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Deus Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary

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The Anatomy Of An Internet Rumor by Chas Danner Last week a design company in Sweden did an experiment to study the effect of rumor on the Internet. They designed the bizarre screw seen above and then posted it on Reddit with the implication it was a new proprietary screw Apple had designed to keep end users from opening their devices (a certainly plausible idea). While the experiment was hardly scientific, what they noticed points to a severe gullibility among end-readers on the net: [T]he blogs and newspapers that reported on the screw all fell back on that this was a vague rumor, unconfirmed, but yet discussed what impact the screw could get for the Mac world if it was in use. Certainly helps explain the pervasiveness of Internet rumors, especially the political ones.

Greatest discovery since penicillin: Scientists work on drug that could cure all viruses - including the flu By Fiona Macrae Updated: 07:21 GMT, 11 August 2011 Scientists are developing a new drug which may cure viruses like the common cold Scientists may have found a cure for the common cold, flu, HIV – and almost any other virus you can think of. A drug that homes in on infected cells and makes them self-destruct has been created in the laboratory. Its hit list includes human rhinoviruses – the bugs behind half of colds in adults and almost all colds in children – flu, polio, a stomach bug and deadly dengue fever. But the drug, known by the acronym DRACO, is also expected to zap measles and German measles, cold sores, rabies and even HIV – and could be on pharmacy shelves in a decade. Researcher Mike Rider said: ‘It’s certainly possible that there’s some virus that we aren’t able to treat but we haven’t found it yet. 'The discovery of antibiotics revolutionised the treatment of bacterial infections and we hope that this will revolutionise the treatment of viral infections.

Quand les robots s'invitent dans notre quotidien | Alastair HIMMER | Société En matière de robotique industrielle, aucun doute: le pays du Soleil levant fait la course en tête, mais certains savants songent en plus à des «créatures» qui, tels de parfaits «maîtres d'hôtel» ou «dames de compagnie», se mettraient au service d'une population vieillissante. Quelque 300 sociétés viennent d'ailleurs de se regrouper pour former un consortium afin de développer d'ici à 2020 une centaine de robots ultra-sophistiqués pensés comme des amis ou assistants. Quant au premier ministre Shinzo Abe, il veut carrément organiser en 2020 des Olympiades des robots, en parallèle aux JO humains à Tokyo. Le combat homme-robot n'est pas loin. «Les ordinateurs ont déjà surpassé les capacités humaines. Les robots aussi vont devenir plus intelligents», dit ainsi à l'AFP Hiroshi Ishiguro, un des grands spécialistes nippons de la robotique. Ishiguro y croit tellement qu'il a déjà créé son double, un androïde à son image. Androïde de ménage Tu aimeras ton androïde

Le faux livre pour enfants qui venge les parents américains Couverture et extraits de ’Go the Fuck to Sleep’ Aux Etats-Unis, le best-seller de la saison est un petit livre de comptines plein d’animaux bariolés, de bébés assoupis, et de rimes truffées de « fuck » et « shit » (« putain » et « merde »). « Go the Fuck to Sleep », un titre que l’on pourrait traduire par « endors-toi bordel ! Dans cette parodie des berceuses en vers, chaque page met en scène la frustration croissante d’un parent qui ne parvient pas à faire dormir son bébé. « Ton ours en peluche, je l’emmerde ! Taboue, refoulée, la rage parentale éclate au grand jour, et l’auteur Adam Mansbach invente un nouveau genre : le faux livre pour enfants qui fait rire les adultes. « Une culture de préciosité et de perfection liée à l’éducation » Dans la version audio, c’est l’acteur Samuel Jackson qui incarne cette frustration avec brio. « C’est le meilleur rôle de Samuel Jackson depuis “Pulp Fiction” », assure Mansbach, qui a dédié l’ouvrage à sa fille de 3 ans.

cell phone use Canadian-made HIV vaccine approved for human testing Many have tried and failed to create a vaccine that could prevent infection with HIV. Now, Canadian researchers say they're working on one that takes a different approach. Researchers from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. say they have developed an HIV vaccine that uses the whole HIV virus, unlike other attempts that have used just certain genes or proteins from the virus. The virus has been genetically engineered to be "non-pathogenic," meaning it can't actually cause HIV in recipients. So far, the vaccine has been shown to stimulate a strong immune response in preliminary toxicology tests in lab animals, the university reports. The team announced Tuesday they have just received approval from regulators with the U.S. If all goes well, the next phases of study would test whether the vaccine is actually effective. Phase II would measure immune responses to the vaccine in people who are HIV negative. The vaccine, dubbed SAV001, was developed by Dr.

Mobile Web & HTML5 Performance Optimization social media Skin transformed into brain cells 31 January 2012Last updated at 00:13 By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Skin cells have been converted directly into cells which develop into the main components of the brain, by researchers studying mice in California. The experiment, reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, skipped the middle "stem cell" stage in the process. The researchers said they were "thrilled" at the potential medical uses. Far more tests are needed before the technique could be used on human skin. Stem cells, which can become any other specialist type of cell from brain to bone, are thought to have huge promise in a range of treatments. One of the big questions for the field is where to get the cells from. An alternative method has been to take skin cells and reprogram them into "induced" stem cells. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote We are thrilled about the prospects for potential medical use of these cells” Direct approach

Les 20 blogs incontournables Dans ma veille journalière, j’ai réduit considérablement ma lecture. En effet, je privilégie encore plus qu’avant la qualité à la quantité. Comme je l’expliquais dans cet article, il faut en finir avec l’esclavagisme moderne, que ce soit celui de la technologie, de l’information ou du travail ! Les blogs incontournables pour vos lectures Je partage avec vous aujourd’hui les blogs que je prends grand plaisir à lire, dans différents domaines qui me passionnent. Les entrepreneurs de génie Ces entrepreneurs qui me servent de modèles. Archiduchesse de Patrice Cassard. Pierre Olivier Carles, qui gère plusieurs startups avec succès. Michel De Guilhermier. Pierre Chappaz, président de WIKIO sur Kelblog. Les mines d’or pour les e-commerçants Le e-commerce explose ces dernières années en France et dans le monde. Capitaine commerce, un véritable capitaine du e-commerce en collants (vous comprendrez en le lisant…). Le blog Wizishop est aussi une référence en la matière. Les magiciens de l’écriture

Tyler Clementi’s Suicide and Dharun Ravi’s Trial Dharun Ravi grew up in Plainsboro, New Jersey, in a large, modern house with wide expanses of wood flooring and a swimming pool out back. Assertive and athletic, he used “DHARUNISAWESOME” as a computer password and played on an Ultimate Frisbee team. At the time of his high-school graduation, in 2010, his parents bought space in the West Windsor and Plainsboro High School North yearbook. “Dear Dharun, It has been a pleasure watching you grow into a caring and responsible person,” the announcement said. “You are a wonderful son and brother. . . . One day this fall, Ravi was in a courthouse in New Brunswick, fifteen miles to the north, awaiting a pre-trial hearing. His father, Ravi Pazhani, a slight man with metal-frame glasses, sat behind him. Clementi’s death became an international news story, fusing parental anxieties about the hidden worlds of teen-age computing, teen-age sex, and teen-age unkindness. Ravi had made four court appearances since his indictment.

Mind Controlled Bionic Limbs In the George Lucas classic Star Wars, hero Luke Skywalker’s arm is severed and amputated during a lightsaber fight and consequently fitted with a bionic arm that he can use as if it were his own limb. At the time the script was written, such a remedy was pure science fiction; however, the ability to manufacture bionic arms that have the functionality and even feel of a natural limb is becoming very real, with goals of launching a prototype as soon as 2009. Already, primates have been trained to feed themselves using a robotic arm merely by thinking about it, while brain sensors have been picking up their brain-signal patterns since 2003. The time has come for implementing this technology on paralyzed human patients and amputees. This article will provide a brief explanation of the technology, its current status, and the potential future it holds. Bionic Research Background The first attempts at a brain-computer interface were performed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Noninvasive BMIs

Velib’s Delight : à vélo, dans Paris, on se fait beaucoup d’amis [Note de Philippe G. : Quatrième chronique de The Best Place republiée dans ces colonnes. Après les super-héros urbains, le slalom urbain et le livre numérique, Matthias partage ici son regard décalé sur l'expérience Vélib'. Pertinent et impertinent, il nous embarque loin des clichés habituels (= le Vélib' écolo-bobo) pour nous dévoiler la vraie valeur du vélo en partage : le sentiment, si précieux, d'appartenir à un club. Un club de losers, certes, mais un club quand même, qui cimente la communauté des vélibeurs nocturnes. Au passage, on retrouve des thématiques qui me sont chères, notamment la dimension "ludique" des courses urbaines, petits défis persos lancés pour s'enchanter le quotidien. Deux heures du matin. Je me suis fait fumer de quelques secondes par le plus grand de la bande. Une fois que les métros parisiens sont endormis, soit t’es thuné et tu prends un taxi, soit t’es patient et t’attends LE Noctilien de l’heure en chopant la crève à ton arrêt de bus. Thug life.

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