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China seals off 30,000 people after bubonic plague death

And 151 residents have been placed under quarantine<p>Parts of Yumen, a city in northwestern China, have been sealed off after a local died of bubonic plague last week, reports Reuters. The 38-year-old man is said to have contracted the bacterial disease, also known as "the black death," after coming …

F.lux Gets Updated To Work Around Your Personal Sleep Schedule

F.lux! If you haven’t heard of it, be warned: once you get used to f.lux, you’ll probably find yourself annoyed whenever you use a computer that doesn’t have it.<p>The theory behind f.lux: your body’s internal clock is largely driven by daylight. Your monitor, and the bright, blue light it emits, can …

New 'Exosuit' To Take Ocean Divers To Stupendous Depths (PHOTO, VIDEO, INFOGRAPHIC)

Talk about taking the plunge. A new submersible body suit will take ocean divers to a depth of 1,000 feet and let them spend hours there observing and collecting marine species that are hard to get at with conventional diving gear or submersibles.<p>If all goes according to plan, the metal Exosuit …

Mooshimeter Is A Smarter Multimeter That Works As A Wireless Extension Of Your Smartphone

The presence of Bluetooth LE/4.0 in the latest generations of smartphones and tablets has let to an explosion of hardware/sensor add-ons that extend the capabilities of the mobile devices we all now carry around with us.<p>The low power wireless transfer tech is also allowing for full digital devices …

How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

U.S. Army

Can The Open-Data Revolution Change Our Democracies?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> The End Of Privacy.<p><b>About Beth Noveck's TED Talk</b><p>Former White House deputy CTO Beth Noveck shares her vision of practical openness: connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, and creating a truly participatory democracy.<p><b>About Beth Noveck</b><p>Beth Noveck …

Hollywood, propaganda and liberal politics

The legendary media tycoon<p>William Randolph Hearstbelieved America needed a strongman and thatFranklin D. Rooseveltwould fit the bill. He ordered his newspapers to support FDR and the New Deal. At his direction, Hearst's political allies rallied around Roosevelt at the Democratic convention, which …

Noah's Ark Blueprints Found—4,000-Year-Old Detailed Instructions

Irving Finkel, British Museum curator and author of “The Ark Before Noah,” has found a 4,000-year-old tablet that describes the materials and …

Archaeology

Intel’s voice recognition will blow Siri out of the water—because it doesn’t use the cloud

There’s a problem with today’s voice recognition systems: They’re just too slow. Anyone who has waited in frustration while Siri or Google’s Voice Search “thinks” about even the simplest commands knows what I’m talking about.<p>The problem isn’t voice recognition software per se, which is more …

Artificial Intelligence

1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the pathogen that caused one of the most devastating plagues in human history, shedding light on where the disease came from and how it spread.<br>The Plague of Justinian occurred in the sixth century AD and resulted in more than 100 million deaths by some …

Western residents face threat of water rationing as feds reduce water flow

For years, experts have been warning people in the American West they will have to make do with less water in the future. That dryer future already may have arrived.<p>This year, for the first time in history, lower flows in the Colorado River have prompted the federal government to reduce the amount …

Staples Connect review: One small step toward the smart-home singularity - CNET

MSRP: $99.00<p><b>The Good</b> <b>Staples Connect</b> is a smooth, simple-to-use system that delivers on its promise of integrating devices of different networking protocols into a single home automation network, all without monthly fees.<p><b>The Bad</b> Device controls within the Staples Connect app are too limited -- for …

As Software Eats The World, Agile Tool Provider Hansoft Raises $8.4M To Steal Competitors’ Lunch

Launched all the way back in 2005, Sweden-headquartered Hansoft provides tools to help teams collaborate and manage the development of products and services using “Agile software development” — the umbrella term for a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental …

Wealthy venture capitalist Tom Perkins says the 1% in America are treated like Jews in Nazi Germany

<b>(Twentieth Century Fox)</b><p>In a letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal, Perkins warns of a “progressive Kristallnacht”<p>Elias Isquith<p>January 25, 2014 5:34pm (UTC)<p>Thomas Perkins is a hyper-wealthy venture capitalist. Beyond his enormous success in business, he may be best known as the man who was …

Confessions of a former Libertarian: My personal, psychological and intellectual epiphany

<b>A photo of the author</b><p>I was a Buddhist concerned with world suffering — and I could no longer reconcile my humanity with my ideology<p>Scott Parker<p>January 26, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>During college, a friend admitted he was confounded by my politics. He didn’t know how to reconcile my libertarianism with my …

Android-based iBeacon competitor Datzing lets you set up beacons using old phones

Apple(s aapl) drew a lot of attention to location-aware advertising when it introduced iBeacon with iOS 7, and so far, Android(s goog) hasn’t seen an …

Did China test a new hypersonic glide vehicle?

A story is circulating on social media about China’s new hypersonic glide vehicle. Here are some questions.<p>Social media is buzzing this morning …

Doctors Now Using Google Glass During Operations (VIDEO)

One of the major problems holding back Google Glass (other than the fact it hasn't been released yet) is that it looks, well, nerdy.<p>But one time …

Invisible intelligence: how tiny sensors could connect everything we own

The Kolibree toothbrush knows more about your mouth than you ever wanted to know. It monitors how you brush your teeth and lets you know if you're doing it wrong (yes, you can fail at brushing your teeth). Even your dentist can’t monitor your oral hygiene on a daily basis, and that’s exactly why …

Ivee Sleek is a voice assistant that controls your connected home via WiFi

By this point, most of us are accustomed to being able to talk to our laptops and phones to get them to do what we want (some of the time, at least). Now, Ivee Sleek is here to give you the same control over all those WiFi-equipped lightbulbs, thermostats and door locks we've been seeing lately. …

Qardio Puts Its Smart Blood Pressure Monitor On Indiegogo, Aiming To Ship In March

Qardio was one of the startups competing in our battlefield competition at Disrupt Europe 2013, last October. On stage in Berlin it showed off a forthcoming consumer ECG monitor, the QardioCore, along with a wireless blood pressure monitoring device, QardioArm. The startup has now kicked off a …

3Doodler 3D printing pen coming to Brookstone stores later this year

If the only thing standing between you and a $99 3Doodler was the ability to mull the decision over in a nearby massage chair, 2014 is your year. Wobbleworks announced today that its 3D printing pen is finally getting a little retail distribution, namely Brookstone, which will be adding the …

New York satanists unveil plans for Oklahoma goat-headed statue

A satanic group has unveiled designs for a 7ft-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012.<p>The New York-based Satanic Temple formally submitted its application on Monday to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, …

Sunspot goes wild! X-class solar flare blasts in our direction

The sun erupted with a powerful solar flare on Tuesday, disrupting radio traffic and sending a blast of electrically charged particles our way. And there may be more blasts to come.<p>The X1.2-class flare was recorded by sun-observing satellites, including NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, at about …

Astronomy

Nuance's next-generation Dragon Assistant wants to have a conversation

Remember that partnership Intel and Nuance penned way back when? The fruits of their labor is finally here: Nuance's next-generation Dragon Assistant. The virtual assistant is designed specifically for Intel RealSense technology, and comes with two default personalities: American female or British …

Lumo BodyTech Introduces The Lift: A Small, Stylish Wearable For Better Posture

Palo Alto-based Lumo BodyTech is revealing its second product today, the Lumo Lift. The Lift, like its original Lumo Back, is a device designed to enhance a user’s posture, but with a radically different take. The Lift is small and stylish, and is designed to be placed unobtrusively on the collar …

Why don’t economists like Bitcoin?

Paul Krugman and others can't get behind the virtual currency<p>Nobel prize-winning economist and <i>New York Times</i> columnist Paul Krugman wrote a blog post this weekend with a tantalizing title, "Bitcoin Is Evil," that has provoked the expected backlash from proponents of the virtual currency.<p>The …

Prediction 2014: Hardware Is The New Software

The biggest thing that I noticed in 2013 was the amount of energy in small hardware startups. Even without a really robust infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT), the same kinds of developers who have been launching software companies are now switching to hardware. In truth, the line …

Chalk up another topic beset by political polarization: Evolution

By about 2-1, Americans accept the idea that "humans and other living things have evolved over time," but as with so many issues these days, answers to that question have taken on a growing partisan cast.<p>According to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center, six in 10 Americans say they …