~e; Electromagnetic News & Views #17

From human being <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Sat, 8 Mar 2003 21:14:38 -0600

Electromagnetic News & Views -- #17

00) Electronetwork.org Commentary (3/8/2003)

01) Top Stories of Electromagnetism
02) Electromagnetic health & medicine
03) Electromagnetic trash & treasure
04) Electromagnetic security & surveillance
05) Electromagnetic power & energy
06) Electromagnetic current & human affairs
07) Electromagnetic transportation & communication
08) Electromagnetic matter & information
09) Electromagnetic trends & inventions
10) Electromagnetic weaponry & warfare
11) Electromagnetic business & economics
12) Electromagnetic art & artifacts

00) --commentary--
no comments this week.

01) --top stories--

The Real Scientific Hero of 1953 // a beautiful story...
By STEVEN STROGATZ // Fermi & John Pasta and Stanislaw Ulam
// and the "computer experiment" known as MANIAC

"... perhaps the most important lesson of Fermi's study is how feeble  
even the best minds are at grasping the dynamics of large, nonlinear  

Media make-up is enhanced by the 'lipstick cam'

"War coverage, it seems, will always reflect the media fad of the age:  
if Gulf War I was a video game, Gulf War II will be a reality TV show."

// hacking websites via search engines seemed a possibility,
// as if one does not know how cgi-perl or another programming
// language deals with passwords in web files, or with mySQL
// and PHP, a simple search for common phrases embedded in one's
// webpages would open up the backend of one's website with ease.
// therefore, while this article refers to Filemaker DB by Apple,
// it is not unlikely that mySQL/PHP and cgi/perl applications are
// also vulnerable. then, there are those who develop applications
// (or so it's been said) for the purpose of getting such info
// from those who use these lesser-known freeware web-applications...

Net Hacker Tool du Jour: Google 

Silent But Deadly // well-worth reading...
Skunk Works quietly created killer tech.
And paved the way for Enron. By Bruce Sterling

Net speed record smashed

"Scientists have set a new internet speed record by transferring 6.7  
gigabytes of data across 10,978 kilometres (6,800 miles), from  
Sunnyvale in the US to Amsterdam in Holland, in less than one minute.
"The motivation for the record was the need to transfer and analyse the  
vast amounts of data produced by particle physicists studying the  
fundamental building blocks of matter."

02-- electromagnetic health & medicine

Un-blinded by the light // infrared...
Red light rescues retinas from methanol poisoning.

EU Ministers Urge Russia to Ratify Climate Protocol

"Ratification by Russia is essential, as Russia is responsible for 17.4  
percent of the 1990 emissions. Russian ratification would push the  
total percentage of the greenhouse gas over the 55 percent that  
triggers the protocol's entry into force."

// cancer lawsuits and mobile phone companies... not over...

Judge Rejects Suits That Sought Headsets for All Cellphone Users

"The class-action suits contended wireless hand-held phones exposed  
users to the risk of brain or eye cancer and demanded that the phone  
companies provide every phone user with a headset to reduce exposure to  
radio frequency emissions..."

03-- electromagnetic trash & treasure

Call 'em futility poles // utility poles left in street...

Standards group takes aim at spam

"An influential Internet standards-setting body has begun a close  
scrutiny of the mounting problem of e-mail spam, in an effort that  
could have broad-ranging implications for future e-mail use and  

04-- electromagnetic security & surveillance

How to block spambots, ban spybots, and tell unwanted robots
to go to hell [dive into mark] // mod_rewrite required...

Obscure U.S. Agency Seeks Gizmos to Combat Terrorism

"The 70 employees of the Technical Support Working Group are the  
nation's talent scouts for antiterrorism gadgets. Their job is not to  
build the stuff but to fund it and ensure that gizmos find their way  
out of the laboratory, onto the market and into the hands of those who  
may need them."

Critical flaw exposes Internet e-mail // Sendmail...
Servers that process most e-mail messages at risk

Smart card use grows with security concerns

Wi-Fi Watchdog Bares Teeth

"Boston-based startup Newbury Networks does claim that its Wi-Fi  
Watchdog application can handle intruders. But the company wants to  
carve out a piece of the 802.11 market for itself by specializing in  
applications that also enable hot-spot management, mobile monitoring  
and analysis, and digital tours."

Computer crackers steal students social security numbers

& Hackers Access University's Database  

EarthLink calls the cops : EarthLink said Wednesday that it has a new  
strategy for its wireless division: selling to law enforcement and  
other emergency-services agencies.

05-- electromagnetic power & energy

// if a gas-tax is proposed: the situation is extreme.

Lawmakers say [U.S.] gas tax may be needed

[U.S.] Gov't predicts record gas prices in April

Toshiba Unveils Innovative Fuel Cell // for laptop...

"In its current configuration, the direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC)  
delivers from 12 to 20 watts of power and provides up to five hours of  
notebook PC operation with a single cartridge of fuel. Commercial  
availability is slated for next year."

Superconductors :  New research is unlocking the amazing potential of  
high-temperature superconductors.

"The NASA-funded Texas Centre for Superconductivity and Advanced  
Materials (TcSAM) at the University of Houston is teaming with MetOx to  
produce the "smash hit" that scientists have been seeking since the  
'80s: a "second generation" HTS wire that realizes the full 100-fold  
improvement in current capacity over copper yet costs about the same as  
copper to produce."

How Gas Prices Work -

Silicon offers double the battery life, lab says

"Adding a controlled amount of silicon to the graphite normally used in  
the anode of a lithium-ion battery may double the energy storage  
capacity of that battery, researchers at the U.S. Department of  
Energy's Sandia National Laboratories said Thursday."

06-- electromagnetic current & human affairs

Enraged Computer Owner Shoots Up Machine // there will be copycats...

Girl baffles teacher with SMS essay

"An English essay written by a teenager in text messaging short-hand  
has reignited concern among teachers that literacy standards are under  

HEADLINES directly related to electromagnetism
- Agents search terror suspects computers // data-mining, networks
- N. Korean jets intercept U.S. spy plane // electronic surveillance
- Broadway goes silent as musicians strike // virtual orchestras

07-- electromagnetic transportation & communication

Beaming Video at Speed of Light // LEDs & free-space optics (FSO)...

'...the first live broadcast of high-quality television images over  
visible light spectrum.'

How Digital Cinema Works

08-- electromagnetic matter & information

Sony shines light on Blu-ray DVD plans

"Sony says it's ready to deliver its first blue-laser DVD recorder,  
which the company promises will let discs hold up to five times more  
data than current red-laser DVD models."

Digicam memory cards crack 4 gigabytes // Compact Flash...

// Alternate Reality Gaming via websites, e-mail, phonecalls...

It's Just a Fantasy, but Real Life Is Always in Play

How GPS Receivers Work -

Harnessing Atoms to Create Superfast Computers

Handheld Sales Drop // 4 reasons for extinction...

Future PDAs: Savvier Tour Guides? // this and much more...

09-- electromagnetic trends & inventions

Intel's Most Unwired Cities Survey // or, most wireless cities...

"The Intel "Most Unwired Cities" survey ranks the top 100 U.S. cities  
and regions with the greatest wireless Internet accessibility. The  
survey reveals a growing number of metropolitan areas across the  
country where people have greater freedom to access information and  
entertainment on notebook PCs and wireless Internet connections. Today,  
there are more than 3,700 1hotspots in the United States in locations  
such as cafes, airports, public parks and hotels."

Making robots more like us

How Refrigerators Work

10-- electromagnetic weaponry & warfare

Infiltrators of North Korea: Tiny Radios

"The radio smuggling is part of a growing public and private effort,  
including foreign radio broadcasts, to crack an information monopoly in  
the North that has helped keep the Kim family in power for nearly 60  
years. So tight is the information blackout that defectors report that  
they believed that their country — one of the world's poorest — was  
wealthier than South Korea and that the United States donated rice as a  
form of tribute to the powerful Communist state."

Iraqi drone 'could drop chemicals on troops'

Mike Davis, "Slouching Toward Baghdad" // "network centric warfare"

// of note, most RD&D below is electromagnetic. then, also
// the NEMs (nano) instead of MEMs (micro) is of interest...

Director of Central Intelligence
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

"8. SPECIFIC RESEARCH TOPICS FOR FY03 DCI Postdoctoral Research  
Fellowship   Program
8.1. Micro- and Nano-scale High Performance Rechargeable Battery  
8.2. Software Radio Research
8.3. Lithium-Ion Battery Technology
8.4. 3-D Face Modeling and Display
8.5. Cold Atom Optics
8.6. Data analysis from Passive Hyperspectral and LIDAR sensors
8.7. Structure and Dynamics of Complex Networks
8.8. Unconstrained, Goal-based Visual Scene Analysis
8.9. Modeling Spatial Spread of Infectious Diseases
8.10. Comparison of Numerical Algorithms for Assessing the Usefulness  
of     Magnetohydrodynamic Flows
8.11. Sensemaking: Improving the Shared Creation of Knowledge
8.12. Investigating Various Empirical and Linguistic Methods in Pursuit  
of Automated Analysis, Data Mining, Collaboration and Inference  
8.13. Color Appearance Models and Improved Visual Analysis
8.14. Separation, Functionalization, and Self-Assembly Chemistry of  
Carbon Nanotubes
8.15. Earthquake Pre-cursor Propagation Model and Signal Analysis  
8.16. Nano-Electromechanical systems (NEMS) for Advanced Sensor Concepts
8.17. Bio-Nano Electronic Circuitry
8.18. Multi-User Detection: Algorithm Evaluation
8.19. Smart Materials for Components of Mobile Robots
8.20. Terahertz Imaging
8.21. Probabilistic Evidence Marshalling
8.22. Improving the Security of Future Biometric Systems"

11-- electromagnetic business & economics

Apocalypse is nigh, Buffett tells Berkshire faithful // .com &  

Amazon enters domain-name game // blogs, now domain-names...

"Add domain names to the list of things that online retailer
Amazon.com can now offer to consumers."

What IT Can Learn from the Serious Business of Online Gaming

"The gaming industry has done several things right: developing a loyal  
customer base, focusing on high-profit sectors, cultivating several  
revenue streams, listening to customers, evaluating failures to  
determine what went wrong, and embracing change."

12-- electromagnetic art & artifacts

Take That, Monica! Kapow, Chandler! // Quake peformance art...

"The actors will appear on the computer screen as typical "Quake"  
gladiators, but each will have assumed the role and identity of a  
"Friends" character. Then, using the game's instant-message system,  
they will re-enact the real show's 1994 pilot episode in the "Quake"  
space by typing and transmitting dialogue to other players' screens."

BOOK DISPLAY : The Magnetic Age: Video Art in the Netherlands 1970-1985
NAi Publishers English / Dutch (two separate volumes) 200 pages. Edited  
by: edited by Jeroen Boomgaard and Bart Rutten. Articles  by: Sebastián  
López, Marga van Mechelen, Rob Perrée, others.

An exhibition of Single-Channel Works. Flavio Pons, Annie Wright,  
Heiner Holtappels, Christina Linaris-Corridou, Michal Shabtay, Lawrence  
Wiener & others. Gate Foundation
Lijnbaansgracht 322-323 1017 XA Amsterdam
T: +31 (0)20-6208057 F: +31 (0)20-6390762

Netherlands Media Institute
Last day March 8 2003
Ben d' Armagnac, Daniel Brun, Ulises Carrion, David Garcia, Caudio  
Goulart, Nan Hoover, Misha Klein, Raul Marroquin, Sef Peeters, Lydia  
Schouten & others.
A survey of video art 1970 to 2000.
Single Channel Works & Installations.

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