pieces of nickel. The team cut the material over 50 times with it healing almost completely each time in less than 30 minutes.
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'Perfect' INVISIBLE SHED stuns boffinry world • The Register

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Healthspot replaces doctor's office with a telepresence kiosk

Healthspot replaces doctor's office with a telepresence kiosk | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
HealthSpot introduces a telepresence kiosk that acts as an alternative to the traditional doctor’s office.
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Scientists Build A Working Tractor Beam - Forbes

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An international team of scientists have developed a working tractor beam.
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Instagram Asking For Your Government Issued Photo IDs Now, Too

Instagram Asking For Your Government Issued Photo IDs Now, Too | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
Following in the footsteps of its parent company Facebook, Instagram has begun locking some users out of their accounts and asking them for government issued ID to restore access.
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Research to Resume on Bird Flu After Safety Debate

Research to Resume on Bird Flu After Safety Debate | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
Experiments that were halted after H5N1 was made more contagious will start up again in a number of countries.
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'Adventurous' Woman Needed as Surrogate for Neanderthal Baby

'Adventurous' Woman Needed as Surrogate for Neanderthal Baby | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
Are you an adventurous human woman? Adventurous enough to be a surrogate mother for the first Neanderthal baby to be born in 30,000 years?
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Scaring me now.

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Snake Bodies Not Exactly Piling Up

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TAMPA -- The state of Florida this weekend unleashed a thrill-seeking public on the Burmese python, an invasive species that has set up house in the Florida Everglades and surrounding wildlife management areas over the past decade or so.Nearly 800...
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The White House strikes back: No Death Star in the works

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The White House may have crushed the dreams of many a "Star Wars" fan by officially turning down a petition to start working on a Death Star. The silver lining? It did it awesomely.
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Weird news: Fast-food robbery suspect returns to restaurant, gets caught

Weird news: Fast-food robbery suspect returns to restaurant, gets caught | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
Oakland county police have taken the man into custody
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How fake images change our memory and behaviour

How fake images change our memory and behaviour | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
Doctored images can affect what we eat, how we vote and even our childhood recollections. The question is why there’s nothing we can do to stop it.
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A 3D printer that manufactures new cancer drugs with drag-and-drop DNA

A 3D printer that manufactures new cancer drugs with drag-and-drop DNA | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it
Researchers from Parabon NanoLabs have developed a new drug for combating a lethal brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme.

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3-D Printing is going to have a dramatic impact on our lives and I find the possibilities very exciting!

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olsen jay nelson's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:04 PM

Moving ahead...

Hayley Regalado's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:49 PM

I feel like this is something out of a science fiction. But it is evident to expect the greatest technology advancements to be in the medical sector. This is an example of integrating medical technology with CAD (Computer Aided Design) styled software.

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Our three-dimensional future: how 3D printing will shape the global economy

Our three-dimensional future: how 3D printing will shape the global economy | You Can't Make This Stuff Up | Scoop.it

Lately, it seems like nearly everything has been reproduced by a 3D printer. Between the group that 3D printed a gun, the people who printed a drone, and the army of items sold at this small marketplace for 3D printed goods, there are plenty of novelty uses for these suddenly trendy machines. We’re a long way from 3D printing a house, but it’s clear that the hobby is inching into the mainstream.
Yet it’s difficult not to wonder: at what point will 3D printing move beyond novelty to industry? Will these machines change the way we manufacture goods, and subsequently change the global economy, too? (Is it already happening before our very eyes?)


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Wrens Teach Eggs To Sing

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Parent wrens sing food passwords to unhatched chicks to avoid having to feed imposters...

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