Category Archives: Technology

$17 device can steal keyless entry cars

Cars with keyless entry systems are capable of searching for a wireless key fob that is within a couple feet of the vehicle, but car thieves can use a $17 “power amplifier” to boost the key searching capabilities, sometimes up to around 100 meters, and pull off a high-tech car break-in. After almost becoming a… Read More »

Secret weather modification devastation

Claim: Blood and urine test reveal alarming levels of aluminum, strontium, barium, cadmium and other chemicals known to cause colon cancer, asthma, Alzheimer’s, headaches, skin disorders, immune system decline, blurred vision, ringing in ears, muscle weakness and much more.

Invention eats air pollution

Is there a room sized version ? U-Earth Biotechnologies, is one of a handful of companies worldwide seeking to combat smog by, essentially, digesting it. The 10-foot tall cylinder, part of a demonstration project in Turin, contains a strain of bacteria that can consume car exhaust, sulfur dioxide from coal plants and other airborne nasties.… Read More »

Eight (seven?) real hoverboards that work

The company claims Flyboard Air can reach an altitude of 10,000 feet — more than three times the height of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world — hit speeds of 93.2 mph, and fly for about 10 minutes at a time. In the test shown on video, however, the device flew at 35 mph… Read More »

Robotic Cheetah that can jump over small walls

This robotic cheetah from MIT is fun to watch (video below) To get a running jump, the robot plans out its path, much like a human runner: As it detects an approaching obstacle, it estimates that object’s height and distance. The robot gauges the best position from which to jump, and adjusts its stride to… Read More »

S.African man with penis transplant to become father

A South African man who received the world’s first successful penis transplant is to become a father just months after undergoing surgery, his doctor said Friday. Urologist Andre van der Merwe, who led the team that performed the operation, told AFP that the 21-year-old’s girlfriend was pregnant. “I was informed by him that his partner… Read More »

Top FBI Official Says Tech Companies Need To ‘Prevent Encryption Above All Else’

While testifying before Congress, Michael Steinbach, assistant director in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, just went to the levels of pure insanity, in arguing that above all else companies should work to prevent encryption. This was during a ridiculous grandstanding hearing held by the House Homeland Security Committee entitled “Terrorism Gone Viral”, and Steinbach didn’t waste… Read More »

Scientists Create First Lab-grown Limb

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have taken the first step toward developing artificial, lab-grown limbs, building a rat forelimb with functioning vascular and muscular tissue. This experimental approach could be applied to the limbs of primates – creating replacement limbs suitable for transplantation, a challenge because of the composite nature of limbs. “Limbs contain… Read More »

Teleportation of consciousness rediscovered

Chew on this for a few years… Recent experiments by researchers at the Karolinksa Institutet in Sweden show that it is possible to rather easily trick the mind’s sense of self into leaving the body. Given visual cues and physical sensations of the right timing your brain will ‘teleport’ what you experience as ‘you’ into space, into a complete… Read More »

How to build a personal offline doomsday survival archive

I listened to a pitch on “darkestdays.info” about survival after a massive solar storm, comet, super volcano, nuclear war or other man-made EMP destroys our power grid and electronics. I don’t think any of these things are likely to destroy both sides of the planet at once, but then again, where is the mighty T-rex… Read More »

How to send an encrypted private email

This is how to use insecure email providers like Google and Yahoo to send secure encrypted messages. If you’d like to upgrade your email security, here’s how. First, get the Mailvelope add-on for Firefox. (There is one for Chrome as well, but doesn’t Google, who is forced to share with the NSA make Chrome?) It… Read More »

Congress Passes Bill Which Grants “Unlimited Access to Communications of American”

According to Congressman Justin Amash, Congress just passed a bill which grants the government and law enforcement “unlimited access to the communications of every American”. When the Michigan lawmaker discovered that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 had been amended with a provision that authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of all communications data… Read More »

PayPal hack discoverer paid $10,000 bounty

A vulnerability that would have enabled a hacker to completely bypass the authentication system in PayPal has been patched, resulting in a $10,000 bounty for the white-hat that found it. Worth every penny, too: the flaw put 150 million PayPal customers in danger of having their account hijacked with a low-effort, simple gambit. The flaw… Read More »

Monkeys killed by Airborne Ebola

Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists. After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which “caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,” scientists with the U.S. Army Medical… Read More »

U.S. charges Chinese military officers with cyberespionage

The U.S. Justice Department issued an indictment on Monday charging five Chinese military officers with hacking into the computer networks of American companies and stealing proprietary information. The move — which was swiftly repudiated by the Chinese government — “represents the first ever charges against a state actor” for hacking, Attorney General Eric Holder said.… Read More »

13-year-old builds working nuclear fusion reactor

Not many 13-year-olds would describe themselves as an “amateur nuclear scientist.” That’s precisely what Jamie Edwards calls himself. When most kids his age are off playing video games, Edwards stays late after school to work on a control panel for a nuclear fusion reactor. He just reached his goal of becoming the youngest “fusioneer” in… Read More »

Bitcoin near total collapse?

A major bitcoin exchange based in Japan has gone bust after secretly racking up catastrophic losses, a potentially fatal blow for the exotic new form of money. (Feb. 25, 2014) It was supposed to revolutionize the global monetary system. Instead, the bitcoin virtual currency that has captured the imagination of investors and financiers is on… Read More »

This algorithm can predict a revolution

… The story of automated conflict prediction starts at the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, known as the Pentagon’s R&D wing. In the 1990s, DARPA wanted to try out software-based approaches to anticipating which governments might collapse in the near future. The CIA was already on the case, with section chiefs from every region filing… Read More »

Cubase 7.0.x Hiding and Finding Hidden Tracks

In 7.0.6 my arranger, tempo and signature tracks were not visible. Project -> Add Track -> Arranger = “This project already contains an arranger track!” Well, fine, show it to me then! Clicking the “find tracks” icon (hourglass) shows the tracks listed and they show up in the Inspector on the left, but there are… Read More »

WiFi mandatory in every car? Block it.

The federal government said on Monday that it planned to require all new cars to broadcast their location, speed, direction and other data, and to receive similar data from other vehicles, to warn drivers of impending collisions. But regulators cautioned that any new rules would be years away. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans… Read More »

Drinking water from air humidity

Not a plant to be seen, the desert ground is too dry. But the air contains water, and research scientists have found a way of obtaining drinking water from air humidity. The system is based completely on renewable energy and is therefore autonomous. Cracks permeate the dried-out desert ground, the landscape bears testimony to the… Read More »

Did Big Internet Companies Handicap Start-Ups in FISA Rule Changes?

A small but significant caveat in a new agreement brokered between the Obama administration and Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft could cast a long shadow over America’s technology start-ups. Intelligence officials agreed only to allow communication providers to disclose more specific information about data sought by government agents because of a new provision that bars… Read More »

Google reportedly acquires AI company DeepMind for $400M

Secretive London-based company specializes in combining machine learning to build general-purpose learning algorithms. Google is expanding its ambitions in artificial intelligence with the $400 million acquisition of AI company DeepMind, according to a report Recode. DeepMind’s Web site describes the London-based company as “cutting edge,” specializing in combing “the best techniques from machine learning and… Read More »

Tor Developer Suspects NSA Interception of Amazon Purchase

Andrea Shepard, a Seattle-based core developer for the Tor Project, suspects her recently ordered keyboard may have been intercepted by the NSA. Following the purchase of a new IBM Thinkpad Keyboard from Amazon.com, Shepard discovered her package to be taking a strange detour to the East Coast, revealed by a screenshot of her shipment tracking… Read More »

Coca-Cola: Stolen laptops had personal information of 74,000

Coca-Cola Co. said on Friday that personal information on as many as 74,000 employees, contractors and suppliers were on laptops that it said were temporarily stolen from its Atlanta headquarters. The beverage giant told its U.S. and Canadian employees the data on the laptops, which wasn’t encrypted, included names, Social Security numbers and addresses, as… Read More »