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climateadaptation:

Using Executive Authority, President Obama created the world’s largest protected marine reserve in Pacific Ocean.

President Obama used his legal authority to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, demonstrating his increased willingness to advance a conservation agenda without the need for congressional approval.

By broadening the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument from almost 87,000 square miles to more than 490,000 square miles, Obama has protected more acres of federal land and sea by executive power than any other president in at least 50 years and makes the area off-limits to commercial fishing.

The proclamation — which Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced during an oceans meeting he convened in New York on Thursday — will mean added protections for deep-sea coral reefs and other marine ecosystems that administration officials say are among “the most vulnerable” to the negative effects of climate change. The document signed by Obama noted that the expanded area contains “significant objects of scientific interest that are part of this highly pristine deep sea and open ocean ecosystem with unique biodiversity.” WaPo

More: White House Fact Sheet

Posted at 10:25am.

climateadaptation:

Using Executive Authority, President Obama created the world’s largest protected marine reserve in Pacific Ocean. 

President Obama used his legal authority to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, demonstrating his increased willingness to advance a conservation agenda without the need for congressional approval.
By broadening the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument from almost 87,000 square miles to more than 490,000 square miles, Obama has protected more acres of federal land and sea by executive power than any other president in at least 50 years and makes the area off-limits to commercial fishing.
The proclamation — which Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced during an oceans meeting he convened in New York on Thursday — will mean added protections for deep-sea coral reefs and other marine ecosystems that administration officials say are among “the most vulnerable” to the negative effects of climate change. The document signed by Obama noted that the expanded area contains “significant objects of scientific interest that are part of this highly pristine deep sea and open ocean ecosystem with unique biodiversity.” WaPo

More: White House Fact Sheet

mostlysignssomeportents:

A fascinating new scholarly essay collection, The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past, looks at Disney’s portrayal of the middle ages and reflects on how these are inextricably linked to other Disney settings, from Tomorrowland to Frontierland, and how the “Americanized” medieval narrative has played out over the decades.

Read the rest…

Posted at 8:51am.

mostlysignssomeportents:

Printer security sucks — but Michael Jordon’s work on hacking the firmware of the standalone Canon Pixma printer is a more playful example of that suckitude than ever seen before.

Read more…

Posted at 7:17am.

mostlysignssomeportents:

Stephen sez, “In re-reading the Hobbit, I realized that the opening chapters made it sound like Thorin was running a con. From there, I wondered what Thorin’s pitch would look like if it were a modern con, which resulted in me writing a Nigerian 419 fraud letter for the Hobbit.”

Read more…

Posted at 5:43am.

mostlysignssomeportents:

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Emmanuel Goldstein from 2600 Magazine writes, “Volume 4 of The Hacker Digest has been put into PDF format, comprised of issues of 2600 Magazine from 1987.”

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Posted at 4:09am.

brucesterling:

*Martian spacecraft staffers at Indian space control, September 2014

Posted at 2:34am.

brucesterling:

*Martian spacecraft staffers at Indian space control, September 2014

futurescope:

Portable USB powered DNA sequencer

TechReview has a long feature about the MinION, a small DNA sequencer built by Oxford Nanopore, that draws power from your USB port. Worth a read:

Scientists with early access to prototypes of the first commercial “nanopore” sequencer say it’s glitchy and error-prone but may still be the way scientists study DNA in the future. After testing it, Mick Watson, a bioinformatics researcher at the Roslin Institute, in Scotland, says nanopore sequencing is a “disruptive technology that could, potentially, dominate the sequencing market for years to come.”

The picture is from Nick Loman, who tweeted:

[read more] [Nick Loman]

Posted at 9:26pm.

futurescope:

Portable USB powered DNA sequencer

TechReview has a long feature about the MinION, a small DNA sequencer built by Oxford Nanopore, that draws power from your USB port. Worth a read:


  Scientists with early access to prototypes of the first commercial “nanopore” sequencer say it’s glitchy and error-prone but may still be the way scientists study DNA in the future. After testing it, Mick Watson, a bioinformatics researcher at the Roslin Institute, in Scotland, says nanopore sequencing is a “disruptive technology that could, potentially, dominate the sequencing market for years to come.”


The picture is from Nick Loman, who tweeted:

Boot camp not withstanding, home sequencing is quite cool. Old-fashioned in glass. @nanopore pic.twitter.com/GINg3nexcE— Nick Loman (@pathogenomenick) 23. Juni 2014

[read more] [Nick Loman]

(Source: theferocity)

Posted at 7:51pm.

futuristgerd:

JONA MICI, A 27-year-old media trader, sits in front of her screen at Varick Media Management, a real-time advertising company in New York, and explains how she uses superfast algorithms to buy 20m-30m advertising “impressions” a day. via Pocket

Posted at 6:17pm.

futurescope:

Harvard Biodesign Lab: Soft Robotics Toolkit

Several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin have developed a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices, called the Soft Robotics Toolit.

The toolkit was developed as part of educational research being undertaken in the Harvard Biodesign Lab. The ultimate aim of the toolkit is to advance the field of soft robotics by allowing designers and researchers to build upon each other’s work. The toolkit includes an open source fluidic control board, detailed design documentation describing a wide range of soft robotic components (including actuators and sensors), and related files that can be downloaded and used in the design, manufacture, and operation of soft robots. In combination with low material costs and increasingly accessible rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC mills, the toolkit enables soft robotic components to be produced easily and affordably.

Each section of the site focuses on a soft robotic device or component, and includes the following sections:

  • Design: A description of the device and how it works, with related design files that can be downloaded and guidelines on potential modifications you could make to the design.
  • Fabrication: A bill of materials listing all of the parts, materials, and equipment you will need to build your own device, plus a detailed set of instructions for you to follow.
  • Modeling: A discussion of modeling and analysis approaches you can use to predict and understand the behavior of the device and optimize your design.
  • Testing: In order to validate your models and better understand your device, you will need to carry out empirical tests. This section describes the tests that other designers and researchers have carried out and that may provide inspiration for the design of your own experiments.
  • Case Studies: Examples of how others have used the device or component for real-world applications.
  • Downloads: All of the files related to the design, fabrication, modeling, testing, and control of the device.

The content on this site is drawn from projects carried out in a number of research labs. Our aim is to improve and expand the toolkit by welcoming feedback and contributions from the soft robotics community. If you have an interest in advancing the field and engaging with this community, please get in touch!

[Soft Robotics Toolkit] [paper]

Posted at 4:43pm.