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« Reply #10080 on: Feb 16th, 2014, 2:49pm »

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« Reply #10081 on: Feb 17th, 2014, 09:28am »

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« Reply #10082 on: Feb 17th, 2014, 09:37am »

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« Reply #10083 on: Feb 17th, 2014, 09:40am »

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Out in the Open: Automate Your Home With Your Own Personal SkyNet

By Klint Finley
02.17.14
6:30 AM

HeatSync Labs sits just off Main Street in Mesa, Arizona. This public hacker space offers a workshop where engineers and programmers can build whatever they like, and as you might expect, it’s littered with clever little gadgets that can talk to the internet.

In the front window, there’s a tiny doll standing next to a bitcoin address, and if you wire some money to the address via your smartphone, the doll dances the hula. When the first hacker arrives each morning, unlocking the doors and deactivating the security alarm, the HeatSync website tells the world the lab is open. And on a table inside the workshop — beside a 3D printer, a laser cutter, and other hacker gear — you’ll find an LED display that shows you what people are saying about HeatSink on Twitter.

“Every day, we come up with a new thing we want to automate,” explains HeatSync Labs board member Luis Montes.

The trouble is that each little gadget makes life more complicated for the lab. In addition to writing new code and piecing together new hardware for each gadget, hackers must setup and maintain the servers that keep the gadgets running. If they create enough them, these automated tools become more of a hassle than a convenience.

That’s why Montes wants to move all of them under the control of a single open source system created by one of the hackers who hangs out at HeatSync. The system is called SkyNet, a nod to a certain early-80s sci-fi flick. “Yes,” says the tool’s creator, Chris Matthieu. “I’m trying to build SkyNet from The Terminator.”

That’s not to say Matthieu is bent on creating an artificially intelligent network that will eventually destroy the human race. In The Terminator, SkyNet was originally designed as a system for controlling missile silos and other weapons, and Matthieu aims to create a similar command and control network for internet-connected gadgets, including everything from bitcoin-powered hula dancers to the smart thermostats offered by Nest, the home automation outfit recently purchased by Google. This SkyNet is one more step toward what is now called The Internet of Things.

If you can connect a device or application to the internet, you can connect it to SkyNet. The first time a device connects, your SkyNet server assigns the device a unique token it can use to authenticate itself on the network at any time. The server then updates its searchable directory of connected things, and you’re ready to start sending messages to and from the device.

As Matthieu explains, you could use it to control a fleet of flying drones. “You could then tell SkyNet: ‘Let me see all the drones in Portland that are online and not active,’” he says. “Then you can start messaging individual drones, or broadcast to all of them. The message could be: ‘Here’s your flight plan.’”

But not all possibilities sound so sinister. You could also use SkyNet to a collection of virtual servers running on a cloud service across the internet. After connecting all your virtual servers to SkyNet, you could use the system to find a group of virtual machines with enough resources to run the software application you just built.

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New Israeli Unit Targets Syrian Border Threats
Feb. 16, 2014 - 02:47PM
By BARBARA OPALL-ROME

TEL AVIV — Israel is flexing its military muscle at the Golan Heights frontier with the latest intelligence collection technologies and a new frontline division dedicated to combating multiplying threats spawned by war raging in Syria.

Inaugurated late last month by Lt. Gen. Beni Gantz, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief of staff, the new Bashan Division is a former reserve division reconfigured with frontline, active forces responsible for defending and defeating all threats in the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon sectors.

The dedicated territorial division, part of the IDF’s Northern Command, includes a new combat collection battalion supported by the MARS sensor-fused intelligence system and latest versions of the Tzayad digital C4ISR network, both by Elbit Systems.

“We stood up this division in the Golan Heights with quality forces more ready than ever before. It’s tailored and focused to deal with the changing threat,” said Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, head of IDF’s Northern Command.

Until the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings that sparked the ongoing conflict in Syria, the 62 kilometer-long Golan Heights border was the quietest of all Israel’s borders. For nearly 40 years, cross-border incidents were rare and quickly contained by Syrian dictators Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar, whose regime now barely occupies, let alone controls, territory at the border.

In response to two cross-border incidents in 2011 — when hundreds of civilian demonstrators infiltrated the Israeli annexed territory — the IDF fortified the border with deeper trenches, new landmines, additional observation posts, heavy-duty concertina wire and higher fences.

The new Bashan Division, officers here say, stems from new assessments that the IDF might have to confront far more challenging threats than civilian infiltrators in the months and years to come.

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Aside from three or four villages at the border still controlled by forces fighting for Assad’s regime, Israel’s Golan Heights frontier is largely in rebel hands. Most rebel-controlled areas answer to Global Jihad groups loosely linked to al-Qaida, officers here said.

“Today, rebels control most of the area of the south Golan Heights,” a senior IDF officer said. “Among rebel forces, the moderates are increasingly exhausted while the radicals have become strengthened. The moderates lack sufficient external backing, and they’re losing the support of the local population, all of which benefits the radicals.”

Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, IDF chief of military intelligence, estimated some 30,000 Global Jihad forces are operating in Syria.

“These are not moderate Salafis. Syria has become a magnet for these activists from Europe, Asia, Australia and even America ... [and] their activities could likely result in attacks of extraordinary brutality at our borders,” Kochavi said Jan. 29 at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies.

In a Feb. 10 interview, the senior IDF commander characterized the al-Qaida-linked threat of Global Jihad at Israel’s borders with Syria and Lebanon as a disturbing by-product of tectonic shifts sweeping the region.

“For the moment, they are not fighting us, but we know their ideology. ... It could be that, in the coming months, we could find ourselves dragged into confrontation with them,” he said.

Even more disturbing than the radical rebel threat are an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 Hezbollah forces and another 2,000 Iraqi volunteers fighting in Syria on behalf of the Assad regime. Additionally, hundreds of advisers, supervisors and commanders of the Al-Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are providing tactical command and control in battles against the rebels.

“The new phenomenon of Global Jihad at our borders is disturbing, but we shouldn’t be confused. Our mortal enemy remains the ever-strengthening axis of evil formed by Hezbollah, Syria and the Iranian regime,” the IDF commander said.

Northern Command assesses low interest by regime or rebel forces in provoking direct attacks on Israel over the coming year, with both sides focused on the war that has killed up to 138,000 and displaced up to 6 million over the past three years.

“Our assessment is that Assad will be less involved in areas at our border throughout 2014. ... He’ll prefer to focus on areas under his control and intensify his strategy of siege, starvation and punishment of rebel population centers,” the senior IDF officer said.

Nevertheless, Israel is likely to confront spillover violence between warring groups or attempts by Global Jihadists to provoke Israel into action against Hezbollah fighting alongside the Syrians.

Northern Command assesses high near-term likelihood of fighting breaking out between regime and rebel forces in Daara, the town near Israel’s shared border with Syria and Jordan where Syria’s 2011 uprising began.

“The only place that will interest the regime in 2014 along our border is the area of Daara, where Assad will try to shut down the resupply of rebels from Jordan,” the senior officer said.

The Bashan Division will be tasked with retaliation and rapid response to any attacks and spillover violence within its territory. “To be passive is not an option if you expect to preserve deterrence,” said Maj. Gen. Gershon Ha’cohen, commander of the IDF’s Northern Corps.


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« Reply #10088 on: Feb 17th, 2014, 1:54pm »

It's rained here for six days out of seven since last November.
I have a shallow trench in my garden that now takes two days to drain. The ground is so waterlogged. This years crops will be ruined. More expense.

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« Reply #10089 on: Feb 18th, 2014, 07:29am »

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Alps murders: suspect in killing of al-Hilli family arrested in France

Police investigating murder of Iraqi-born British engineer and three others arrest suspect in Alpine village close to attack.

by Anne Penketh in Paris and Vikram Dodd
Tuesday 18 February 2014 07.29 EST

French police have arrested a suspect in the case of the murders of the Iraqi-born British engineer Saad al-Hilli and three others in the French Alps in September 2012.

The breakthrough came after police issued an efit of a man wearing a motorcycle helmet.

BFM-TV, which broke the story, reported that the 48-year-old man, who can be questioned by police for 48 hours, is from the Alpine area where the murder took place.

Eric Maillaud, the Annecy prosecutor, said a suspect matching the efit had been "actively sought by police".

Al-Hilli, who was staying in Annecy with his family, was shot dead on 5 September 2012 after parking his BMW in a layby on a wooded road near Chevaline. His wife and mother were also shot dead.

One of his daughters was wounded but the other miraculously survived by hiding under her mother's skirt. The body of a passing French cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, was found nearby.

Police were puzzled by the weapon used by the killer: an antique 7.65mm Luger P06 handgun, issued to the Swiss army and police in the 1920s and 1930s.

French police made the arrest following witness accounts and descriptions of a man seen near the scene of the killings. The witnesses came forward after French authorities released an artist's impression of a motorcyclist who was seen in the area between 3.15pm and 3.40pm shortly before the four murders.

The prosecutor suggested that there may be other arrests. "This arrest, which may not be the only one, is the fruit of witness statements taken notably after the release on 4 November 2013 of the e-photo of a motorcyclist seen near the scene of the crime, and actively sought by investigators," Maillaud said.

However, French media reports said police remained cautious as to the possible involvement of the person taken into custody on Tuesday. They said he may be able to shed light on the murders without being a direct suspect in the killing himself.

Al-Hilli's brother Zaid was arrested by British police but released from bail last month when Surrey police deemed there was not enough evidence to charge him with a crime.

The 54-year-old, from Chessington, Surrey, said he was relieved, but French investigators said they still had "many questions" to ask him.

The al-Hilli brothers were alleged to have been locked in an inheritance dispute centred on the £825,000 home in Claygate, Surrey, where Saad and his family lived after their mother died from a heart attack in 2003.

Zaid, who inherited half the property, claimed that in 2011 his brother began to demand his share of the house "there and then" and pinned him down during a row. The two men never spoke again except through lawyers, but Zaid denied rumours that he had threatened to kill his brother.

He said he knew little about a Swiss bank account containing the proceeds from their father's business in Iraq and would not comment on claims that he attempted to access it using an expired card or tried to fake their father's will.

On Tuesday, the Surrey force said: "Surrey police can confirm that an arrest has been made in France today in connection with the murders of four people near Annecy, southern France in September 2012.

"The arrest has resulted from a line of inquiry in France and is not as a result of the investigation carried out in the UK."

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Why does the brain remember dreams?

February 17, 2014

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The reason for dreaming is still a mystery for the researchers who study the difference between "high dream recallers," who recall dreams regularly, and "low dream recallers," who recall dreams rarely. In January 2013 (work published in the journal Cerebral Cortex), the team led by Perrine Ruby, Inserm researcher at the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center, made the following two observations: "high dream recallers" have twice as many time of wakefulness during sleep as "low dream recallers" and their brains are more reactive to auditory stimuli during sleep and wakefulness. This increased brain reactivity may promote awakenings during the night, and may thus facilitate memorization of dreams during brief periods of wakefulness.

In this new study, the research team sought to identify which areas of the brain differentiate high and low dream recallers. They used Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to measure the spontaneous brain activity of 41 volunteers during wakefulness and sleep. The volunteers were classified into 2 groups: 21 "high dream recallers" who recalled dreams 5.2 mornings per week in average, and 20 "low dream recallers," who reported 2 dreams per month in average. High dream recallers, both while awake and while asleep, showed stronger spontaneous brain activity in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and in the temporo-parietal junction (TPJ), an area of the brain involved in attention orienting toward external stimuli.

"This may explain why high dream recallers are more reactive to environmental stimuli, awaken more during sleep, and thus better encode dreams in memory than low dream recallers. Indeed the sleeping brain is not capable of memorizing new information; it needs to awaken to be able to do that," explains Perrine Ruby, Inserm Research Fellow.

The South African neuropsychologist Mark Solms had observed in earlier studies that lesions in these two brain areas led to a cessation of dream recall. The originality of the French team's results is to show brain activity differences between high and low dream recallers during sleep and also during wakefulness.

"Our results suggest that high and low dream recallers differ in dream memorization, but do not exclude that they also differ in dream production. Indeed, it is possible that high dream recallers produce a larger amount of dreaming than low dream recallers" concludes the research team.

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In work inspired partly by the movie "Avatar," one monkey could control the body of another monkey using thought alone by connecting the brain of the puppet-master monkey to the spine of the other through a prosthesis, researchers say.

These findings could help lead to implants that help patients overcome paralysis, scientists added.

Paralysis due to nerve or spinal cord damage remains a challenge for current surgical techniques. Scientists are now attempting to restore movement to such patients with brain-machine interfaces that allow people to operate computers or control robotic limbs. [Monkey Avatars: Primates Move Virtual Arms with Mind (Video)]

"However, we were interested in seeing whether one could use brain activity to help control one's own paralyzed limb," said study author Ziv Williams, a neuroscientist and neurosurgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston. "The benefit there is that you are using your own body as opposed to a mechanical device, which can need a lot of support and is not always practical to carry around with you."

Ultimately, "the hope is to create a functional bypass for the damaged spinal cord or brainstem so that patients can control their own bodies," Williams told Live Science.

The researchers developed a brain-to-spinal-cord prosthesis that connected two adult male rhesus monkeys.

"I was inspired a little by the movie 'Avatar,'" Williams said. The main character in the 2009 sci-fi film is a paraplegic, and connects his brain to a computer that helps him control an artificial body.

The monkey that served as the master had electrodes wired into his brain, while the monkey that served as the avatar had electrodes wired into his spine. The avatar's hand was placed onto a joystick that controlled a cursor displayed on the master's screen.

The avatar monkey was sedated so that he had no control over his own body. Computers decoded the brain activity of the master monkey and relayed those signals to the spinal cord and muscles of the avatar monkey. This allowed the master to control the cursor by moving the hand of the avatar. The master received a reward of juice if he successfully moved the cursor onto a target.

"Probably the biggest challenge we had was having this happen in real-time," Williams said. "In theory, you can record neuronal activity any time, analyze it offline, and use those signals to stimulate the spinal cord or muscles. The trick is being able to figure out what the monkey is intending in real-time and then stimulating the spinal cord or muscles to create the desired movements."

Controlling every single muscle in a limb to carry out a desired motion would be very complex. The researchers simplified this problem "by focusing on the target of the movement as opposed to which muscles and joints are used for the movement," Williams said.

The scientists emphasize the goal of this research is not for one person to control the body of another. Rather, when it comes to treating patients with spinal cord injuries, such as quadriplegics, "we envision putting a microchip into the brain to record the activity behind the intent for movement and putting another microchip in the spinal cord below the site of injury to stimulate limb movements, and then connecting the microchips," Williams said.

"This is just a proof-of-concept," Williams said. "We only had the monkeys aim for a few targets at a time — to be clinically useful, we'd have to be able to cause many different movements in space for fine motor control. Still, we think in principle that is possible."

Williams and his colleagues Maryam Shanechi and Rollin Hu detailed their findings online today (Feb. 18) in the journal Nature Communications.
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