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Written By: grant on September 4, 2013 No Comment

University of California, Riverside, researchers have made a very small breakthrough in the way computers work… one that might lead to big changes soon. They’re using atom-thin sheets of carbon to create an entirely new kind of logic circuit:

Graphene is a single-atom thick carbon crystal with unique properties beneficial for electronics including extremely [...]

Written By: grant on July 24, 2013 No Comment

SONG: “Better Angels” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

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SOURCE: Based on “Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media,” The Guardian, 17 March 2011, as used in the post “Sock-puppet G-men keeping tabs on the Twitter.”

ABSTRACT: If I was a soldier and my assigned weapon was an [...]

Written By: grant on July 4, 2013 No Comment

Slate brings psychogeography a step closer to the mainstream, highlighting software that uses word frequency to show what kinds of people are in what parts of the city:

Of all the data goldmines that social media companies have acquired over the past few years, Yelp’s stash of 39 million ratings and reviews of everything [...]

Written By: grant on June 18, 2013 No Comment

The Guardian reveals a genuine government plot to infiltrate social networks with Fakey McFake IDs:

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will [...]

Written By: grant on May 29, 2013 No Comment

The Telegraph reports on (or, at least, repeats Wired‘s reporting on) the dirigibles spreading the World Wide Web to places no internet has gone before:

“To help enable the campaign, Google has been putting together an ecosystem of low-cost smartphones running Android on low-power microprocessors,” Wired said. “Rather than traditional infrastructure, Google’s signal will [...]

Written By: grant on May 14, 2013 No Comment

Science Daily isn’t talking about fiberoptics. They’re looking at the latest breakthroughs that take the “electrons” out of “electronics” by using photons to process information:

Scientists from the Group of Philip Walther from the Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna succeeded in prototyping a new and highly resource efficient model of a quantum computer — [...]

Written By: grant on May 1, 2013 No Comment

Wired (via CNN) is sizing up the new guy on the mound – a mechanical brain designed to outsmart pitchers:

Researchers at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have built a small humanoid robot that plays baseball — or something like it. The bot can hold [...]

Written By: grant on April 12, 2013 No Comment

And, Wired says, about as thick, too. But this chip can still do everything a GPS can do… without the satellites:

At the University of Michigan on Wednesday, researchers for Darpa announced they’d created a very small chip containing a timing and inertial measurement unit, or TIMU, that’s as thick as a couple human hairs. [...]

Written By: grant on April 2, 2013 No Comment

New Scientist adds up the arguments over bitcoins, the computer-generated form of money. We’re now seeing plans to regulate the imaginary currency:

Virtual currencies are to be regulated by the US Treasury after the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) moved to clarify their status under anti-money-laundering laws.

The move comes as Bitcoins doubled in [...]

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