Archive for August 18, 2011

Radioactive Rain In Toronto Canada As Large Scale Government Cover Up Of Radiation Dangers Exposed

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An independent radiation test in Toronto Canada has revealed startling levels of radiation just days after famed nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen claimed that radioactive rain would continue to hit the west coast for upwards of a year.

The radiation test was conducted with what looks to be a quality Geiger counter by a knowledgeable citizen.

A similar independent test taken last week in Oklahoma City also revealed dangerous levels of radiation in the rain.

Oklahoma health officials confirmed that they had indeed viewed the Read more…

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This U.S. Military Supercomputer Lab Just Bought A Bunch Of Chinese-Made Components

August 18, 2011 1 comment


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The U.S. lab that creates supercomputers to simulate tests flights of next-generation military aircraft and submarine warfare is closing a deal to buy a slew of Chinese components.

According to The Washington Times, the contract calls for wrapping U.S. made Symantec software around devices made by Chinese telecommunications conglomerate Huawei Technologies.

U.S. officials maintain Huawei has close ties with China’s military, but they own a 51 percent share of Symantec from a 2008 deal.

Four Republican Senators and one member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence are urging the Pentagon to re-think the arrangement and recognize the risks to national security.

“Given Huawei’s close ties to the [Chinese] government and its Read more…

New Chinese stealth jet raises question of Russian aid

August 18, 2011 2 comments


MOSCOW (Reuters) – Similarities between a new Chinese fighter jet and a prototype Russian plane have brought suggestions that Moscow may be quietly helping Beijing compete with the world’s military powers.

Experts say the fifth-generation J-20 fighter, which made its maiden flight in January during a visit of the U.S. defense secretary, could have its origins in the Mikoyan 1.44 stealth jet that never made it to the production line.

A highly placed source close to Russia’s defense industry said the similarities suggested Mikoyan technology had been passed into the hands of Chinese arms designers.

“It looks like they got access…to documents relating to the Mikoyan — the aircraft that the Ministry of Defense skipped over in its tender to create a stealth fighter,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He said it was not clear whether such a transfer of technology had been legal. Analysts say Russia’s assistance to the Chinese may Read more…

Airport security: You ain’t seen nothing yet

August 18, 2011 5 comments


The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks forever changed the way Americans fly.

In June, the IATA unveiled a mockup of the "checkpoint of the future" that includes three sensor-lined tunnels that divide passengers into high-, medium- and low-risk threats. Ten years after the 9/11 terror attacks, security experts question whether freedom, speed and personal space -- along with continued safety -- will one day return to air travel.

Gone are the days when friends or family could kiss passengers goodbye at the gate, replaced by X-rayed shoes and confiscated shampoo bottles at security checkpoints.

Air travelers are increasingly subjected to revealing full-body scans or enhanced pat-downs — all in the name of keeping the skies safe.

As America prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks in the U.S., security experts question whether freedom, speed and personal space — along with continued safety — will one day return to air travel.

Some security analysts foresee a bumper crop of futuristic detection methods — from biometrics to electronic fingerprinting to behavioral analysis — and predict smoother, nimbler and less-intrusive airport walkthroughs in the coming years.

Still others envision Big Brother’s even Bigger Brother: chip-embedded passports that someday tell the federal transportation watchdogs all about your daily commutes to work, the mall — even to parties.

Gazing into the future
And then there are experts like Ed Daly who peer into the next two decades of public travel and forecast two possible scenarios Read more…

St. Joseph takes lunchtime high tech

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Drake Aymond reaches out to use a palm scanner that relays information to the cafeteria computer at St. Joseph Catholic School. The new system provides a secure way to keep track of lunch balances, decreases the amount of time in lunch lines and provides security for each student’s account. / Jim Hudelson/The Times

Students at St. Joseph Catholic School are moving through the lunch line faster than ever thanks to biometric hand scanners.

The school, which houses more than 500 prekindergarten through eighth-grade students, this week began using new palm scanners in its cafeteria as a means for students to purchase lunch. The scanner creates an image of the student’s palm and relays that information to a database where the student’s account information is stored.

With the scan of a palm, the scanner is able to show medical and allergy information, as well as keep a running account balance that can notify parents when it becomes low.

Previously, the school used lunch identification numbers for students, but Principal Susan Belanger said the new technology makes lunchtime seamless.

“This technology not only expedites Read more…

Venezuela to Nationalize Gold Industry

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President Hugo Chávez says he plans to take over Venezuela’s largely underdeveloped gold mining industry in an attempt to boost international reserves, reports WSJ.

Chávez has already nationalized banks, telecommunications, oil fields, the power sector, and hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland.

Speaking on state television via telephone,  Chávez said he would introduce a new Read more…

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Uppity Computers To Judge Social Traits From A Person’s Face

August 18, 2011 1 comment


Researchers have developed new computational tools that help computers determine whether faces fall into categories like attractive or threatening, according to a recent paper published in the journal PLoS ONE.

Mario Rojas and other researchers at the Computer Vision Center in the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain, in cooperation with researchers from the Department of Psychology of Princeton University, developed software that is able to predict those traits in some cases with accuracies beyond 90%.Facial characteristics play a central role in our everyday assessments of other people. “The perception of dominance has been shown to be an important part of social roles at different stages of life, and to play a role in mate selection,” said Mr. Rojas. If the information on which the evaluation of faces is based could Read more…
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Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon up 15 percent

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BRASILIA — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon increased by 15 percent during the past 12 months, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said.

From July 2010 to July 2011 the vast South American rainforest lost 2,654 square kilometers (1,649 square miles) of vegetation in the states of Mato Grosso and Para, according to a preliminary analysis of satellite photos.

The year before, 2,295 square kilometers (1,426 square miles) were destroyed over that time period.

This July, 225 square kilometers (139 square miles) were lost to deforestation, though this was significantly less than the 485 square kilometers (301 square miles) destroyed in July 2010.

In April 477 square kilometers (296 square miles) were destroyed, with Read more…

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