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Science and Environment

Labeling/Rating System for Scientific Studies

Typically, science journalism covers new studies that have not yet been replicated with very little to indicate that this is really a fairly preliminary result. Sometimes these studies have very small sample sizes. Sometimes they're sponsored by organization that have a vested interest in a particular outcome. Still, the findings get repeated as fact, sometimes to be contradicted later. This can lead to a general distrust ...more »

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Science and Environment

Cool customer-designed electric cars.

Custom-ordered or designed electric cars that have several options built around the base or chassis, which is not unlike a skateboard. The idea is akin building blocks or Legos built around a three or four-wheeled vehicle. 1. All surfaces on vehicles are equipped with solar panels. 2. Standard sizes to be built around: compact, mid-sized, utility. 3. Manufacturer offers colors and designs, such as flames, right off ...more »

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Web

Use web browser caches and DHT to lower server load

On pages that don't change frequently (especially for static pages with timestamps), server load can be saved by allowing browsers to serve up parts of the cached pages like seeds on bittorrent. If a site is down or very slow, the browser can look for other browsers sharing the requested page and query them instead, thus getting around the slashdot effect. This can also be used to get around domain-sitting tactics.

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Science and Environment

Use behaviorism and video games as a didactic tool

Existing video games provide incentive for sustained play in terms of both positive and negative feedback, as well as 'punishment' and repetitive tasks. They also provide good examples of behavior shaping. While video games have been used for didactic purposes, they have typically been either in the context of detailed simulations (as with the use of video games for military training) or in the context of barely translated ...more »

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Misc.

Haptic feedback for spacial interfaces

Touchscreens and other spacial interfaces (VR, anything using a wiimote-style wand or a kinect) miss a certain amount of opportunity to more effectively train users to use them by avoiding touch feedback. While touchscreen devices and wiimotes have vibrating features, peizoelectrics could provide more nuance (a grid of peizoelectrics behind a touchscreen, to vibrate in response to a drag, or several directional sound ...more »

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Science and Environment

No-Tech Fire Prevention

Annual wildfires can be prevented with a crude but potentially inexpensive preemptive measure. Every year for the past seven years at least 100,000 acres have burned in the U.S. alone. The specific locations of fires change, but the areas of recurring fires do not.The assets destroyed remain the same every year: property, parkland and timber. Studies already exist logging, e.g., seasonal wind patterns, debris flows following ...more »

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Art

Audio-based 'social media'-type network

Each user creates a station/profile that streams real-time audio and/or stores pre-recorded material. Can link up with multiple other users' stations & all incoming signals are mixable & tweakable at each user endpoint. Like facebook except instead of images & text & whatnot, communication is primarily audio-based. Could include video streaming to facilitate realtime collaboration. Bandwidth permitting, naturally.

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Art

Videogames

A videogame based in North Korea where the object is to survive prison camp, famine, cruel labor, NK troops, make a phone call and start a revolt or escape through China into S. Korea. Also, a "Cross the border" videogame from Mexico to US. obstacles would include minute men, border patrol, evading coyotes/cartel henchmen, finding water in barren land, and, perhaps the best feature, decoding an "alien language" while ...more »

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Art

terraforming mars

With even the Pentagon planning for near-future conflicts over clean water or arable land, probably the age of ease and plenty has come to an end. In our seventh decade of the Atomic Era, the annihilation of life on Earth remains a real possibility. Not to put too fine a point on it, but humanity could use a Plan B or escape plan. I suggest that NASA and the greater Space Science community immediately repurpose to terraform ...more »

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Science and Environment

Like seti@home but with profits

Pool spare CPU resources and sell them to biohacker types and would-be aeronautical engineers, maybe through a screensaver. Unlike seti@home, you get bitcoins in return for cycles used. Cycles are sold specifically to hackerspaces, at rates that beat amazon's, for doing things like bioinformatics and simulating air flow (stuff that has a high cpu-to-data-intensiveness ratio)

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Web

Home Cooking Thing

An app or a site that allows the user to create an inventory database off all the food they have in the house. It would then, using available ingredients, provide recipes that would require the least amount of shopping. Also, it could provide shopping lists, and a simple way to "receive" recently acquired food. It would also prioritize recipes by ingredients that should be used up first before they go bad. I'd use it. ...more »

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Misc.

magical opposition to narco carteles

How many bodies does a kilo of Mexican cannabis have on it? I suggest you all encourage all serious U.S. magical groups to concentrate their offensive efforts on the Mexican Carteles. Regardless of ethical or unethical prosecution of foreign wars or domestic surveillance, if we wish to enjoy the luxury of civilization we ought to act *yesterday* and with devastating force. At least one narco-cartel has laid siege to a ...more »

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