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* UCSF Technology Translates Brain Signals Into Text Messages

* How To Raise The Dead Lincoln Cannon

* Psaki CLASH During Press Briefing On Spying On Facebook Profiles 

* U.S. FDA Sets January Target To Decide On Approval Of Pfizer's Covid-19 Shot

* California Lawmakers Approve Nation's 1st State-Funded Guaranteed Income Plan

* How Criminals Siphoned Off Unemployment Payments

* Arizona Republican 'Audit'

* CDC Director Walensky "Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated" 

* Elizabeth Warren Meets With Texas Democrats Who Fled State

* The Most Impressive AI Robots With Elon Musk And Boston Dynamics

* China Vows To Retaliate If U.S. Imposes More Sanctions Over Hong Kong

* A Shrinking Lake Mead

* Biofuel Cell, Wearable Device


UCSF Technology Translates Brain Signals Into Text Speech


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- You won't hear his voice clearly, but a brainstem stroke patient is essentially speaking for the first time in 15 years. Or more precisely, his brain is. It's sending signals, which would normally run through his lips or vocal cords. Instead, they're being intercepted by researchers at UCSF using an array of electrodes implanted in his brain, and displayed as text on a screen.

"The task tells him, please say this word at this time, and we take that neural activity," says David Moses, PH.D.    Read More



How To Raise The Dead Lincoln Cannon

Cannon touches on the idea that it's fine to make multiple copies of people via resurrection. He notes there may be ethical concerns recontrol of one's identity. We have to examine this clip within the context of ID2020 and blockchain. 




Fox News Reporter And Psaki CLASH During Press Briefing On Spying On Facebook Profiles


Fox News Reporter Peter Doocy and Press Secretary Jen Psaki clashed during a press briefing on Friday.




U.S. FDA Sets January Target To Decide On Approval Of Pfizer's COVID-19 Shot


July 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. health regulator will review Pfizer (PFE.N) and German partner BioNTech SE's (22UAy.DE) application for full approval of their COVID-19 vaccine in people 16 years and older by January, the companies said on Friday.

The vaccine is among the three being used in the United States under the Food and Drug Administration's emergency use authorization alongside shots from Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) and Moderna Inc (MRNA.O).

Pfizer/BioNTech finished submitting their application for a full U.S. approval in May and the agency will review the data under its "priority review" pathway. Read More 



California Lawmakers Approve Nation's 1st State-Funded Guaranteed Income Plan


California lawmakers on Thursday approved a state-funded guaranteed income plan to distribute $35 million in monthly cash payments to eligible pregnant people and young adults who recently left foster care.

Why it matters: California is the first state to approve such a program. It could serve as a template for other state governments as guaranteed income gains traction across the U.S.

Driving the news: California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced in mid-May he would include a carve-out in the state budget to help pay for local governments to launch their own guaranteed income pilots to help low-income families. Read More 



How Criminals Siphoned Off Unemployment Payments Directly From Recipients’ Accounts


As millions of Americans received unemployment payments to get through the crisis, scammers developed a new way to steal cash directly from recipients’ accounts, according to an investigation by CNBC.

When one single mother’s account was emptied, she had to crack open her child’s piggy bank to survive. Another victim choked up when telling CNBC how she left a grocery store empty-handed. A musician said he had to live in his car for a few weeks after his funds were stolen. 

At the heart of the issue is the technology that underpins most of the debit cards used to distribute unemployment insurance in certain states, experts say. Unlike standard consumer debit cards, government-prepaid cards often lack a chip — instead they use outdated magnetic stripe technology — making them easier for hackers to penetrate.          Read More




Arizona Republican 'Audit' Holds Stunt Hearing To Feed Trump Delusions


Rachel Maddow reports on a presentation made by contractors behind the Arizona sham 'audit' to two state Republican senators, and the unsurprising leap by Donald Trump that the event portends his return to office.



CDC Director Walensky Declares Covid A 'Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated'


CDC Director Rochelle Walensky urged Americans to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations if they have not already and warned of a "pandemic of the unvaccinated" as cases rise in the U.S.




Elizabeth Warren Meets With Texas Democrats Who Fled State To Prevent Restrictive Voting Law


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke with Texas Democratic lawmakers who fled the state to prevent restrictive voting laws.



The Most Impressive AI robots, With Elon Musk And Boston Dynamics.


A Dangerous AI and Robot Dance, with Elon Musk, Tom Scott & Pissbot





China Vows To Retaliate If US Imposes More Sanctions Over Hong Kong


CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports on the reaction to the Biden administration warning U.S. companies about the situation in Hong Kong.




At Shrinking Lake Mead, A new Coalition Says Status Quo On Colorado River Is Failing


HOOVER DAM — With the concrete towers of Hoover Dam in the background and the depleted waters of the nation’s largest reservoir below, an unlikely group of allies — conservation activists, businesspeople and officials representing cities and farming communities — on Thursday called for halting all plans that would take more water from the shrinking Colorado River.

The 10 people who spoke at the news conference said they’re part of a new coalition demanding a moratorium on new dams and proposed pipelines, including a proposal to transport Colorado River water to sustain urban growth in Utah.    Read More 



Biofuel Cell: Wearable Device Turns The Touch Of A Finger Into A Source Of Power


A new wearable device turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors. Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a thin, flexible strip that can be worn on a fingertip and generate small amounts of electricity when a person’s finger sweats or presses on it.

What’s special about this sweat-fueled device is that it generates power even while the wearer is asleep or sitting still. This is potentially a big deal for the field of wearables because researchers have now figured out how to harness the energy that can be extracted from human sweat even when a person is not moving.

This type of device is the first of its kind, said co-first author Lu Yin, a nanoengineering Ph.D. student at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. “Unlike other sweat-powered wearables, this one requires no exercise, no physical input from the wearer in order to be useful. This work is a step forward to making wearables more practical, convenient and accessible for the everyday person.” Read More