Saturday, May 28, 2016

The device that eavesdrops on the voices in your head: Mind-reaching machine could soon turn your secret thoughts into speech

  • Scientists want reproduce speech from brain recordings in real-time
  • Goal is to help those affected by motor disease such as Lou Gehrig's
  • Such a novel device would communicate people's intended thoughts via an electronic speaker or writing device, the say
A mind-reaching machine that can translate thoughts into speech is coming closer to reality.
The research has been ongoing for several years, and recently, scientists successfully managed to playback a word that someone is thinking by monitoring their brain activity.
While there remains a long way to go, they say this could help victims of stroke and others with speech paralysis to communicate with their loved ones.
'Mind-blowing' footage of mystery flying craft hovering near US military base in UFO hotspot

Strange craft spotted on numerous occasions near the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio 


 Mind-blowing footage' has emerged that appears to show a UFO flying over a US military base.

The clip - which shows a mystery object in the sky - was filmed by a couple in Dayton, Ohio, as they were watching the sunset from their home.
The pair are clearly shocked by the sight of the 'craft' floating in the air with its pointed end and strange markings.
Venezuela Drifts Into New Territory: Hunger, Blackouts and Government Shutdown

CARACAS, Venezuela — The courts? Closed most days. The bureau to start a business? Same thing. The public defender’s office? That’s been converted into a food bank for government employees.
Step by step, Venezuela has been shutting down.
This country has long been accustomed to painful shortages, even of basic foods. But Venezuela keeps drifting further into uncharted territory.
In recent weeks, the government has taken what may be one of the most desperate measures ever by a country to save electricity: A shutdown of many of its offices for all but two half-days each week.
But that is only the start of the country’s woes. Electricity and water are being rationed, and huge areas of the country have spent months with little of either.
Many people cannot make international calls from their phones because of a dispute between the government and phone companies over currency regulations and rates.
Coca-Cola Femsa, the Mexican company that bottles Coke in the country, has even said it was halting production of sugary soft drinks because it was running out of sugar.
Last week, protests turned violent in parts of the country where demonstrators demanded empty supermarkets be resupplied. And on Friday, the government said it would continue its truncated workweek for an additional 15 days.
President Vladimir Putin awards Russian 'Rambo' who died fighting ISIS top military honour

The body of Aleksandr Prokhorenko, who called an airstrike on himself after being surrounded by militants, has been flown home to Moscow


Vladimir Putin has awarded a soldier dubbed "Russian Rambo," who was killed fighting ISIS, the country's highest military honour.
The Russian president has ordered brave Aleksandr Prokhorenko be posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation, according to Russian state news agency Sputnik.
The 25-year-old was part of a team of fighters battling to liberate the city of Palmyra from ISIS.
Russian officials say the father bravely ordered an airstrike on himself after he was surrounded by Islamic State militants.
His body was flown into Moscow this week and welcomed by the brave soldier's heartbroken wife Ekaterina who is pregnant with their first child.
n a further tribute, the soldier's old school also plans to name the facility after him. (...)

Nadezhda Rusinova said: "It is a real act of bravery that we will tell our pupils about," said a teacher at the school.
"After all, to order an airstrike on yourself is something that not everybody would be able to do."

The heroic last words of the solider - who feared he would be captured, tortured, killed and his body mutilated - were revealed after his death.

A transcript of his final communications with Russian Special Forces reveals the moment he was surrounded by ISIS 'b*******' and low on ammunition as he attempted to hold off gunfire.
He was ordered to move to safety before the air strike but told his commander he couldn't escape the area, before adding: "Conduct the airstrike now, please hurry."

In his last communication he said: "This is the end commander, thank you, tell my family and my country I love them. Tell them I was brave and I fought until I could no longer.
"Please take care of my family, avenge my death, goodbye commander, tell my family I love them."
His wife Ekaterina reportedly had 'no idea' her husband was serving in Syria.

 Not prepared to go down without a fight, he ordered military officials to drop bombs on his location and died in the blast.

A Worrisome Pileup of $100 Million Homes
One of the latest symbols of the overinflated luxury housing market is a pink mansion perched above the Mediterranean on the French Riviera.
The 13,000-square-foot property, built and owned by the fashion magnate Pierre Cardin, is composed of giant terra cotta orbs arranged in a sprawling hive. The home’s name befits its price. “Le Palais Bulles,” or “the Bubble Palace,” is being offered for sale at approximately $450 million.

The listing is part of a global pileup of homes listed for $100 million or more. A record 27 properties with nine-figure prices are officially for sale, according to Christie’s International Real Estate. That is up from 19 last year and about a dozen in 2014.
If you add in high-priced “whisper listings” that are offered privately, brokers say the actual number of nine-figure listings worldwide could easily top 40 or 50.

 It’s a bumper crop,” said Dan Conn, chief executive of Christie’s International Real Estate. “It’s just a new world in terms of what people are building and offering for sale.”
The rise in nine-figure real estate listings comes just as sales of luxury real estate have cooled. Many say the sudden surge in hyperprice homes — often built and sold by speculative investors — is the ultimate bubble signal.

“When you have a record number of homes for sale at a price point of $100 million or more, that tells you these homes aren’t selling,” said Jonathan Miller, president of Miller Samuel Inc., a real estate appraisal and research firm. “It’s not as deep a market as some might hope.”
Last year, only two homes in the world sold for over $100 million, according to Christie’s. One was a 9,455-square-foot house in Hong Kong purchased for $193 million by Jack Ma, the chief of Alibaba. The other was a townhouse in London that sold for $132 million. This year, a ranch in Texas went on the market for $700 million and a home in Dallas listed for $100 million. Both sold, but the actual sale prices have not been disclosed.
35 arrests made during anti-Trump protests

SAN DIEGO -- Confrontations between protesters and police erupted in San Diego Friday after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised thousands of supporters that he would offer a strong challenge for heavily Democratic California's electoral votes in the general election.
As Trump delivered an energetic, 58-minute speech inside the San Diego Convention Center, more than 1,000 protesters representing various opposition groups demonstrated outside.
The protests were mostly peaceful before the speech, but some who later tried to scale a barricade were turned back by police.
After the speech, several confrontations disrupted what had been an orderly dispersal outside the convention center.
Some people in the crowd eventually started throwing things, prompting police to declare an unlawful assembly and begin moving people out of the area. Police in riot gear maintained a huge presence as the crowd moved into the Gaslamp Quarter.
Thirty-five people were arrested during the protests, according to police. No property damage and no injuries were reported.
Immigration activists joined organized labor and other groups to march to the convention center and demonstrate outside. Some carried Mexican flags and chanted profanities.
Protests turned violent Tuesday in Albuquerque following a Trump appearance, leading to concerns about security in San Diego and prompting police Chief Shelley Zimmerman to vow that law enforcement will tolerate no violence, disruptive behavior or unlawful acts at the Trump event in her city.
“The safety of our public is paramount,'' Zimmerman said. “The whole goal is to provide a safe environment for everyone.''
The department had a “significant presence'' of uniformed and plainclothes officers at the bayside gathering and coordinated with state, local and federal agencies in hopes of promptly putting a stop to any combative or destructive protesters or counter-protesters, the chief said.
The city designated demonstration zones -- one for Trump supporters and another for those who oppose the 69-year-old billionaire's presidential bid -- on the northwest and southeast sides of the Harbor Drive center and monitored attendees' behavior while ensuring their constitutional free-speech rights, Zimmerman said.
Many of the people who had protested before the rally were gone by the time the post-speech crowd became unruly.

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“Insane! Trump’s vehicles RAM through police barricade at high speed and speed out of downtown @ABC30 #TrumpFresno #ABC30Insider”

 Secret Service agents directing the motorcade carrying presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump apparently took evasive action after objects were thrown at the SUV carrying Trump as he departed the Selland Arena in Fresno, California on Friday. Video and online reporting posted by a local TV station shows the Trump motorcade barreling through a police barricade at such a high rate of speed that a shocked reporter said ‘hundreds could have been killed or injured’ by the maneuver.

‘F**k The Police’: Anti-Trump Protesters in San Diego 



SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters clashed with hundreds of law enforcement officers and chanted “F**k Donald Trump, and f**k the police” as they were being cleared from the streets.

 Some two hours after presidential candidate Donald Trump was done speaking to a rally at the San Diego Convention Center, law enforcement officers used loudspeaker equipment to tell protesters that the demonstrations were being declared an, “unlawful assembly.

 “I command all those assembled at 500 Harbor Drive to immediately disperse. You may move to L Street East. If you do not do so you will be arrested. If you refuse to move, chemical agents and other weapons will be used.”