Friday, March 30, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Got it!

Got it!

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I'll post the answer in the comments within a few days. Don't spoil it for everyone else!

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I'm amazed at the production value on this parody ad!



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I'm amazed at the production value on this parody ad!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wow, interesting how the tussle between the FBI and CIA to listen in on all calls...

Wow, interesting how the tussle between the FBI and CIA to listen in on all calls is just mentioned as a matter of fact. As if its understandable that the US has the right to eavesdrop on the citizens of another country, when it should be right for them to listen in on their own citizens. Weird world we live in?

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"The US government shut down a series of court cases arising from a multimillion pound business dispute in order to conceal evidence of a damning intelligence failure shortly before the 9/11 attacks, MPs were told.

Moreover, the UK government is now seeking similar powers that could be used to prevent evidence of illegal acts and embarrassing failures from emerging in court, David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, told the Commons."


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US acted to conceal evidence of intelligence failure before 9/11
Operation Foxden, delayed by turf war between the FBI and the CIA, given green light three days before the al-Qaida attacks

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

"A mechanism for memory encoding has now been found."



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"A mechanism for memory encoding has now been found."

Research team posits theory that memory could be encoded in the 3 dimensional structure of the neuron cell.

"Memory is attributed to strengthened synaptic connections among particular brain neurons, yet synaptic membrane components are transient, whereas memories can endure. This suggests synaptic information is encoded and ‘hard-wired’ elsewhere, e.g. at molecular levels within the post-synaptic neuron."

"The team looked into structures at the cytoskeletal level of brain structure. They found components that fit together and were capable of creating the information processing and storage capacity that the brain needs to form and retain memory."

Microtubules fill the interiors of our brain's neurons, especially in axons and dendrites where most of the activity takes place. We undertook to find out if this similarity is accidental or not. This led to the generation of a very accurate computational model of the interaction between CaMKII and microtubules. It looks to us that a mechanism for memory encoding has now been found.

The cytoskeleton (also CSK) is a cellular "scaffolding" or "skeleton" contained within a cell's cytoplasm and is made out of protein. The cytoskeleton is present in all cells; it was once thought to be unique to eukaryotes, but recent research has identified the prokaryotic cytoskeleton.

Cytoskeleton Microtubules
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Btub.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cytoskeleton#Microtubules

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-03-memories-encoded-brains.html

Figures from their paper:
https://plus.google.com/109667384864782087641/posts/BSgTpqrFeoa

Their paper:
http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002421

The team:

Stuart Hameroff
Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology, Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States of America

Travis J. A. Craddock
Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Jack A. Tuszynski
Department of Experimental Oncology, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, Canada

This may also eventually lead to a better understanding of the mechanism behind Alzheimer's disease and it's progression:

"Another paper has been just accepted for publication, based on our collaboration with University of Arizona, Harvard and Boston University, where we propose a molecular mechanism of Alzheimer’s disease progression."

And finally there's another paper related to anesthetic molecules blocking the brian's microtubules:

"A third paper in this series stemming from Travis Craddock’s PhD thesis discusses the effects of anesthetic molecules on memory blockage in brain’s microtubules."

This is another paper I found from 2010 or so from the same group:

“MEMORY BYTES” — MOLECULAR MATCH FOR CaMKII PHOSPHORYLATION ENCODING OF MICROTUBULE LATTICES
http://www.quantumconsciousness.org/documents/membytespublished.pdf

All about microtubules:
https://plus.google.com/109667384864782087641/posts/ASco6RXSCjU
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Gravity 0wned.

Gravity 0wned.

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This'll be a motivational poster soon...

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Getting ZoneMinder ( http://www.zoneminder.com/ ) to work with Philips 900NC webcam...

Getting ZoneMinder ( http://www.zoneminder.com/ ) to work with Philips 900NC webcam on Ubuntu requires some tweaking:

echo 134217728 >/proc/sys/kernel/shmall && echo 134217728 >/proc/sys/kernel/shmmax

Add:

kernel.shmall = 167772160
kernel.shmmax = 167772160
to /etc/sysctl.conf
sudo chmod 666 /dev/video0

Maximum FPS 15
NTSC M
YUV420
640x480


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ZoneMinder - ZoneMinder: Linux Home CCTV and Video Camera Security with Motion Detection
ZoneMinder is a free video camera security application suite, designed for low cost DIY video security including commercial or home CCTV, theft prevention and child or family member monitoring includi...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Looking for creative Engineers to help inspire in the Innovation Area

See http://mtn.io/innovater


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MTNJobs
The purpose of the job is to assist with fulfilment of the overall MTN innovation strategy by conducting research and development (prototyping) of the new solutions. The candidate will use their devel...

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Interesting, he left Google because the Innovative culture is being driven out by...

Interesting, he left Google because the Innovative culture is being driven out by the usual corporate mentality. But why Microsoft? Are they any better?

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jw_on_tech/archive/2012/03/13/why-i-left-google.aspx


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MSDN Blogs
This blog is the original work of James Whittaker and contains his rants and insights about the web, engineering practices, software testing and other predictions about the future of technology.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

wow!!



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wow!!
A small company called ChamTech Operations based in Utah has developed a nanoparticle mix that can be sprayed on any vertical object—like a tree—and make that object act as a high-powered antenna.
Video in link:


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Spray-on Nanoparticle Mix Turns Trees Into Antennas - IEEE Spectrum
The spray-on antennas also extend the range of existing antennas by 100x

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http://mybroadband.co.za/news/cellular/45590-free-smses-from-gmail-in-sa.html

http://mybroadband.co.za/news/cellular/45590-free-smses-from-gmail-in-sa.html


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Free SMSes from Gmail in SA « Cellular « MyBroadband Tech and IT News
South African users report they are now able to use Gmail’s free SMS feature

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Monday, March 12, 2012

I can't wait!

I can't wait!

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A Sneak Peak At Possible Google Glasses Tech
We know that they’re coming and that they may even become available by the year’s end, but we have yet to get a glimpse of them. Not to disappoint you, but that last bit still holds true. However, check this out. It’s the Lumus OE-31 and it just may be the same tech to grace the yet to be unveiled Google Glasses. The OE-31 is an add on image layer touting a 640×360 resolution. Check out these videos to see it in action, and from a first person perspective too!
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Interesting, anyone else come across this? Anyone from SA a member?

Interesting, anyone else come across this? Anyone from SA a member?


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Application Developers Alliance
About · Mission · Value · Join · Privacy · Staff · Contact Us · Services · The Alliance Network · Educational Programs · Discounted Cloud Solutions · Industry Research · Device Testing Labs · Policy P...

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Friday, March 09, 2012

This Mindblowing Photo of a World Map In a Water Drop Is Real



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This Mindblowing Photo of a World Map In a Water Drop Is Real
(photo réalisée sans trucages !)

You may think that this image recently posted on Reddit is a 3D rendering or some Photoshop trickery, but it's a real photo. A refraction of a world map through a water drop.

It was taken by Markus Reugels, who is an expert on capturing liquids in an awesome way, using a special rig created by himself. He spends weeks in creating images like these, taking about five hundred pictures before obtaining a couple of perfect images. [Flickr, Edemiya and Daily Mail via Reddit]
Source : http://gizmodo.com/5872456/this-mindblowing-photo-of-a-world-map-in-a-water-drop-is-real

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1,000 Education Apps Organized By Subject & Price

Sure, there are plenty of apps you can use in education. Apple has a whole category dedicated to education in the App store. But how do you really know which ones are worth downloading, or possibly even paying for?

TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) regularly tests available apps and recommends apps that teachers may be using.The list is organized in Google Docs by subject area and free apps are color coded in white.

To View The TCEA-Recommended iPad Apps ► goo.gl/tdsKj
The List for just Interactive Books ► goo.gl/J2vQ7

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Awesome video! Really worth watching!! Last Monday, 30 Dolphins stranded at Arraial...



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Awesome video! Really worth watching!! Last Monday, 30 Dolphins stranded at Arraial do Cabo, Brazil and were quickly saved by local people at the beach.

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Monday, March 05, 2012

Scientists to Build a Virtual Brain Henry Markram



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Scientists to Build a Virtual Brain Henry Markram

A team of Swiss researchers believe they can build a virtual human brain using advances made by neuroscience over the last decade, from modelling the structures of ion channels to the mechanisms of conscious decision-making. "First the scientists must decide on the volume of brain tissue to construct, and, second, they must distribute mathematical models of neurons throughout this volume in a manner consistent with experimental data from real human brains." The project is currently awaiting $1.3 billion from a European science fund.

The plan is controversial, some scientists do not think the plan will work. Others believe that dealing with a virtual brain will prove just as complex and mysterious as working with a real one. Still, the Swiss team envisions a computer that will learn and gradually develop more complex cognitive abilities just like a human brain. If the project gets the go-ahead, researchers have promised to publish the code used to program the brain, meaning limitless experiments could be run on the software, testing virtual drugs against the debilitating diseases that affect the mind.

Article Live Science: http://goo.gl/5F1ua

Below from a TEDTalk from 2009 Henry Markram speaks to the basics of the plans for a supercomputer that models all the brain's 100,000,000,000,000 synapses. (16:49)

#ScienceSunday +Allison Sekuler and +Robby Bowles

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Science Circles and Helpful Google+ Links: http://goo.gl/i604C via +Chris Robinson

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Saturday, March 03, 2012

Admit it, you're singing it right? :D



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Admit it, you're singing it right? :D

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Friday, March 02, 2012

The plot thickens...

The plot thickens...

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Seriously what the hell is wrong with Merikans sticking their fucking noses in someone elses business because of their own political shit-holes they find themselves in.

It is business. Finish and klaar. Plus this pull out will mean a huge financial loss for a shit-load of poor black people in this country whose life savings are plowed into a special purpose investment vehicle in MTN.

So dear Mark Wallace this is not the US, and neither is Iran: Go fuck yourself or pay in the cash you half-witted troglodyte activist. Maybe all companies should pull out of the US seeing that US spies on its own citizens etc as well, pisses on human rights and invaded enough countries to make Iran look like a bunch of peace loving tree huggers.

No "your freedom is not hated" , it is your bullshit attitude and self-centred bullying.


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South Africa's flagship telecommunications company MTN Group said Friday that it won't pull out of Iran after it became the target of an influential U.S. lobby group seeking the exit of foreign busin...

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TED 2012 Favorites: Robots that fly...and cooperate



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TED 2012 Favorites: Robots that fly...and cooperate

I found this TED talk to be impressive not only in terms of the technology being demonstrated (amazing "news from the future") but also as a masterpiece of teaching. Vijay Kumar doesn't just give a stunning demo of his cooperative flying robots, but also explains how they work. It's a masterpiece of teaching. This is a model TED talk.

http://www.ted.com/talks/vijay_kumar_robots_that_fly_and_cooperate.html

As more of the videos from this year's TED go up, I will share the talks that I found most compelling.


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Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate | Video on TED.com
TED Talks In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far...

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