Science / Technology
The state of Internet today - with the never-ending reveals of state surveillance and the commercialization of our private communications - does not shock us. A technological project initially developed by the American army and which was later controlled by the Market was certainly not designed to protect those at the bottom.
Aaron Swartz Hackathon This Weekend Is Your Chance To Hack for a Better World This weekend marks the third annual Aaron Swartz Day hackathon, and a chance for you to meet up with other people working to use technology to make the world a better place. Once again, cities around the world will host two days of meetups.
The “Tor Animation” is a short video to help new users and members of the community become more familiar with Tor and understand how Tor Browser protects their privacy online. The idea behind this video and other activities like the UX studies is to get closer to end-users and understand their needs.
Opponents of mass government surveillance are braced for the June-5 campaign for a free and secure internet, led by some of the world’s largest websites. A massive electronic ‘Thunderclap’ is planned for the first anniversary of Snowden’s revelations.
Direct calls will be possible across the divide in Cyprus with mobile phones and the substructure work is expected to be completed in May. Speaking to Al Jazeera Turkish the president of Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Commerce Fikri Toros said all the barriers in front of direct phone calls between north and south will be lifted very soon.
In 2010 a US Russian collaboration announced they had produced atoms of an element with 117 protons, filling a gap that appeared when 118 was made four years earlier. However International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) insists on corroboration by two independent teams before it allows new elements to be added to the Periodic Table, although a temporary name of Ununseptium is in use until confirmation has been made.
Next time you describe a job as so easy a trained monkey could do it, consider you might be underselling them. Rhesus monkeys have been found to be able to learn simple addition, and their rare errors may tell us something about how we estimate quantities ourselves.
The first Earth-sized exo-planet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by observations with both the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory. The initial discovery, made by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, is one of a handful of smaller planets found by Kepler and verified using large ground-based telescopes. It also confirms that Earth-sized planets do exist in the habitable zone of other stars. "What makes this finding particularly compelling is that this Earth-sized planet, one of five orbiting this star, which is cooler than the Sun, resides in a temperate region where water could exist in liquid form," says Elisa Quintana of the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center who led the paper...
Scientists have managed to repeat one of the biggest medical breakthroughs of the last few years. Almost exactly one year ago, Johns Hopkins researchers made national headlines when they announced that they’ve vanquished the AIDS-causing virus from a child born to an HIV-positive mother in Mississippi.
Scientists have created a prosthetic hand which has enabled an amputee to feel objects in his hand for the first time in ten years in what could be the first step in creating a 'bionic hand' A man who lost his left hand in an accident nine years ago has been able to experience the sensation of touch again with the aid of the world's first prosthetic arm that allows the wearer to feel what it touches. The bionic hand, which is able to detect the shape and solidity of objects, uses implants connected to nerves in Dennis Aabo Sørensen's upper arm to transmit electrical signals from sensors attached to the fingers to his brain.