Britain is about to face one of its largest walkouts of public sector staff, the GMB union has said, after as many as two millions workers agreed to go on strike. The trade union has announced that its members in councils and schools, which make up part of its 620,000-strong membership, have voted three-to-one to... Continue Reading →

The environmental campaigning group Greenpeace, digital rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and grassroots advocacy organization Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) joined forces today to fly an airship over the NSA’s data center in Utah to protest the government’s illegal mass surveillance program. Greenpeace flew its 135-foot-long thermal airship over the Bluffdale, UT data center early... Continue Reading →

Want a virtual reality headset, but can't afford the hefty pricetag on most existing models (or to hold out for the future)? Google dropped an inexpensive solution today following its I/O keynote: Google Cardboard, an app that lets Android users transform their phones into VR headsets with the help of a DIY cardboard viewer. It's... Continue Reading →

Researchers from ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI demonstrate how the magnetic structure can be altered quickly in novel materials. The effect could be used in efficient hard drives of the future. Data on a hard drive is stored by flipping small magnetic domains. Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and ETH... Continue Reading →

Researchers are reporting that injections of long-lasting AIDS drugs protected monkeys for weeks against infection, a finding that could lead to a major breakthrough in preventing the disease in humans. Two studies by different laboratory groups each found 100 percent protection in monkeys that got monthly injections of antiretroviral drugs, and there was evidence that... Continue Reading →

Massachusetts is poised to lift its wage floor to $11 an hour—50% higher than the federal rate– becoming the fifth state so far this year to lay claim to setting the nation’s highest minimum wage. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, is expected to sign a bill by early next week to increase the state’s... Continue Reading →

New device allows brain to bypass spinal cord, move paralyzed limbs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEbioFpdK5E Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb. Burkhart is the first of a potential five participants in a clinical study. "It's much... Continue Reading →

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