Facebook Psychology Experiment Controversy Update

Facebook’s creepy psychology experiment is even worse than we thought

By on July 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Facebook’s creepy psychology experiment is even worse than we thought

Facebook has a ready-made excuse for people who are upset that it conducted a massive psychological experiment on some 600,000 users — they all consented to it as part of Facebook’s user agreement, which says that the company may use their data for unspecified “research.” However, Forbes did a little digging and found that Facebook didn’t add “research” as an acceptable use for user data until months after it conducted its infamous experiment. More →

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Facebook Psychology Experiment Controversy

Facebook takes heat for conducting massive psychological experiments on users

By on June 30, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Facebook takes heat for conducting massive psychological experiments on users

Surprise! Facebook’s gotten in hot water for doing something creepy. Over the weekend it was revealed that Facebook secretly conducted a massive psychological experiment on some 600,000 of its users by trying to see if it could manipulate their mood by showing them mostly either happy posts or sad posts on their feeds. More →

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Google I/O Rumor Nanobots

This is hands down the craziest Google rumor we’ve ever heard

By on June 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM.

This is hands down the craziest Google rumor we’ve ever heard

It’s always smart to expect the unexpected with Google, but a new report from Seth Weintraub at 9to5Google is the most unexpected Google I/O rumor we’ve ever heard. One of Weintraub’s sources, who apparently tipped him off to Google’s Glass skydiving stunt two years ago, says that there’s a chance that Google will take the wraps off of “some cutting-edge micro bots that can detect things like certain kinds of cancer” at I/O this year, although the source cautions that these nanobots are at least two years away from being ready to launch onto the market. More →

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Aerogels 3D Printing Process

We are a step closer to a smartphone that weighs less than a dime

By on June 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

We are a step closer to a smartphone that weighs less than a dime

You may not have heard of them before, but I can tell you that Aerogels are cool. They are ultra-porous materials that are whipped up from silica gel or even aluminum oxide and may weigh just 15% more than air. Because they consist of so many microscopic air pockets, they are incredibly effective insulators.  More →

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Elon Musk on artificial intelligence: afraid of Terminator

Elon Musk: Yes, we should fear Terminator-style artificial intelligence

By on June 18, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Elon Musk: Yes, we should fear Terminator-style artificial intelligence

Elon Musk doesn’t invest in many companies, but when he does, you should probably pay attention, especially when that company is an artificial intelligence company. In a wide-ranging interview with CNBC, Musk said that pretty much the only companies he invests in are SpaceX, Tesla, SolarCity, and an artificial intelligence company called Vicarious. Why invest in artificial intelligence? More →

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New Solar Cell Tech: Colloidal Quantum Dots

Breakthrough in solar cell tech paves the way for cheaper access to the sun’s power

By on June 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Breakthrough in solar cell tech paves the way for cheaper access to the sun’s power

Two scientists from the University of Toronto have figured out a way to create cheaper, lighter and more flexible solar cells, CNET reports, which could allow more users in the future to harness energy directly from the sun for different purposes. More →

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Information Teleportation Technology in Testing

Forget beaming up humans – teleportation tech might speed up the Internet

By on May 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Forget beaming up humans – teleportation tech might speed up the Internet

Star Trek-like teleportation for humans is a possibility one physics professor considers feasible in the distant future, The Telegraph reports, but the technology may be used for something else in the near future: Transporting information. More →

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Google Project Loon Balloons

Google’s Wi-Fi balloons get mistaken for UFOs in Kentucky

By on May 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM.

Google’s Wi-Fi balloons get mistaken for UFOs in Kentucky

If you see an unidentified flying object with a Google logo on it, don’t worry too much — the company isn’t planning to abduct you and subject you to invasive probes, especially since its own algorithms are capable of probing you more thoroughly than any aliens ever could. Space.com reports that two years ago, some residents in Pike County, Kentucky reported seeing what they thought were UFOs from outer space but that turned out to be some of Google’s balloons that the company plans to use to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to rural parts of the world that lack Internet service. More →

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3D Printing a House

One contractor wants to build an entire house with a cement 3D printer

By on May 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

One contractor wants to build an entire house with a cement 3D printer

While houses of varying quality have been 3D-printed before, one contractor in Minnesota wants to build one such home by using a specially designed 3D printer that uses cement as a filament, without compromising on build quality or design, 3DPrint reports. Furthermore, the contractor’s aim isn’t to finish the house as fast as possible, but rather to 3D print it efficiently and securely. More →

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Supercell Thunderstorm Time Lapse Video

Watch this terrifying video of a giant supercell thunderstorm taking shape

By on May 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM.

Watch this terrifying video of a giant supercell thunderstorm taking shape

This is hopefully the closest you’ll ever get to a supercell thunderstorm while standing outside. In a new video uploaded over the weekend, the Basehunters storm chasers group has posted time-lapse footage of a supercell forming over northeastern Wyoming and it’s truly a scary and awe-inspiring sight. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration informs us that supercells are storms that “contain updrafts that rotate about a vertical axis” and that “often produce damaging wind, large hail, and tornadoes.” The video crams hours worth of storm footage into just two minutes and it gives you an idea of just how big storms can grow in a fairly short amount of time. You can watch the full video below. More →

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How To Make Water From Fog

Incredible video shows MIT researchers making fresh water out of fog in the middle of a desert

By on May 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Incredible video shows MIT researchers making fresh water out of fog in the middle of a desert

Living in the desert no longer has to mean being parched for drinking water. MIT has posted a video this month that shows how some researchers from its School of Engineering are working with researchers at the Pontificial University of Chile in Santiago to design a system for collecting fresh drinking water from fog that regularly rolls through Chile’s otherwise arid coastal region. More →

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