From the Intercept: Karsten Nohl, cellphone security expert and cryptographer, told The Intercept about details contained in the AURORAGOLD documents, and said that the broad scope of information swept up in the operation appears aimed at ensuring virtually every cellphone network in the world is NSA accessible.… Read the rest
Ever hear of Savonius vertical axis wind turbine dates back to Persian empire. Modern materials bring this ancient design into the modern age. Hello World’s Ashlee Vance paid a recent visit to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik to see the next part of the green energy story.… Read the rest
Remember the good old Active Desktop? I sure do. You could set a web page as your wallpaper, or put it in a box on your desktop. Along with Gadgets, it was a cool way to customize your work space. Also along with Gadgets, Active Desktop was removed. … Read the rest
What Is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a special type of malware that is actively spreading across the Internet today, threatening to destroy victim’s documents and other files. Malware is software–a computer program–used to perform malicious actions. While ransomware is just one of many different types of malware, it has become very common because it is so profitable for criminals.… Read the rest
For millennia, materials have mattered-so much so that entire eras have been named for them. From the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age and beyond, breakthroughs in materials have defined what was technologically possible and fueled revolutions in fields as diverse as electronics, construction and medicine.… Read the rest
Goodbye internet and Google, here comes the Dark Net! The censorship-free world of anonymous visitors is the home for whistle-blowers, political activism, pirated goods, drugs, commercial hacking services and who knows what else? Jamie Bartlett explains how this parallel internet works and what it says about market forces and customer service.… Read the rest
Did you know there is a scientific law that governs how often words are used in the English language? Or in any language for that matter. It seems to apply, like gravity, to everything from income to web hits. Find out all about it in today’s video and learn why I enjoy getting as many hapax legomenons … legomeni?… Read the rest
Will people fly through pneumatic tubes at a thousand miles per hour? The dream of Elon Musk’s hyperloop may be here sooner than you’d think.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a California company that’s actually building Musk’s futuristic transportation system, said that it expects to break ground on the project sometime in 2016.
Common Dreams says we should all pay attention to Brad Werner who conducted a session called “Is Earth F**ked? Dynamical Futility of Global Environmental Management and Possibilities for Sustainability via Direct Action Activism” at an annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.… Read the rest
Clever! Here’s a sustainable, passive-solar DIY greenhouse you can build from upcycled materials like tires, wood and glass bottles, operates using fully renewable energy can include an area to grow vegetables, aquaponics to farm fish and a personal nature retreat. Francis Gendron, the first graduate of Reynolds’ Earthship Academy in Taos, New Mexico, is the founder of the Greenhouse of the Future project.… Read the rest
It coos, it giggles, it finger-wiggles. Watch Pepper, the humanoid android, come alive in this video called Pepper’s Wake Up. It is haunting how alive this thing looks and acts. Without a word it engenders warm feelings and wonder. Could it really be alive? … Read the rest