Pros and Cons of Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is often depicted as some form of magic with no practical application in the modern world. After all, how can we manufacture tiny little robots that are too small for the human eye to see? Science fiction loves giving everyone the idea that nanoparticles are some crazy substance that gives superhuman abilities. This isn't stuff that's found purely in science fiction, however, as new projects are underway to utilize nanoparticles, in a more realistic manner. What Is Nanotechnology? Technically speaking, nanotechnology refers to the manipulation of matter on an atomic or molecular scale. The general idea is to create...


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Is There a Future For Commercial Space Travel?

The commercial space travel industry experienced a devastating setback last week, when Virgin Galactic's ShaceShipTwo broke apart over the Mohave desert, killing the pilot and injuring the co-pilot. The company had originally planned to finish the project by next year, but this latest incident could cripple the already dubious commercial space program. Founded by world-renowned businessman and tech mogul Richard Branson in 2004, Virgin Galactic is the world's first commercial space tourism service. It will take adrenaline junkies above the Earth's atmosphere to experience an authentic zero-gravity environment, and you can now for it using Bitcoin. This isn't your typical...


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How Trolls Made the Internet, the Internet

With the internet, was born the troll. The news has been brimming with reports on Internet Trolls lately. From articles describing their feeble beginnings and their long plight to finally being recognized as scum of the internet, to reports on possible legislation in the UK criminalizing internet trolling, a prison sentence being the ultimate punishment.  I come here, however, with the question: "What would the internet be without trolls?". TechRaz describes internet trolls "in our everyday lives, causing havoc to users". This is a bit extreme. The most havoc an internet troll caused me was a little annoyance, which afterwards resulted in...


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How To Better Anonymize Yourself Online

Online privacy has become a top concern among millions of Internet users both here in the U.S. and abroad. Each time you visit and/or interact with a website, you send sensitive data through your ISP and to the respective server. This data can be picked up and used for malicious purposes, such as making online purchases with your credit cards, wiping out your bank account, creating new lines of credit under your name, etc. The good news is that you can protect yourself from such disasters by anonymizing your Internet activity. Virtual Private Networks A virtual private network (VPN) allows...


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1984 Is Becomiming More of a Reality In Modern-Day America

George Orwell's literary political masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) paints a grim image of a dystopian future in which the totalitarian government of Oceania has full control over its citizens. Winston Smith, the protagonist, works for the government's Ministry of Truth, spreading propaganda and distorting historical records. 1984 is such a controversial and politically striking novel that it's been banned and/or legally challenged by several countries. Although it was published 65 years ago, many of its concepts presented in 1984 have since turned into a reality for many Americans. Former NSA intelligence analyst turned whistleblower Edward Snowden made some stunning revelations...


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