Meet SKA: The 3,000 Mile Long Super-Telescope

SKA Telescope Logo

The SKA Logo

The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope when it is completed.

Using Interferometry, which is the linking together of radio telescopes to create a larger virtual telescope known as an Interferometer, the SKA will combine thousands of linked radio wave receptors that will be located in Australia and Southern Africa. Ten countries across these two continents will share the location of this mind-boggling project.

ALL SIGNALS FROM THE ANTENNAS IN EACH REGION WILL COMBINE and create a collecting area equivalent to A DISH WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 1,000,000 METERS. Read more of this post

The Voice of Planet Earth in 3-D (VIDEO)

Our universe is not silent. Although space is a vacuum, this does not mean there is no sound in space. Sound exists as electromagnetic vibrations. The specially designed instruments on board the NASA Voyager and other probes performed special experiments to pick up and record these vibrations, all within the range of human hearing (20-20,000 cycles per second). Read more of this post

Meet ARGUS-IS: The World’s Highest Resolution Surveillance System

DARPA and the US Army have taken the wraps off ARGUS-IS, a 1.8-gigapixel video surveillance platform that can resolve details as small as six inches from an altitude of 20,000 feet (6km). ARGUS is by far the highest-resolution surveillance platform in the world, and probably the highest-resolution camera in the world, period.

ARGUS, which would be attached to some kind of unmanned UAV (such as the Predator) and flown at an altitude of around 20,000 feet, can observe an area of 25 square kilometers (10sqmi) at any one time. If ARGUS was hovering over New York City, it could observe half of Manhattan. Two ARGUS-equipped drones, and the US could keep an eye on the entirety of Manhattan, 24/7. Read more of this post

The Tablet That Turns Itself Lumpy (VIDEO)

When you can’t feel individual keys on a touchscreen device it can be hard to type at speed.

That is why Tactus, a company based in California, has developed technology which can turn a typical flat tablet screen into a real keyboard with bumpy buttons.

The keyboard rises from the tablet when needed, before disappearing when the typing is done.

Micah Yairi from Tactus explained how it works:

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Joe Rogan and Jason Silva on Technology and Imagination (VIDEO)

From your imagination, comes everything: Read more of this post

Is Technology Alive? With Joe Rogan & Duncan Trussell

Joe Rogan and Duncan Trussell raise some interesting points, and give some good insight on the idea of technology being alive. Technology looks like a “super organism” when observing our modern day society from a large scale point of view. We have developed a lot of this technology in a relatively short period of time, and it will continue to grow exponentially into the near future at an even faster rate. The once thought impossible, is now being made possible with the constant rise and growth of technology. Read more of this post

iChimp: Chimps Are Now Using iPads

It is just another normal day for some chimps at the Houston Zoo. After eating a breakfast of raw cabbage, and enjoying a nice scamper around the cage, they head over to their very own iPads to engage in a game of disintegrate the goldfish. The digital revolution has given chimpanzees the ability to take advantage of the very technology we get to use and benefit from on a daily basis. Read more of this post

The Human Tracking Chip

Big Brother wants to track you.

With the rise of technology and the access for information becoming more readily available, privacy concerns have been raised over a new technology that would allow for  individual human beings implanted with a micro-chip to be tracked around the globe. This new technology has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in humans. This technology is known as the RFID tracking chip. Read more of this post

Is Technology Destroying Human Social Life?

Yesterday I was talking on the phone with a friend, and I said to him, ” Can we just text, I don’t feel like talking on the phone.”

After saying this, I realized how rude it was, but more importantly I realized how damaging it was to the friendship as a whole.

There is no possible way that we can truly learn about each other if we are not communicating in real life.

I believe that the option to text someone has become the number one source of communication because we get to edit and retouch what we say. With the advancements of social networking, we can edit and retouch WHO WE ARE. Think about it. Read more of this post

CISPA Passes House! Stop it in Senate!

In a move that should surprise virtually no one, our lying, cheating, scheming den of whores and thieves (aka the US House of Representatives) passed CISPA on 4/26/2012 by a vote of 248-168.

CISPA

We already fought one revolution over this type of nonsense!

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First Step Towards A Truly Immersive Virtual Reality

Monkeys can now feel virtual objects using a brain implant.

This could be the first step towards virtual reality where you can feel the computer-generated world around you.

An international team of neuroengineers has developed a  bi-directional brain-machine interface. That means the monkeys can use this brain implant not only to control a virtual hand, but also to get feedback that tricks their brains into “feeling” the texture of virtual objects.

"Feeling" the texture of virtual objects.

How it works:

When you’re wearing a pair of big bulky gloves, the sensory information usually provided to your brain by your fingers is deadened by the barrier between your hand and your keys. The result is a one-way interface; your brain can tell your fingers what to do with the keys, but communication from your fingers back to your brain is effectively cut off. As a result, you have to rely on another sense — usually vision — to tell if you’re currently pinching one key, three keys, or no keys at all.

To really make the most of your fingertips, there needs to be a two-way interface between your brain and your hands. When your brain can receive tactile information from your hands about, say, the texture of the key you’re handling, it can make near-instantaneous adjustments that give you better dexterity, or help you choose the right key.

Brain-machine interfaces have come a long way in recent years, but, with few exceptions, these systems have depended pretty much exclusively on one-way interfaces.

To demonstrate the power of a two-way interface, a team of neuroengineers at Duke University designed a brain-machine-brain interface (BMBI) to test on monkeys.

“This is the first demonstration of a brain-machine-brain interface that establishes a direct, bidirectional link between a brain and a virtual body,” said Miguel Nicolelis, who led the study. “In this BMBI, the virtual body is controlled directly by the animal’s brain activity, while its virtual hand generates tactile feedback information that is signaled via direct electrical microstimulation of another region of the animal’s cortex.”

Here’s how it all works: the BMBI takes movement commands from 50—200 neurons in the monkey’s motor cortex and uses them to control the operation of a virtual, “avatar” hand, not unlike a classical one-way interface. But the new interface also implements a feedback mechanism, wherein information about a virtual object’s texture is delivered directly to the brain via something known as intracortical microstimulation, or “ICMS” for short. When a monkey receives feedback in the form of ICMS, thousands of neurons in its brain (neurons that actually correspond to tactile feedback in the hands) receive electrical stimulation via carefully placed electrodes.

This two-way interface allows for the monkeys to engage in what the researchers call “active tactile exploration” of a virtual set of objects. Using only their brains, monkeys were able to direct their avatar hand over the surfaces of several virtual objects and differentiate between their textures.

To prove that the monkeys could pick out specific objects based on tactile feedback, the researchers would reward monkeys for selecting objects with a specific texture. When they held their virtual hand over the correct object, they were given a reward. The study looked at the performance of this task by two monkeys. It took one monkey just four attempts to learn how to select the correct object during each trial; the second, only nine.

Source: www.io9.com

Steve Jobs: The Billion Dollar Hippy

Steve Jobs, one of the most successful and creative innovators of the century was….a hippy?

Wait…what?

Yes, you heard that correctly.

Steve was a big tripper and he attributes a lot of his creativity and innovative powers to psychedelics.

Steve was also big into zen meditation.

Steve says taking LSD was one of the “most important things of his life.”

Steve Jobs: The Billion Dollar Hippy

Wow!

Now if you have been conditioned to believe that psychedelics are harmful and make people go crazy, this may seem a little nuts.

However, if you have done some independent research on psychedelics and maybe experimented yourself, you probably have realized already that all the propaganda that has been flooded into your brain is completely false.

Why is this?

It is because our government can’t have millions of people like Steve Jobs wandering it’s streets because they would have already been out of power.

I invite you today to sit down and watch this documentary that BBC has put together on Steve.

It is one of the best documentaries I have seen to date, and is certainly worth the hour of your time.

Merry Christmas! 🙂

Dr. Michio Kaku: “The World in 2030”

A great perspective of what the world is going to be like in a few years.

Skip ahead to 5:27, because the gentlemen introducing Kaku apparently has no idea who he is and has to look at his papers to figure out his credentials.

Pretty pathetic.

This video is a little on the long side, but if you can spare an hour to figure out how your future is going to look like, it is certainly worth it.

Enjoy! 🙂

The Super Healing Cannabis Skin Salve Recipe

How to make your own cannabis salve step by step:
What you will need: 

1. Measure 2 cups of coconut oil (all 16 ounces) and pour into your first saucepan, Turn the heat on very low and let it melt down. (Alternatively, you can melt the oil in the microwave first, and then pour into your pan)

2. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees

3. Grind up your marijuana (The marijuana doesn’t need to be ground down to a powder, a rough chop, or few spins in a food processor will do. You will have to strain this later.)

4. Measure out 2 cups of your ground up marijuana and pour them into a pyrex baking dish and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.  (you want the bud to be crispy, not burnt)

5. Remove from oven and pour the marijuana contents of the pyrex dish into the saucepan that contains the melted coconut oil.

6. Allow this mixture to simmer for 1-2 hours, the longer the time the better the results. Make sure to stir the mixture every ten minutes or so, and DO NOT BOIL the mixture.

7. Strain the marijuana oil mix through your cheesecloth or paper coffee filters into a large measuring cup and clean your saucepan. (If you get chunks of weed in your oil, restrain it until the oil is chunk free)

8. Now measure out 1oz of bees-wax and pour into your newly cleaned saucepan and begin melting on low.

9. Measure out 5oz (almost 2/3 cup) of the cannabis coconut oil and pour it into the saucepan containing the melted bees-wax. Continue to simmer not boil and mix well.

10. Remove it from heat once its mixed well, shouldn’t take too long, and quickly stir in the 1 tablespoon of Vitamin-E oil.
OPTIONAL STEP 10.5. If you want to add fragrant oils, or other healing oils, now is the time, make sure to quickly stir them in along with the Vitamin-E oil.

11. Pour Your liquid cannabis salve into your storage container or containers and allow the mixture to cool and harden completely. You can place it in the refrigerator, but don’t freeze it.

That’s it!

Whether your skin is in need of a boost of moisture, or you suffer from chronic muscle and joint pain, or you want to try it as a home remedy for other skin problems, this salve has you covered.

Once it’s hardened, you just rub it onto the afflicted area. You’ll notice an immediate relief upon using the salve. Though the effects can be felt throughout the day, it’s best to reapply every 6 hours to 8 hours if you suffer from moderate pain. Two weeks of regular daily applications is all it takes to notice a considerable difference.

Cold Gas Caused First Black Holes To Grow Faster Than Anything Else In The Universe

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology have discovered what caused the rapid growth of early supermassive black holes.

Studies done at the National Institute for Computational Sciences and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, using GigaPan Time Machine technology, show that thin streams of cold gas flow uncontrolled into the center of the first black holes, causing them to grow faster than anything else in the universe.

In the early days of the universe, a mere 700 to 800 million years after the Big Bang, most things were small. The first stars and galaxies were just beginning to form and grow in isolated parts of the universe. According to astrophysical theory, black holes found during this era also should be small in proportion with the galaxies in which they reside. Recent observations from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have shown that this isn’t the case: enormous supermassive black holes existed as early as 700 million years after the Big Bang.

Supermassive black holes are the largest black holes, with masses billions of times larger than that of the sun.  Typical black holes have masses only up to 30 times larger than the sun’s. These kind of black holes can form when two galaxies collide and their two black holes merge into one.  These galaxy collisions happened in the later years of the universe, but not in the early days.  In the first few millions of years after the Big Bang, galaxies were too few and too far apart to merge.

“If you write the equations for how galaxies and black holes form, it doesn’t seem possible that these huge masses could form that early,” said Rupert Croft, an associate professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon.“But we look to the sky and there they are.”

To find out exactly how these supermassive black holes came to be, Di Matteo, Croft and Carnegie Mellon post-doctoral researcher Nishikanta Khandai created the largest cosmological simulation to-date.  Called MassiveBlack, the simulation focused on recreating the first billion years after the Big Bang.

“This simulation is truly gigantic.  It’s the largest in terms of the level of physics and the actual volume.  We did that because we were interested in looking at rare things in the universe, like the first black holes.  Because they are so rare, you need to search over a large volume of space,” said Di Matteo.

Normally, when cold gas flows toward a black hole it collides with other gas in the surrounding galaxy. This causes the cold gas to heat up and then cool back down before it enters the black hole. This process, called shock heating, would stop black holes in the early universe from growing fast enough to reach the masses we see. Instead, Di Matteo and Croft saw in their simulation thin streams of cold dense gas flowing along the filaments that give structure to the universe and straight into the center of the black holes at breakneck speed, making for cold, fast food for the black holes.  This uncontrolled consumption caused the black holes to grow exponentially faster than the galaxies in which they reside.

Information from: http://www.cmu.edu/cosmology/