News Index

“Affordable storage of renewable power.”

The first of the revolutionary batteries is here

Sun, July 22nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Stanford University announces their development of a battery made of "Earth-abundant materials," capable of storing large amounts of electricity in a very cost-effective way. This…


“Although this transition is irreversible, it carries potential for several robotic applications.”

Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

Sat, July 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

IEEE's Spectrum brings to attention the work being done by Steven Ceron at Cornell University who is using pop-corn as a one-time robot actuator. Popcorn…


“Cultured meat is finally on its way towards becoming a commercial reality.”

Lab grown meat to hit supermarkets in about three years

Fri, July 20th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to Kinder World, Dutch startup Mosa Meat is expecting to bring to market its lab grown meat by 2021. “Replacing traditional meat production with…


“There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.”

-- Napoleon Bonaparte

Thu, July 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On YouTube, Conspiracy Documentaries has this 2014 documentary on Psywar — psychological warfare — in the United States. This film explores the evolution of propaganda…


“If you really want to save the planet, you should die.”

In a world headed for climate change disaster, having children is a selfish endeavour

Wed, July 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In The New York Times, Roy Scranton looks at the looming dystopian future and ponders on the selfish act of having children, the people who…


“Lighter, more affordable, personal rapid transit: self-driving bikes.”

But do I still need to pedal?

Tue, July 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In this episode of ReInventors Katie Herzog looks at how the University of Washington is working in developing a bike that drives itself. What does…


“Civilisation is a movement, and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbour.”

Generation Ships

Mon, July 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

In Isaac Arthur's latest episode he looks at Generation Ships, massive starships akin to an interstellar ark ferrying humans for thousands of years, generation after…


“A company headquartered in Toronto runs a successful affordable mobile phone service in the US.”

Report indicates Canadian telecom providers gouge their customers

Sun, July 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Looking at a report by Tefficient, Motherboard notes that Canadians are getting a "raw deal" when it comes to data on a smartphone. Reportedly, Canadians…


“Inhibiting this pathway has extended life span in every species studies to date.”

Anti-aging drug appears to be working

Sat, July 14th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Technology Review reports that drugs which inhibit the aging-related pathway TORC1 has extended the life span in mice and works. The drugs boost the immune…


“Prof Mallett has wanted to build a time machine for most of his life.”

Time travel is plausible

Fri, July 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to the BBC, some respected physicists think that time travel is entirely possible and are diligenty working at making this a reality. Prof Mallett…


“Social media can be good but we must be careful with how we use it.”

Social media is designed to be addictive leaving you in a fragmented mental state

Thu, July 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Absolute Motivation has this short documentary on how social media is designed to be as addictive as possible in order to maximize profit. This might…


“Only strong authority can bring order to a turbulent country.”

A look at the high-tech authoritarian future

Wed, July 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

If you want to get a glimpse of what the future of law enforcement — some may argue of totalitarian control — will look like,…


“Artificial intelligence can detect your sexuality and politics just by looking at your face.”

Uncomfortable technological progress

Tue, July 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to The Guardian, research from Psychologist Michal Kosinski, a professor of organisational behaviour at Stanford University, indicates that artificial intelligence can be used to…


“A cloned cat is simply a genetic twin of your current cat, born at a later date in time.”

Clone your pet

Mon, July 9th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Charging a meager $50k for a dog or $25k for a cat, you can now have your pet easily cloned by Viagen Pets. Today, safe…


“Oh gosh, that was a journey.”

Boston Bun - Spread Love

Sun, July 8th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Fun to watch with a catchy tune to boot. PRODUCED BY DIVISION Starring Gerard Kearns. Produced by Théo Gall - Jules de Chateleux Cinematography by…


“We’re America, Bitch.”

Trump is not the problem, people are

Sat, July 7th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On GQ, Drew Magary argues that the problem with America is not Trump but the very people that elected him. At nearly every turn, our…


“Forget everything you were taught about having your phone out at the table — you'll need it to call the robots that serve you.”

The robotic restaurant

Fri, July 6th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

While there are still staff at the entrance, checkout, and in the kitchen, Alibaba's seafood restaurant in Shanghai has robots instead of waiters. Everything is…


“These changes will likely mean a decline in job security and standards of living for many.”

We are not prepared for the upcoming wave of automation

Thu, July 5th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With AI set to do pretty much every job out there and increase wealth inequality as a result, it should come as no surprise that…


“How could the country that fought alongside the U.S. in World War II, in Korea, and in Afghanistan be a national-security threat?”

Boycotting American products

Wed, July 4th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

On his blog, Steve Paikin of The Agenda fame argues that the way the current U.S. administration is treating Canada is doing less for "national…


“A case that comes with sensors that can detect when the phone is in free-fall.”

A smartphone airbag

Tue, July 3rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Since the idea of carrying a fragile smartphone made of glass is pretty dumb, 25-year-old Philip Frenzel of Aalen University in Germany has developed a…