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Jan 19, 2020

Mapping Deforestation in Cambodia Photo

Posted by in categories: mapping, space

A new ‘Data in Action’ ArcGIS Story Map at NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) maps deforestation in Cambodia using NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Land Cover and Vegetation Continuous Fields datasets to highlight land cover changes.

The southeastern Asian country of Cambodia continues to struggle with extensive loss of its forests. In 2013, Dr. Matthew Hansen and colleagues found that Cambodia lost nearly 12,600 square kilometers of forest from 2000 to 2012. This ranked fifth worldwide for the time period (Hansen et al. 2013). Since 2012, Cambodia has continued to experience forest loss at alarming rates, loss that has extended even into the country’s national parks and protected areas. Large scale vegetation loss, or gains, can be monitored using Earth observation land data products derived from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on-board the Terra satellite. Data products like these are archived and distributed free of charge by NASA’s LP DAAC.

Jan 19, 2020

Cannabis compound could be weapon in fight against superbugs

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Mice cured of MRSA, raising hopes of treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Jan 19, 2020

Researchers Build the World’s Smallest Particle Accelerator

Posted by in category: particle physics

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Jan 19, 2020

SpaceX blew up a Falcon 9 rocket as Crew Dragon made a daring mid-air escape

Posted by in category: space travel

Cheers, SpaceX 👏

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program can celebrate a big step toward launching astronauts from US soil.

Jan 19, 2020

The Elderly in Japan are Using Exoskeletons to Delay Retirement

Posted by in category: cyborgs

In response, a number of Japanese tech companies are building exoskeleton suits to give the elderly a leg — or arm — up. One such company, Innophys, developed a backpack-like suit that can be ‘charged’ by squeezing a hand pump 30 times to fill pressurized air-powered “muscles.”

The suit can allow people to lift up to 55 pounds, costs the equivalent of about $1,300.

“One client is a family-owned company which makes and sells pickled radish and uses heavy weights in the process of production,” Innophys spokesperson Daigo Orihara told New Scientist. “The father is in his 70s and was supposed to retire but is still working with our muscle suit.”

Jan 19, 2020

Google, Bing and Operation Mockingbird: The CIA and Search-Engine Results

Posted by in categories: economics, military, policy

In 1948 Frank Wisner was appointed director of the Office of Special Projects. Soon afterwards it was renamed the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). This became the espionage and counter-intelligence branch of the Central Intelligence Agency. Wisner was told to create an organization that concentrated on “propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world.”

Later that year Wisner established Mockingbird, a program to influence the domestic American media. Wisner recruited Philip Graham (Washington Post) to run the project within the industry. Graham himself recruited others who had worked for military intelligence during the war. This included James Truitt, Russell Wiggins, Phil Geyelin, John Hayes and Alan Barth. Others like Stewart Alsop, Joseph Alsop and James Reston, were recruited from within the Georgetown Set. According to Deborah Davis, the author of Katharine the Great (1979) : “By the early 1950s, Wisner ‘owned’ respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles.”

In 1951 Allen W. Dulles persuaded Cord Meyer to join the CIA. However, there is evidence that he was recruited several years earlier and had been spying on the liberal organizations he had been a member of in the later 1940s. According to Deborah Davis, Meyer became Mockingbird’s “principal operative”.

Jan 19, 2020

Hackers Dupe Facial Recognition Systems With Creepy Mask

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Some systems didn’t even need a mask to be fooled.

Jan 19, 2020

LG TV Morphs From Flat Screen to Curved With Press of a Button

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics

At CES, LG Display is showing off a 65-inch concept TV that can bend at the edges, allowing it to switch from a flat-screen display to a curved one in about five seconds. The company also put a bendable OLED on a foldable tablet/laptop.

Jan 19, 2020

Thin-film identification tags for transferring data to touchscreen devices

Posted by in categories: internet, mobile phones

Today, countless electronic devices have touchscreens, including smart phones, tablets and smart home appliances. Touchscreen interfaces have become some of the most common means for users to communicate with and browse through their devices.

With this in mind, a research group at imec in Belgium has recently carried out a study exploring the potential of interfaces for enabling the simple transfer of data to and from devices connected to the internet. In a paper published in Nature Electronics, the team showed that commercial touchscreens can be used as reader interfaces for capacitive coupled data transfer using a 12-bit, thin-film identification tag powered by a battery or photovoltaic cell.

“Our field of expertise is for IoT and Internet of Everything applications,” Kris Myny, principal scientist at imec and one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Tech Xplore. “In this field, we look into thin-film circuits, i.e. flexible RFID tags that can be embedded in objects and communicate to RFID and/or NFC readers. Based on this, our next step was to investigate whether we could expand the number of readers.”

Jan 19, 2020

‘It’s a war between technology and a donkey’ – how AI is shaking up Hollywood

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

The film business used to run on hunches. Now, data analytics is far more effective than humans at predicting hits and eliminating flops. Is this a brave new world – or the death knell of creativity?