August 22, 2008 (No Responses)
SMART DOGS are not news toÂ those of us who are doggie owners, however new scientific studies would now seem to be proving what we already suspected… our dogs are actually quite intelligent. Read more
July 29, 2008 (2 Responses)
THE NEXT evolution in monitoring andÂ to some extent controllingÂ citizen behaviour in real time is about to hit the streets this Autumn in the form of a Behavioural Recognition System from a company called BRS Labs which is hoping to completely change the video security surveillance paradigm in the process. Read more
June 24, 2008 (No Responses)
NEW RESEARCHÂ has indicatedÂ that some drugs used to put patients to sleep may also increase post operative pain from the procedure itself by boosting the activity of a protein called TRPA1 on the surface of pain-sensing nerve cells. Read more
October 9, 2007 (One Response)
IT’S NOT THAT LONG ago that I wrote a piece on the latest trend towards handing over everything to the machines (you laugh now, but stick around, it’s coming!) and in that instance it was the UK military in the frame with their latest unmanned hunter killer robots.Â Eh no – this is not a piss take, it’s actually happening.
Today it’s the turn of the yanks in the endless quest towards outsourcing everything a soldier could do to a machine instead. I refer of course to the so-called “Master Plan” from the US Navy to develop and deploy a fleet of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) to help win the global war on yawn, boring, etc; you get the idea. This master plan – no really, that’s what they call the document – was published back in July 23rd this year and includes multiple types of surface robotic and heavilly armed vessels.
Don’t you just feel safer all ready?
Still, not to be outdone by those water-lovers the US land lubbers (aka the Pentagon) has been developing tiny insect like robots as well, and as recently as yesterday there have been reports of seeing these little buggers in the wild, as printed by the Washington Post. These insect drones can be used for recon work, for spying on people, they can be used to help guide some nice big fat missiles to a target, hell they could even be used to kill someone directly, and now they areÂ out and about in the population and streets of the USA.
Still clinging to that illusion of safety?
There used to be a time we were all woried about the Russian commie pinko bastards taking over the world. Then it was the turn of the Chinese. Then it was the aliens with their fiendish rectal probes, and now it’s the machines.
I guess some things never change, but really – do we have to help speed upÂ the rise of the machines toÂ world domination by handing it to them on a plate?
August 15, 2007 (2 Responses)
BRITISH SCIENTISTSÂ are reportingÂ that the odds of life starting on Earth rather than inside a comet are one trillion trillion (10 to the power of 24) to one against. In other words folks, we’re not from around here!
Recent probes inside comets show it is overwhelmingly likely that life began in space, according to a new paper by Cardiff University scientists. This concept is referred to as “Panspermia“.
The 2005 Deep Impact mission to Comet Tempel 1 discovered a mixture of organic and clay particles inside the comet. One theory for the origins of life proposes that clay particles acted as a catalyst, converting simple organic molecules into more complex structures. The 2004 Stardust Mission to Comet Wild 2 found a range of complex hydrocarbon molecules – potential building blocks for life. Read more
July 4, 2007 (2 Responses)
AT 6PM TODAY the world may well change, for the better. Irish company Steorn are set to launch a public display of their so-called heretical invention – that of a clean, constant and free energy system which they claim will do away with the global energy crisis.
Just for those in the back who don’t get the significance of this… we are talking about an energy device which runs on nothing and yet is capable of producing limitless power.
I’ve written about this amazing discovery before, almost a year ago now in an article entitled “Irish Company Stumbles Upon Free Energy” and at the time there were many many skeptics who denounced the discovery as being a sham and a publcity stunt. Since then Steorn has invited 22 of the worlds top scientists into a one year validation programme to prove their claims, at the end of which all information will be released for public consumption.
That was nearly a year ago.Â Today the same company hopes to unleash “free energy” onto the world… Read more
May 12, 2007 (3 Responses)
UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN LIVING under a rock for the last couple of decades you will no doubt be aware of a seminal sci-fi series of movies concerning the end of the world as we know it, brought about by our own folly and dependency on machines and technology. I refer of course to the “Terminator” series, which basically charts the downfall of humanity and the rise of machines.
In the movies the system which we foolishly built to run global missile defence networks was called “Skynet”. The system also controlled unmanned aircraft and bombers. The only problem of course was that (in the movies you understand) the system became self aware, and decided that humanity was basically a threat to it. The resulting armageddon wiped the vast majority of humans off the face of the planet and enabled the machines to rise to dominance.
So – a successful piece of science fiction yes? Absolutely, but still it contained some central themes and warnings for the future – notably never give over control to machines. Unfortunately the armed forces of our wonderful planet don’t seem to have taken any notice, as more and more unmanned vehicles and devices are invented and deployed year on year.
Now however the situation has just got weirder… about as weird as you can get actually. Read more