In a tech-dominated world, are we losing our grip on reality?

If you hunger for the authentic Venetian experience you might want to try Las Vegas, Nevada, not the Veneto region of Italy. There’s a scaled-down replica of the ancient city inside the glitzy Venetian resort casino, complete with canals, gondolas and even a pocket version of the Piazza San Marco. It’s fake, of course — but then so is the real Venice. The Italian version just happens to be bigger and older: a glitzy, camp, shell of what was once a dominant military and trading power.

I am a “real” person . . . I think ? 🙂 [Ed]

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Your cat is telling people where you live.

The internet loves cats.
There are about 15 million pictures tagged with the word “cat” publicly available on image hosting sites such as Instagram and Flickr.

You can see most of them at the website I Know Where Your Cat Lives — an experiment set up to show how easy it is to access data and photos online.
The website’s map uses an image’s geolocation metadata to pinpoint where it was created and uploaded with an estimated accuracy of 7.8 metres.

My Dog told me ya can’t trust Cats ! [Ed]

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Space is open for business: NZ start-up successfully launches rocket

New Zealand has trumped Australia in the space race, with a spaceflight start-up successfully launching a rocket from its own launch pad on the North Island.
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Look out Kim Jong-un we are firing this right over the top of Australia and into your Bunker ! 🙂 [Ed]

North Korea missile launch alert sent by Japanese broadcaster NHK in error

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.
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. . .and what would happen if it was Real ?

I am speechless – the second “Human Error” in a week . . .and we are worried about “Global Warming” ?? It’s only a matter of time and we’ll all get very very warm, very very quickly ! [Ed}

False ‘ballistic missile threat to Hawaii’ message sent to residents in error, US military says

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is launching a “full investigation” into a false wireless emergency alert that a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, the chairman of the commission says.
The alerts to Hawaii mobile users were issued at about 8.07am local time, saying “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL”.
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Seek immediate shelter in your bathtub!  Ooops. . . your State Authority mistakenly transmitted this alert due to human error!  Sorry Hawaii but you are a S*****hole Country anyway. . .goodbye!  I wonder how long before human error pushes the big Red Button? [Ed]

Cars that can automatically dial triple-0 after a crash become reality

Imagine your car could automatically call triple-0 after a crash, even if you were trapped or unconscious, and communicate your GPS location, the type of the accident and the number of people on board to emergency services.

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Cheap travel anywhere on Earth within an hour using new rocket.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says he plans to replace his current rocket fleet and capsules with a next-generation spacecraft that could be used to travel to the Moon, Mars, or around the Earth — cutting most long-distance Earth flights to just half an hour.

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Groundbreaking projects vying for one of Australia’s top science prizes.

Eureka Prize finalists show off Australian-grown science ingenuity — from new ways to protect us from sunburn to a stem cell pen for surgeons, 45 finalists with groundbreaking projects are vying for one of Australia’s top science prizes.
Where else but this sunburnt country would scientists invent a sticker that changes colour when you have had too much sun.

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The most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tucked away inside a modest-looking building at the Australian National University is the most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere.
Its high-performance computer, Raijin, is able to cope with enormous amounts of data. “We have over 50 petabytes of research data stored at NCI and a high-performance cloud,” NCI spokesperson Lucy Guest said. In digital storage terms, one petabyte is 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes (one quadrillion bytes or 1,000 terabytes).
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Emirates Team New Zealand win the 35th America’s Cup

Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have won the 35th America’s Cup. Another dominant race win for Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand in race nine of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, gave the Kiwi team victory on the Great Sound in Bermuda, sparking wild celebrations on board their America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat, and the team’s support boats on the Great Sound. Burling now adds the 35th America’s Cup to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trophy he won in San Francisco, 2013. The Kiwi team dominated the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup, winning eight races to ORACLE TEAM USA’s one race win, giving the New Zealanders a final winning scoreline of 7-1.

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On board the ‘super science ship’ uncovering secrets of the deep.

7868484-3x2-940x627Take a tour of Australia’s newest research vessel—the 94-metre-long, 10-storey, $120 million RV Investigator. It’s as if this ship has invisible cat’s whiskers extending off her hull. Pricked and at the ready, they sense the weather, the temperature, the density of the atmosphere, the salinity, test the ozone levels, and map the course.

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Five reasons the brain is more idiot than super computer

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Our brains can make us afraid of silly things. . .but excited by the genuinely terrifying.

As our understanding of the human brain increases, so too does our reverence for its abilities. But neuroscientist and comedian Dean Burnett says our dearly-held belief that the brain is a “super computer” doesn’t quite stack up.  Dr Burnett is a prolific science blogger and also an author. And the name of his first book — The Idiot Brain — has raised some eyebrows.
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Star Wars’ R2-D2, dies aged 81.

7732496-3x2-940x627Kenny Baker, the British actor who starred as plucky robot R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies, has died at the age of 81.  Mr Baker, who measured one metre tall, played the resourceful droid known for his whistles and beeps in the original Star Wars movie in 1977 and in the five following movies.

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HMAS Sydney: 3D reconstruction reveals more details of Australia’s biggest naval disaster

Image5The most powerful supercomputer in the southern hemisphere is being used to create a 3D reconstruction of the two shipwrecks involved in Australia’s greatest naval disaster.
After a short but fierce battle with the German raider Kormoran, HMAS Sydney sank in 1941 with the loss of all 645 crewmen.
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The 14-year-old boy who turned down $44 million

SCCZEN_120516SPLRECMED1_620x310Taylor Rosenthal is a budding Bill Gates. The 14-year-old’s start-up company is so hot, he’s already turned down a $44 million takeover offer.
The high-school student from Alabama is the creator of RecMed, a vending machine that dispenses first aid products.
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Cow activates EPIRB triggering response involving Canberra, NT authorities

7313916-3x4-340x453A cow has managed to activate an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), setting in motion a response by Canberra authorities and Northern Territory Police.
About 6:00pm on Saturday, monitors in Canberra detected an EPIRB signal emanating from an area north of the NT township of Adelaide River, about 3,000 kilometres away.

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Nanotechnology self-cleaning clothes are on the way

7268882-3x2-700x467People could soon be able to replace their washing machines with a little bit of sunshine, thanks to pioneering nanotechnology research being developed by RMIT University researchers.
The researchers have been working on self-cleaning textiles, by growing nanostructures on textiles which — when exposed to light — release a burst of energy that then degrades organic matter.

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The “Seabin” Project – a simple solution to our oceans pollution

Image2We have created an automated marina rubbish bin that collects floating rubbish, debris and oil 24/7
We are excited to introduce our new invention helping to solve, educate and prevent our oceans pollution problems. The Seabin is a revolution in ocean cleaning technology. It will help create cleaner oceans with healthier marine life. The Seabin project is helping create a better way of life for everyone and every living thing.
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Driverless cars ‘could be on roads by 2020’, Volvo predicts ahead of first Australian trial

6912724-3x2-940x627A milestone event in automotive technology is underway in Adelaide, with the first driverless car trial in the Southern Hemisphere held on the Southern Expressway.

A modified Volvo XC90 is using driverless software for the trip, with some analysts predicting the new technology could reduce accidents and increase fuel efficiency.

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Solar Impulse 2 aircraft lands in Hawaii after completing historic flight in quest to circle the globe

6594780-3x2-700x467The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has completed a historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii after the most arduous leg of its journey.
The sun-powered plane, piloted by veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, took 118 hours — about five days — to make the voyage from Japan to Hawaii and landed shortly after dawn at Kalaeloa Airport on the main Hawaiian island of Oahu.
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Leap second: Is a one-second difference in time too much?

6292764-3x4-340x453Question: When is a minute not a minute?
Answer: At 2359 Greenwich Mean Time today (9:59am AEST Wednesday), when the world will experience a minute that will last 61 seconds.
The reason for the weird event is something called the leap second.
That’s when timekeepers adjust high-precision clocks so that they are in sync with Earth’s rotation, which is affected by the gravitational tug of the Sun and the Moon.

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Google working with Levi Strauss to make smart clothes.

6509122-3x2-940x627Google has announced it is working with US jean maker Levi Strauss to make clothing from specially woven fabric with touch-screen control capabilities.
The internet giant revealed the technology, dubbed Project Jacquard, at its annual developers conference in San Francisco, spotlighting Levi Strauss as its first partner.
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Are you ready for Google’s Mobilegeddon

6409472-3x2-340x227Google has announced it will prioritise companies that have “mobile-friendly” websites when people use the search engine on their smart phones or tablet computers as of Wednesday.
As a result, businesses with desktop-only websites may find themselves plummeting in Google’s search rankings. One survey shows that more than half of Australia’s top companies are not ready for the change.
Test your site here
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Japanese train sets new world speed record, hits 603kph in test run

Image1Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train has set a new world speed record in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad.
The seven-car maglev train – short for magnetic levitation – hit a top speed of 603kph, and managed nearly 11 seconds at faster than 600kph, operator Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) said. More. . .