We first saw a prototype of Scout, the tricorder and companion app built by Scanadu for the Tricorder X-prize competition late last year. Today, the company is unveiling Scouts final version and launching an Indiegogo campaign to let folks order Scout and sign up to participate in a usability study — which will provide Scanadu the user feedback needed to help its tricorder get certified by the FDA. In the six months since Scout was first revealed, the design has changed somewhat, and we checked in with company CEO Walter De Brouwer to get the lowdown on the new version.
via Scanadu finalizes Scout tricorder design, wants user feedback to help it get FDA approval.
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Abercrombie & Fitch’s small sizes aren’t stopping this blogger from taking a stand when it comes to the public image of plus-size women.
Jes, known on the Internet as The Militant Baker, recreated popular topless A&F ads, but with her own twist — adding the tagline “Attractive & Fat.” She published the images on her blog along with an open letter to the retailer’s CEO Michael Jeffries.
Jeffries and A&F recently came under public scrutiny for comments made in a Business Insider article, published earlier this month. The story claimed that the stores do not stock XL clothing sizes because the CEO “doesn’t want larger people shopping in the store.”
The article also makes reference to a 2006 interview with Jeffries where he admits that A&F is a store for “cool and popular kids.” He went on to add that “a lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes] and they can’t belong.”
via Blogger Challenges Abercrombie’s ‘Skinny’ Image.
Who knows security better than a thief?Romanian computer expert Valentin Boanta used to supply thieves with the skimmers they used to gather information to create fake bank cards and then steal cash from ATMs.Boanta, 33, was caught in 2009. And now, six months into his five-year sentence, the former thief has developed a technology that would safeguard ATMs from the very attacks in which he used to participate.”When I got caught, I became happy,” Boanta told Reuters. “This liberation opened the way to working for the good side.”Skimming is the act of copying a credit or debit card by scanning the magnetic strip on the cards back. Thieves then use these cloned cards to withdraw money from the cardholders bank account at an ATM.
via Former Thief Invents Theft-Proof ATMs From His Cell.
If you’ve been wishing for Ford to turn the Raptor SVT into a more competent people carrier, your wish has been granted — just not by Ford. The Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV ($TBA) takes the four-door version of the off-road truck and turns it into a beastly SUV, with optional upgrades like third-row seating, a supercharger, Brembo brakes, upgraded tires and wheels, and security and armoring systems. As you might imagine, they’re not making many of these things, so if your interest is piqued, you’d best get ahold of the company ASAP.
via Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV | Uncrate.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico AP — Puerto Ricos representative in Congress is seeking an unprecedented yes-or-no vote on whether the island should become the 51st state, submitting a bill Wednesday that riled many in the U.S. territory.The proposal by Pedro Pierluisi calls for a federally approved ratifying vote in which Puerto Ricans would be asked if they want their island to become a state. If the majority agrees, the bill calls for the president to submit legislation to Congress within 180 days.”I expect a clear and firm answer from Congress.
This cannot fall on deaf ears,” Pierluisi said. “We lack democratic rights … Its about time this issue be addressed.
“The White House announced last month it would seek $2.5 million from Congress to fund a vote on the islands future political status following disagreements about the results of a nonbinding, two-part referendum held in November.On the ballots first question, more than 900,000 voters, or 54 percent, said they were not content with the current commonwealth status.A second question asked voters to choose a status. Of the approximately 1.3 million voters who made a choice, nearly 800,000, or 61 percent, supported statehood. Some 437,000 backed sovereign free association and 72,560 chose independence. However, nearly 500,000 left that question blank…
read more via Puerto Rico delegate seeks vote for statehood.
Almost two decades ago, scientists succeeded in cloning Dolly the sheep. Now, the same process has been allowed scientists to clone embryonic stem cells from fetal human skin cells for the very first time. There are no more barriers between us and creating human clones.
Cloning in and of itself has been within our reach for a while. Cloning non-human animals has been on the table for nearly two decades, dating back to Dolly the sheep way back in 1996. Cloning human cells has always been a bit rougher of a prospect, partly because it’s just hard, and partly because experimenting with it is ground that needs to be tread very very carefully.
This breakthrough accomplishment, performed by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health & Science University and his colleagues, makes use of a technique called nuclear transfer. In its most basic sense, nuclear transfer is the process of taking one cell—in this case a skin cell—and inserting it into an egg cell that’s had its DNA removed, which is then coaxed into dividing. Or in other words, it’s sort of like fertilizing an egg cell with a fully formed cell of another sort, instead of a sperm.
This process results in a ball of stem cells that can be grown into a full-fledged clone if it’s allowed to keep developing. That’s how we’ve gotten every successful clone to date, including Dolly back in 1996. But until now, that had never worked with human cells. As documented in the journal Cell, Mitalipov and company have managed to pull off the process using skin cells of a human fetus as fertilizer, creating a whole bunch of embryonic stem cells that could go on to grow into a cloned human being. Not that anyone’s planning to actually do that. Ever. These cells are for medical treatment. Stuff like treating nerve and heart damage.
via A Human Stem Cell Has Been Cloned For the First Time.
Are we on the verge of a third industrial revolution? The editors at The Economist certainly think so. But while rapid prototyping and the open source movement have been around for decades now, we had yet to see anyone take a truly comprehensive look at the transformation in manufacturing. That is, until the New Museum’s latest show, Adhocracy, came along.
Adhocracy is, in the word of its curator, Domus editor Joseph Grima, “an exhibition about people who make things.” In more specific terms, it’s a collection of 25 machines, printers, apps, and objects that illustrate how rapid prototyping and DIY culture is changing how we make and buy objects.
That can mean anything from a set of standardized joints that let the user build a bike out of nearly any material, to a solar-powered 3D printer that uses sand from the surrounding desert, to an opensource guide to repairing household appliances. The objects vary, but the ethos stays the same: making is no longer the purview of companies which manufacture millions of the same object. It’s the right of individuals, who are manufacturing one or two objects to fit their own unique needs, then passing along their code. Take a look at eight highlights below—or check out the show until July 7.
via 8 Objects That Signal a New Industrial Revolution.