Science & Technology

Google satellites can perform face recognition from space

Google satellite image

Google will soon have an unprecedented ability to spy on you from space. Theoretically, at least. How? Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution—twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 …

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MIT can extract audio from a silent video using vibrations

MIT record sound

MIT researchers have developed new technology that can record conversations via the miniscule vibrations that sound waves create in inanimate objects, paving the way for yet more invasive forms of surveillance. Lead author Abe Davis and his team demonstrated that movements in objects like chip packets or pot plants could …

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New Facebook Messenger app has NSA backdoor built-in

Facebook

How much access to your (and your friends’) personal data are you prepared to share for access to free mobile apps? I suspect the amount is significantly less than that which you actually agreed to share when blindly accepting the Terms of Service. Case in point: Facebook‘s Messenger App, which …

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Elon Musk: AI could be more dangerous than nukes

Elon Musk

Elon Musk thinks solar power and electric cars are the future, and that we should get to work building humanity’s second home on Mars as soon as possible. But the billionaire techno-optimist continues to speak out about what he sees as the dangers of a future filled with super-intelligent machines. …

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Elon Musk donates $1 million to new Nikola Tesla museum

Elon Musk Tesla Motors

For his 158th birthday, Nikola Tesla got a day named in his honor and a new science museum with $1 million in funding from billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Musk, the CEO of electric car company Tesla Motors and rocket company SpaceX, pledged the money in support of a new Tesla museum to …

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Scientists planning to build Nikola Tesla’s free energy tower

Tesla Tower

Two Russian physicists are fundraising to realize their project for wireless energy transmission once proposed by brilliant 20th-century scientist Nikola Tesla. Solar panels and an upgraded Tesla Tower could solve global energy hunger, they say. Leonid and Sergey Plekhanov, graduates of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, claim they …

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New camera that can see around corners

Camera see around corners MIT

A camera that can peer around corners to see people or objects has been developed by British scientists. The technology, which will be demonstrated tonight at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London, could eventually allow the military to carry out reconnaissance without breaking cover or be fitted on cars …

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Facebook emotions experiment linked to Pentagon research on civil unrest

Facebook-emotions-study

Facebook‘s experiment on over half-a-million unsuspecting users has taken a new twist with the revelation that a researcher connected to a Department of Defense-funded program to use the military to quell civil unrest also participated in the study. Social media sites exploded over the weekend after it was revealed that …

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Government caught faking ‘global warming’ data

So much for global warming

When drug companies are caught faking clinical trial data, no one is surprised anymore. When vaccine manufacturers spike their human trial samples with animal antibodies to make sure their vaccines appear to work, we all just figure that’s how they do business: lying, cheating, deceiving and violating the law. Now, in what …

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New study links autism to pesticide exposure

Pesticide autism

Exposure to several common agricultural pesticides during pregnancy increases the risk of developmental delays and autism in children by two-thirds, a new study found. While researchers did not say pesticides cause autism, a direct link is plausible. Researchers at the University of California, Davis’ MIND Institute tracked associations with specific …

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