~e; Electromagnetic News & Views #151

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Thu, 25 Nov 2004 23:26:34 -0600

Electromagnetic News & Views -- #151

00) Electronetwork.org Commentary (11/25/2004)

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--

I saw the film "What the Bleep" recently, upon recommendation, which is  
describe as being an independent film on quantum physics. It was very  
worthwhile and is especially interesting to see the animations and the  
unified view of the ideas explored, placed into a more traditional film  
story where a person goes about their everyday life and serves as an  
example for the principles and possibilities being discussed by those  
interviewed, such as Fred Alan Wolf, in the film, co-author of Space,  
Time, and Beyond.

It is a bit of a mish-mash of different approaches to the idea, some  
work and some do not, which to me was reflected in the music which was  
difficult to withstand, at times, along with one of the interviewees.  
There are parts in which it simply is overstating the case, or it is  
unclear what is being said, and 'proof' of the most extreme examples is  
non-existent (such as a photograph being evidence of being in two  
places at one time). Also, there is no strict adherance to the reality  
of limitations and contigency in the ideas, so that 'anything goes',  
even in a human-limited and specific context, which in the way it is  
presented is simply false and absurd, by the standard of a physicist  
who was interviewed. So, an aspect of fantasy and sci-fiction and  
unreality and hype seems to take hold and 'make anything possible',  
instead of 'anything is possible, within contextual limits', for  
example. It is a very interesting film, very good to see, and people  
seemed to enjoy it. This may be the flipside of the questions of the  
nature of 'reality' as posed in the Matrix, very much the same though  
with different approaches. Again, the animations make this film it is  
an entertaining and educational overview, and is totally about  
electromagnetic phenomenon; the brain storms were particularly  
interesting. If anyone has seen the film it would be interesting to  
hear of other experiences. brian

01) --top stories--

WT*DWK!? // what the BLEEP do we know? -- the movie

[and] WT*DWK!? synopsis

[and] Fred Alan Wolf // in WT*DWK!?

Iranian Cinema: Before the Revolution
By: Shahin Parhami, December 1999 // *** insightful...

[and] The Digital Revolution and The Future Cinema
Samira Makhmalbaf's Address at Cannes Festival, May 2000

02-- electromagnetic health & safety

Chernobyl 'caused Sweden cancers'

Doctors' therapy 'slows ageing' // infrared...

Repelling cosmic rays with magnetic bubbles

Laser Technique Used to Treat Bad Breath

03-- electromagnetic trash & treasure

Spaniards hammer out work stress

	'For 40 euros ($52), they can pick up sledgehammers and bash away on  
anything from cars and computers to mobile phones and even photos of  
the boss.'

// picked up a used lithium-ion battery to plug into a
// solar circuit, which recharges a battery to drive an
// LED during nighttime (will be swapping three existing
// amber LEDs with one RGB LED which is animated). read
// about it, after getting it used at surplus, and was
// so freaked out about what sounded like a 'flamethrower'
// (if it gets oxygen, it will ignite) that i brought it
// to a battery recycler and use nickel metal-hydrides...
// the warnings for lithuim ion say keep it in a fire-proof
// enclosure, etc. as was a link in the last newsletter...

Exploding Cell Phones a Growing Problem // note: lithium-ion  

	'Some consumer advocates say the cause goes beyond bad batteries  
making their way to the market. They point to the increasing pressure  
on battery and phone makers to fit more capabilities into small  
instruments.' .. '"If you're cramming more and more power in a small  
space, what you're making is a small bomb," said Carl Hilliard,  
president of the California-based Wireless Consumers Alliance, which  
has been tracking incidents of cell phone fires and explosions.' ..  
'Though legitimate batteries can go wrong, there is a greater chance  
that poorly made, counterfeit ones will lack safety devices to detect  
overheating or overcharging. The lithium-ion batteries found in most  
cell phones can overheat if, for example, heat vents are covered.'

04-- electromagnetic security & surveillance

// had always imagined they had this on audiovisual data too,
// such as VCRs or DVDs for production. and it is curious how
// so much media can be used without major EM trailblazing...

Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents //  

	'Next time you make a printout from your color laser printer, shine an  
[blue] LED flashlight beam on it and examine it closely with a  
magnifying glass. You might be able to see the small, scattered yellow  
dots printer there that could be used to trace the document back to  

HK probes Falun Gong 'hacking' // sat-hack

Java bug could hit PC operating systems // dual-OS

"Spies Like Us" (PRI - Public Radio International)
(This American Life - Act 4 - begins at 46:33) // ***

05-- electromagnetic power & energy

Experiment Confirms Existence Of New Electronic State In Superconductors

	'Although other experiments have indicated that odd-parity pairing was  
involved, Liu’s experiment provides the first definitive proof of this  
new type of pairing.'

PowerFilm Rollable Solar Powered Battery Chargers // via engadget.com

// it is possible that innovations in energy policies could
// create some buffer for transitioning, instead of purely
// rapid growth (speed), such that climate change treaties
// and others may slow down overheating development, enough
// to reconfigure approaches based on total cost and long-
// term needs (clean air, water, sustainability, planning).
// places that are already developed, if held in a steady-
// state, unchanged, are probably as unhealthy as the newer
// versions, as the world is rapidly changing itself with
// respect to a common context for energy supplies, demand.
// to not change and be ready to change core energy systems
// could effect other areas, such as business feasibility...

Tension rises as China scours the globe for energy // ** via  

	'The two {.CN & .JP} are also set to clash over Russia's oil wealth.'

Date Set for Auction Of Russian Oil Giant // Dec. 19th

	'William F. Browder, head of Hermitage Capital Management, an  
investment firm here, said there was still a chance that the auction  
could be abandoned and the company saved, but only if Khodorkovsky  
forfeited his personal ownership stake, which was once valued at $10  

Iran halts uranium enrichment programme

// is the everyday EM environment capable of bit-flipping data?

Atom flip energy measured

06-- Electromagnetic current & human affairs

MR WU'S ROBOT REVOLUTION // .CN farmer/inventor. *** via gizmodo.com

	'All of Mr Wu's inventions are fashioned out of welded-together metal,  
duct tape and second-hand batteries.' .. 'Although a man of few words,  
the farmer will admit that his ultimate robot is a virtual human.'

Reality TV Show to Name Israeli Ambassador // Hashagrir...

07-- electromagnetic transport & communication

Homing pigeons reveal true magnetism
Iron crystals in their beaks give birds a nose for north.

08-- electromagnetic matter & information

Fibers mix light and electricity -- If you can make computer chips that  
channel light, why not fiber optics that control electricity? By making  
optical fiber with metal wires in it, researchers have built a  
photodetector in a fiber. The advance opens the way to optoelectronic  
devices that can be woven into projector screens, fences and car  
windshields. // next: light transistor.

Nanotubes tune in light -- Antennas are little more than long, thin  
metal rods. As molecular-scale metallic cylinders, carbon nanotubes  
should work as antennas as well. But because the signals an antenna  
receives consist of wavelengths that are close to the antenna's length,  
nanotubes should receive and transmit lightwaves rather than radio  
waves. Researchers have shown that this is the case, opening the way  
for new types of communications equipment and solar cells.

	'Carbon nanotubes, which are rolled-up sheets of carbon atoms that      
    can be smaller than a nanometer in diameter, can act as antennas,  
but instead of transmitting and receiving radio waves, which are at the  
longest end of the electromagnetic spectrum, antennas of their size  
pick up the nanoscale wavelengths of visible light. A nanometer is one  
millionth of a millimeter.        In contrast, radio wave wavelengths  
are measured in meters.' .... 'Because the frequency of visible  
lightwaves is so fast, oscillations in the electric current produced by  
visible light antennas are too quick to be measured using today's  

How to make a gigapixel picture // ***

Eric Paulos, the Playful Roboticist // RFID & Digital Patina. thanks*

09-- electromagnetic trends & inventions

Parthian Battery (Ancient Iranians, The Inventors of Battery) //  

	'The little Parthian jar found in ancient Western Iranian territories  
of Greater Iran (now Iraq), suggests that Volta didn't invent the  
battery, but reinvented it. The jar was first described by German  
archaeologist Wilhelm Konig in 1938. The jar was found in Khujut Rabu  
just outside modern Baghdad and is composed of a clay jar with a  
stopper made of asphalt. Sticking through the asphalt is an iron rod  
surrounded by a copper cylinder. When filled with vinegar - orany other  
electrolytic solution - the jar produces about 1.5 to 2.0 volts.' ..  
'The jars are believed to be about 2000 years old from the Parthian  
period (The third Iranian dynasty ruled roughly 248 BCE to 28 April CE  

Epson's Electronic Ink + RFID = 21st Century Price Tags

Life-changing video format gets last rites // VideoHomeSystem/VHS ->DVD

Futuristic 'Smart' Yarns On The Horizon // carbon-nanotube (CNTs)  

	'Synthetically-made CNTs have a range of unique physical properties –  
including the ability to conduct electricity and heat – which provide  
them with the potential to be used in the manufacture of materials with  
a diverse range of applications.' ... '...the ability to incorporate  
electronic sensors and actuators into CNT yarn also makes it a  
potentially valuable addition to the range of specialist materials now  
being used in medical and military applications.'

10-- electromagnetic weaponry & warfare

Gadhafi Claims Miniscule Reward for Giving up Pursuit of WMD // ***

	'Since Libya was not rewarded, Mr. Gadhafi warned, other countries  
like North Korea and Iran would not be inclined to follow Libya's  
example and dismantle their own weapons programs. He said he had  
already had talks to this effect with officials from the two countries.'

Powell: U.S. Open to Eventually Restoring Ties with Iran // nuclear  

	'Outgoing Secretary of  State Colin Powell signaled on Tuesday  
Washington was open to  one day re-establishing diplomatic ties with  
Iran after the  countries held their most sustained, high-level contact  
in years.'

N.Korea Wants Urgent Atom Talks, UN Tells Yonhap

[headline] 'Pakistan wants peace,' Aziz says // nuclear diplomacy.

// increased trade, biz.dev., etc., benefits of (nuclear) peace?

[related] Indian cos. seek business with Pakistan // IT powerhouses

11-- electromagnetic business & economics

China to allow foreign investment in TV industry

12-- electromagnetic artworks & artifacts

Japanese Product Design Database // via gizmodo.com

Terrific MAD Maps

MoLGraph // molecular graphics

Art Worship -- The newly re-opened MoMA is a cathedral to Blue State
values. But is it worth the $20 fee? // tangential yet relevant...

	'The guy standing in front of New York’s Museum of Modern Art wearing  
an oversized $20 bill was protesting the newly renovated museum’s  
astounding $20 admission fee. He complained that the fee was elitist  
and would prevent millions of Americans from enjoying the cultural  
riches inside. But like most guys wearing oversized $20 bills, he  
missed the point. This museum’s cultural riches are for elites only.  
The rest of the country? Let them get cable.'

Connected - painting by Sally Grayson
In many directions

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