Science & Technology

MegaNet: Kim Dotcom’s plan for uncensored, people-powered internet

Kim Dotcom MegaNet

Kim Dotcom‘s dream of a people-powered, censorship-resistant Internet will rely on the goodwill of supporters to get off the ground. In an announcement this morning, the entrepreneur confirmed that his MegaNet project will seek equity via a crowd-funding campaign set to launch on the January 2016 anniversary of the raid …

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Boeing patents drones that could fly indefinitely

Boeing patent drone UAV

As drone technology continues to advance, Boeing has raised the bar even higher. The aerospace giant has received a patent for a UAV that could fly forever – recharging in mid-air via a tether attached to the ground. The patent – filed in March 2013 and approved by the US …

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Plasma tubes floating above the Earth confirmed to exist

Plasma Tubes Earth

Astronomers have for the first time captured visual evidence of the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth. “For over 60 years, scientists believed these structures existed but by imaging them for the first time, we’ve provided visual evidence that they are …

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Nearly 200 scientists warn of cell phone health risks

People using cell phones radiation

Biological and health scientists from Russia and Iran to the USA are calling on the UN, the World Health Organization and national governments to develop strict regulations concerning devices and cellphones that create electromagnetic fields. The scientists are from 39 nations and have authored 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on the health …

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Weather control with lasers now possible

Weather control cloud laser Jean-Pierre Wolf

Editor’s note: for further information please see declassified US Air Force documents from 1996: Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025. Is there anything laser can’t do? From cutting diamonds to preserving endangered sites, all the way to building terrifying weapons and turning your eyes from brown to blue, there is apparently …

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China builds first all robot factory, replacing humans

China robot factory

Having devoured many of the world’s factory jobs, China is now handing them over to robots. As part of a major push towards automation, the first robots-only factory is being built in China’s Dongguan manufacturing hub, reducing human employees to a bare minimum. The factory, owned by Shenzhen Evenwin Precision Technology …

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Drones to plant a billion trees per year

Drone planting trees BioCarbon Engineering

A new company is hoping to reverse deforestation by using drones to plant trees. The company, BioCarbon Engineering, plans to disperse seedlings using drones, which could plant up to one billion trees per year. “We are going to counter industrial scale deforestation using industrial scale reforestation,” says Lauren Fletcher, the …

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Japanese bank using multilingual robot to serve customers

Japan bank robot NAO

One of Japan‘s megabanks, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, showcased a robot bank teller on 13 April at its down-town Tokyo branch in the hope that the multilingual robot will help foreign customers during the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. NAO, the programmable 58cm mini-robot, is equipped with multiple sensors, and responds to …

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Activists stage first ever hologram protest against gag laws

Holographic protest

People across the world took part in a unique protest against the Spanish law that limits the rights of the public to rally. No one attended the virtual march, but holograms of protesters were projected outside parliament in Madrid instead. Activists have recently launched a petition against the Citizen Safety …

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New Wi-Fi Barbie to record children, store data on cloud

Hello Barbie wifi

A group of privacy advocates are attempting to halt the release of a new Wi-Fi enabled Barbie doll, which records conversations with children. Mattel, the toy company behind the iconic children’s doll, announced the launch of the new Hello Barbie, which will be able to hold two-way conversations, play games …

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