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Silicon Valley mulls creation of floating colony in the Pacific

Silicon Valley mulls creation of floating colony in the Pacific

Two American entrepreneurs have made plans to build a floating colony in the Pacific Ocean, where they will bring the world’s most intelligent scientists that are unable to attain a visa to enter the US. The floating colony, which will consist of a large cruise ship parked 12 miles off the Californian coast, will host […]

Scientists predict thousands will die from earthquake expected anytime on US West Coast

Scientists predict thousands will die from earthquake expected anytime on US West Coast

Researchers say a massive earthquake and tsunami could soon strike the Northwest US coast, killing more than 10,000 people, flooding entire towns, and causing economic damages totaling $32 billion. An alarming report published by the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission warns about the dire effects of the quake and claims that it is imminent […]

Facebook knows your secrets: ‘Likes’ reveal users’ personality

Facebook knows your secrets: ‘Likes’ reveal users’ personality

Facebook’s ‘like’ button can reveal more than you realize, a new study has showed. By liking posts and links, you may be revealing personal secrets, like your sexuality or religious and political views. The findings have raised privacy concerns. A study by the National Academy of Sciences examined 58,000 Facebook users in the US, who […]

Asteroid ‘size of city block’ to skim past Earth on Saturday

Asteroid ‘size of city block’ to skim past Earth on Saturday

The 460-foot-long Asteroid 2013 ET is set to whizz past Earth on Saturday – the latest in our planet’s galactic ‘pinball contest’. Earlier in the day, the 2013 EC20 passed even closer, and both within a month of the Chelyabinsk meteor’s Earth strike. The enormous piece of space debris is expected to pass just 2.5 […]

Spotting ‘fashion fingerprints’: Google Glass app helps locate friends

Spotting ‘fashion fingerprints’: Google Glass app helps locate friends

New Google Glass app InSight takes the experience of spotting your friends to the next level, as it recognizes your peers by their clothes and accessories – matching specific color patterns and textures to the user. This new human recognition software makes it impossible to lose your friends in a packed place, such as an […]

Solar power can outshine oil in a few decades – Shell

Solar power can outshine oil in a few decades – Shell

World demand for oil will reach its peak between 2035-2040, after which solar power or gas will take the lead a study by Royal Dutch Shell predicts. After research into global energy prospects, Shell has come up with two possible scenarios called ‘Mountains’ and ‘Oceans’. The first one predicts slow international economic development and the […]

ADHD Symptoms Persist For Most Young Children Despite Treatment

ADHD Symptoms Persist For Most Young Children Despite Treatment

Newswise — Nine out of 10 young children with moderate to severe attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continue to experience serious, often severe symptoms and impairment long after their original diagnoses and, in many cases, despite treatment, according to a federally funded multi-center study led by investigators at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. The study, published online […]

Canada kills controversial internet surveillance bill

Canada kills controversial internet surveillance bill

The Conservative Canadian government is abandoning its much-criticized internet surveillance bill, which would have allowed the government to keep tabs on its citizens and was disguised under the cloak of fighting child pornographers. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced that Bill C-30, which caused public ire over privacy, is dead. “We’ve listened to the concerns of […]

Future tablets to be thin and flexible as sheets of paper

Future tablets to be thin and flexible as sheets of paper

Watch out tablet lovers – a flexible paper computer developed at Queen's University in collaboration with Plastic Logic and Intel Labs will revolutionize the way people work with tablets and computers. The PaperTab tablet looks and feels just like a sheet of paper. However, it is fully interactive with a flexible, high-resolution 10.7″ plastic display […]

Data Privacy Day 2013: Twitter reveals US government makes 80% of info requests

Data Privacy Day 2013: Twitter reveals US government makes 80% of info requests

Twitter has released its second transparency report, which demonstrated a frightening increase in requests for user data by the US government and ignited serious concerns over privacy and free expression. The list disclosed data requests from over 30 nations, and revealed that the US government was responsible for 815 of the 1,009 information requests in […]