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Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state

<b>Cover detail of "@War" by Shane Harris</b><p>Inside the high-level, complicated deals — and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power<p>Shane Harris<p>November 16, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex”<p>In mid-December 2009, engineers at Google’s …

Researchers Now Able To 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

One of the biggest problems with printing human meat was the creation of blood vessels and ventricles. Making a solid mass of flesh was easy but adding a way to pump blood and other nutrients through the flesh was more difficult. Now researchers at the University of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and …

Biobots made from tissue could one day be implanted in humans

It turns out that robots don't need to be BigDog-sized to be freaky. Scientists at the University of Illinois have created one a mere centimeter (half-inch) in size built on a 3D-printed hydrogel backbone. The "ew" part is what powers it: a strip of skeletal muscle cells triggered by an electric …

Future contraceptives will let women remote-control their fertility

Contraceptive implants are nothing new, but the current generation of progestogen-releasing devices need to be replaced every three years and have to be removed if you want to try for a baby. That may change soon, however, now that the Gates Foundation is backing a Massachusetts biotech company to …

3D printer drones will take to skies by 2040, claim BAE scientists

3D printers could be so advanced by 2040 they could create small unmanned aircraft, BAE Systems claim.<p>These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) could then potentially be used as a group of wide-winged aircraft for protracted or enduring surveillance or as rotary-winged UAVs to rescue single civilians or …

The Human Brain Has An On-Off Switch For Consciousness, Scientists Say

Turning off the mind could be as easy as flicking a switch.<p>That's what doctors at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., inadvertently discovered while evaluating a 54-year-old woman with epilepsy. The researchers realized that by using electrodes to deliver tiny jolts of electricity to …

The Sound From Ships May Attract Unwanted Critters

Hangers-on that cost the U.S. Navy $250 million a year<p>A ship at anchor isn't necessarily quiet. Many crews leave their generators on while at anchor, to power refrigerators or air conditioners. But maybe they should consider shutting down, if they can. The thrum of a ship's generator can attract …

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25 Lessons I Learned in 25 Years

These are the personal lessons that I've learned and the lessons that I appreciate the most.<p><b>1. Believe that anything and everything can happen.</b><p>By believing that impossible is possible, it allows you to expand your creativity and strategize accordingly. Working towards the impossible allows you to …

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The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders

The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will.<p>Consider the latest leak sourced to Edward Snowden from the perspective of his detractors. The National Security Agency's …

Dubai to Create the World's First Climate-Controlled City

While some of the planet's richest nations are focused on the issue of climate change and how to lessen humanity's impact on the environment, …

The 8 Biggest Bedding Mistakes You're Making (And How To Solve Them)

A comfortable bed is a clean bed! Check out The Company Store's tips and tricks for making sure your bed stays in top shape.<p><i>Miki Duisterhof</i><p><b>Not Storing Your Comforter Properly.</b><p><b>1.</b> Using a cotton bag for your duvet is ideal. Down feathers in particular need airflow during storage; so do not store them …