Scientists have stored audio and text on fragments of DNA and then retrieved them with near-perfect fidelity—a technique that eventually may provide a way to handle the overwhelming data of the digital age. Go to Story
Hyperstealth is a Canadian company that has recently developed a material that bends light waves around a target that allows for complete invisibility labeled “Quantum Stealth”. The material removes not only your visual, infrared (night vision) and thermal signatures but also the target’s shadow.
Well, holy crap. O.o
Apparently the photos are mock-ups bc they don’t want to reveal their real tech just yet. And that’s fine. I’m just happy to hear about more progress on this. I’ve been writing about invisibility cloaks for some time (x, x). And I mention it to friends now and then - who are generally pretty skeptical and assume I’m pulling their leg.
Sometimes it feels like science advances at a crawl; other times it feels faster than light. Either way, as I’ve said before, get ready, bc the future is here.
p.s. paintball games in the near future are gonna be so much fun!
This needs to happen!
And apparently it works from all angles o_0
Drones killing other drones Okay it’s a weapons system, fuck off.
Since the world’s spacefaring nations got serious about sending people to Mars, they’ve had to start figuring out just what such a long journey would do to a person enduring it.
Research around the world is now starting to flesh out with data what used to be conjecture about the health impacts of space travel. Some of it is also shedding light on how our bodies work.
Educators, technologists, and politicians all worry about the future of the American student. Less and less American college students are interested in math and science while their international peers are excelling in those critical fields. Fostering a generation of thinkers, tinkerers, inventors, scientists, and medical innovators is as important to national security as any national defense budget. So as we struggle to figure out how to get kids more interested in math and science, some clever people are already creating solutions. The key to fostering key critical thinking skills and a properly wired brain is START EARLY. It’s no secret that childhood stimulation is key to brain development.
Behold a recently funded kickstarter project called ATOMS, “ATOMS are a system of plug-n-play sensors, motors, and logic blocks for kids and adults to make things that can do amazing thing.” Not THIS is how you inspire the engineer and scientist of the future, make learning fun, cool, and challenging. Read more.
What’s more you can control and interact with your creations via any IOS device. Talk about cool and innovative! You can also attach the ATOM bricks to existing toys, legos or virtually anything.
To highlight the claims I made earlier: A report in 2012 by Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance found that US students aren’t progressing to catch up to their foreign peers. See the infographic below, the USA ranks 31st and 23rd in Math and Science respectively even with a the 2nd highest starting teacher salaries in the world. You can read the entire story here.
Don’t you wish you had some of these to blow up you Lego Deathstar when you were a kid? I sure do. It’s projects like these that will inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians. Perhaps, even save the country.
This is the future of the internet.
Did you know Aol pioneered social media. Think about it, how much time did you spend on aim as a kid? How much money did you waste to buy time to waste in chat rooms?
First scha·den·freu·de. Great Washington Post article, is humanities morality at stake? Are we just experiencing information age growing pains or is the web, a massive data engine, finally exposing who we’ve been all along?
I think I need to get me some web data, this calls for an infographic. If any artists want to collaborate send me a line.
“The Internet has proven the perfect vector for the ugly image, enabling our funny-cruel-horror receptors with the same dexterity it showed for pornography. It neither invented the kinds of images that give us guilty pleasure nor the dissonance between that pleasure and our real moral selves. But it has made that private pleasure palpably public, and the sheer quantity of traffic in these images has made our hypocrisy almost quantifiable. And the quantity is huge. … … As obscure to us, we might say, as the moral role of the ugly image in our own age. Perhaps these images are simply a pressure valve, small ways to vent ugly impulses in cyberspace rather than indulge them in life. Perhaps hypocrisy freely indulged on the Web is necessary to the definition of our real values in civic life, the dark tones in one sphere defining the light in another. ”
Check out some other I found and wrote about throughout 2012 on this topic. Can’t wait for my internet thing!
Sir John Gurdon, the British developmental biologist whose research cloning frogs in the 1950s and 60s led to the later creation of Dolly the sheep in 1996, believes that human cloning could happen within the next 50 years.
He said that parents who lose their children to tragic accidents might be able to clone replacements in the next few decades.
Gurdon, who won this year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, said that while any attempts to clone a human would likely raise complex ethical issues, he believes that in the near future people would overcome their concerns if cloning became medically useful.
Our cups ran over with the many beautiful and amazing images scientists and satellites captured this year when they looked around and out from Earth. From things microscopic to those light years across, and from morning coffee to the deep recesses scattered around the universe, we bring you some of our favorite science pictures created in 2012.
These are in no particular order and by no means inclusive of all the best.
1. The first, above, comes from Hinode - a joint JAXA/NASA mission to study the connections of the sun’s surface magnetism. The project brings us this unique image of the transit of Venus between the Earth and sun, the once-in-a-lifetime event that occurred on June 5. Courtesy: JAXA/NASA/Lockheed Martin.
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We’ve collected massive amounts of data for years, even decades. Are we finally at a turning point? Are we finally figuring out what to do with all this data beyond painful forecasting models and cute but generally useless infographics?
I think the answer is most certainly yes and we don’t have to look much further than President Obama’s recent victory. Romney “had more money and won plenty of news cycles. (He outspent Obama in every swing state except Ohio.) Republican super PACs raised more than their Democratic counterparts. The GOP claimed to double or triple its “voter contacts” in key states. Democrats won anyway, because they’d figured out whom to spend money on, and how.” (source) He figured this out using an unprecedented voter database he build over the past couple election cycles along with a room full of “hip Geeks.”
Obama’s development but more importantly, the use of his voter database, is already firing up Democrats all over the country. Democrats are quickly pushing to redeploy this insanely awesome accomplishment throughout all levels of elections beginning with next years gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey. Republicans need to get their act together not only with respect to their fundamental party philosophy but also with respect to the power of correctly deployed data. “It’s always hard to play catch-up,” said Peter Pasi, a Republican direct marketer who worked on Rick Santorum’s presidential primary campaign. “It can be done by 2016. I’m much more doubtful it can happen by 2014.”
Many of us, myself included, should be worried about what this all means. Obviously the final decision is with each individual voter but will massive data patterns dictate public policy? Will political leaders measure pulse of an electorate with massive streams of 1’s and 0’s just to build “what we want to hear” politics to get elected? I have a sneaking fear that America might be in danger of becoming the world’s largest echo chamber, a reverberating hall of old ideas and safe choices. Hopefully this is just the pessimist in me speaking and in reality government’s new found insight into America’s collective consciousness through cutting edge analysis of big data can arm decision makers to make informed and beneficial decisions.
For decades, science fiction writers and futurists have foretold a time when a world of networked machines work together with people to share information and solve problems.
Now that age is dawning. A huge amount of information—now coined Big Data—is being generated, collected and analyzed in industries from manufacturing to healthcare and power generation. At the same time, advances in artificial intelligence, communications technologies and analytic tools are causing experts to begin speaking of an Industrial Internet that connects computerized machines, people and data.
“Exciting new advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence will augment human intuition and perception in interpreting the Big Data being generated through the myriad of scientific and Industrial Internet applications that have been emerging over the past years,” writes Rick Arthur, a member of GE’s software sciences and analytics team.
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