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Researchers read and write brain activity with light | Science | The Guardian
"It may eventually allow researchers to do away with the cumbersome microelectrodes they traditionally used to probe neuronal activity, and to interrogate the brain’s workings at the cellular level in real time and with unprecedented detail."
3 hours ago by warrenellis
Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence | KurzweilAI
"Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence on every aspect of how people work, live, and play."
20 hours ago by warrenellis
Deep neural network rivals primate brain in object recognition | KurzweilAI
"A new study from MIT neuroscientists has found that for the first time, one of the latest generation of “deep neural networks” matches the ability of the primate brain to recognize objects during a brief glance."
tech  ai  comp 
20 hours ago by warrenellis
NASA considers possibilities for manned mission to Venus
"NASA's Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate has issued a report outlining a possible way for humans to visit Venus, rather than Mars—by hovering in the atmosphere instead of landing on the surface. The hovering vehicle, which they call a High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC), "


22 hours ago by warrenellis
PowerCoat® ALIVE | Arjowiggins Creative Papers
"Introducing the world’s first ready-to-use NFC paper for both professional and end-user finishing, ushering in a new era in intelligent print media, packaging and much more."
tech  printing  comms 
yesterday by warrenellis
Rhizome | Perpetual Provisional Selves: A conversation about authenticity and social media
"Is there a presumption of Facebook innocence—a benefit of the doubt given to any particular user that they are using Facebook in good faith and aren't trying to somehow trick audiences, or sell them something? Or does the fact that Facebook demands that one perform oneself so explicitly make such presumption of innocence impossible?"
web  social 
6 days ago by warrenellis
Digital Companion Adds An Interactive Layer To Paper Novel [Video] - PSFK
"The Echo Project includes pages presenting real-time weather displays, footage and interactive videos of Afghan culture, audio, and other types of content that complement the novel – helping the reader immerse himself or herself in story. Each digital page also includes the snippet from the physical page that inspired it."
8 days ago by warrenellis
The Christian Terrorist Movement No One Wants To Talk About | ThinkProgress
"According to the Associated Press, police officers who searched McQuilliams’ van found a copy of “Vigilantes of Christendom,” a book connected with the Phineas Priesthood, an American white supremacist movement that claims Christian inspiration and opposes interracial intercourse, racial integration, homosexuality, and abortion. Phineas priests take their name from the biblical figure Phinehas in the book of Numbers, who is described as brutally murdering an Israelite man for having sex with a foreign woman, who he also kills."
cult  crime 
11 days ago by warrenellis
Repeater Books | Getting our hands dirty
"Repeater is a publishing imprint started by the same group that founded and ran Zero Books. Its purpose is to expand upon and complete the project begun with Zero; that of bringing marginal, esoteric, idiosyncratic and necessary literature and thought into a mainstream that would otherwise ignore it."
13 days ago by warrenellis
Why we Quit: Tariq Goddard on Leaving Zero Books » 3:AM Magazine
"The qualified influence Zero has had on cultural life, and the way it has shown that titles that might have been dismissed as crazy can in fact sell in decent quantities, is something I will always regard as an achievement. To walk away from that, even though I spent six of the seven years of its existence rehearsing that scenario daily, has been unpleasant, and I am sorry if I and the gifted team I have been fortunate enough to work with, have let anyone down."
13 days ago by warrenellis
McKenzie Wark | Digital Labor and the Anthropocene «DIS Magazine
"There is of course an under-developed world, sometimes in intimate proximity to the over-developed one. You can find it even here in New York City. One can critique the orientalism of the fact that Willets Point, Queens is known among New Yorkers as ‘little Calcutta’, but it really is a place without paved roads, running water, and with mostly off the books, illegal or precarious jobs."
17 days ago by warrenellis
Islamic State Terrorists Appear to Have a New Deadly Weapon | TheBlaze.com
"It’s a 10-foot-long sniper rifle that shoots bullets three times the size of ordinary rifle bullets. The weapon is so big, it requires two tripods to support it, instead of just the shooter’s arm."
weapons  weird 
17 days ago by warrenellis
Secret Alien Base on Mars: US Marine 'spent 17 years on Red Planet protecting human colonies from Martians' - Mirror Online
"The retired officer, known only as Captain Kaye, also claims to have served in a secret 'space fleet' run by a multinational organisation called the Earth Defense Force"
weird  mad  parapolitics 
20 days ago by warrenellis
BBC Radio 4 Extra - Raw Meat Radio
"Chris Morris is known by most for his ground-breaking film and television work but, like most good things he 'started on the radio'."
21 days ago by warrenellis
Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies | Science/AAAS | News
"The universe may be a lonelier place than previously thought. Of the estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, only one in 10 can support complex life like that on Earth, a pair of astrophysicists argues. Everywhere else, stellar explosions known as gamma ray bursts would regularly wipe out any life forms more elaborate than microbes. The detonations also kept the universe lifeless for billions of years after the big bang, the researchers say."
space  extinction 
26 days ago by warrenellis
Is this the beginning of the end of the nation state? - 25/11/2014
"For about AU$70 and a thumbprint you can now become an e-resident of Estonia. It's the first country in the world to offer what it calls a digital identity to foreigners. Some people say it may be the beginning of the end of the nation state."
pol  net 
26 days ago by warrenellis
Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism
“News spaces are no longer owned by newsmakers. The press is no longer in charge of the free press and has lost control of the main conduits through which stories reach audiences. The public sphere is now operated by a small number of private companies, based in Silicon Valley.”
journalism  news  media  tech 
28 days ago by warrenellis
Spooky alignment of quasar axes across billions of light-years with large-scale structure | KurzweilAI
New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years. The team has also found that the rotation axes of these quasars tend to be aligned with the vast structures in the cosmic web in which they reside.
space  spooky 
28 days ago by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: Just-in-Case Informatics
a company called Orbital Insight is now tracking "the shadows cast by half-finished Chinese buildings" as a possible indicator for where the country's economy might be headed.
architecture  cities  future  money 
29 days ago by warrenellis
Sun's rotating 'magnet' pulls lightning towards UK
"over a five year period the UK experienced around 50% more lightning strikes when the Earth's magnetic field was skewed by the Sun's own magnetic field."


29 days ago by warrenellis
Media ‘gagged over bid to report MP child sex cases’ | Society | The Observer
"The security services are facing questions over the cover-up of a Westminster paedophile ring as it emerged that files relating to official requests for media blackouts in the early 1980s were destroyed."
pol  crime 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Ghosts created by scientists in 'disturbing' lab experiment - Telegraph
"Now, however, scientists in Switzerland have shown that ghosts are probably just an illusion created by the mind when it momentarily loses track of the body’s location because of illness, exertion or stress."
hauntology  neuro 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Jez Butterworth’s True Calling
This was Butterworth’s second Bond; he worked on “Skyfall,” too, making the kind of script changes that his twelve-year-old self, watching the movie at the St. Albans Odeon, would be pleased to see. “You know, like Bond doesn’t have scenes with other men. Bond shoots other men—he doesn’t sit around chatting to them. So you put a line through that.”
writing  bond  writers 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Ancient New Zealand 'Dawn Whale' identified
"The two whales, which lived between 27-25 million years ago, were preserved in a rock formation near Duntroon in North Otago. At that time the continent of Zealandia was largely or completely under water and the whales were deposited on a continental shelf that was perhaps between 50 to 100 metres deep."
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Uzbekistan Has Second Highest Prevalence of Modern Slavery in the World – Report | EurasiaNet.org
The Global Slavery Index 2014 was compiled by the Australia-based nonprofit Walk Free Foundation (WFF). The West-African nation of Mauritania has the highest prevalence of modern slavery in the world, with 4 percent of the population (155,000 individuals) living under bondage-like conditions, the WFF estimates. In Uzbekistan the percentage stood at 3.97 percent, or 1.2 million people.
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Has one of Harald Bluetooth's fortresses come to light?
"When the discovery was published back in September, we were certain that we had found a Viking ring fortress, but since then there have been intense discussions online and amongst archaeologists about whether we were right. Now we know without doubt that we have found a fortress from the 10th century," says archaeologist Nanna Holm, curator of the Danish Castle Centre.
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
A month on land: Restoring soils and landscapes - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog
"Conservative estimates state that the world is losing 24 billion tons of fertile soil each year.  That’s 3.4 tons lost every year for every person on the planet. In Africa alone, land degradation affects 67% of agricultural lands, with about 490 million hectares showing erosion and declining vegetation. Left unchecked, this will have huge impact on food security and human and environmental health."
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
Cosmopolitanism and Transnationalism: Visions, Ethics and Practices

Edited by Leena Kaunonen
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
BBC News - #BBCtrending: The murders that followed a WhatsApp curfew
Was the warning from the police force, then? Not exactly. "There's no stopping any of us, not even the highest colonel. The boys are on the loose," the message continued, before concluding with a final warning: "Please stay at home. Don't go hanging out on street corners." It wasn't an official public service announcement, but apparently sent by renegade officers, seeking revenge for their fallen comrade.
crime  comms 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
World's oldest weather report could alter Egyptian history - Futurity
The stela’s text describes the “sky being in storm” with “a tempest of rain” for a period of days. The passages also describe bodies floating down the Nile like “skiffs of papyrus.”
history  extinction 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
Synthetic biology could be big boost to interplanetary space travel
In the cover story of today's issue of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, four bioengineers describe how synthetic biology – what some have termed "genetic engineering on steroids" – could allow space travelers to use microbes to produce their own fuel, food, medicines and building materials from raw feedstocks readily available on Mars or the moon, instead of carrying all supplies aboard the spacecraft or making them at the destination with conventional non-biological methods.
sci  bio  space 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
BBC News - Why the French state has a team of UFO hunters
"The team is called Geipan. That's a French acronym for Study Group and Information on Non-Identified Aerospace Phenomenon."
weird  gov  ufo 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
What would the tube map look like if it ONLY contained ghost stations? - Us Vs Th3m
"Ghost stations is the usual English translation for the German word Geisterbahnhöfe. This term was used to describe certain stations on Berlin’s U-Bahn and S-Bahn metro networks that were closed during the period of Berlin’s division during the Cold War. Since then, the term has come to be used to describe any disused station on an underground railway line, especially those actively passed through by passenger trains."
history  architecture  hauntology  maps 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Inhabited London Bridge | Chetwoods ArchitectsChetwoods Architects
"Laurie Chetwood’s design for an inhabited London Bridge includes solar-powered spires housing a self-sufficient hydroponic organic farm and commercial centre taking advantage of renewable energy generation, harvesting and efficient re-use of water, solar heating and natural ventilation. The vertical farm acts as a cooling tower and powers a wind turbine. Solar heated convection heats water, and EFTE provides a solar PV skin for electricity generation."

Weird throwback: London Bridge was inhabited in the past
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
What's happening in British politics? Paul Mason on the news - YouTube
"Paul Mason's raw thoughts on the news - and why what's happening in British politics is like when they blow up a council block and it collapses from the bottom up."
video  news  pol 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Seikilos Epitaph - Song of Seikilos - YouTube
The Seikilos epitaph is the oldest surviving example of a complete musical composition, including musical notation, from anywhere in the world. The song, the melody of which is recorded, alongside its lyrics, in the ancient Greek musical notation, was found engraved on a tombstone, near Aidin, Turkey (not far from Ephesus). The find has been dated variously from around 200 BC to around AD 100.
history  music 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
"Chapter 6 of Leech and Short’s Style in Fiction was devoted to the notion of “mind
style”, which had been introduced four years earlier by Roger Fowler in order to capture
“any distinctive linguistic representation of an individual mental self” (“Linguistics and
the Novel” 103). In this paper I consider the extent of Leech and Short’s contribution to
the development of the concept of mind style, and then go on to show how the study of
mind style, and of fictional minds more generally, has developed over the last 25 years in
both narratology and stylistics. "
theory  lit 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Machine Teleology | Urban Future (2.1)
"England was the industrial machine’s first habitat on earth. There fanatical men led mobs against it. [...] Frail and clumsy as it was at first, its life was indestructible. And now man would not dare to destroy it if he could. His own life is bound up with it."

theory  extinction 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Secretive Mexican police unit questioned over 3 murdered Americans | Fox News Latino
"The men threatened witnesses not to talk and identified themselves as members of the Hercules Group, an elite security unit newly formed by the mayor of Matamoros, Leticia Salazar, in charge of protecting her."
war  pol  mexico 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds: Many Interacting Worlds theory challenges foundations of quantum science -- ScienceDaily
"The team proposes that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. That is, rather than evolving independently, nearby worlds influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics."
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Hemingwrite | Uncrate
"Typewriters are great for distraction-free writing — but not so great for digital documents. iPads and laptops are great for keeping your work in the cloud, but like a business trip to Vegas, they're full of distractions. The Hemingwrite is a happy medium. Designed in Detroit, this portable, single-purpose gadget combines a daylight-friendly, high-contrast 6-inch E Ink screen with a high-quality mechanical keyboard to offer all the focus of a traditional typewriter and all the benefits of a modern device. It sports a die-cast aluminum case with a retro design and built-in handle, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE for constant backups to Evernote and Google Docs, a built-in memory of over 1 million pages, and a battery life of over six weeks, so even if you need to take a Thoreau-style retreat, you won't have to pack along a charger."
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Twitter drops Google Glass, app no longer available - SlashGear
"The bad news isn’t that Twitter addicts will go wanting for heads-up tweets. The really unfortunate bit of info here is that Twitter just plain dropped Google Glass. Cold."
tech  comms  web  net 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Yoda Has Left the Building
"In fact, when Marshall argued that an arms race with the Soviets was inevitable, he meant there was no choice as long as the two countries existed. For example, remember that picture of Marshall, Wohlstetter, and friends, palavering late into the night? They were discussing "recovery" models -- as in, whether the United States or Soviet Union would recover more quickly after a nuclear war, gaining a head start in the inevitable rearmament race. Remember that joke in Dr. Strangelove about the "mine shaft gap"? That was, in fact, what Marshall was discussing."
war  pol 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
What is a Singleton?
"In set theory, a singleton is a set with only one member, but as I introduced the notion, the term refers to a world order in which there is a single decision-making agency at the highest level.[1] Among its powers would be (1) the ability to prevent any threats (internal or external) to its own existence and supremacy, and (2) the ability to exert effective control over major features of its domain (including taxation and territorial allocation)."
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Report: Drone nearly collided with British passenger plane on purpose | Ars Technica
"The incident happened over the city of Essex as the plane prepared to land at London's Southend Airport. According to the report, the quadcopter came close to hitting the larger plane's right-side wing at an altitude of roughly 1,500 feet."

Essex isn't a city. I live in Southend.
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Bees inspire a better way to land aircrafts - Futurity
To develop a new aircraft landing system, researchers are studying how bees use “optic flow descent” to guide them down.
tech  flight 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Ray Winstone: ‘I don’t mean to look like I want to kill people’ | Film | The Observer
"There’s a story that when I was a toddler I’d sing for the greengrocer and he’d give me a banana. Then one day he didn’t give me a banana and I told him to fuck off. I must have been about three because I was still in a pram."
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market | TechCrunch
U.K. startup Swytch — founded in April this year — is bootstrapping a cloud based mobile network and dialer app that will let you use multiple phone numbers on a single SIM, so doing away with the hassle of juggling multiple physical SIM cards
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Timescape 1200AD
To argue that the 13th century brings us to the threshold of the modern world might seem strange at first, but let’s imagine the economic world of Africa and Eurasia and think back a mere few hundred years.
maps  history 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
A Brief History of (TV) Failure - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers.Zap2it.com
"Or to summarize, Fox’s Mob Doctor wasn’t a weird historical footnote. It was the harbinger of our new, terrifying present"
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
The Earthscraper / BNKR Arquitectura | ArchDaily
"The Earthscraper, designed by BNKR Arquitectura, is the Skyscraper’s antagonist in the historic urban landscape of Mexico City where the latter is condemned and the preservation of the built environment is the paramount ambition."
architecture  mexico 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Endling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"An endling is an individual that is the last of its species or subspecies. Once the endling dies, the species becomes extinct. The word was coined in correspondence in the scientific journal Nature. Alternative names put forth for the last individual of its kind include ender and terminarch. The word relict may also be used but usually refers to a group that is the last of the species"
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
BBC News - Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem
"A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them."
weird  crime 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Jesus Malverde: Not Just a Narcosaint | R. Andrew Chesnut
"Malverde quickly earned a reputation as el bandido generoso, the generous bandit who stole from the rich and distributed the plunder to the needy. In the most popular version of the Malverde legend, the governor of Sinaloa, Francisco Cañedo, personally challenged Malverde to steal his sword or daughter, promising that if successful he would be granted a pardon. Malverde passed brazenly through the governor's mansion like a ghost and left a note stating "Jesus M. was here." Humiliated, the governor ordered him hanged with his arms tied behind his back. As a show of force, local authorities refused to allow Malverde to be buried and his body was left hanging until the bones fell to the ground. Over time, peasants threw small stones towards his remains as a sign of respect, eventually covering the body. "
cult  crime 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
The 10 Most Improbable Celebrity Fistfights | Cracked.com
"Don't ever call me 'your drummer' again," Watts told Jagger. "You're my fucking singer."
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder. - The Daily Beast
"Reynosa, a border city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas located a short drive from McAllen, Texas. Tamaulipas is notorious as a state caught in the iron grip of organized crime. Extortion, kidnappings, shootouts, arson, bodies excavated from arid pits, all of this happens in Tamaulipas, practically on a daily basis, but hardly any of it gets reported because of a media blackout the cartels decreed four years ago that is as strictly enforced as martial law after a coup."
cities  crime 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Dark Ecology — Medium
"Dark Ecology appears as an aesthetic concern, as a way of shaping or focusing thought, a method of holding contradictions open and unresolved without falling into paralysis, a tuning fork that resonates in particular soundfields, as extra layers of clothing to protect against ‘the elements’, reinforced, yet permeable boundaries between the human organism and the environment (habitat/habitus)."
extinction  eco 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Questions For Foie Gras « Anti-Gravity Bunny
"What is the best way to die?"

While avenging someone’s death, spontaneously combusting or wolves.

Probably wolves.
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Making a kangling for chöd | Buddhism for Vampires
}A kangling is a trumpet made from a human thigh-bone. You play a kangling in tantric Buddhist rituals, particularly chöd. The function of chöd is to cut your emotional attachment to your body. Putting a dead person’s leg bone to your mouth—to blow the kangling while practicing—is an intimate reminder of your own mortality."
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
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