Mark Hodge UK Sun VLADIMIR Putin has claimed genetically-modified super soldiers “worse than a nuclear bomb” could soon become a reality. The strongman Russian President spoke to a crowd of students about the prospect of an army of trained killers incapable of feeling “pain or fear” much like the characters in 1992 action movie Universal Soldier. He revealed that scientists are close to breaking the … Continue reading YOU’RE TERMINATED Vladimir Putin warns of future sci-fi super-human soldiers more ‘destructive than nuclear bombs’ who feel no fear or pain
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention The Guardian Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t … Continue reading ‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
CBS News Hurricane Harvey left hundreds of communities in southeast Texas without safe drinking water. At least 45 water systems are shut down, and 171 areas have issued boil water notices. But Houston is not on that list, despite significant flooding at one of its water plants. “The filters are the life blood of the plant. If you lose filtration, there’s nothing you can do,” said … Continue reading Harvey floods left Houston water plant hours away from failure
Amy Lipman NBC5 West Palm Beach “There was nothing at Walmart,” said Bianca Rodriguez of Palm Beach Gardens. “Not even like one thing of water.” Emergency officials recommend people have one gallon of water per person, per day for at least five days in the event of a hurricane. Rodriguez found cases of bottled water at a Winn-Dixie on Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens … Continue reading Palm Beach County residents stock up on supplies as Hurricane Irma heads west
Customers will be able to use a “Smile to Pay” facial recognition system at the tech-heavy, health-focused concept store, part of a drive by Yum China Holdings Inc to lure a younger generation of consumers.
Vincent Woods London Express The US is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which has killed at least 45 people and caused flooding and destruction across Texas. Now with the Atlantic hurricane season continuing, one projection has claimed there is a risk Hurricane Irma could make landfall in the US on September 10, causing devastation to the city as the storm continues to … Continue reading Hurricane Irma could strike New York on 9/11 with 116mph winds, projection claims
The upcoming Netflix docudrama dives deep into the conspiracy theory about the CIA’s attempt to develop tools for mind control.
The CIA’s mind control experiments from the 1950s and 1960s—known as MK-ULTRA—are the subject of a new Netflix series that revisits the epic conspiracy theory.
Wormwood is part documentary, part drama. Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris weaves in dramatic reenactments with real-life interviews. One person of particular interest is Eric Olson, the son of Dr. Frank Olson, known as the CIA biochemist who died after falling 10 stories from a New York City hotel room in 1953. Though his death was ruled a suicide, his family and others believe that he was assassinated by the CIA.
It’s no longer a secret that the agency oversaw hundreds of mind control experiments during the height of the Cold War—fueled by fears that Soviet, Chinese and North Korean agents were brainwashing American prisoners of war.
This could help scientists pinpoint the specific brain circuits animals use for certain behaviors, which could in turn help scientists pinpoint with greater accuracy which brain areas are involved in those same behaviors in humans, said Arnd Pralle, a biophysicist at the University at Buffalo in New York.
The main goal is to develop tools that can help scientists study the brains of laboratory animals to see how they encode emotions and behaviors, Pralle told Live Science. “We can translate a lot of that to human brains,” he added. [Top 10 Mysteries of the Mind] Continue reading “Magnetic Fields Can Remotely Control Brain Cells in Mice”
The FDA has just granted approval to Second Sight Medical Products to embark on a human clinical study of its newest visual prosthesis system. Known as Orion, the device is a newer iteration of the Sylmar, California-based company’s successful Argus II retinal implant product.
The Argus II gained approval in 2013, and it restores certain visual capabilities to people who have blindness that is caused by the inherited retinal degenerative illness Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). The Orion expands on this ability, boasting the potential to help treat nearly every form of profound blindness.
The FDA’s conditional approval will allow two American sites to test the device on a handful of patients, but additional device testing will be required to gain full approval. The company also has to address some outstanding questions that the FDA has about the product. The clinical trial sites have been identified as The University of California at Los Angeles and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Continue reading “FDA approved “Bionic Man” retinal implant to treat certain types of blindness… but there’s no spy vision capability (yet)”
Gold nanoparticles brighten the fluorescent dyes researchers use to highlight and study proteins, bacteria and other cells, but the nanoparticles also introduce an artifact that makes the dye appear removed from the target it’s illuminating.
When researchers want to understand how proteins interact with each other, how bacteria function or how cells grow and divide, they often use fluorescent dyes. This microscopy approach can be further enhanced with nanoparticles. But an artifact introduced by the nanoparticles makes the dye appear in the microscope as far as 100 nanometers removed from the protein or bacteria to which it is directly bound.
This “scooching effect” presents a problem: 100 nanometers may seem like an infinitesimal measurement, but if a protein is itself only a nanometer in length, a researcher might not be able to tell whether a protein is interacting with another protein or just gazing at it from the equivalent of the opposite end of a football field. Continue reading “Nanoparticles can help scientists brighten their research—but they also can throw off microscopic measurements”