Daily Archives: June 15, 2016

This stretchy, drug-delivering gel could be the Band-Aid of the future

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Human beings have been dressing wounds with various kinds of bandages for thousands of years, but it’s unlikely an injured person ever wore a Band-Aid quite like this.

Researchers in the US have developed a sticky, stretchable gel-like material that can be used as a “smart wound dressing”. Incorporating temperature sensors and drug reservoirs, the hydrogel bandage can release medicine in response to changes in skin temperature, and embedded LEDs even light up to let you know when your meds are running low.

“Electronics are usually hard and dry, but the human body is soft and wet. These two systems have drastically different properties,” said Xuanhe Zhao, a mechanical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“If you want to put electronics in close contact with the human body for applications such as health care monitoring and drug delivery, it is highly desirable to make the electronic devices soft and stretchable to fit the environment of the human body. That’s the motivation for stretchable hydrogel electronics.”

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Apple wants to remind you to breathe (Gulp, what next?)


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Take a deep breath now.

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Did it take your breath away?

All those bits of software and apps and, well, more apps.

Wasn’t Apple’s WWDC 2016 a little like walking into Burberry’s and all they have in the store are accessories. (Darling, that’s where the profits are.)

But this is the way of the world. Hardware moves forward slowly. Software can be more nimble.

Which is why I was moved to extreme light-headedness by Apple’s new Breathe app for the Apple Watch.

Should you have been trying to prevent the hiccups all day, you might not know that as part of its presentation Apple showed an app that tells you when you should breathe.

It’s not quite as George Orwell Takes Up Yoga as it sounds. Not quite.

The idea is that you need to have your stress levels reduced. This is so very true in my case. I’m extremely stressed by all the notifications my gadgets keep sending me.

continue http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-watch-wants-to-remind-you-to-breathe-lordy-what-next

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Government Will Use Anti-Hoarding Laws To Take Your Food, Water And Supplies

On April 5, 1933, with a desperate nation in the throes of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102, “forbidding the Hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates within the continental United States.” The effect of the order, in conjunction with the statute under which it was issued, was to criminalize the possession of monetary gold by any individual, partnership, association or corporation, and at a time when Americans were desperate to regain lost wealth.

The order was issued to allow the Federal Reserve to bypass restrictions contained in the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, regarding the amount of gold reserves it had to retain in relation to the amount of Federal Reserve notes (dollars) it was creating.

Fast forward to 1994. Then-President Bill Clinton issued an executive order that combined a number of laws that would take effect in the event martial law was declared. One of the laws including in his order, EO 10998, permits the federal government to seize hoarded food supplies from both public and private holders.

continue http://www.allselfsustained.com/government-take-your-food-water-supplies/

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Orlando Shooting demonstrates that anti-Gun Laws don’t Work

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Omar Siddiqui Mateen bought guns legally, passed background checks and worked in law enforcement.

Criminals respect no gun regulations. This is an undisputable fact. The only outcome of restricting people’s use of firearms, as permitted by the Constitution, is massacres like the ones that took place over the weekend in an Orlando nightclub.

The shooting inside an Orlando LGBT club is a carbon copy of the attack that took place in France as well as the one in San Bernardino. One or a few deranged people enter the premises of a crowded public place and unload bullets at will, giving victims zero chance of reacting to such an attack.

What happened in Orlando is not a hate crime or an example of terrorism. It is another example of how government intervention in people’s lives always ends up in disaster.

For all we know, anyone, anywhere in the world would have taken responsibility for the attack on the nightclub where at least 50 people were killed while more than 50 were hurt as a result of an alleged ISIS sympathizer opening fire against tens of unarmed victims in a club without any armed security.

As explained on Sunday afternoon, it wouldn’t take too long for some of the most dangerous enemies of the Bill or Rights and the Constitution to come out in full swing to attack the Second Amendment as a result of the Orlando shooting.

continue http://real-agenda.com/orlando-shooting-demonstrates-gun-laws-dont-work/

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Yes, Your Car is Spying on You and Selling Your Data (but it’s Big Business doing it, so it’s OK)

by Scott Creighton

Remember when proposals like having “black boxes” in your car reporting on your every move was a bad thing? Remember when everyone raged about not wanting the “ebil gubmint” tracking their every mile and pedal push? Remember when that was an invasion of your privacy? Anybody? Remember?

“Everyone makes mistakes, and many people try to cover them up. But if you try to hide an error made behind the wheel of a car made by Tesla Motors, you are liable to be caught out. In fact, trying to hide what really happened in any kind of car accident could soon become just about impossible.

That’s the lesson of an incident over the weekend in which the owner of a Tesla Model X SUV crashed into a building and claimed it had suddenly accelerated on its own. But Tesla vehicles are constantly connected to their manufacturer via the Internet, and the company had this to say in a statement to the Verge:

“Data shows that the vehicle was traveling at 6 mph when the accelerator pedal was abruptly increased to 100 percent … Consistent with the driver’s actions, the vehicle applied torque and accelerated as instructed.”

This kind of data-backed corrective is set to get more common. Most automakers don’t log data from their vehicles in the same way Tesla does, but the industry appears to be headed that way.

The majority of cars sold in the U.S. now have event data recorders—sometimes described as black boxes—that log data to be examined in the event of an accident.

Most of those devices don’t record as much detail as Tesla does, or send it out over the Internet. But Internet connectivity in cars is becoming more common, and carmakers are keen to make use of whatever data they can get from our vehicles.

Only about a quarter of new cars have the necessary technology today, but that’s expected to reach over 90 percent by 2020. Companies such as GM are open about their interest in expanding the range of data they collect on driver actions to open up new business opportunities.MIT Technology Review

“Ebil gubmint” was wrong to try to follow us around, spying on and recording every mile we drove, every turn we took, every pit stop, every midday liaison, every word we uttered in the privacy of our own vehicles. Wrooong! 

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Black Planned Parenthood Activists Blame Orlando Terror Attack on ‘Toxic Masculinity’

Planned Parenthood Black Community is blaming “toxic masculinity” for the horrific shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The black community of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund — which says it works to “protect and advance the sexual and reproductive rights of African Americans” — tweeted out that the Orlando massacre, committed by jihadist Omar Mateen, was caused by “toxic masculinity” and “a global culture of imperialist homophobia.”

In addition, as MRCTV observes, Planned Parenthood Black Community continued, “Toxic masculinity enables rapists & rape culture, violent heterosexism & attacks on reproductive freedom.”

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Google is Quietly Recording Everything You Say — Here’s How to Hear It, Delete It, and Stop It

Thanks to a function of their search software, Google could have years worth of your conversations recorded, and you can hear it for yourself. Your cringe-worthy history can be heard and viewed along with a list of all your searches, at your personal Google history page.

The feature was built into Google’s search function as a means of delivering accurate search results. However, the sheer accuracy and amount of data Google stores is chilling.

The good news is that you can turn it off and delete it, and at the end of this article, we will show you how.

As the Independent reports:

The recordings can function as a kind of diary, reminding you of the various places and situations that you and your phone have been in. But it’s also a reminder of just how much information is collected about you, and how intimate that information can be.

You’ll see more if you’ve an Android phone, which can be activated at any time just by saying “OK, Google”. But you may well also have recordings on there whatever devices you’ve interacted with Google using.

However, even if you don’t have an Android phone and conduct Google searches on iDevices, Google is still listening.

When visiting your personal history page that the web giant keeps on you, it will show you everywhere Google has a record of you being on the internet.

Of course, Google claims that this information is never personally used against you and is done solely for the purpose of enlightening your experience on the web. However, imagine the ominous implications if this information was being used against you.

Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.

The data from these searches is then stored on each individual who conducts them. Using this data or steering results in a particular direction, the internet behemoth could effectively influence the entire world. Aside from influence, Google could predict the future based on trends.

continue http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/06/google-quietly-recording-everything-say-heres-hear-delete-stop/

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New TV Kills Mosquitos With Inaudible Sound Waves

A new television, just launched in India, does more than just mindlessly entertain you—it also acts as a mosquito repellent by driving away the pesky insects with inaudible sound waves. The technology comes after the country last year experienced its worst outbreak of the mosquito-borne Dengue fever in two decades.

“The LG Mosquito Away TV, developed as per the Indian insights by consumers, is equipped with an Ultra Sonic device which once activated, uses the sound wave technology and makes mosquitoes fly away without emitting any harmful radiations,” said LG, the South Korean electronics giant that made the device, as quoted by the Economic Times. LG added that the technology used “complies with the norms of global organizations” and has been tested by India’s International Institute of Biotechnology and Toxicology (IIBAT).

The TV is chemical-free, and requires no refills or other maintenance. It also operates when the TV is off, ensuring mosquitoes stay away at all times. LG has deployed similar technology for some of its products marketed in Africa, notably a pair of air conditioners. Juah Kim, a member of LG’s global communications team, told Vocativ in an email Wednesday that the TV will be launched in the Philippines this July. “At the moment there’s no plan to expand this model in other market,” he added.

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George Soros Is Preparing For Economic Collapse – Does He Know Something That You Don’t?

George Soros - Photo by Niccolo CarantiWhy is George Soros selling stocks, buying gold and making “a series of big, bearish investments”?  If things stay relatively stable like they are right now, these moves will likely cost George Soros a tremendous amount of money.  But if a major financial crisis is imminent, he stands to make obscene returns.  So does George Soros know something that the rest of us do not?  Could it be possible that he has spent too much time reading websites such as The Economic Collapse Blog?  What are we to make of all of this?

The recent trading moves that Soros has made are so big and so bearish that they have even gotten the attention of the Wall Street Journal

Worried about the outlook for the global economy and concerned that large market shifts may be at hand, the billionaire hedge-fund founder and philanthropist recently directed a series of big, bearish investments, according to people close to the matter.

Soros Fund Management LLC, which manages $30 billion for Mr. Soros and his family, sold stocks and bought gold and shares of gold miners, anticipating weakness in various markets. Investors often view gold as a haven during times of turmoil.

Hmmm – it sounds suspiciously like George Soros and Michael Snyder are on the exact same page as far as what is about to happen to the global economy.

You know that it is very late in the game when that starts happening…

continue http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/george-soros-is-preparing-for-economic-collapse-does-he-know-something-that-you-dont

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MI5 collecting “significantly more” data than it can use, new Snowden docs reveal

 

A chart from the National Technical Assistance Centre, showing some stats from its PRESTON eavesdropping project. Over a six month period, 97 percent of warranted intercepted calls and messages were “not viewed.”

New documents from the Snowden trove reveal MI5 admitting that it was collecting “significantly more than it is able to exploit fully.” The 2010 report, published by The Intercept, describes MI5 as the “principal collector and exploiter of target’s digital footprint in the domestic space,” and noted that its efforts had “grown significantly over the last few years.”

A second secret report released today by The Intercept confirms the fact that the UK’s intelligence agencies were drowning in data: “There is an imbalance between collection and exploitation capabilities, resulting in a failure to make effective use of some of the intelligence collected today,” the report noted. “With the exception of the highest priority investigations, a lack of staff and tools means that investigators are presented with raw and unfiltered DIGINT [digital intelligence] data. Frequently, this material is not fully assessed because of the significant time required to review it.”

Although those reports referred to the situation in 2010, the problems seem to have continued afterwards. As Ars wrote last year, too much data and stretched resources are common problems for European security services. A UK government investigation into the murder of Lee Rigby revealed that his attackers were known to MI5, but that it had not been possible to follow the leads because “MI5 has limited resources, and must continuously prioritise its investigations in order to allocate those resources.”

continue http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/06/mi5-too-much-data-preston-milkwhite-analysis/

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Scientists find 2,000-Year-Old Still-Edible Hunk of Bog Butter

Theoretically the stuff is still edible – but we wouldn’t say it’s advisable’

A prehistoric 10 kg lump of butter was unearthed by Jack Conway in Ireland. The finding has been given to the National Museum, where it will be preserved. Andy Halpin, assistant keeper in the museum’s Irish Antiquities Division, said that the finding isn’t extremely rare, as ‘bog butter’ was actually quite common back in the day.

Until 2003, scientists and archaeologists were not quite sure of the origin of bog butter, but Bristol researchers discovered that some samples of the “butter” were dairy products, while others were animal fat. Preserving butter and fat was difficult without a fridge, so people often went to strange lengths to preserve it. In Great Britain and Ireland especially, people used to put the products in wooden boxes or animal hides and bury them in peat or bogs, where the temperature was cooler.

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