~e; EM newscloud

From human being <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Tue, 13 Aug 2002 23:46:52 -0500

Title: EM newscloud

1 //  if anyone locates this Gartner report, please post the url...

U.S. vulnerable to data sneak attack (abstract)
By Margaret Kane

"A group of hackers couldn't single-handedly bring down the United States' national data infrastructure, but a terrorist team would be able to do significant localized damage to U.S. systems, according to a recent war games simulation."

2 // this essay brings up a good point, about seeing the value in
  // subsidizing bandwidth, for other/later gains. i would add that
  // this could also be considered as a research-design-development
  // proposition, where public investment has payoffs in other areas
  // than the infrastructure itself, but its super and substructures,
  // such as potentially better and more integrated data services,
  // a leap in innovation in many sectors at once, due to surpluses
  // in transmission technology. increased efficiencies, et cetera.

Free Bandwidth,
a discussion paper by Jesse Hirsh

3 // in the hard-to-believe category. dual-use nuclear/garden-cart...

Terrorist Fears Could Prompt Transfer of Nuclear Materials
By Cat Lazaroff

 "The TA-18 area has failed a number of security tests, including a mock terrorist attack staged within the last two weeks, according to sources at Los Alamos. In 1997, Army Special Forces used a Home Depot garden cart to steal more than 200 pounds of nuclear materials during a security test."


Fearing Theft, U.S. Plans to Relocate Nuclear Fuel

4 // question is, will it become a photoshop plug-in...

Navy Stumbles on Art Restoration Method
By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News


"The Navy's surprise entry into the world of art occurred while hired researchers Guillermo Sapiro and Andrea Bertozzi were designing math algorithms to restore blurry or partial surveillance images. They were having problems coming up with the necessary equations until they hit upon a breakthrough - fluid dynamics.

They found that the same principles that govern the movement of water may also apply to how paint sweeps across a canvas, or how pixels flow across a printed photograph.

The addition of fluid dynamics principles into their equations allowed for the creation of a computer program that restores missing visual information in everything from camera spy shots to ripped Rembrandts."

5 // thanks * for the fwd... tuneable/cascading laserlight...

Lasers now work at new wavelengths
FROM a human point of view, the terahertz frequencies are a curiously barren region of the electromagnetic spectrum. They lie, unexploited, between microwaves at long wavelengths and infra-red at short. They are neglected because no one has developed a convenient source of terahertz radiation. Not yet, anyway. But a laser unveiled by Alessandro Tredicucci of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, at the recent International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, in Edinburgh, lights the way to the future.

6 // computer cracking  =  possible life in a .US prison.

Stakes Higher for Hackers After Sept. 11


Hacker Obtains Shuttle Design Files, Baffling NASA

7 // public service announcement... (esp. San Francisco Bay Area...)

Wanted: Web geeks for the disabled
By Rachel Konrad
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
August 12, 2002, 9:45 AM PT

Calling all do-good developers!
Organizers of a unique technology rally are looking for computer programmers and designers to build Web sites useful to people with disabilities. The first Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) California will be held on Sept. 21 at a San Francisco high school, and coordinators hope to make it an annual event.


8 //  why not design 14-15+ line barcodes if changing the standard???
  //  running out of numbers in 12 lines, then adding world retailing?

Bigger Bar Code Inches Up on Retailers

9 // lots of similar projects in energy r&d. in a sense, it is similar
  // in concept to cogeneration, if steam (waste) is used for heating...

Researchers combining mining and milling wastes to create fuel
Friday, August 09, 2002
By Roger Alford, Associated Press

"The U.S. Department of Energy put up $500,000 to fund the study in which coal particles, retrieved from the bottom of mine refuse ponds, will be combined with sawdust to form briquettes that could be burned in electric-generating plants."

10 // spaceweather.... wonderful resource for the imagination. thanks *.
LISTEN to the INSPIRE VLF radio receiver at NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.


"You can hear sferics, tweeks, whistlers and other VLF radio sounds at any time of the day, but the hours around dawn and dusk are generally best. Nighttime is also better than daytime. In Huntsville, AL, where our online receiver is located, dawn happens at about 1200 UT and dusk is ten hours later at 2200 UT. Please read the Science@NASA story "Earth Songs" to find out what these strange sounds represent."

11 // electromagnetism and the medical field... also heard/read/saw
   // something recently about soundwaves or sonar being used to
   // heal ulcers without surgery, where the waves could manipulate
   // the inside of the human body to adjust and heal its wounds...

New Light on Breast Cancer

Laser light and thermal heat could help improve the accuracy of mammograms

By Kelli A. Miller