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Canadian government orders scientists not to disclose extent of polar melting

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Stephen Harper’s petro-Tories have a well-earned reputation for suppressing inconvenient environmental science, but they attained new Stalinist lows when their ministers prohibited Canadian Ice Services from disclosing their government-funded research on the rapid loss of Arctic ice.

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Image description: On Saturday, the Navy christened a new research ship the “Sally Ride” after the first U.S. woman and youngest person in space. It is the fifth current ship named for an astronaut. 
Photo from the U.S. Navy

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Image description: On Saturday, the Navy christened a new research ship the “Sally Ride” after the first U.S. woman and youngest person in space. It is the fifth current ship named for an astronaut. 


Photo from the U.S. Navy

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Brain-controlled devices are starting to actually work – Bloomberg

The sensors on my head communicate wirelessly with the laptop. [T]hat will soon be replaced by a tablet that’s equipped with a menu of different connected devices and functions displayed in a virtual carousel. So imagine scrolling through the menu by thinking “left” or “right,” or adjusting the TV volume with “louder” or “softer.” The lights? Think “on” or “off.”
[…] After years of work, researchers at Duke University developed a system in 2001 that let monkeys control robot arms with brain signals. Last year, Samsung partnered with Roozbeh Jafari, an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Dallas, to experiment with ways to let people use thoughts to control a tablet, such as selecting contacts and songs from a playlist, according to MIT Technology Review.
Emotiv, the company working with Philips & Accenture, sells neuroheadsets for about $300 that can control toy robots and track your focus.

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Brain-controlled devices are starting to actually work Bloomberg

The sensors on my head communicate wirelessly with the laptop. [T]hat will soon be replaced by a tablet that’s equipped with a menu of different connected devices and functions displayed in a virtual carousel. So imagine scrolling through the menu by thinking “left” or “right,” or adjusting the TV volume with “louder” or “softer.” The lights? Think “on” or “off.”

[…] After years of work, researchers at Duke University developed a system in 2001 that let monkeys control robot arms with brain signals. Last year, Samsung partnered with Roozbeh Jafari, an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Dallas, to experiment with ways to let people use thoughts to control a tablet, such as selecting contacts and songs from a playlist, according to MIT Technology Review.

Emotiv, the company working with Philips & Accenture, sells neuroheadsets for about $300 that can control toy robots and track your focus.

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New Technique Lets Scientists See Through Whole Organisms

by Michael Keller

Seeing is believing when it comes to understanding how organisms work. For biologists trying to learn about what’s going on inside a body, one of the biggest obstacles is not being able to put their eyeballs on a part or system without other objects getting in the way. The answer is usually going in with one invasive tool or another, which ends up damaging or destroying the thing they’re trying to investigate. 

Now California Institute of Technology scientists say they have improved upon a solution to clearing up the picture. The technique builds on work that garnered widespread attention last year. In that effort, assistant professor of biology Viviana Gradinaru and her team used detergent and a polymer to make a rodent brain transparent for study in unprecedented detail. 

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YEI technology is still making waves in virtual technology using the occulus rift with their own motion sensors. This is their last video from a few months back.

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OcuplusGlass

Combined AR tour system put together by SNDRV employs both a Google Glass and Occulus Rift head for a pair to explore alternative experiences in public spaces - video embedded below:

Where will we be in the world of the future, and how will this world of the future manifest itself? Will we be sitting at home, exploring an Oculus universe constructed by Facebook, or will we be exploring a semi-digital world controlled by Google? While both companies are still engaged in a battle for our eyeballs, when Google Glass and Oculus Rift go hand in end the result is a winning team: OcuplusGlass! Let Google Glass guide you to those spots and trajectories in the city where the physical world matches the virtual experience.

A mash-up solving a lot of the disadvantages of each of the devices. If you’re ignoring the world around you and experiencing Oculus content in isolation, at your couch at home, you’re missing something. Finding the world of Glass not that immersive? The OcuplusGlass tours lets both devices do what they can do best, and it adds an element that seems to be absent more and more in the increasingly digital society of today: the human touch. Being guided by a human goes beyond any audiovisual technological feature thinkable.

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