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RAP NEWS 15: Big Brother is WWWatching You

RAP NEWS 15: Big Brother is WWWatching You
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Teen Wins A Quarter Million Dollars At Inaugural World Drone Prix Over the weekend, a teenager from England took first place at the inaugural World Drone Prix in Dubai, winning a quarter of a million dollars in the process, reports the Associated Press. Luke Bannister of Somerset, England led his team, the Tornado X-Blades Banni UK, to the top spot at the world’s largest drone race to date. Bannister flew the drone by himself using a special pair of VR goggles that allowed him to see a live first-person feed of what his drone saw through a camera mounted on the device. The drones, four at a time, raced arounds a neon-lit track flying through hoops for 12 laps. More than 2,000 spectators attended the World Drone Prix, which saw over a million dollars in prize money up for grabs. "It is not merely a flying game, but a sport that requires mental focus and accuracy to enable users to harmonize mental commands and hand movements to fly their drone," Saif Mohammed al-Suwaidi, the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority director-general, said in a statement.

Jeff Connaughton The Payoff Justice Department And Wall Street The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – [Ten Takeaways] | @castig Subscribe on iTunesBuy the book on Amazon 10. Discard all at once “The ultimate secret to success is this: if you tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mind-set.” 9. “By collecting things in one spot, you can compare items that are similar in design, making it easier to decide whether you want to keep them.” 8. “Focusing solely on throwing things away can only bring unhappiness Why? 7. “Think in concrete terms so that you can vividly picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space.” 6. “Keep only those things that speak to your heart.” 5. “The best sequence is this: clothes first, then books, papers, komono (miscellany), and lastly, mementos.” 4. “When we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.” 3. “The goal is to fold each piece of clothing into a simple, smooth rectangle.” 2. “Take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?”

US democracy: The power of money - Empire The US presidential elections in November 2012 are expected to become the most expensive in history. One estimate by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) goes as high as $11bn. The vast majority of this political money has come from a handful of super-rich supporters of the Republican Party dwarfing the attempts by citizens, associations or labour unions to do the same. Many on the right claim deregulating campaign financing as a victory for free speech whilst most on the left fear the changes are corrupting democracy. Controversial campaign funding rule changes brought in after a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 have opened the floodgates to billionaire donors with the potential to buy influence all the way to the White House. The new system is rarely challenged in the mainstream media. But more fundamentally, in a free market society where the richest 400 people have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans, Empire asks if money transforms or distorts the whole political process.

Is do-it-yourself CRISPR as scary as it sounds? Media reports about the gene-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9 have generated some doomsday scenarios that the technology would be used, as Wired magazine wrote, to create “designer babies, invasive mutants, species-specific bioweapons, and a dozen other apocalyptic sci-fi tropes.” So hearing the term “do-it-yourself CRISPR” might really conjure up visions of biohackers creating new disease-causing organisms that escape into the environment and kick off pandemics. Rest easy. The do-it-yourself community has codes of conduct in place to guide responsible use of CRISPR, and it has been more proactive about discussing this technology than the federal government, wrote Todd Kuiken, a senior program associate at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., in a commentary published last week in Nature. Community norms won’t much influence rogue biohackers intent on causing harm. Here’s what several other experts had to say about do-it-yourself CRISPR. Safety systems need improving in all labs

Activists warned to watch what they say as social media monitoring becomes 'next big thing in law enforcement' - Crime - UK John Cooper QC said that police are monitoring key activists online and that officers and the courts are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to social media. But, speaking to The Independent, he added that he also expected that to drive an increase in the number of criminals being brought to justice in the coming months. "People involved in public protest should use social media to their strengths, like getting their message across. But they should not use them for things like discussing tactics. They might as well be having a tactical meeting with their opponents sitting in and listening. "For example, if antifascist organisers were discussing their plans on social media, they can assume that a fascist organisation will be watching. Mr Cooper QC's warning comes after a New York court ordered Twitter to hand over messages posted on the site by a demonstrator belonging to the Occupy Wall Street movement in America. Mr Cooper QC added: "activists are putting themselves at more risk.

Stormia - Live hi-res weather radar map for {city}, United States Forecasted data is based on the HRRR model from NOAA, which is real-time 2 miles resolution, hourly updated, cloud-resolving, convection-allowing atmospheric model, initialized by 2 miles grids with 2 miles radar assimilation. Radar data is assimilated in the HRRR every 15 min over a 1-h period adding further detail to that provided by the hourly data assimilation from the 8 miles radar-enhanced Rapid Refresh. For real-time data we are ingesting radar data every 15 minutes, together with lightning strike measurements and satellite imagery. More about HRRR model: NOAA Earth Modeling Branch More about radar data: NEXRAD More about lightning strike density: NOAA Ocean Prediction Center More about satellite imagery: NOAA More about weather alerts: NOAA

Green Party candidate: Police handcuffed me to a chair for eight hours By Arturo GarciaWednesday, October 17, 2012 12:47 EDT Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein said Wednesday police handcuffed her to a chair during her eight-hour imprisonment following her arrest outside the second presidential debate. “For most of the time it was just [running mate] Cheri Honkala and myself,” Stein told Democracy Now anchor Amy Goodman. “Yet they felt the need to keep us in tight plastic restraints tightly secured to metal chairs.” Stein and Honkala were arrested Tuesday while sitting in the street to protest their exclusion from this year’s presidential debates between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. During her arrest, Stein criticized the group that organized the event, the Commission on Presidential Debates, which was put together as a joint effort by Democrats and Republicans to administer the debates after the League of Women Voters stepped out of that role in 1987.

Modeled After Ants, Teams of Tiny Robots Can Move 2-Ton Car Archimedes pointed out that with a lever he could move the world. He most likely would have been surprised to learn that a team of six microrobots, weighing just 3.5 ounces in total, could pull a car weighing 3,900 pounds. Continue reading the main story A group of researchers at the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory at has been exploring the limits of friction in the design of tiny robots that have the ability to pull thousands of times their weight, wander like gecko lizards on vertical surfaces or mimic bats. Now they have pushed biomimicry in a new direction. The researchers’ approach is counterintuitive. The researchers observed that the ants get great cooperative force by each using three of their six legs simultaneously. Their new demonstration is the functional equivalent of a team of six humans moving a weight equivalent to that of an Eiffel Tower and three Statues of Liberty, Mr. Last month, Mr.

Jill Stein Arrested Before Hofstra Debate, Campaign Reports Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested outside of Hofstra University on Tuesday after she attempted to enter the debate grounds. According to Stein's campaign press statement, Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala joined supporters outside the Hofstra campus at 2 p.m., where Stein declared: "We are here to bring the courage of those excluded from our politics to this mock debate, this mockery of democracy." When they started to walk onto the debate grounds, they were stopped by police officers, and then the two women sat down on the ground. Student-run news organization Long Island Report posted a video of Stein and Honkala sitting, with an officer arguing, "You're blocking traffic." After Honkala stated, "We want to practice our first amendment rights," the police can been seen removing the women from the ground and leading them away. According to the campaign, Stein and Honkala were then arrested. As HuffPost blogger Carl Gibson wrote: Also on HuffPost:

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