How Twitter Helped Ferguson Learn to Treat Tear Gas Victims Overnight

How does an American community, a suburb, really, learn overnight how to deal with injuries sustained from tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and a militarized police force? Using the internet, of course.Ten days ago, the people of Ferguson, Missouri, had no idea how to help someone who’s having a panic attack because they’ve been pepper sprayed, how to flush a tear gas victim’s eyes with a mixture of equal parts Maalox and water, or how to get the lingering effects of tear gas off their clothes. Now, they’re old pros, in part thanks to a network of volunteers and organizations from as far away as Australia and Palestine who have dealt with police brutality and abuse in the past.”I don’t think any community, at least in the US, is equipped to deal with getting tear gassed by the people who are supposed to be helping them,” Kalaya’an Mendoza, an activist with Amnesty International who has been in Ferguson for much of the last week, told me. “Palestinians have been emailing and sending tips for dealing with tear gas that they use in their own struggle

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REVIEW: Do you need a Lytro Illum?

My well-dressed guests from out of town arrive with bags of gear. Lytro’s Jeff Hansen is unpacking a bag as introductions occur, and with him are Eamon Drew and Chris Horsley-Wyatt from Blonde Robot, Lytro’s Australian distributor. Two smartly-presented Lytro Illum cameras appear among the action and in no time at all, the focus is on them.
What’s under Lytro’s hood?

Lytro’s scene is plenoptic/light-field and computational imaging. While conventional digital cameras record the intensity and colour of light hitting a sensor in order to render a static image, a plenoptic camera makes use of an array of microlenses that assist in measuring the directionality of incidental light rays

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Dronevertising: The future of ads or an idea in need of grounding?

One of the biggest issues faced by anyone with a great idea is how to get people aware of it. And with marketing looking to gain more cut-through and create genuine buzz, they’ve now combined the idea of drones and advertising to create flying billboards.

Dronevertising is the brainchild of Russian ad agency Hungry Boys. Their first campaign was for Asian restaurant chain Wokker, putting an ad for the chain on a series of drones, then hovering the flying billboards in the windows of high-rise office buildings at lunchtime.
The result? A 40 per cent increase in Wokker’s sales and, according to Hungry Boys, the creation of “a buzz” around Wokker “in all European advertising media”

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Now Flying: Quadcopters That Can Autonomously Land On Moving Targets

Imagine Humvees equipped with small landing pads for armed quadcopters sent to attack targets, then autonomously return and land safely, all while the car is in motion, no less.With Humvees already set to have lasers to protect infantrymen against the weaponized UAVs of the future, adding more drones to the mix doesn’t seem like an outlandish idea—especially when Canadian researchers at McGill University in Montreal are developing new software for UAVs to autonomously land. What you’re seeing above appears to be the early stages of this drone software, being demonstrated at the lab level. In March, the McGill Daily, a student run newspaper at the university, unearthed documents showing the university participating in over a million dollars in research helping the Canadian Department of National Defence to develop software for quadcopters in combat operations. (The research caused a minor controversy on campus when students protested to “Demilitarize McGill” and blockaded the drone research labs

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The Show That Warned Us Enemy of the State Was a Documentary

“PFFFFTTTTTT! WE ALREADY KNEW THAT!” was a common response from some people when last summer’s Snowden leaks revealed that the NSA was monitoring American communications. And in some ways, they were right. We already knew a lot thanks to PBS documentaries. So what PBS documentary will we point to when we learn that the eye-in-the-sky surveillance movie Enemy of the State was frighteningly prophetic ? Probably NOVA’s “Rise of the Drones” from January of 2013.Read more

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