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From human being <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Wed, 28 Aug 2002 11:06:41 -0500

  top story // gecko demonstrates quantum electrical forces

  Scientists discover what makes geckos stick

  "Researchers found that the tips of the hairs on the bottom of gecko 
feet are tiny enough to take advantage of a weak attraction between 
individual molecules called van der Waals forces."

  // more on finding atoms to process quantum bits (qubits):

Trapping the light fantastic

  // in the U.S. there is a new child-kidnapping service being
  // rolled out to many states in the nation, called the Amber
  // Alert, an abduction emergency system that shows up on
  // freeway signs, on the radio, television, like the emergency
  // broadcast system. there has been commentary about how
  // the solution may make such messages less important with
  // the ubiquity of alerts over time, through public apathy. in
  // related news, child gps-locators are a new growth industry...

Interest in satellite child locators grows

  // on the same theme, this is a controversial talking doll that has
  // some worried it will become a surrogate parent, much like TV.
  // it seems, like with the Aibo robodog by Sony that, as the corp.
  // said, personal robotics will be a major development area...

Stepford Child
She speaks when spoken to, she's a teacher's pet ... heck, she's got 
a photographic memory. Chips and cams and computer programs - that's 
what Cindy Smart is made of.

  // and a twist on this theme, from early electrification era, when
  // electricians and engineers fiddled in all things electric, and best
  // described in one of the chapters in David E. Nye's Electrifying
  // America. regarding miniature people and servents even, circa 2oth c.

'Edison's Eve': A History of Automatons

  /// photography on acid, shooting, and guns...

Photography reinvented

Patent for a Camera on a Gun

"Nearly 40 years later, an inventor has patented a system that is 
meant to make such photos less happenstance. He has designed a camera 
attachment for guns that will automatically photograph the target at 
the instant the trigger is pulled."

  // on the surveillance-issues front...

Tracking Bay Area Traffic Creates Concern for Privacy 

There's No Place to Hide

"Developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the scanner uses 
holographic imaging technology to provide full-body, 360-degree 
coverage of a person in near real time. Unlike the technology 
displayed in Schwarzenegger's sci-fi thriller Total Recall and most 
of today's scanning devices, this 3-D Body Holo Scanner doesn't use 
X-rays to obtain its comprehensive images. "

  // excellent piece on what Stratfor.com warned about years prior,
  // the militarization of space. parasite satellites, satellite-
  // in-a-satellite stealth, and a new realm for gamers skillsets...

The New War in Space

  // evolutionary robotic flight experiment:

Winged robot learns to fly

Flying Blind
The war in Afghanistan has exposed a new level of U.S. expertise in 
pilotless aircraft. Meet the Global Hawk. and prepare to hear a 
strange announcement on a future airline flight: "This is your 
computer speaking . . ."

  // recommending reading for internet-based security flaws:

Power-Line Networking Improves

Wireless, Defenseless
Protect your wireless network before someone takes advantage

Wireless Interference
A conversation with BAWUG's Tim Pozar

  // computers enable a new sense of music

Disabled make themselves heard
Mark Eddo finds out how technology is helping people with 
disabilities - unable to use conventional instruments - compose music.

  // on 'the force' and EM within religious contexts:

Jedi 'religion' grows in Australia


  //  and while the U.S. is in a parallel universe...

Summit: OECD Energy Agency Urges Radical Changes

"JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 26, 2002 (ENS) - Some 1.6 billion 
people today have no access to electricity, while 2.4 billion rely on 
primitive biomass for cooking and heating. In the absence of 
"radical" new policies, 1.4 billion will still have no electricity in 
30 years time, according to a new study by the International Energy 
Agency released today at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

The International Energy Agency (IEA), based in Paris, is an 
autonomous agency linked with the Organization for Economic 
Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group of the world's 
industrialized nations.

The study points to "enormous" new investments needed to supply 
energy to growing economies.

"We are not on a sustainable energy path unless we make considerable 
changes," said Robert Priddle, IEA executive director. "A secure 
supply of energy to underpin essential economic activity and provide 
services to society is essential if sustainable development is to be 
achieved." "

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