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Smartphone owns its owner: can we function well without? Version after version, all outpace human, demand attention everywhere

31% US drivers 18-64 text or email while driving; nearly half US high school students 16 years or older text or email while driving

Smartphone Addiction: More Than Half Of Smartphone Owners Believe They Suffer From Nomophobia

Smartphones and the Thin Line between Effective Communication and Overwhelming Addiction

*update* Aug 10, 2015
People Who Text While Walking Are Annoying As Hell, Study Confirms Because you're focusing on such a complex mental task while propelling your physical body through space, you actually adopt a slower, more protective gait that involves taking smaller steps, taking more steps and raising your feet unnecessarily high to walk up stairs or over curbs...“It annoys the hell out of everybody walking behind you,” Earnest told HuffPost. “If I’m trying to walk around you and you veer to the right, then I have to counter even further to the right rather than bump into you, and then that puts me at risk."

*update* May 2, 2015  read more »

Flying robots over Eiffel tower, Buckingham Palace, JFK Airport, landing at German Chancellor Merkel's feet, on White House lawn

2015 CeBIT technology event in Germany showcases remote-controlled and autonomous drones, some fitted with cameras and sensors

a drone flew within feet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister, hovering briefly before crashing at Merkel's feet

2015: drone flights over Eiffel Tower, Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, and crashed onto White House lawn

flying drone got attention of airline pilot on final approach to New York JFK Airport

*update* 05Aug2014
TorontoStar - A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight The package was dropped July 29 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio. It contained almost 7 grams of heroin, over 57 grams of marijuana and more than 140 grams of tobacco, JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, told the Mansfield News Journal.


25 Feb 2015 - Second night of mysterious drone flights over Paris - The Eiffel Tower, site of drone flights on Monday and Tuesday nights  read more »

2015 Year of Light. Wisdom's back. AU bans Supertrawlers (who'd like a fishless ocean?) Scotland bans fracking (water vs gas)!

a galaxy 700 millions light years away"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better" (Albert Einstein)

ocean depletion: fish stocks fully exploited or over-exploitedworldwide 90% of stocks of fish stocks are gone

when a massive star explodedNASA: breathtaking new space images

overfishing infographic

supernova remnant from exploded star

MSH 11-62 contains an inner nebula of charged particles

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better" (Albert Einstein) -
Oceans with fish aplenty or barren sea without fish? Fracking involves using a high-pressure water mixture to penetrate rock in order to release gas. Can gas be replaced by solar energy? Can there be life without water (already short)?

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Millions of GMO mosquitoes to be released in the Florida Keys if FDA allows experiment. Nightmare? At least 130,000 frightened

GMO mosquitoes to be released in US

Dummy's simplest questions:
1. Can such kind of "experiment" be undone if consequences run wildly away from Florida Keys?
2. Will millions of flying mosquitoes "obey Lab's rules" to stay where they are released?
3. Mosquitoes, by nature, bite. How to guarantee the released males from mating with poisonous "super powerful" female mosquitoes (some spread deadly disease) whose offspring will survive?


Millions of GMO Insects Could Be Released in Florida Keys
Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.
Dengue and chikungunya are growing threats in the U.S., but some people are more frightened at the thought of being bitten by a genetically modified organism. More than 130,000 people signed a petition against the experiment.

genetically modified mosquitoes could have unintended consequences
Already, the Times reports, "3.5% of the insects in a lab test survived to adulthood despite presumably carrying the lethal gene."

Mosquitoes are considered one of the most dangerous creatures on the planet because of their ability to spread deadly diseases.  read more »

World largest solar bridge: 4400 panels end-to-end 1886-Victorian bridge on Thames w/ rail station 900000kwh of electricity/yr

The Blackfriars Railway Bridge, which houses the London Underground's Blackfriars station, opened recently and is covered end-to-end with solar panels, making it the largest solar bridge in the world. The bridge is covered with 4,400 solar panels which will produce about 900,000 kWh of electricity annually, or about 50 percent of the station's annual electricity output.

world's largest solar-powered bridge at Blackfriars Bridge across the River Thames

Solar-powered lights illuminate the 1,542-foot-long Kurilpa Bridge

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