New Samsung Smartphone Sensor – 50-100Mega Pixel Photos and More

A new Isocell GN2 camera sensor from Samsung takes some big steps forward in autofocus and imaging technology
A new Isocell GN2 camera sensor from Samsung takes some big steps forward in autofocus and imaging technology
Samsung

Smartphones have revolutionized photography, making it vastly easier than ever before to capture and share great images. And on the other side of the coin, camera advances are probably responsible for a lot of smartphone sales these days; phones have been more than good enough in most areas for many years now, and a terrific new camera provides a compelling reason to upgrade where a processing boost or RAM upgrade might not move the needle.

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Weapon Wednesday – Flying Tanks? Epic Fail!

antonov a 40, t 60, ussr, stupid idea
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  • Several countries have tried to make flying tanks, which can self-deploy over long distances.
  • The appeal is obvious: A flying tank would eliminate the need for a large cargo transport to carry it.
  • While the flying tank concept is theoretically possible, it requires too many design compromises to make an effective tank.

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Masking of Children is Unnecessary and Just Plain Wrong

by: Brent Smith

I agree, as do I usually, with Daniel Horowitz, that masking-up of our children is child abuse. But I think it’s worse than that.

Any student of history knows that if one (or group of ones) wants to change the behavior of its people, it’s a lot easier to get to them early, when they are young, impressionable and know nothing of history.

If you train children to think and act a certain way, they will likely take those lessons through to adulthood. If you train them to be fearful children, the majority will likely become fearful adults. The same goes for compliance. It’s human nature and has been repeated throughout history.

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Cold doesn’t bother You – You’re a Genetic Mutant

One in five people are thought to carry a mutation that is linked to better tolerance to the cold
One in five people are thought to carry a mutation that is linked to better tolerance to the cold

New research has found one in five people have a specific genetic mutation that confers greater resilience to cold temperatures. The experimental study shows how people with a deficiency in generating a certain skeletal muscle protein shiver less and hold a higher core temperature in cold environments. read more

Targeted Ultrasound can Open the Blood Brain Barrier

Rashi Mehta led a research team at West Virginia University investigating targeted ultrasound as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's
Rashi Mehta led a research team at West Virginia University investigating targeted ultrasound as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s
WVU Photo/Caylie Silveira

Among the many moving parts that scientists suspect may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease is one known as the glymphatic system, which is thought to flush waste chemicals from the brain. A new study has demonstrated how this recently discovered system might be kicked into gear via ultrasound, with the technique proving effective in stimulating its activity in patients as part of early human trials. read more

New Deep Learning Melanoma Screening

A new deep learning algorithm can spot features of odd skin lesions and detect melanoma with high accuracy
A new deep learning algorithm can spot features of odd skin lesions and detect melanoma with high accuracy
Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Artificial intelligence is starting to combine with smartphone technology in ways that could have profound impacts on the way we monitor health, from tracking blood volume changes in diabetics to detecting concussions by filming the eyes. Using the technology to spot melanoma in its early stages is another exciting possibility, and a new deep-learning system developed by Harvard and MIT scientists promises a new level of sophistication, by using a method commonly used by dermatologists known as the “ugly duckling” criteria.

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Weapon Wednesday – Navy’s Iguana Boat/Crawler

iguana interceptor
Iguana USA

Maxus V90 2-Story Camper

Enjoy more space and better views with the high-rising SAIC Maxus V90 Life Home Villa Edition
Enjoy more space and better views with the high-rising SAIC Maxus V90 Life Home Villa Edition
SAIC Maxus

A very different style of Asian RV to the tiny Japanese and Korean mini-campers that inspire endless wanderlust, the SAIC Maxus Life Home V90 Villa Edition lives considerably larger. That’s thanks to a pair of slide-outs widening the first floor and a pop-up, full-height glass-encased second story served by its own elevator. Smart tech and clean, sharp aesthetics, inside and out, team to put the finishing touches on a stylish mobile domicile that lives as comfortably as a townhome … with a price to match.

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Herd Immunity by April? Statists will Never Allow it

from the Daily Wire:

U.S. Will Reach Herd Immunity For COVID-19 By April, Johns Hopkins Doctor Says

“Scientists shouldn’t try to manipulate the public by hiding the truth.”

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Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at the renowned Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, on Friday sent shockwaves through the medical community in a Wall Street Journal piece headlined, “We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April.”

“There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection,” Makary writes. “As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect Covid will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.”

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Stripped Down Indian Chief for 2022

The Indian Chief gets stripped right back for 2022
The Indian Chief gets stripped right back for 2022
Indian Motorcycle

Heritage, heritage, heritage. It hangs like a lead weight around the necks of American cruiser companies, calling back to better times, simpler times, or perhaps just times when our knees and backs worked better. When Polaris had to choose between the slick, modern designs of its Victory brand or the old-school Indian back in 2017, it went with heritage and Indian survived the cut. read more