~e; EM observations #5

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Tue, 8 Mar 2005 21:02:33 -0600

[keywords] wireless radiation, dolphins, nuclear diplomacy,
virtual museum of electronics, batteries, google mapping,
robotic mannequins, neutrino experiment, magnetics...

electromagnetic observations -- #5

* reading the 1940s book, how to understand electricity,
it states what i consider an interesting observation, that
a compass needle that is placed very closely next to a
magnet is always oscillating, especially the closer the
two get. it is compared to the oscillations found with
pendulums and the role of gravity.

* here's another amazing thing regarding magnetic gases-
oxygen is the gas most attracted to the poles of a magnet
(paramagnetic) while hydrogen is the gas most strongly
repelled by the poles of a magnet. that said, it would
appear that H20 (water) would then exhibit the extremes
of magnetic attraction and repulsion in a molecule, and
it could be related to the issues of water & magnetism.

* i've not been writing about the ever-changing nuclear
situation in the middle-east, as it is hopeful that the
tensions will somehow peacefully be resolved- though a
lingering concern with the entire .US/.IR situation is
not leaving, and given assurances from all sides on all
things, there is one problem if something tricky were to
happen- what is the consequence if a country says they
have no (known) weaponry, and then after the fact there
is a discovery which loopholes the situation, as with
North Korea and the very big stick has yet to fall, as
a consequence for this same strategy. it seems that if
.CN keeps the lid on towards a peaceful resolution (in
not allowing further deterioration) - what will happen
if Iran, which rightly probably does need nuclear power
to migrate off domestic oil for export markets, has a
weapons program-- what would Iran do about it, if so?
is that part of the pledge, that if there are any such
programs found that they would be annihilated in turn?
i imagine diplomatic words are even less reliable than
domestic political gaming, yet with nuclear weapons and
war, what happens if someone is indeed lying, somewhere
in the process, and it is an issue that does not go away?
take it on faith? not likely. maybe such things are what
is talked about behind diplomatic doors, yet to not hear
about any of the common sense arguments for what would
happen, should the situation be misrepresented, even if
unknowingly, -- well, that seems to be very crucial to
having instant war and instant dismantling of programs.
the cosmic aspects of nuclear energy are hard to deny,
that this is a human right to have access to knowledge,
yet how can the incredible powers be harnessed in such
widely divergent political cultures unless there is a
common understanding, not of war, but of responsiblity.
what is the guarantee if Iran finds a nuclear program
in its midst, even if it is not officially knowable...?
and would it be under the control of official government.
this seems to me a fair question requiring resolution...

* .mp3 photoalbum/single track artworks: i do not have an
mp3 player though i have seen that places like iTunes have
an area for 'artwork' that can go along with albums or, i
imagine, also single tracks. it would be interesting if, like
in the old days, artists would start making imagery that could
go along with the music, for each track even, so that someday
when iPod-like devices have color screens that this imagery
could play while the music plays, as if an audivisual slide-
show (one image per song, or even an animated image/track,
like the iTunes visualizer, i guess that would be possible,
though i was imagining something more individually artistic--
such that artists may make free imagery per track and share
these on their sites, as downloads, and maybe more musical
artists would support these graphic artists in shared works.)

* list ephemera: there are a dozen spams sent to the list
that bounce for every post that goes on to the list, which
occurred instantly upon making changes in the admin-scheme.


Dolphin Beaching Followed Sub's Exercises // sonar.

EM art:  1988 ELECTRICITY CENTENARY // .NZ stamps...

Music Thing: The Chromatone 312 // pretty funny...

	'[image caption] This Japanese girl is playing a Chromatone 312, which  
has a Janko Keyboard. It’s got 72 keys for every 12 on a normal  
keyboard, and they’re all white. It’s terrifying. Imagine 3 unmarked  
QWERTY keyboards strapped together and you’re still not there.'

Introduction to Magnetic Particle Inspection // great site...

Measuring Magnetic Fields

site about Luigi Galvani // see stamp, illustrations...

Famous Scientists-- greatly contributed to "electro" science:  
electricity, electromagnetism, electrical technology, electronics,  
electrical telegraphy, radio, electrochemistry, electromedicine, etc.  
// ***

Virtual Museum of Old Electrical, Electronic and
Electrochemical Instruments -- Archaic Electrical Instruments /
Electronic Test Instruments / Electrochemical Instruments

bicycle cellphone/gps/pda/laptop charger via wheel dynamo...

upstairs // sat.map painting

Robot mannequins strike a pose // via gizmodo.com

	'The female robot, code-named Palette, can draw inspiration from the  
world's most beautiful women, using motion-capture technology to replay  
the movements of supermodels.' .. 'But Palette will double up as an  
industrial spy, with the maker planning to program it to judge the age  
and sex of shoppers and even identify the bags they are carrying and  
pass along the information to stores for marketing purposes.'

CAADRIA 2005 > Digital Opportunities (Education, Processes, Innovation)
10th International Conference of the Association for Computer Aided  
Architectural Design Research In Asia
April 28-30, 2005. New Delhi, India (hosted by TVB-SHS, GGSIPU)

[and] CAADRIA 2005 > Received Papers

HOW-TO: Make your own annotated multimedia Google map

How big is the world? 171 trillion pixels // googlemap analysis


Charge a battery in just six minutes // ** lots of battery facts...

	'Altair Technologies of Reno has created a new type of Li-ion cell in  
which the anode has an exceptionally high surface area. This allows  
electrons to enter and leave it quickly - making fast recharging  
possible and providing high currents when needed.' ... 'Altair plans to  
develop its batteries for power tools, which have till now required  
more expensive Ni-Cd or NiMH batteries to provide the large currents  
these devices need.'

Zapped neutrinos zip through the Earth // NuMI to MINOS detector...

	'Scientists at Fermilab will zap neutrinos underground from Illinois,  
across the state of Wisconsin, through Lake Superior to a particle  
detector in the Soudan Underground Mine in Minnesota State Park, US. A  
trip of 457 miles (735 kilometres).' ... 'When the project was being  
designed, putting the detector in a mine was an easy way to shield it  
from cosmic rays, which would interfere with the measurements. '

VISIBLE EARTH // back online as of today...
A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet

Wake Up Call // *** 'autobiography of a cellphone researcher...'

	'The controversy goes back to a study by Lai and Singh published in a  
1995 issue of Bioelectromagnetics . They found an increase in damaged  
DNA in the brain cells of rats after a single two-hour exposure to  
microwave radiation at levels considered “safe” by government  
standards.' .... 'Lai says there have been about 200 studies on the  
biological effects of cell-phone-related radiation. If you put all the  
ones that say there is a biological effect on one side and those that  
say there is no effect on the other, you’d have two piles roughly equal  
in size. The research splits about 50-50.' .. '“That, in and of itself,  
is alarming,” Lai says. But it’s not the whole story. If you divide up  
the same 200 studies by who sponsored the research, the numbers  
change.' .. '“When you look at the non-industry sponsored research,  
it’s about three to one—three out of every four papers shows an  
effect,” Lai says. “Then, if you look at the industry-funded research,  
it’s almost opposite—only one out of every four papers shows an  
effect.”' .. 'The problem, he adds, is that there is no longer funding  
available in the United States that isn’t attached to the industry...'  
[and] -- '“We are making some fundamental changes to the  
electromagnetic environment in which we live,” Slesin continues. “Soon  
entire cities will be online so you can take your laptop anywhere and  
be on the Internet. What that means is we will all be exposed to  
electromagnetic radiation 24/7. I don’t know if there’s a problem, but  
I think we owe it to society to find out.”'

[and] Engadget.com summarizes this story best, at: '

	'According to an article in Columns, the University of Washington  
Alumni Magazine, Lai has been the target of coordinated attacks from  
the cellphone industry ever since his 1995 study that found a possible  
link between microwave radiation and brain-cell damage. The article  
cites internal Motorola documents that laid out plans to “war-game”  
Lai’s work, along with efforts by industry groups to get Lai fired from  
his U.W. research position. While the industry apparently didn’t  
succeed in those attempts, Lai, like some other researchers, has moved  
on to other fields, and is now studying the use of a wormwood  
derivative as a cancer cure.'

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