Collective Evolution
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And because these cultures pass down beliefs and teachings orally, a lot of wisdom held by the elders was lost. Fortunately, some remain to preserve it. The world has changed a lot, but much of their teachings, meant to serve as a guidebook for a way of life that respects and honours all beings, still applies today. One great example would by the modern day food industry. Several different cultures within the first nations of America preach deep respect for all life and the animal kingdom, and a recognition that all life is connected. Imagine travelling back in time and showing footage of modern day factory farmsanimals being raised and tortured en mass, in the billions, solely to be killed for our increasing greed. I would be surprised if you could find one elder today who wasn't appalled and heartbroken, or an elder in ancient times who would allow their people to participate in such barbaric acts.
Mashable
12 hours
Friends, when it comes to online recreation, you've got a lot of options. You could watch an intricate candle carving video , for example. Or watch slime being made. Or watch a nice clip of waterfall. Or watch a teen pour a bunch of Orbeez into a pool. And there's fidget spinner porn now! It's all right there! Today, I'd like to throw another internet activity into the mix for your consideration: semi-truck parking videos. SEE ALSO: I am both mortified and mesmerized by these makeup destruction videos These clips, which feature massive vehicles slipping flawlessly into parking spaces, fall pretty firmly into the "oddly satisfying" category. The truck drivers, for many of whom this is standard practice, are an inspiration for bad parkers like yours truly, who failed her first driving test (passed the second, though!) and has literally never parallel parked in the wild. Read more... More about Watercooler , Cars , and Watercooler
The Event Chronicle
17 hours
Salman Abedi – the Manchester suicide bomber was associated with terrorist organizations, and flew an ISIS flag outside of his window while traveling in Libya and Syria. As a citizen of Britain, he is subjected to constant surveillance, so how did the government miss the terrorist flag waving in their faces? These terrorist attacks are used as examples to terrify people into accepting more surveillance, so why isnt the surveillance increase stopping them? Mass data collection is one factor.. instead of doing targeted surveillance as they collect information on every citizen. So while the NSA is admittedly looking at your sexts, the bad guys get lost in the mess. The mass-collection mess is an example of the slave and master mentality between governments and their people- where the owners dont trust their property and keep them under constant watch.
Hackaday
18 hours
You could change the software to suit if you wanted to handle things differently. For example, we might make the vibration sensor snooze, and require the user to access the web page to turn the alarm off just to make sure we were really awake. Contact paper is available in lots of finishes, so this technique could turn a 3D-printed box into a box with a solid color, a marble pattern, or even simulated carbon fiber. We couldn't help but think about putting some of the unusual LED clocks we've seen in this kind of enclosure. Maybe even one with words . Filed under: 3d Printer hacks , ARM , clock hacks
Quick Sprout
18 hours
Instead of distracting the user from the valuable content, it is inviting the user to go deeper. Let me show you another example, this time using a mixture of two content typesvideo and text. Squarespace’s blog features this account of John Malkovich: Perhaps the most outstanding feature of this content is its visual appeal. CTAs are visually understated, but they are still there. One invites the user to read more articles. The other points to newer and older articles. And the most important CTA of all prompts the user to play the video. Now that the user’s attention is focused on the video, a CTA is placed in their line of sight: For users who are on the full video page, the CTAs are still there. Although obvious, they do
21stCenturyWire
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I said, “No. I dont need it.” MF: You once said that you dont want America in your country, so you were serious? RD: Yes. But not quite so. I said it about the American troops. That one day, during my term, if I survive the CIA, I still have five years to go... MF: You talk a lot about assassination. Do you really expect that to happen? RD: They do it. Does it surprise you? They can even take the president out of his country for him to face trial in another country. MF: So you are not worried about this denial being perceived as disrespect, for example? That was a message you wanted to send? RD: They started it, not me. MF: What should happen for it to improve? Are you waiting for an apology? Will it work? RD: No. I dont want that thing to happen. MF: So what would help? RD: It’s enough that I respect Trump. He is a friend, and he is welcome to come here in November.
Futurism
2 days
Two Russian solar physicists, Galina Mashnich and Vladimir Bashkirtsev, took him up on that bet. This wager is an example of the controversy that has fueled numerous studies that focus on climate change and how we can stop it . The bet hasn't been settled yet, but last year Annan told Reuters that, unless 2017 is the coldest year we've seen in almost a century, he expects to win. And, if this spring is any indication , Annan has nothing to worry about — at least as far as the bet goes. The post Wagers, Contests, and Competitions That Inspired Scientific Breakthroughs appeared first on Futurism .
BMW Blog
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Now that BMW decided to launch more M cars with the CS lettering on the boot, some younger fans of the brand might think this is a new thing. However, as history shows, BMW has been making CS versions of their otherwise standard M cars for quite some time. One epic example is the BMW E46 M3 CS model that had the misfortune of being launched under the tall shadow of the iconic BMW E46 M3 CSL model. In the video below we get to see exactly how the two stack up against each other, at least on the drag strip. But what made them so different and what did that extra L' bring to the table? The BMW E46 M3 CSL was built with low weight in mind, engineers working overtime to make sure they can build it as light as possible. In that regard, a number of measures were taken, from a CFRP roof to a variety of other lightweight materials being used throughout its body.
The Event Chronicle
3 days
Often the end-state that is viewed as a vitally important goal is used to justify the means necessary to attain that goal no matter who gets hurt or killed. One example is that it has been alleged that Secret Space War pilots serve ten-year terms of deep-space combat with this invading armada that is headed our way, and then their memories are wiped clean as a security and secrecy measure. It has been reported that some such SSW vets who had their memories wiped start recovering them after a period of time. This esoteric drift of the SSG because of the SSW deep space anti-gravity fleets of the USN and the USAF combined with the DUMBs and the treaties with certain Alien ET groups has actually constituted a very sophisticated type of mind-kontrol. This has caused SSW controllers to accept the Alien ET directed delusion that the American masses should not be told the truth, that they could not handle it.
Times of Israel
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Renee Black and Sadiq Patel say their close relationship is a testament to what all people have in common, an example of thousands of friendships and acts of kindness we don't see'
SABC Digital News
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PressTV News
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Futurism
3 days
Reversing the algorithms. In image recognition, this involves programming the machine to produce or modify pictures when the computer recognizes a pattern it has learned. Take the example of a Deep Dream modification of The Creation of Adam, where the AI has been told to put dogs in where it recognizes them. From this, we can learn what constitutes a dog for the A.I: firstly, it only produces heads (meaning this is what largely characterizes a dog, according to it) and secondly, the patterns that the computer recognizes as dogs are clustered around Adam (on the left) and God (on the right). A Deep Dream rendering of The Birth of Adam, where the AI has been told to look for dogs and modify the picture where it finds them. (Image Credit: PROMario Klingemann/Flickr) 2. Identifying the data it has used. This process of understanding AI gives AI the command to record extracts and highlight the sections of text that it has used according to the pattern it was told to recognize.
Hackaday
3 days
1) Each loop draws a box with a random color and then erases it before going to the next position. The second for loop makes the puck move in the opposite direction. You can probably deduce that the first argument is the screen array, the second is the position. The third argument sets the color, and the final argument sets an animation timer. Looking at the code, though, it does look like the timer blocks which is probably not going to work for some applications. If that's all there was, this wouldn't be worth too much, but you can also draw triangles, circles, and squares. For example: ect.circle(image,(4,4), 3, [randint(0,255), randint(0,255), randint(0,255)], 0.1) We covered the Sense Hat awhile back. Of course, it does a lot more than just light up LEDs as you can see from this weather dashboard . Filed under: Raspberry Pi
Mashable
3 days
Let's face it: Selfie filters have gotten boring. No one cares anymore that thanks to the miracle of modern technology you can vomit rainbows or stick a dog's nose on your face. It's just, well, played out . Whether that's in spite of or because of Facebook's recent push into the filter game is anyone's guess, but all the Zuckerberg money in the world can't make something cool. But hey, all you filter lovers out there, there's hope yet. Say hello to the definitely sexy sounding technique known as "example-based synthesis of stylized facial animations" that is to be presented at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference scheduled for later this summer in Los Angeles. Read more... More about Facebook , Video , Apps , Instagram , and Smartphones
Hackaday
3 days
There’s some interesting technology bundled into this energy harvesting wristwatch . While energy harvesting timepieces (called automatic watches ) have been around for nearly 240 years, [bobricius] has used parts and methods that are more easily transferable to other projects. Unlike early mechanical systems, this design uses the versatile BPW34 PIN photodiode (PDF warning). PIN photodiodes differ from ordinary PN diodes in that there’s a layer of undopedintrinsicsilicon separating the P and N doped layers. This reduces the utility of the diode as a rectifier, while allowing for higher quantum efficiency and switching speed. They are typically used in the telecommunications industry, but have a number of interesting ‘off labelapplications. For example, the BPW34 can be used as a solid-state particle detector (although for detecting alpha particles you’re better off with something in a TO-5 package such as the Hamamatsu S1223-01).
NASA Goddard
4 days
21stCenturyWire
4 days
I spoke with crew members whose comrades had been massacred by the incoming terrorists who then became known as the White Helmets in East Aleppo for example but also in other areas, Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Idlib. None of this is being reported and now we are heading towards the abyss of war and this terrorist affiliated group has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. I appeal to you as someone with such standing and eminence in the media world, in the world at large, please would you highlight this story. If the White Helmets win the Nobel Prize it will bring with it such credibility, not only for the group, but for the entire illegal war effort and US hegemony globally. The war against Syria is underpinned by the propaganda provided by this group of White Helmets, who knows what they will be used for in the future. I speak to you as a journalist, one who believes in presenting the truth not a two dimensional version of it that serves only to amplify state narratives.
21stCenturyWire
4 days
I spoke with crew members whose comrades had been massacred by the incoming terrorists who then became known as the White Helmets in East Aleppo for example but also in other areas, Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Idlib. None of this is being reported and now we are heading towards the abyss of war and this terrorist affiliated group has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. I appeal to you as someone with such standing and eminence in the media world, in the world at large, please would you highlight this story. If the White Helmets win the Nobel Prize it will bring with it such credibility, not only for the group, but for the entire illegal war effort and US hegemony globally. The war against Syria is underpinned by the propaganda provided by this group of White Helmets, who knows what they will be used for in the future. I speak to you as a journalist, one who believes in presenting the truth not a two dimensional version of it that serves only to amplify state narratives.
TYT YouTube
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CNN
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"I am shocked that you cannot come up with one example of discrimination that you would stand up for students," said Rep. Katherine Clark.
Futurism
5 days
Enzymes that can break down polysaccharides have many uses – for example, in detergents that dissolve stains on clothes. Similar types of enzymes can also be used to release sugars found in plants, which can then be used for manufacturing biodegradable plastic . In my lab, we are searching for new enzymes that could improve biotechnology for making renewable fuels and chemicals. Enzymes jump-start chemical reactions but are not consumed by the reactions. Learning From Microbes The plants that form a central node of the food web produce billions of tons of polysaccharides every year . The sugars locked away in plants are linked together in long chains. They consist of three major polysaccharides : cellulose, xylan and pectin. These polysaccharides give plants their structure and help protect them against insect damage. When plants die, these strong polysaccharides trap a large amount of sugars in the plant leaves and stems.
Futurism
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BMW Blog
5 days
On the BMW i3 you get a dash made of recycled plastic, organic materials used for the seat covers, naturally tanned leather and eucalyptus wood on the dash because that’s the fastest growing tree in the world. Everything was set up to have as little of an impact on the world as possible. And that’ something you’ll find in other areas as well, when it comes to the i3. For example, the CFRP used in its construction requires a lot of energy to be manufactured. BMW went about it by creating an entire plant from the ground up for CFRP manufacturing and it is powered by hydroelectricity sourced using the nearby Lake Moses . Then, the final assembly of the i3 is done in Leipzig where the plant is powered using solar panels . Finally, if you want, BMW can install a charging port at your home that uses solar panels to recharge your car, so that you know exactly how the electricity going into your car is being sourced.