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NSA recommends physically removing iSight webcam from Apple laptops for security reasons

NSA recommends physically removing iSight webcam from Apple laptops for security reasons

By End the Lie In an undated National Security Agency (NSA) factsheet, the agency recommends having the built-in iSight webcam on Apple computers physically removed as a security measure. It is worth noting that surveillance software capable of hijacking a webcam and microphone in real time is marketed directly to governments, including the U.S. government. […]

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Florida to test drone designed for military and law enforcement for use in mosquito population control

Florida to test drone designed for military and law enforcement for use in mosquito population control

By End the Lie In one of the more unusual uses of a drone in recent history, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is considering using a drone originally designed for military and law enforcement to help combat the state’s mosquito problem. While it’s not all that unsurprising that drones are being pushed for use […]

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The Harvard Ambulatory MicroRobot: penny-sized, amazingly fast robot modeled after bugs

The Harvard Ambulatory MicroRobot: penny-sized, amazingly fast robot modeled after bugs

By End the Lie In addition to the tiny and quite creepy RoboBee, the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory has developed an incredibly small and unbelievably fast class of ground-based robots. While there are faster legged robots out there, like the cheetah robot, no robot this small can come close in terms of speed. There are multiple […]

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RHex the ‘Parkour robot’ shows off its ability to handle various obstacles in the wild

RHex the ‘Parkour robot’ shows off its ability to handle various obstacles in the wild

By End the Lie The University of Pennsylvania’s Kod*lab has developed an amazingly nimble hexapedal “Parkour robot” dubbed RHex, shown successfully handling various obstacles in the latest video. RHex is “biologically inspired,” according to the university, which is an increasingly common trend in robotics. Biologically inspired robots range from giant autonomous jellyfish to tiny flying […]

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CIA investing in research aimed at modifying the Earth’s climate for unknown reasons

CIA investing in research aimed at modifying the Earth’s climate for unknown reasons

By End the Lie The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is participating in funding a $630,000 study on geoengineering for reasons which are not entirely clear as of yet. Geoengineering is the practice of using highly experimental techniques to modify the climate of the Earth in various ways, something which researchers like Dane Wiggington contend […]

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New facial analysis software is capable of recognizing emotional states, identifying struggling students

New facial analysis software is capable of recognizing emotional states, identifying struggling students

By End the Lie A study recently published by researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) reveals that video cameras outfitted with facial analysis software can recognize the emotions of students and identify struggling students. NCSU researchers have also shown the ability to remotely control cockroaches, even on autopilot using the Microsoft Kinect. In this […]

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North Carolina State University researchers control cyborg cockroaches with Microsoft Kinect

North Carolina State University researchers control cyborg cockroaches with Microsoft Kinect

By End the Lie Researchers at North Carolina State University have not only demonstrated the ability to remotely control cockroaches with an electronic implant but have now shown the ability to control the roaches with a Microsoft Kinect. “Our goal is to be able to guide these roaches as efficiently as possible, and our work […]

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Security expert: high-end surveillance cameras can be used by hackers to spy on sensitive facilities

Security expert: high-end surveillance cameras can be used by hackers to spy on sensitive facilities

By End the Lie A U.S. security expert who worked as a software developer for the National Security Agency (NSA) in the past has revealed that the type of high-end surveillance cameras used in military bases, prisons, banks and industrial facilities can be remotely accessed by hackers. Given the growing CCTV industry and the increasingly […]

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University of Minnesota researchers unveil a drone controlled by thoughts via brain-computer interface

University of Minnesota researchers unveil a drone controlled by thoughts via brain-computer interface

By End the Lie The latest in mind-controlled robots comes from researchers at the University of Minnesota who have unveiled a drone controlled by the user’s thoughts. While robots controlled by brain waves have been around for a while, this is apparently the first drone that has been controlled by thoughts via an electroencephalogram (EEG) […]