Who’s Making Money Off The War On Drugs?

November 28th, 2014

Via: AJ+:

Cancer: Long Pepper Fruit

November 28th, 2014

Via: The Windsor Star:

“One of the major struggles with cancer therapy is whatever we use to kill cancer cells also kills healthy cells, which is a very bad side effect,” Pandey said.

The long pepper fruit extract, however, seems to do a remarkable thing: trick cancer cells into cutting off their own energy. It leads to cancer apoptosis. In other words, suicide. Best of all, healthy cells just continue on as happy as you please.

“It’s difficult to imagine that after 50 or 60 years of research we still don’t have a selective drug,” Pandey said. “So with the long pepper fruit, we are very excited. We feel the extract targets multiple things and forces the cell to commit suicide.”

Flying Robots to Start Serving in Restaurants by End-2015

November 27th, 2014

Nothing says “romantic dinner” like the ceaseless din of large, autonomous quadcopters buzzing around in a closed space.

Via: Channel News Asia:

Restaurant-goers in Singapore can expect to be served by autonomous flying robots – the world’s first commercial attempt – by the end of next year.

Infinium-Serve, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, will be first launched at one of Timbre Group’s five outlets in Singapore. Infinium Robotics CEO Woon Junyang estimated the project to cost a “low seven-figure sum” for the five outlets, subject to final negotiations and certain variables of the actual deployment of the robots.

Infinium Robotics signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Timbre Group on Oct 31. Both companies are seeking productivity-related government grants to help offset deployment costs.

Mr Woon said he is confident that such robotic solutions will help alleviate the Singapore’s labour crunch. Introducing this technology into restaurants would take away mundane tasks of serving food and drinks, and allow human waiters to focus on higher-value tasks such as getting feedback from customers, he said.

“This will result in an enhanced dining experience which will eventually lead to increased sales and revenue for the restaurants,” he added.

Oil Down 6.88% On OPEC Strategy to Destroy U.S. Shale Business

November 27th, 2014

Warning: This is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any financial instrument.

I’ll be dusting off some capital for an eventual long side play. However, there’s a part of me, a gut feeling, that thinks that the shale apocalypse will just continue on somehow.

Crude Oil Jan 15 (CLF15.NYM) -NY Mercantile 68.62 Down 5.07(6.88%) 7:36PM EST

Via: Bloomberg:

OPEC’s decision to cede no ground to rival producers underscored the price war in the crude market and the challenge to U.S. shale drillers.

The 12-nation group abandoned its role as a swing producer, ignoring the steepest slump in oil prices since the global recession to keep its output target unchanged. Yesterday’s decision in Vienna propelled futures to the lowest since 2010, a level that means some shale producers may lose money.

OPEC Policy Ensures U.S. Shale Crash, Russian Tycoon Says

November 27th, 2014

Via: Bloomberg:

OPEC policy on crude production will ensure a crash in the U.S. shale industry, a Russian oil tycoon said.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries kept output targets unchanged at a meeting in Vienna today even after this year’s slump in the oil price caused by surging supply from U.S shale fields.

American producers risk becoming victims of their own success. At today’s prices of just over $70 a barrel, drilling is close to becoming unprofitable for some explorers, Leonid Fedun, vice president and board member at OAO Lukoil (LKOD), said in an interview in London.

“In 2016, when OPEC completes this objective of cleaning up the American marginal market, the oil price will start growing again,” said Fedun, who’s made a fortune of more than $4 billion in the oil business, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “The shale boom is on a par with the dot-com boom. The strong players will remain, the weak ones will vanish.”

Oil futures in New York plunged as much as 3.8 percent to $70.87 a barrel today, the lowest since August 2010.

Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

November 26th, 2014

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand.

Via: New York Times:

For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas.

That day appears to be dawning.

The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.

Utility executives say the trend has accelerated this year, with several companies signing contracts, known as power purchase agreements, for solar or wind at prices below that of natural gas, especially in the Great Plains and Southwest, where wind and sunlight are abundant.

Those prices were made possible by generous subsidies that could soon diminish or expire, but recent analyses show that even without those subsidies, alternative energies can often compete with traditional sources.

Related: Energy Storage Is Today Where Solar Was in 2010-Set for Exponential Growth

Microsoft Now Has Robot Security Guards

November 26th, 2014

Via: The Daily Dot:

Robots are increasingly replacing humans in a variety of mundane tasks, like bolting a car together or making lollipops, but now they are moving into the security business.

Microsoft recently installed a fleet of 5-feet-tall, 300-pound robots to protect its Silicon Valley campus. The robots are packed with HD security cameras and sensors to take in their organic, protein-based surroundings. There’s also an artificial intelligence on board that can sound alarms when the robot notices something awry. It can also read license plates and cross-reference them to see if they’re stolen.

The K5 robots come from a California company called Knightscope, which calls the robots “autonomous data machines” that provide a “commanding but friendly presence.” Sounds like something a robot manufacturer would say.

Allegations That British Politicians Murdered and Raped Young Boys “Only the Tip of the Iceberg”

November 26th, 2014

Via: Telegraph:

Revelations that politicians allegedly murdered and raped young boys is “only the tip of the iceberg” in the Westminster historic child abuse scandal, Theresa May has warned.

The Home Secretary expressed dismay that institutions designed to protect children failed in the past and said she was determined to bring those guilty to justice, whatever their position.

More: Paedophile Orgies in Luxury Flats

This Is What’s Happening In Mexico Right Now

November 26th, 2014

Via: YouTube:

Direct From Mexico City: November 20, 2014. Protesters clash with police outside the airport and at the Zocalo. Protesters are demanding the government account for the kidnapping of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School. From AJ+ Video Journalist Jorge Villalpando

Background: Dozens of Students Missing in Mexico After Police Fire on Protest

God’s Lonely Programmer

November 26th, 2014

Via: Vice:

He kept the rest of the programming simple. God told him to stick to 640×480 and 16 colors, with only a single audio voice. Like Noah, he built as he was commanded. “It’s really obvious what to do next,” he says, “and it can keep you busy for the first ten years.” But now he’s finished.

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