~e; EM observations #13

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Tue, 12 Apr 2005 22:45:38 -0500

[keywords] Googlepedia, Simputer status, robotic camel riders,
spam statistics, fiberoptic sensors, wireless sensor networks,
nanopaint, Scalable Vector Graphics, papal lock-picking TSCM,
environmental nuke disaster, 604GHz transistor, electrotextiles,
robotic satellites, shared IP integrated circuit chip design,

electromagnetic observations -- #13

* who knows what is going on with Middle-East nuclear issues
in diplomatic hallways, though it is wondered if the benefits
of figuring out a best way through the situation is considered
in terms of a larger, broader peace, security, and economic/
trade initiative as a foundation for new relations, compared
to having too many open nuclear problems pending, liminal, in-
between old and some future new policies, while a more clearly
disastrous event pends with North Korea further destablized in
rejecting any future nuclear talks. related to this is a key
issue, imo, about how preventative funding for nuclear security
in .RU is not being considered in relation to ongoing situations.
the nuclear waste story below (2nd story) is emblematic of the
problem with a non-ecological (connected) model of nuclear-
material flows, for as much as developing nuclear fuel for a
bomb is problematic, this is a place that already has the stufff
and it is unprotected and readily available. the .US initiatives
(Sen. McCain, others) which would deal with this is not getting
any attention in relation to the predicament of Iran's nuclear
fuel cycle, needs, wants, and the international reservations.
the point being: the nuclear fuel cycle, even in the .US and
likely everywhere, is insecure. whose is most secure? North
Korea's, most likely. if the entire situation and the larger
goals were taken into account, in one unified field theory of
the nuclear situation, venn diagramming the nuke 'universe'
(U) and subsetting issue by issue, there are commonalities
such as with security that impact issues with Iran, Russia,
the .US, likely even Israel's interests to keep the lid on.
what if funding for a secure nuclear infrastructure was on
the agenda, as a shared and necessary step to establishing
the formwork/foundation/framework so that the larger goals
of peace can be the focus - nuclear security the necessary
first steps to building trust and secured infrastructures.
this nuclear compact and eventual treaty could then help in
unifying a 'world' voice against more truly rogue actions,
where Iran, India, Pakistan, Russia, China, .US, .EU, and
others in the world community stand together with one voice
about the North Korean nuclear situation, odd nation out.
the conceptual block in the bureaucracy appears to be the
moniker 'united nations' as the name seems to inevitably
limit the reality of such reasoning, beyond nationalism,
even internationalism; if only the UN were renamed into
some organization like 'the world community', rhetoric
would begin match the reality of these nuclear situations
and national politics would not trump world responsibility.
the imperative being not just middle-east peace and its
high likelihood of much greater prosperity for all, it
includes reframing the world context so that the world
speaks as one in relation to nuclear security and the
UN is not a security blanket for nuclear terror states.
whereas those governments who clash idealogically, yet
stay and work at the table to attempt resolutions are
of a different nature and may even be critical allies
to addressing larger issues in one, common world voice.
beyond Iran, which it is hoped somehow there is some
breakthrough in ideas and imaginations and innovative
approaches-- there is the vast issues of poverty and
agriculture and economies and health in Africa and
elsewhere that electromagnetic advances could start
to be focused on so to start changing circumstances.
this ability also hinges on success in the Middle-east,
and it is about time for expecting more of our abilities
to transform these situations beyond 20th c. ideologies.

* reading about antenna design, and find it interesting that
radiation is mirrored underneath the antenna, that is, there
is a 'virtual' antenna in the ground and radiation pattern,
as that above it. some antenna designs use an 'artificial'
ground-plane, possibly to maximize the transmission radiation,
or to keep it in a certain form/pattern (omni-/uni-directional).
basically an antenna is a transmission line short-circuiting,
which then sends out electromagnetic waves as a result of this.

* EM figure of speech: [some event] caused "sparks to fly..."

* heard these gasoline tips (.us) on public radio news...

	1) buy gas before 10am thursday, because after
	that is when gas stations raise their prices.
	2) do not buy gas on the weekends...
* diplomacy as balancing internal and external circuitry...

* an unfettered computer ink cartel exists at large today:
IPEC (international proprietary-ink exporting companies).

* the world circuit, world-as-circuit (versus world screen/movie).

* idea:  a conference on EM and culture in www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us
tying together electromagnetic art, science, technology with locals
in a world-friendly euro-type festival with intellectual gravitas.

* art project: like shark-cages, making a step-in faraday cage to
experience EMF-free zones in otherwise intensive environments, for
comparisons and experiential testing (i.e. for perceivable effects).
& faraday-cage beekeeper's hat, countermeasuring cellphone radiation.


World's fastest transistor operates at blinding speed // 3x faster...

	'Feng and Hafez developed a transistor less than half a millionth of a  
metre long, with a maximum operating speed of 604 GHz, meaning it can  
carry out 604 billion [switching or amplification] operations every  

Russian Nuke Plant Officials Accused of Dumping // ** via  

	'Yuri Zolotov, deputy prosecutor general in the Urals region, told NTV  
television that an investigation showed that liquid radioactive waste  
had continuously been dumped from Mayak into the Techa river, which  
eventually flows into Siberia's major Ob river and on to the Arctic  
Ocean.' ... 'Spent atomic fuel from a Russian-built nuclear plant in  
Iran -- a source of diplomatic friction between Moscow and Washington  
-- was also expected to be processed there.'

LAb[au] is pleased to invite you to: MR.xpo 08:

	Fabric |ch| ...> is a Swiss electronic architecture studio exploring  
new spaces between architecture and information theories, philosophy  
and electromagnetism, cognitive theories and virtual reality,  
hermeneutics and computer networks. Fabric | ch is a playground for  
experimentation of contemporary space: material:non-material,  
visible:invisible, inhabitable:uninhabitable, localised:distributed,  

The Cellphone as Church Chronicle, Creating Digital Relics

	'"With the cameras of the world focused on it, St. Peter's has become  
the sancta sanctorum of the digital world," Mr. Nicoletti said. "While  
they're waiting in line they could be chanting or praying but instead  
they're taking pictures because they're caught in a parallel event."'

10 brain surgeries give patient unusual perspective // *** via wired.com

Wikipedia planning a DVD version // googlepedia?

	'Making Wikipedia available on CD is another step towards the  
organisation's goal of providing the world with a free encyclopaedia,  
said Wales.' ... 'Wikipedia is available in around 200 languages, of  
which 19 language versions have over 10,000 articles.'

Handheld Computer Yet to Reach the Masses // Simputer stalled...

[quote] 'Quacks' Not So Quacky // electromagnetic potions...

	'But the real prime time of quackery was without question during the  
Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, when advances in printing,  
along with the discovery of electricity and radiation -- and  
breakthroughs in other sciences -- provided ample fodder for  
health-related hucksterism.'

[e.g.] The Oracle: Potion of Electric Curse // RPG
	'Selling price: 15 -- Equivalent to Electric Curse spell, imbiber  
takes increased damage from electrical-based attacks. Duration: 15  

Chinese PM Seeks Indian Tech Cooperation // via drudgereport.com

	'"Cooperation is just like two pagodas (temples), one hardware and one  
software," Wen said. "Combined, we can take the leadership position in  
the world," he said.' .. '"When the particular day comes, it will  
signify the coming of the Asian century of the IT industry," he said in  
an address to information technology professionals in Bangalore.' ..  
'India has gained global repute as a hub of software professionals  
while China is strong on computer hardware. Both countries' cheap and  
plentiful labor has undercut the tech industry in America and other  
Western countries through outsourcing.'

personal spam statistics 1997-2004 // amazing spam repository. (nettime)

// undoubtably also saving lives and lungs of factory workers...

Nanotech company aims to put paint in the past // via engadget.com
Chemical giant DuPont is licensing technology from a small Ohio
company that could make industrial paint a thing of the past.

	'Ecology Coatings essentially replaces a liquid coating, like paint,  
with a viscous solid. In paint, only about 20 percent to 30 percent of  
the molecules in the material applied to a surface are actually paint.  
The rest are carriers or solvents, which evaporate in the curing  
process.' .. 'In the Ecology Coatings material, every molecule becomes  
part of the coating, along with any added pigments or fillers.' ... 'So  
how does it work? The molecules each contain a photo inhibitor. When UV  
light hits it, the light knocks electrons loose from the molecules. In  
their agitated state, the individual molecules all bind to each other,  
creating a uniform coating.'

Students Use 125 Steps to Change Batteries --
Purdue Students Win Rube Goldberg Contest for
Using 125 Steps to Change Flashlight Batteries

Darpa Wants Replacement Arms by 2009 // funny gizmodo commentary...

// by the way: the site is broken if using Mac Firefox/Safari...

Seiko Watch, Seiko Epson Develop Wristwatch Using E-paper //gizmodo

// wireless sensor nets and em architecture issues; e.g. lighting...

Networking nodes share data // ** wireless mesh nets. via engadget.com
Wireless devices can act as remote controls for household or business

	'While wireless technology that allows sensors to talk to a base  
station, or terminal, has been around for a long time, it has not been  
possible until recently for information to be transmitted from sensor  
to sensor. Each sensor talks to three or four others, so it doesn't  
matter if one breaks down.'

// describes how optical pressure/temperature/shape sensors work...

[and] Extreme sensors promise better protection for buildings
New fibre-optic devices still work when the going gets tough. ***

Chip makers collaborate to compete -- Trio of top semiconductor
companies to standardize chip parts in order to speed development.

	'The intellectual property (IP) [circuit] blocks that will be  
identical include interfaces with other devices, which are tough to  
design but fail to give a competitive edge, as well as embedded  
processors and analogue circuits.'

Walking Human-Shaped Robot Going on Sale // image. via drudge

[and] Robotic camel riders are ready to race // *** .AE

Browsers Get Ready for Graphics Boost // SVG arrives. via wired.com

'Extreme Textiles' Come of Age // NYC electrotextile exhibit...

	'Woven electronics are not a new idea - the exhibit includes a  
prototype from 1960 - but the concept of "smart" clothing, carpeting or  
wall covering is nearing practicality.'

Counter-surveillance likely for papal deliberations // **  

	'[An] effective means of surveillance could be to plant a bug that  
operates via a cellphone network, Benn suggests. Such devices are  
harder to detect because they are masked by ordinary cellphone traffic.  
And they can be accessed from anywhere in the world, using a normal  
telephone connection. This method can still be foiled, however, using a  
cellphone-jamming device and other equipment to pinpoint the source of  
the local cellphone signal.'

Autonomous military satellite to inspect others in orbit // sat.warfare

Cancer test stretches limits  -- Lasers check the elasticity
of a tiny sample of cells to give a diagnosis.

	'Without a strong cytoskeleton, cancerous cells are 40% easier to  
extend than their healthy counterparts. And cells from 'metastasized'  
tumours  those that have spread through the body  are an additional  
30% more stretchy than early-stage cancer cells. This means that the  
laser could potentially assess how far the disease has advanced...' ...  
'Currently, doctors cannot diagnose metastasis without discovering the  
location of the secondary tumours. The new laser-based method would  
pick up on metastasis based on cell elasticity alone, he says. In  
breast cancer, for example, the researchers believe this would mean  
fewer mastectomies carried out unnecessarily on the basis of guesswork  
about how far the disease has spread.'

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