lookhigh:

This will blow your mind
An old technology is providing new insights into the human brain. Electrocorticography, or ECoG, uses electrodes placed on the surface of the brain to detect electrical signals coming from the brain itself.
“This is both very exciting and somewhat frightening at the same time. It really goes pretty close to what people used to call mind reading.” — researcher Gerwin Schalk
Mind Reading: Technology Turns Thought Into Action : NPR
(Photo: American Museum of Natural History Science Bulletins)

lookhigh:

This will blow your mind

An old technology is providing new insights into the human brain. Electrocorticography, or ECoG, uses electrodes placed on the surface of the brain to detect electrical signals coming from the brain itself.

“This is both very exciting and somewhat frightening at the same time. It really goes pretty close to what people used to call mind reading.” — researcher Gerwin Schalk

Mind Reading: Technology Turns Thought Into Action : NPR

(Photo: American Museum of Natural History Science Bulletins)

8bitfuture:

iPad 2 as fast as a 1994 supercomputer?
The iPad 2 has been undergoing tests by Dr. Jack Dongarra, one of the computer scientists who keep track of the world’s fastest 500 supercomputers. At this stage his team have only tested one of the iPad 2’s twin cores, but have found that the tablet is around 10 times faster than the original model iPad.
He also estimates that when testing finishes, the iPad 2 will have a Linpack benchmark of between 1.5 and 1.65 gigaflops. That puts it at around the same speed of the Cray 2 supercomputer (pictured), which became the fastest in the world in 1985. At that speed it would also have continued to rank in the top 500 list until 1994. When you consider that the iPad 2 can do that at a much smaller size and with a power consumption possibly billions of times smaller than the Cray 2, it’s a great example of Moore’s Law in action.

8bitfuture:

iPad 2 as fast as a 1994 supercomputer?

The iPad 2 has been undergoing tests by Dr. Jack Dongarra, one of the computer scientists who keep track of the world’s fastest 500 supercomputers. At this stage his team have only tested one of the iPad 2’s twin cores, but have found that the tablet is around 10 times faster than the original model iPad.

He also estimates that when testing finishes, the iPad 2 will have a Linpack benchmark of between 1.5 and 1.65 gigaflops. That puts it at around the same speed of the Cray 2 supercomputer (pictured), which became the fastest in the world in 1985. At that speed it would also have continued to rank in the top 500 list until 1994. When you consider that the iPad 2 can do that at a much smaller size and with a power consumption possibly billions of times smaller than the Cray 2, it’s a great example of Moore’s Law in action.

theatlantic:

Wampanoag Graduate to be Harvard’s First Since 1665


Commencement season is arriving in this grand metropolis, the higher education capital of the world. Every graduate has a story. Tiffany Smalley’s just happens to be 346 years old.


She sat in a Harvard Square coffee shop one recent morning telling it in the understated way of hers, repeatedly talking about two young men, Caleb and Joel, Joel and Caleb, as if they might breeze through the door and start hashing over weekend plans.


The familiarity, even the affection, is understandable. They are all Wampanoag Indians, these three. They are accomplished people. They all left Martha’s Vineyard to prosper over four years at Harvard. There is, however, a key distinction: Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck and Joel Iacommes hark from the 1600s, while Tiffany, sipping a Frappuccino and rushing off to an internship, is every bit of the modern world.


Come May 26, the bond between Smalley and both her ancestors will come full circle. That is the day she will stride across the stage to accept a diploma and become the first Wampanoag to graduate from Harvard College since Caleb received his degree in 1665.


“The connection, recognizing those roots, is really important to feeling at home here,’’ Smalley said. “And I’ve felt really at home, knowing Caleb did this. It gives you perspective. He was just thrown into it, and for him, it was a whole different world.’’

Read the whole story at The Boston Globe
[Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff]

theatlantic:

Wampanoag Graduate to be Harvard’s First Since 1665

Commencement season is arriving in this grand metropolis, the higher education capital of the world. Every graduate has a story. Tiffany Smalley’s just happens to be 346 years old.

She sat in a Harvard Square coffee shop one recent morning telling it in the understated way of hers, repeatedly talking about two young men, Caleb and Joel, Joel and Caleb, as if they might breeze through the door and start hashing over weekend plans.

The familiarity, even the affection, is understandable. They are all Wampanoag Indians, these three. They are accomplished people. They all left Martha’s Vineyard to prosper over four years at Harvard. There is, however, a key distinction: Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck and Joel Iacommes hark from the 1600s, while Tiffany, sipping a Frappuccino and rushing off to an internship, is every bit of the modern world.

Come May 26, the bond between Smalley and both her ancestors will come full circle. That is the day she will stride across the stage to accept a diploma and become the first Wampanoag to graduate from Harvard College since Caleb received his degree in 1665.

“The connection, recognizing those roots, is really important to feeling at home here,’’ Smalley said. “And I’ve felt really at home, knowing Caleb did this. It gives you perspective. He was just thrown into it, and for him, it was a whole different world.’’

Read the whole story at The Boston Globe

[Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff]

Feb 4

Bringing Interactivity To Your Website With Web Standards

guillaumeb:

Adding interactivity and animations to a design doesn’t have to be complicated or make the website inaccessible when you use modern Web standards. In this article, we’ll explore several examples and theories that employ CSS, HTML, SVG, the canvas element and JavaScript. Some of these techniques you’ll know, others you may not have considered. Let’s start with the basics.

Feb 1

(Source: the-skinny-guy)

How companies can use social media for better investor relations

ibmsocialbiz:

Source: SignOnSanDiego.com

Publicly-traded companies, especially those with little or no analyst following, can benefit from enhanced shareholder engagement that can result from thoughtful application of some social media tools.

More and more, sophisticated investors are already using social media in their daily lives. They’re coming to expect interactive communications and engagement from the companies they do business with and that expectation will increasingly apply to companies they invest in.

Yet very few public companies are using social media in their investor relations efforts. Most are, in a sense, paralyzed with fear. That’s because the term “social media” is too loaded, problematic and scary in the context of shareholder communications.

So I say, don’t think about the words “social media” for investor relations. Instead, think about using Web-based tools to better engage directly with shareholders. If you change the terminology, you’ll see that we’re really talking about tools that can make you more effective in the way you communicate with the investment community.

theatlantic:

m-o-ckup:


Economists are warning that if Egypt’s turmoil continues much longer, the country will not have enough currency reserves to avoid a long term financial crisis.


Talk is cheap, but revolutions are expensive. Inside the economics of Egypt’s revolt.

theatlantic:

m-o-ckup:

Economists are warning that if Egypt’s turmoil continues much longer, the country will not have enough currency reserves to avoid a long term financial crisis.

Talk is cheap, but revolutions are expensive. Inside the economics of Egypt’s revolt.

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The whole industry has come to equate more speed with 4G,” said Ralph de la Vega, chief executive of AT&T’s wireless unit. He says consumers generally won’t notice the difference in speed between AT&T’s HSPA-plus and upcoming LTE networks, so it makes sense to call both 4G.

- John Donovan, AT&T’s chief technology officer, said speeds on HSPA-plus and LTEphones will feel similar now, but users will start to notice a difference in the two technologies once richer applications become available.

Jan 6

Apple’s Mac App Store Opens With More Than 1,000 Apps

techdown:

Apple this morning announced that the Mac App Store is now open for business, as previously announced, with more than 1,000 free and paid apps.

The Mac App Store brings the iTunes App…