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The Agency. In Iraq, I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me. Alex Horton is a member of the Defense Council at the Truman National Security Project.

In Iraq, I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me.

He served as an infantryman in Iraq with the Army’s 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. I got home from the bar and fell into bed soon after Saturday night bled into Sunday morning. I didn’t wake up until three police officers barged into my apartment, barking their presence at my door. Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It. I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St.

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

Louis when the exploit began to take hold. Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. We Are All Confident Idiots - Pacific Standard. Last March, during the enormous South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, the late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!

We Are All Confident Idiots - Pacific Standard

Sent a camera crew out into the streets to catch hipsters bluffing. "People who go to music festivals pride themselves on knowing who the next acts are," Kimmel said to his studio audience, "even if they don't actually know who the new acts are. " So the host had his crew ask festival-goers for their thoughts about bands that don't exist. “The big buzz on the street,” said one of Kimmel’s interviewers to a man wearing thick-framed glasses and a whimsical T-shirt, “is Contact Dermatitis. Is your fear of radiation irrational? Listen to or download an audiobook of this story on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Is your fear of radiation irrational?

The Plan to Feed the World by Hacking Photosynthesis. A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem Solving. The answer was extremely basic.

A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem Solving

The rule was simply: Each number must be larger than the one before it. 5, 10, 20 satisfies the rule, as does 1, 2, 3 and -17, 14.6, 845. Children in kindergarten can understand this rule. But most people start off with the incorrect assumption that if we’re asking them to solve a problem, it must be a somewhat tricky problem. Kirsten Camara. DoJ's Gag Order On Reason Has Been Lifted — But The Real Story Is More Outrageous Than We Thought. Last Friday the folks at Reason confirmed what I suggested on Thursday — that the U.S.

DoJ's Gag Order On Reason Has Been Lifted — But The Real Story Is More Outrageous Than We Thought

Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, after hitting Reason with a federal grand jury subpoena to unmask anonymous hyperbolic commenters, secured a gag order that prevented them from writing about it. The Agency. The Web of Alexandria (follow-up) Bret Victor / May 26, 2015 A follow-up (disambiguation?

The Web of Alexandria (follow-up)

Expansion? Context?) What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change. Google cofounder Larry Page is fond of saying that if you choose a harder problem to tackle, you’ll have less competition.

What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change

This business philosophy has clearly worked out well for the company and led to some remarkably successful “moon shot” projects: a translation engine that knows 80 languages, self-driving cars, and the wearable computer system Google Glass, to name just a few. Starting in 2007, Google committed significant resources to tackle the world’s climate and energy problems. A few of these efforts proved very successful: Google deployed some of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world, purchased large amounts of renewable energy, and offset what remained of its carbon footprint.

Google’s boldest energy move was an effort known as RE<C, which aimed to develop renewable energy sources that would generate electricity more cheaply than coal-fired power plants do. What to Eat After the Apocalypse - Issue 101: In Our Nature. In 1841, an invasive water mold began to infect the world’s potatoes.

What to Eat After the Apocalypse - Issue 101: In Our Nature

Starting from Mexico, the infectious agent of blight traveled up through North America, then crossed the Atlantic. Eventually it reached Ireland, where, as the journalist Charles Mann described it, “four out of ten Irish ate no solid food except potatoes, and … the rest were heavily dependent on them.” Censorship 2.0: Shadowy forces controlling online conversations.

More insidious than straight-up censorship because it’s also a ‘mental hack’ ‘You actually think you’re free, but you’re being manipulated behind the scenes’ IT was perhaps a bit unfortunate, but in October, about a hundred journalists, civil rights advocates and representatives from non-governmental organisations, Internet rights activists, academics and lawyers from across Asia were gathered in Kuala Lumpur to discuss Internet rights and freedoms.

Censorship 2.0: Shadowy forces controlling online conversations

But while the Regional Conference on Media and Internet Freedom was an important event in itself, across town, a group of technologists, security professionals and hackers was attending a talk at the Hack In The Box Security Conference (HITBSecConf 2014) that had a direct relevance on the issues being discussed at the first conference. “We looked at what can be done; what we think will be done; and what we see is already being done,” he added. From sledgehammers to mind hacks. Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate Change. December 8, 1953: U.S. President Eisenhower delivers his "Atoms for Peace" speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Source: IAEA In the early days of nuclear energy development, the government led the charge, funding the research, development, and design of 52 different reactors at the Idaho laboratory’s National Reactor Testing Station alone, not to mention those that were being developed at other labs, like the one that was the subject of the paper Leslie and Mark read.

Eight weeks to a better brain. Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reported the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology.

Subscribe to the Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails with the latest Harvard news. 'Rise of saturated fat in diet does not raise fats in blood' Diets full of high carbohydrate foods such as cookies could increase the risk of heart disease, according to research. Levels of palmitoleic acid were reduced with low carbohydrate intake and increased as the participants consumed progressively larger amounts of carbohydrates over the course of the study. According to senior author Prof. Jeff Volek, the study, "challenges the conventional wisdom that has demonized saturated fat and extends our knowledge of why dietary saturated fat doesn't correlate with disease. " In the study, published in PLOS ONE, the authors state that current dietary guidelines in the US recommend the majority of calories should be acquired from carbohydrates, with only 7-10% of total energy coming from saturated fats.

To achieve this, foods containing saturated fat - beef, eggs, high-fat dairy products - should be limited. "People believe 'you are what you eat,'" says Prof. Dietary saturated fat not linked to palmitoleic acid Prof. Written by James McIntosh. Bdelloid Rotifers Could Redefine Animal Sex. If all the animals on Earth could offer a single lesson for long-term survival, it might be this: Sex works. Out of the estimated 8 million animal species, all but a smattering are known to reproduce sexually, and those that don’t are babes in evolutionary terms, newly evolved animals that recently lost the ability to mate. “Sex must be important — if you lose it, you go extinct,” said David Mark Welch, a biologist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. Yet even though sex is the overwhelmingly dominant method of animal reproduction, scientists aren’t sure why that is. Mark Welch estimates that researchers have developed around 50 to 60 hypotheses to explain the primacy of sex in the animal kingdom.

Denying Problems When We Don’t Like the Solutions. Durham, NC - There may be a scientific answer for why conservatives and liberals disagree so vehemently over the existence of issues like climate change and specific types of crime. A new study from Duke University finds that people will evaluate scientific evidence based on whether they view its policy implications as politically desirable. If they don't, then they tend to deny the problem even exists. “Logically, the proposed solution to a problem, such as an increase in government regulation or an extension of the free market, should not influence one’s belief in the problem.

The Police Are Still Out of Control - Frank Serpico - POLITICO Magazine. The manager and the moron. Looking at Productivity as a State of Mind. Photo Economic View. Artmarcovici. Indecision is sometimes the best way to decide – Steve Fleming. The problem with too much information – Dougald Hine. Segway Inventor Dean Kamen Thinks His New Stirling Engine Will Get You Off The Grid For Under $10K. Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry. I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago. Mysterious craters are just the beginning of Arctic surprises. Everyone I know is brokenhearted. All the genuinely smart, talented, funny people I know seem to be miserable these days. You feel it on Twitter more than Facebook, because Facebook is where you go to do your performance art where you pretend to be a hip, urbane person with the most awesomest friends and the best relationships and the very best lunches ever. Facebook is surface; Twitter is subtext, and judging by what I’ve seen, the subtext is aching sadness.

Dear America, Would You Please Give Edward Snowden His Medal Of Freedom Already? ·Contact HORG· To contact HORG, send a missive to occlupanid @ horg dot com. Designing Calm Technology. Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown Xerox PARC December 21, 1995. Turning College Into a No-Thought Zone. What’s Your Science Degree Worth? Inside the Mirrortocracy. We have the potential to solve the biggest problems of today — Christopher McCann. Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and fearing artificial intelligence—Commentary. Eigenmorality. [1405.1429] How Community Feedback Shapes User Behavior. Solar Scare Mosquito.

Jeremy Palmer. THE MACHINE STOPS ... E.M. Forster. Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy. Welcome to the world of tomorrow. Here’s What Drone Attacks in America Would Look Like. The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age.

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The Reykjavik Confessions. The end of polished and perfect software - May. 13. On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs. Are you paid to look busy? Cyberlibertarians’ Digital Deletion of the Left. Why is Stack Overflow so negative of late. Tambora eruption caused the year without a summer: Cholera, opium, famine, and Arctic exploration. How to Scale Yourself and Get More Done Than You Thought Possible.

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Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years - Quartz. Modern feminism. The future of science. Kickstarter & Ilk. Space. Education theory.