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Crowd (Soft) Control: Using Social Networking and Games to Force Behavior

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 in Science & Technology, Social Networking

Kevin Hayden –

Source: PhysOrg

Eighty-eight percent of Americans now own a cell phone, forming a massive network that offers scientists a wealth of information and an infinite number of new applications. With the help of these phone users — and their devices’ cameras, audio recorders, and other features — researchers envision endless possibilities for gathering huge amounts of data, from services that collect user data to monitor noise pollution and air quality to applications that build maps from people’s cell phone snapshots.

Researchers can’t force mobile users to behave in a certain way, but researchers at Northwestern University have found that they may be able to nudge users in the right direction by using incentives that are already part of their regular mobile routine.

“We can rely on good luck to get the data that we need, or we can ‘soft control’ users with gaming or social network incentives to drive them where we want them,” Bustamante said.

In the paper, “Crowd Soft Control: Moving beyond the Opportunistic,” Bustamante and his group designed a way to “soft control” people’s movements by tapping into games or social networking applications....

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Robots: Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah Can Chase You Down at 18mph, Aims for 50mph

Posted on Mar 08, 2012 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Police, Military, & War, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Forbes

Boston Dynamics, a Massachusetts technology firm Skynet predecessor and DARPA contractor, announced Monday that it’s broken the speed record for legged robots. Its new four-legged creation is Cheetah, which can run chase you down at 18 miles an hour.

Hayden’s Note:

It seems that each week, I have to post a new video of another creepy robot designed by DARPA, the Pentagon’s research wing.  While cool, they still make me shudder to a degree.  Pack mules, bi-ped humanoid bots, autonomous copters that fly in formation, and now this…

When I spoke with Boston Dynamics ten months ago, the company’s president Marc Raibert told me the firm was building a four-legged robot that would run at 20 mph by late 2012. It seems to be ahead of schedule. As well as hitting that 20 mph mark, the company also aims to take Cheetah out of the lab and onto other terrains.

“While 18 mph is a good start, our goal is to get Cheetah running much faster and outdoors,” reads a statement from Boston Dynamics’ chief roboticist Alfred Rizzi....

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Tactical Coffee: OpMod’s Battle Mug

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts

Kevin Hayden –


This is the $250 OPMOD Battle Mug, a 24-ounce coffee (or beer!) mug milled out of a 13.5 lb. block of solid aluminum.  The tacti-cool mug comes equipped with a removable A2 carry handle and three mil-spec rails so you can attach all sorts of scopes, lights, and sweet mall-ninja add-ons.

Who would have ever thought you could mount a bipod, 3 lasers, 2 flashlights, nightvision, an Eotech sight, foregrip, can opener, and an angled scope to a coffee mug!?  And more importantly, WHY?!

Continue reading for more pictures, a video demo of an insanely decked out OpMod Battle Mug, and a link to the product page. ...

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The 14 Year Old Boy Who Created Nuclear Fusion

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 in Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: PopSci

This is before Taylor would transform the family’s garage into a mysterious, glow-in-the-dark cache of rocks and metals and liquids with unimaginable powers. Before he would conceive, in a series of unlikely epiphanies, new ways to use neutrons to confront some of the biggest challenges of our time: cancer and nuclear terrorism. Before he would build a reactor that could hurl atoms together in a 500-million-degree plasma core—becoming, at 14, the youngest individual on Earth to achieve nuclear fusion.

One afternoon, Tiffany ducked her head out of the door to the garage and spotted Taylor, in his canary yellow nuclear-technician’s coveralls, watching a pool of liquid spreading across the concrete floor. “Tay, it’s time for supper.”
“I think I’m going to have to clean this up first.”
“That’s not the stuff you said would kill us if it broke open, is it?”
“I don’t think so,” he said. “Not instantly.”


Read the entire article at Popular Science (good read)


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Jungle Fungus Eats Plastic and Treats Cancer, Can be Used in Landfills

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Activist Post by Rady Ananda

Researchers have found the first endophytic fungus that eats plastic, and can use it as its sole food source even in an oxygen-free environment.

Pestalotiopsis microspora presents a massive bioremediation opportunity for landfills, where buried and surface plastics can be degraded naturally.

More likely, though, the enzyme responsible for degrading polyurethane (PUR) will be tweaked, patented and commercialized.  There will be no mad escape into urban centers where the mold will eat all our plastics, like medical scientist Kit Pedler envisioned in his sci-fi classic, Mutant 59: The Plastic Eaters....

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Skynet: Nano Quadrotor Machines Swarm in Formation, Traverse Obstacles

Posted on Feb 03, 2012 in Movies, TV, & Video Games, Police, Military, & War, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: YouTube & Geekologie

Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics.

Hayden’s Note:

This is a must-watch.  It’s a short video, but it is astounding.  I’ve been following this lab for awhile, watching them progress.  These tiny flying machines will be the future of military warfare, surveillance, and eventually, a daily part of our lives.  You might as well get used to your new robot overlords now. Hah.

(May need to go to regular YouTube page to watch)...

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DARPA-Funded Hacker’s Tiny $50 Spy Computer, the F-BOMB: Drop from Drones, Hide in Offices

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Forbes, via Cryptogon

Even more embarrassing than a student discovering your GPS tracking device on his car, as the FBI found out last year, is having to ask him to give the expensive piece of equipment back.

So security researcher Brendan O’Connor is trying a different approach to spy hardware: building a sensor-equipped surveillance-capable computer that’s so cheap it can be sacrificed after one use, with off-the-shelf parts that anyone can buy and assemble for less than fifty dollars.

At the Shmoocon security conference Friday in Washington D.C., O’Connor plans to present the F-BOMB, or Falling or Ballistically-launched Object that Makes Backdoors. Built from just the hardware in a commercially-available PogoPlug mini-computer, a few tiny antennae, eight gigabytes of flash memory and some 3D-printed plastic casing, the F-BOMB serves as 3.5 by 4 by 1 inch spy computer. And O’Connor has designed the cheap gadgets to dropped from a drone, plugged inconspicuously into a wall socket, thrown over a barrier, or otherwise put into irretrievable positions to quietly collect data and send it back to the owner over any available Wifi network....

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Army Deploys 1.8 Gigapixel Camera on Helicopter Drone; Tracks 65 Targets in Real Time from 20k Ft Altitude

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 in Police, Military, & War, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: BBC via Cryptogon

New helicopter-style drones with 1.8 gigapixel colour cameras are being developed by the US Army.

The army said the technology promised “an unprecedented capability to track and monitor activity on the ground”.

It offers 900 times the number of pixels of a 2 megapixel camera found in some mobile phones. The system can provide real-time video streams at the rate of 10 frames a second.

The army said that was enough to track people and vehicles from altitudes above 20,000 feet (6.1km) across almost 65 square miles (168 sq km).

In addition, operators on the ground can select up to 65 steerable “windows” following separate targets to be “stared at”. Vehicles, people and other objects can be tracked even if they move in different directions.

“If you have a bunch of people leaving a place at the same time, they no longer have to say, ‘Do I follow vehicle one, two, three or four,’” said program manager Brian Leninger ahead of the system’s launch.

“They can say: ‘I will follow all of them, simultaneously and automatically.’”...

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Hayden’s Headlines – Ron Paul and the Pentagon, Rosemary Oil, US Troops Deploy to Israel, and Chimera Monkeys

Posted on Jan 05, 2012 in Global & National News, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Police, Military, & War, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Okay, so the Headlines are a day early.  I might not be able to post much tomorrow so I figured I would get started early!

Hot Mic At Pentagon Presser Catches Reporter: “See This Room? Two-Thirds Of Us Laid-Off When Ron Paul Is President”

Rosemary oil can be used as a natural meat preservative, and it works better than chemical additives

UK Police Treating Remains Discovered at Queen’s Estate as Murder

U.S. to Send Troops to Israel – “Deployment of thousands” according to US Lt.-Gen Frank Gorenc, Commander of the US Third Air Force based in Germany. In preparation for anticipated Iranian missile attacks upon Israel, the US is reportedly bringing its THAAD, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, and ship-based Aegis ballistic missile systems to Israel.

Here We Go Again: US $25 Million Away From Debt Ceiling Breach

New Hampshire newspapers endorse Ron Paul

Global Sun Oven an Option for Tiny Houses?

Toxic botulism in animals linked to RoundUp

The Greenhouse Project (VIDEO)

Report: Kodak may file for bankruptcy

World’s first chimera monkey is born

Pelosi applauds Obama power grab as ‘bold’…...

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Apple Files Patent for Hydrogen Battery, Could Run Devices for Weeks

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Raw Story

A recent patent application filed by computer giant Apple reveals what might be the company’s next big thing: hydrogen batteries.

Hydrogen batteries work by splitting water into its core chemical components, then using those chemicals to generate electricity, but for many years the reaction was too volatile for most commercial applications.

Scientists announced in 2008 that they had finally discovered a way to conduct the reaction in a much smaller container, free from the corrosive effects that marred previous attempts. They also learned how to create hydrogen batteries that can store vast amounts of electricity in very small containers.

Apple’s latest patent seems to carry the technology even further, suggesting that some day soon, hydrogen batteries will be lighter and more energy efficient than today’s portable electricity storage, potentially giving mobile electronics a charge for weeks at a time.

“Our country’s continuing reliance on fossil fuels has forced our government to maintain complicated political and military relationships with unstable governments in the Middle East, and has also exposed our coastlines and our citizens to the associated hazards of offshore drilling,” Apple’s application reads....

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Cancer Research: Pineapple Enzyme Superior to Chemotherapy

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Activist Post by Sayer Ji

Every once in a while, a study pops up on the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database known as MEDLINE that not only confirms the therapeutic relevance of natural substances in cancer treatment, but blows the conventional approach out of the water.

Published in 2007 in the journal Planta Medica, researchers found that an enzyme extracted from pineapple stems known as bromelain was superior to the chemo-agent 5-fluorauracil in treating cancer in the animal model. The researchers stated:

This antitumoral effect [bromelain] was superior to that of 5-FU [5-fluorouracil], whose survival index was approximately 263 %, relative to the untreated control. [view entire study]

What is so remarkable about this research is that 5-FU has been used as a cancer treatment for 40 years, and has been relatively unsuccessful due to its less than perfect selectivity at killing cancer, often killing and/or irreversibly damaging healthy cells and tissue, as well.

As a highly toxic, fluoride-bound form of the nucleic acid uracil, a normal component of RNA, the drug is supposed to work by tricking more rapidly dividing cells — which include both cancer and healthy intestinal, hair follicle, and immune cells — into taking it up, thereby inhibiting (read: poisoning) RNA replication enzymes and RNA synthesis....

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January’s Monthly Contest – Article Submission

Posted on Dec 09, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Political Issues, Science & Technology, Truth is Treason News, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Have you ever wanted to be rewarded simply for writing about your hobbies or passions?  Well, now you can be! presents a new monthly contest!

January’s Contest Prizes:

1st Place: a) LA Police Gear Bailout Bag – great for range use, bugout situations, or camping!  I knew a girl who used one as a purse, even!, b) Plus!, Five (5) bumper stickers!  Approximate value: $50.00

2nd Place: Ceramic Water Filter / Bug Out Bottle – comparable to Berkey systems – courtesy of Homespun Environmental.  This self-contained filter comes in a handy bottle that can filter out bacteria, sediment, and more and is good for over 200 fill-ups before changing the filter element!  That’s a lot of hiking or survival!  And of course, I’ll throw in a couple bumper stickers! Approximate value: $25.00

3rd Place: Multi-pack of non-GMO, heirloom seeds, courtesy of my good friends at!  I will also toss in 2 Bumper Stickers! Approximate value: $20.00

You know you want to share the wealth, so give them to your friends and family!  ...

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Ancient Bronze Artifact Discovered in Alaska, Suggests Long Distance Trade from East Asia

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 in Global & National News, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: PhysOrg

A team of researchers led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered the first prehistoric bronze artifact made from a cast ever found in Alaska, a small, buckle-like object found in an ancient Eskimo dwelling and which likely originated in East Asia.

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The artifact consists of two parts — a rectangular bar, connected to an apparently broken circular ring, said CU-Boulder Research Associate John Hoffecker, who is leading the excavation project. The object, about 2 inches by 1 inch and less than 1 inch thick, was found in August by a team excavating a roughly 1,000-year-old house that had been dug into the side of a beach ridge by early Inupiat Eskimos at Cape Espenberg on the Seward Peninsula, which lies within the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.

Both sections of the artifact are beveled on one side and concave on the other side, indicating it was manufactured in a mold, said Hoffecker, a fellow at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. A small piece of leather found wrapped around the rectangular bar by the research team yielded a date of roughly A.D....

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NOAA Warns of Solar Storm Region Facing Earth for Next Two Weeks; Fully Capable of Producing X-Class Flares

Posted on Nov 09, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: SHTF PlanMac Slavo

Last Thursday, the sun produced an X1.9 rated solar flare that narrowly missed Earth.  Although it wasn’t aimed directly at us, about 45 minutes after leaving the sun it was still powerful enough to disrupt radio communications.

Now, that same area  responsible for producing the X-class flare may pose a direct threat to Earth.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center says that the region on the sun known as AR11339 and affectionately called the “Benevolent Monster,” will set its sights on Earth. It will move into a position that poses the largest risk to our planet around November 9th, 2011 and remain on a direct line of sight with earth for the following two (2) weeks as it rotates:

Scientists at the federal Space Weather Prediction Center say that area is the most active part of the sun since 2005. It has dozens of sunspots, including one that is the size of 17 Earths.

“It’s still growing. The size is what blows me away.”

Thursday’s flare wasn’t aimed at Earth.


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Epic FAIL: White House Emergency Alert System Plays Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ Instead

Posted on Nov 09, 2011 in Global & National News, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Business Insider

UPDATE 3 2:09pm: According to Twitter, the test displayed on CNBC and MSNBC in Washington. We still haven’t seen anything in New York.

UPDATE 6 2:49pm: National Journal’s Marc Ambinder tweets: FEMA official concedes “glitch“; says that it appears (maybe) to be related to how satellite and cable providers prepped their equipment.

UPDATE 7 2:59pm: Some DirectTV customers reported hearing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” play during the test. Some Comcast subscribers saw their cable boxes turn to QVC before the alert, while Time Warner Cable customers in New York did not see any alert at all.

UPDATE 8 4:05pm: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman released this statement to Business Insider:

The weaknesses exposed by today’s test of the emergency alert system are unacceptable….”


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