Posted: October 18th, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Buster Cookson, Cankler, Engineered Life, Favorite New Thought, No Sh_t Sherlock, Outside the Box, Science, Science News | Tags: BAE Systems, Carnegie Mellon University, Crisis Early Warning and Decision Support, DARPA, Dewey Murdick, Facebook, Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition, FUSE, IARPA, ICEWS, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Isaac Asimov, Kathleen Carley, ODNI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Organization Risk Analyzer, Psychohistory, Raytheon BBN Technologies Corporation, Sean O'Brien, Social Media, Social Networking Sites, SRI International, The World Future Society, twitter | Comments Off
It’s every government’s dream, a system that can predict future events such as riots, political upheaval and the outbreak of war.
With social media playing such a prevalent role in the organisation of events like The Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, there’s surely a way to trend upcoming events through social media, the U.S intelligence community believes this to be the case.
Research aimed at predicting future social upheaval isn’t a new thought, automating the way data is collected and analysed is a little more complicated though. Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition - FUSE – has been commissioned to do just that by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - ODNI.
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Posted: September 6th, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Cankler, Ecology, M.Aaron Silverman, No Sh_t Sherlock, Science | Tags: Animal Rights, biomedical research, Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Service, FWS, Humane Society | Comments Off
They have for years been the pinup of animal rights activists, captive chimanzees. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – FWS – has today initiated a review on whether to uplist the status of the chimps from threatened to endangered. In a 144 page petition proposed by the Humane Society and endorsed by 7 other animal rights groups, all captive chimps would be afforded the same rights as their wild kin.
The FWS will initiate a status review to determine whether reclassifying all captive chimpanzees from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act – ESA – is warranted.
Currently, the chimpanzee is not endangered in its entirety. Captive populations are listed as threatened, with a special rule allowing activities otherwise prohibited by the ESA. The finding will publish in the Federal Register on September 1, 2011.
Following an initial review of a petition from The Humane Society of the United States, the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, the Fund for Animals, Humane Society International, and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society requesting all chimpanzees, whether found in the wild or in captivity, be listed as endangered, the Service will undertake a more thorough review to determine if the requested action is warranted :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 20th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler, Engineered Life, Michael Courtenay, No Sh_t Sherlock, Science, Solar Stars | Tags: Jacobs School of Engineering, No Sh_t Sherlock, Solar, UCSD | Comments Off
According to a team of researchers at the UCSD, Jacobs School of Engineering, the solar panels sprouting on increasing numbers of residential and commercial rooftops around the world aren’t just generating green electricity, they’re also helping keep the buildings cooler. The thought that letting photovoltaic panels take the solar beating will reduce the amount of heat reaching the roof shouldn’t come as a huge a surprise, the fact no one has thought to quantify just what the effects of rooftop solar panels on a building temperatures is a bit of a No Sh_t Sherlock moment. In a study in an upcoming issue of the journal Solar Energy, Kleissl and his team published what they believe are the first peer-reviewed measurements of the cooling benefits provided by solar photovoltaic panels. Using thermal imaging, researchers determined that during the day, a building’s ceiling was 5 degrees Fahrenheit cooler under solar panels than under an exposed roof. At night, the panels help hold heat in, reducing heating costs in the winter. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 8th, 2011 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Applied Science, Blip, Cankler, Diana Detox, Engineered Life, Favorite New Thought, Love and Other Drugs, Medicated, No Sh_t Sherlock, Science, Toxically Engineered | Tags: Cankler, Charles Darwin, chemosignal, medicine, Neurobioly, Noam Sobel, science, Shani Gelstein, testosterone, Weizmann Institute of Science | Comments Off
I’m NOT a baller, can’t take blubbering, dislike what it does to my eyes – eew puffiness – and definitely avoid – at all cost – falling into that wallowing sob of emotional over-out-pouring. I do however have a buddy who cries at most anything. Sat in front of the television, she’ll burst into leakiness over insurance advertisements, heaven forbid your sat next to her at the cinema. In a new study by scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science scientists have revealed some nail biting new results. Turns out tears are an absolute cold shower to mens sexual arrousal – that explains Leksy’s disastrous relationship history – Girl Tears it turns out are chemosignal’s that turn OFF a mans major sexual hormone, testosterone, tears it’s seems Smell – and I thought it was her halitosis!?
It seems Darwin was also a denier of the emotion tearing up, in his The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals, Charles Darwin listed three reasons for the secretion of tears: 1. “The primary function of the secretion of tears, with some mucus, is to lubricate the surface of the eye” 2. “to keep the nostrils damp, so that the inhaled air may be moist, and likewise to favour the power of smelling“ 3. “But another, and at least equally important function of tears is to wash out particles of dust or other minute objects which may get into the eyes” (Darwin, 1872: 169). In Darwin’s view, the excretion of emotional tears was related to the first function and had little to do with emotion – sigh – if I could love a man! Read the full article »»»»