~e; Electromagnetic News & Views #118

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Wed, 16 Jun 2004 11:11:00 -0500

Electromagnetic News & Views -- #118

00) Electronetwork.org Commentary (6/16/2004)

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

00) --commentary--  (keywords: Cheney, War, Halliburton, Nuclear, Oil)

Great story from the local paper on Falcons below, plus BEAM robot art.

01) --top stories--

// full-spectrum lighting or customizing the lighting to certain  
ambiances is
// something LEDs seem uniquely capable of doing, adapting. what is not  
// is why a white-LED would be a single-unit device, if mixing light  
does it
// not require all primary colors to make a white light, thus, three  

Saving the world by building a better light bulb // excellent.
Edison's 19th century invention still burns on, a wasteful
contributor to global warming. There's got to be a better way.

[and] Mixing Primary Colors // flash-- mix [white] light and colors  

[and] RGB Color Board with Java Script // must see (web designers, esp.)

	'The incandescent light bulb's near-perfection is, however, a mixed  
blessing. Electric light was invented in early 1800s by Humphry Davy  
and perfected later that century, in the form of a long-lasting bulb,  
by Thomas Edison. Innovation in incandescents has been remarkably  
static since then; the lights we use today have not changed  
substantially for decades. This is because the bulbs are so good.  
Incandescent bulbs so easily and reliably produce so much high-quality  
light that for the longest time we were all a bit blinded to their  
greatest flaw, inefficiency. More than 90 percent of the electricity  
consumed by a light bulb is wasted on heat.' .... 'Lumileds is one of  
the dozens of companies looking to eventually produce what might be the  
holy grail in lighting -- a practical, efficient, high-quality white  
LED, something that might become a true replacement for Edison's bulb.  
There are many steps, and many hurdles, on the way to that goal,  
though, and for the moment the company is focusing on more conventional  
markets, one of which is traffic signaling.' ... '"Because they're  
digital devices, you can do all the control digitally," Scott says.  
"What they're doing [in stage/concert lighting] is they'll look at each  
light -- imagine this fixture containing red, green and blue LEDs --  
and address each color to produce new and different colors. They'll  
create waves and washes of color onstage, things that are impossible  
with anything else."'

// Casus belli... Ipse dixit ..Quod erat demonstrandum ..Res ipsa  

BUSH backs Cheney on assertion linking Hussein, Al Qaeda

	'Bush has previously said there was ''no evidence" linking Hussein to  
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but he and other members of his  
administration have continued to say they believe there were ties  
between Hussein and Al Qaeda. In a speech to the conservative Madison  
Institute in Orlando on Monday, Cheney called Hussein ''a patron of  
terrorism" and said ''he had long established ties with Al Qaeda."'  
.... 'Cheney's statement comes amid questions about whether the Bush  
administration used faulty or misleading intelligence in saying that  
Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which was a justification for  
Bush's decision to go to war against Iraq.'

[versus] 9/11 staff: No al Qaeda cooperation with Iraq // *** see above.
WASHINGTON (CNN)  -- The panel investigating the September 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks found that there was "no credible evidence that
Iraq and al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States,"
according to a staff report issued on Wednesday.

	'Bin Laden is said to have requested space to establish training  
camps, as well as assistance in procuring weapons, but Iraq apparently  
never responded.' .... '... "Two senior bin Laden associates associates  
have adamantly denied" any relationship, the report said.'

[and] Em-headline from the Washington Post
9/11 Panel Finds No Collaboration Between Iraq, Al Qaeda
WHITE House Cautiously Confirms Iraq's Terror Ties
GOPUSA - Pearland,TX,USA

// the stealing of electricity has been in the news many times, how  
// try to get free services for whatever justifications. though, this  
// of the theft of materials which compose the fundamental  
// in effect the dismantling of existing grids and subsequent  
// could be tragic in terms of human development, clean water,  
economics, an
// entire ability to keep pace with change and stabilize a living  
// in war, the ability to deny power is a 'god-like' act, in which one  
// 'turn off the lights' so to speak, controlling day and night/light,  
// cooling, cooking, transit, the ability to exist. it can be seen in  
// the power of power and its strategic importance as a control, though  
// is equally important and serious that countries that are  
transforming in
// such a way as with basic electrical services, that this is not  
// for 'some money' -- it is hard to put into words yet it is also in  
// Reagan staffer's p.o.v. piece in the business section below-- that  
// is just another commodity, or electricity for that matter. it is  
not. it
// is a funamental source from which other economics sustain themselves  
// can grow or adapt or change to address circumstances. else, it is a  
// electrical question, entirely different in terms of what is  
possible. a
// country without electricity is a country without telephones, a 20th  
// indicator of development standards as with televisions per capita.  
// today is also to include 'computers' and issues of the digital  
// there is no ability to even use computers if grids are being  
// there is something about this story that is incredible to consider,  
// it is a question of poverty or of greed by some (for money) versus  
// ability of a country to have the most basic services to sustain  
// it is as if it is a violation of a countries future for scrap metals.

Cable Thievery Is Darkening Daily Life in Mozambique // ***

	'The trade is profitable enough that criminal gangs in both Mozambique  
and South Africa are staging increasingly bold thefts. So far this  
year, Eskom has registered five thefts of heavy high-tension cables,  
potential killers carrying 275,000 volts of electricity.' .. 'Last  
month, said Beulah Misrole, Eskom's top risk manager, thieves made off  
with a 400,000-volt line, even taking down huge metal pylons to reach  
the cable.'

Saboteurs Cut Iraqi Oil Exports, Test Government

[and] New attack on oil pipeline in Iraq, top oil security official  

	'Saboteurs blasted a key southern pipeline for the second time in as  
many days Wednesday, shutting down Iraq's oil exports, and gunmen  
killed a security chief for the state-run Northern Oil Co.' .... '"What  
you are seeing here is effectively a terrorist war against Iraq's  
critical infrastructure, including the oil infrastructure," coalition  
spokesman Dan Senor told CNN. "It is an effort to basically,  
economically, impoverish the Iraqi people."' .... 'OPEC president  
Purnomo Yusgiantoro said Wednesday he would ask major oil producing  
countries who don't belong to the cartel -- such as Mexico, Oman,  
Angola and Russia -- to boost output to compensate for the loss of  
Iraqi exports. However, the director of Russia's Federal Energy Agency  
rejected the call, saying Russia did not have enough spare capacity,  
the Interfax news agency reported.'

Mind over video game // in the beginning...
Using thought alone and with some electrodes placed on
the surface of the brain, four volunteers were able to
control a video game, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

	'"You can't keep wires directly from the brain to the outside world  
indefinitely because of the increased risk of infection," Leuthardt  
added. "We have to create a wireless system."' .. 'Leuthardt and Moran  
centered about 32 electrodes over the sensory motor cortex of the brain  
and a region called Broca's area, which is associated with speech.'

02-- electromagnetic health & safety

Study: Laser Therapy Ineffective for Acne

New Technique Developed For Deciphering Brain Recordings
Can Capture Thinking As It Happens

	'The significance of the advance is that thought processes occur on  
the order of milliseconds--thousandths of a second--but current brain  
imaging techniques, such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and  
traditional EEGs, are averaged over seconds. This provides a "blurry"  
picture of how the neural circuits in the brain are activated...'

// houses (exterior/interior) could use such a technology to create  
power too...

Power implant aims to run on body heat // thermoelectric...

	'Life-saving medical implants like pacemakers and defibrillators face  
a big drawback: their batteries eventually run out. So every few years,  
patients need surgery to have the batteries replaced.' .... 'The  
"biothermal battery" under development by Biophan Technologies of West  
Henrietta, will generate electricity using arrays of thousands of  
thermoelectric generators built into an implantable chip. These  
generators exploit the well-known thermocouple effect, in which a small  
voltage is generated when two of the junctions between two dissimilar  
materials are kept at different temperatures.'

Memory fails you after severe stress

03-- electromagnetic trash & treasure

DOE official in charge of cleanup resigns // radioactive nuclear  

	'The resignation is the third of a senior Energy Department official  
closely involved in nuclear waste cleanup or environmental management  
in just over two months.' .... '...Roberson has been criticized by some  
lawmakers for threatening to withhold as much as $350 million in  
nuclear waste cleanup funds unless states with tanks of high-level  
radioactive waste do not agree to a reclassification of the waste so it  
would not have to be transported to Nevada for disposal.'

04-- electromagnetic security & surveillance

Cabir Virus First To Attack Cell Phones

	'"This is a proof of concept worm," Panda CTO Patrick Hinojosa told  
NewsFactor. "We won't see it spread very rapidly, because there are a  
number of physical limitations to keep it from mass replicating."'

05-- electromagnetic power & energy

Iran Threatens to Rethink Cooperation with UN

	'Some Iranian hard-liners have suggested following North  Korea in  
pulling out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty  rather than  
submitting to U.N. inspections. But Tehran has made  no such official  
threat. Withdrawal could bring international  isolation.'

U.S. expects Japan to stop oil deal if Iran case goes to U.N.

French power strikers target PM
French power workers have stepped up their protests against plans for
the partial sell-off of the country's state owned electricity firm EdF.

	'Electricity supplies to the homes of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre  
Raffarin and other politicians have been cut.' .... 'Other politicians  
affected by similar action included culture minister Jack Lang and  
former PM Michel Rocard, while the holiday home of the head of France's  
main business federation was also hit.' .... '"There is no going back,"  
EdF chief executive Francois Roussely said of the planned part  
privatisation on Europe 1 radio.'

Squirrels use infrared against snakes
Heated tail display warns off would-be predators.

	'It is the first time that an animal has been shown to send a  
deliberate signal using infrared radiation, or heat, says Aaron Rundus  
of the University of California, Davis,...' .... 'The snakes do much of  
their hunting by detecting heat, using sensitive structures called pit  
organs in their faces. The new discovery shows that the squirrels take  
advantage of this sensitivity by broadcasting their message in a  
language the snakes can understand.'

06-- electromagnetic current & human affairs

The entrance to Wat Tham Krabok, a Buddhist temple that is home to at  
16,000 Hmong refugees in Thaila // photo. note common aesthetic of  

07-- electromagnetic transport & communication

Koreas switch off loudspeakers // also, both Navys are communicating  
North and South Korea have ended the propaganda broadcasts they have
blasted across their common border since the end of the Korean war in  

	'Giant North Korean speakers broadcast martial music and praises to  
the country's rulers.' .. 'The South responded with popular music and  
lectures on freedom and democracy.' .... 'The decision to end the  
broadcasts came as part of an unprecedented agreement between the two  
countries' militaries aimed at easing tensions.' .. 'In the coming  
weeks and months, propaganda speakers along the border will be  
dismantled, along with electronic signboards designed to flash  

How-To Tuesday: Make your own Pirate Radio Station with an iPod //  

08-- electromagnetic matter & information

Scientists Provide New Understanding Of Manganites

	'... "If the computer industry is going to continue to miniaturize  
electronics beyond silicon's current limitations, it will probably be  
necessary to look at materials like manganites, where, for example,  
nanoscale structures such as coexistent metallic and insulating phases  
can be built within media that are otherwise homogenous," Lookman said.'

Oscilloscope Tutorial // via solarbotics

[and] XYZs of Oscilloscopes

	'Nature moves in the form of a sine wave, be it an ocean wave,  
earth-quake, sonic boom, explosion, sound through air, or the natural  
frequency of a body in motion. Energy, vibrating particles and other  
invisible forces pervade our physical universe. Even light – part  
particle, part wave – has a fundamental frequency, which can be  
observed as color. Sensors can convert these forces into electrical  
signals that you can observe and study with an oscilloscope.  
Oscilloscopes enable scientists, engineers, technicians, educators and  
others to “see” events that change over time.'

BBC to Open Content Floodgates 

Universe started with hiss, not bang // audio file of the first million  

	'The variations in the cosmic background radiation expose the relative  
clumpiness of the early cosmos at a variety of different scales. These  
density variations began as quantum fluctuations in the moments after  
the big bang, and then propagated out as sonic waves. The denser  
regions became the seeds of galaxies and stars, which is why  
astronomers are so interested in them.' .. 'Translating the observed  
frequency spectrum directly to sound yields tones far too low for ears  
to hear - some 50 octaves below middle A - but transpose the score up  
all those octaves and you can listen to it.'

09-- electromagnetic trends & inventions

Man honored for work on Xcel's falcon brood boxes // ***

	'Anderson went on to establish the Raptor Resource Project and create  
the power-plant nest-box program for Xcel Energy Inc. On Monday, he was  
honored for his 15 years overseeing the nest-box program at Xcel's  
Allen S. King power plant in Oak Park Heights.' .... 'Anderson built a  
nest box for a falcon named Mae and installed it on a catwalk about  
halfway up the 785-foot smokestack. Mae became the matriarch of the  
power-plant nest-box program and raised a record 37 falcons in the  
small wood box overlooking the St. Croix River before she was killed in  
a territorial battle earlier this year.' .... 'During the 1950s,  
peregrine falcons became almost extinct in the United States, because  
of now-banned pesticides like DDT. Anderson said the power-plant  
nest-box program was instrumental in helping remove the falcons from  
the endangered species list in 1999.' .. 'Power plants are excellent  
nesting sites because they are near rivers and offer protection from  
predators, he said. Power plants around the world now install nest  
boxes, and Anderson personally oversees the nest-box programs at a  
dozen Xcel plants in Minnesota and Colorado.'

// saw a falcon sitting on lightpole alongside a downtown freeway  

[and] Doug Grow: A widespread success story // Falcon project...

	'"I used to be one of those guys who preached gloom and doom,"  
Anderson said. "But when you do that, you see eyes glaze over. People  
want to believe there's hope. Hope stirs action. This is a success  
story."' .... 'Yes, a success story -- and an unlikely one, for this  
project has linked conservation with power plants...' .... '"It's an  
odd marriage," Anderson admitted. "But to Xcel's [Energy's] credit,  
they didn't get into this for the public relations value. It started  
with the purest of motives. It was years, before there was any  
publicity about this, and I was the one who encouraged them to tell the  

Falcon Cam // wonderful...

	'Our Allen S. King plant, near Bayport, Minnesota, was the first power  
plant worldwide to provide a home for nesting peregrines. With the help  
of Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project  (RRP), we have since  
installed peregrine nest boxes at 12 of our power plants.' .. 'Between  
1989 and 2003, a total of 176 peregrines have fledged from nest boxes  
located on the stacks of  Xcel Energy power plants. Using Falcon Cam,  
you can watch these birds throughout the day as they go about raising  
their families, from mid-April through June. The images update  
approximately every two minutes.' .. 'In addition to the live images,  
you can see stored images from the past 24 hours at each falcon cam  
nest site by choosing the "daily pix" option on the navigation of the  
camera image pages. Catch the News from the Falcon Nests for current  
information about the falcons at our plants.'

Falcon CAMS //  *** the Xcel Energy Bird Cams...

Falcon Facts
Home >> BirdCam!

Riverside Falcon Cam Daily Photos
Osprey Cam Daily Photos

[earlier] Birders Mourn Webcam Falcon  // 4.18.2004

10-- electromagnetic weaponry & warfare

Senate Votes for More Nukes // *** stop nuclear proliferation- build  
more bombs?

	'The U.S. Senate on Tuesday backed the Bush administration's plan to  
study a new generation of low-yield and earth-penetrating nuclear  
weapons, rejecting concerns that the research could spur an arms race.'  
.... '"The specter of nuclear war looms even larger with the ominous  
statements of senior officials in the Bush administration that they in  
fact consider these new weapons more usable,"' said Sen. Edward  
Kennedy.' .... '"This ramp-up in funding can mean one thing and one  
thing only: The administration is determined to develop and deploy a  
new generation of nuclear weapons," Feinstein said.'

Complete Nuclear Submarine Lineup // via cryptome.org

EM-headline: Halliburton Under Fire on Capitol Hill for Iraq

OFFICIAL: Cheney not briefed on Iraq work

HalliburtonWatch: Pentagon Broke Contract Laws To Help  Halliburton

	'Testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform  hearing  
confirmed today that Bush administration political  appointees  
overruled career contracting officials in the Pentagon  by giving  
Halliburton the oil-related task order months before  the invasion of  
Iraq.' .... 'Contracting experts say it is highly unusual for political  
  appointees to be involved in the contracting process since  contracts  
are normally awarded by career civil servants with  expertise in  
government contracting. Involvement by Cheney's  chief of staff in the  
contracting process contradicts Cheney's  assertion that he had no role  
in awarding contracts to his former  company.' .... 'Rep. Tom Davis  
(R-Va.) refused to allow five former  Halliburton employees with  
additional evidence of waste, fraud  and abuse to testify today....'

U.S. Plans $500M for Iraq Infrastructure // more on jerry-rigged  

	'U.S. troops battling guerrillas in Iraq's capital will pour half a  
billion dollars into infrastructure projects over the next three months  
in a bid to win over residents and undercut insurgent support, the  
Americans' commander said Tuesday.' .... '"We have to look at some of  
the reasons why they don't particularly care for the coalition,"  
Chiarelli said. "Some of them believe that there's promises that were  
made that haven't been fulfilled."' .. 'The 1st Cavalry's answer is to  
pour half a billion dollars into Baghdad over 90 days. The money will  
be distributed through 100 different projects to build sewers, ensure  
potable water and rebuild electricity infrastructure. Iraqis will be  
contracted to implement the projects.'

China to Hold Talks on North Korea Nukes

[and] South Korea Says Nuclear Talks Will Not Stall

	'The two Koreas, the United States, Japan, Russia and host  China will  
meet for four days beginning on June 23 in Beijing  for a third round  
of the slow-moving negotiations in which  simply agreeing to meet again  
has so far been greeted as a  success.'

Iran gives mixed signals on nuclear intent

	'Iran's president said his country had no "moral" obligation to stop  
enriching uranium even as support grew for a resolution reprimanding —  
but not punishing — the country for blocking a U.N. probe of its  
nuclear activities.'

11-- electromagnetic business & economics

// having long wondered why, in architecture for instance, the  
initiatives after
// the first major energy shortage on the 1970s for solar and energy  
// developments suddenly fell off-the-map. there were programs, r&d  
efforts, it
// seemed public/research financing, experts, books, buildings,  
technologies, it
// was in the textbooks still in the early 1990s yet it was  
non-existent in the
// profession except as a niche item for an aesthetic or moral choice  
but now it
// seemed entirely outside the context in which it arose. statements,  
in effect,
// said it was not profitable, or there was no market, that is why  
solar did not
// 'take off', or that energy is cheap (buildings consume by far the  
most energy
// in terms of their total development and full-life uses, from  
creation & use).
// then this little nugget made it seem possible that 'the market' may  
have been
// disappeared to make way for more short-term thinking, the daily news  
a great
// reminder of shortsightedness. or oil's role in political  
// whatever the case, at the time having a VP (BUSH 41) who becomes  
// and then eventually his son also (BUSH 43) both oil industry  
// makes it little wonder what the perogative may have been in terms of  
// thinking about natural resources, power, and a narrow-focus on the  
// when a problem is bounded by an ideology too small to adapt to  
changes that
// are necessary to grasp the problem, and in turn distort the  
situation into
// one that requires a singlemindedness, to such a degree as to  
possibly even
// need to go to war for a certain energy source, rather than  
// such an inability to foresee and protect vital national security  
// and, for the money-is-first/profit-people, the foundation of  
business in an
// electronic environment (no power, no internet, no e-commerce, no  
// well, it may be that everyone is on the same page that changes are  
// such as new and revised, applied, R&D programs, funding at  
universities and
// an agenda to tackle these issues to build secure sustainable  
// the investment may not pay off simply in the first effect, but its  
// in being a robust base in which to develop & weather changes with  

Abolish the terror tax. By James P. Pinkerton // p.o.v. (freedaypass)
People who hate America are flush with money from oil sales -- we
should stop subsidizing them by becoming more energy independent.

	'And I cheered more as the newly inaugurated 40th president [Ronald  
Reagan] swept away all the Nixon-Ford-Carter-era rules and regulations  
-- although he also helped kill off solar-power programs, a legacy of  
the loathed Carter presidency...' .... '... Today, the United States  
imports 59 percent of its oil; it has gone from being one-quarter  
dependent on foreign sources to three-fifths dependent.'

Surging oil prices push up US inflation

EM-headline: Energy drives May consumer prices, but core prices muted  
// .US

12-- electromagnetic artworks & artifacts

BEAM Bugs // amazing. see Movies...

FAQ: BEAM Tek // Solar engine | Nervous Networks...

Mine-Control // em-artworks, Mondrian, Euler's Equation, (see videos...)

	'Calder-- Using new infrared sensing technology on a rear-projected  
screen, participants simply draw a Calder-like mobile by touching the  
canvas.  When they hold a beam, the mobile comes alive, moving around  
in 3D with realistic physics.  Experience Calder mobiles the way Calder  
meant you too: by playing with them!'

The Ants: A Community of Microrobots

"Hydro-Sprawl" // Movie (1.7MB)
The first fully autonomous robot in the sprawl series.
This robot uses a hydraulic system to actuate its alternating tripods.

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