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Interactive Alternative Energy Map of the World [18 Jun 2006|03:12pm]

cybercerberus
Pretty neat.

http://www.popsci.com/popsci/flash/gatefold_rev.swf
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Cloaking Device [25 May 2006|08:45pm]

celticblissy
[ mood | geeky ]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/5016068.stm

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Water as Fuel [23 May 2006|11:32pm]

cybercerberus
If this is legit, it's pretty much insane.  This would change everything.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3299610356332390298&q=water+fuel
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my climate change documentaries [20 May 2006|06:20am]

scalarparty
Hi. (xposted, srry)

I made a few documentaries on climate change and especially cliamte change solutions. These movies are between 10 and 5 years old, but somehwo still bnot really out of date (10 years ago it was tough telling people some of this stuff that seemed "crazy" then). They are online now and free, so feel free to check them out!

so anyway, the fist one is really more like an activist movie, pretty in your face (and for most people heer, teh 20 minute intor might be redundant) but its still got something.... it's called the earth changes, or EARTHCHANGE I

the second one was a little toned-down (I aimed it at hughschool kids, but eventually it got used in a lot of colleges) its also focused more on solutions (but not hiding the problems), it's also called the Earth changes, or EARTHCHANGE II (attack of the CO2s)

ECI is 2 hrs long with an intermission, and ECIII is three 35 minute long parts. SO youmay want to download them before watching them.... but please be sure to let me know what you think! Thanks!
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Die Puny Humans! [26 Apr 2006|12:08am]
loveecstasycrim
i just want to quickly help spread the word that Warren Ellis has started a new futurism community called, appropriately enough, Die Puny Humans.

And, don't be put off by the "we aren't just accepting anybody" line there. I was able to post immediately after registering, so they aren't exactly checking applications. That part is probably just to scare away potential spammers and other assorted cyber-idiots.
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Eric Pianka Wants To Eat Your Children With Ebola And French Fries [07 Apr 2006|12:01am]

puf_almighty
So there's been a lot of internet traffic circulating recently about a speech Dr. Eric Pianka gave on March 5th in Beaumont, Texas:
Top Scientist Advocates Mass Culling 90% of Human Population [prisonplanet.com]

I was there. You were not. Nor was anyone at Drudge Report, Prison Planet, Citizen Scientist or wherever else you might've heard the hearsay from.

The story is a lie. Forrest Mims, the writer, with a BA in Government and a fellowship at the Discovery Institute [discovery.org] (creationist think-tank), had a problem with the subject matter and so he wrote a completely dishonest mischaracterization of it. It got in the news, it got in the Drudge Report, and now it's propagated through the internet like it was human-virulent airborne Ebola (which doesn't exist).

Pianka gave a speech saying that we shouldn't keep heedlessly expanding our population- we need to control it before it's too late. Taking a cue from Jonathan Swift [wikipedia.org], he took the tone that "I'm rooting for airborne ebola". The speech was broadcast in part later that night on KFDM Channel Six, the local CBS affiliate, and Pianka was given the Distinguished Scientist Award for 2006, from the respected Texas Academy of Sciences.
Texas is a big place, folks, with lots of universities and a thing called NASA. Science is indeed an export.

Mims wrote that he wants to use Ebola to kill everyone, the cameras were sent away, and the leering elitists cheered like some freakish occult death-cult.

It was a speech about what we need to do in order to avoid mass plague death (which is already happening): we need to quit increasing the population. And the main point of the speech was, what we need to do if we want there to still be an environment to study in 100 years- we need to stop destroying it.

If you're interested in discussion on the topic or further details, I've got a writeup of everything I saw, know, and have learned from being here in the continuing aftermath of it over here [livejournal.com].
If you're not interested in future details, let it be sufficient to know- this is one creationist's vendetta against the concept that humans, too, are subject to extinction, and the entire internet's failure to apply critical thinking to even the most ludicrous of stories.

X-posted.

Edit- HTML fixed. How do I leave the quote out of a hyperlink, I don't know.
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Robotic Mule [15 Mar 2006|01:48pm]

celticblissy
[ mood | geeky ]

http://youtube.com/watch?v=RGrMMlNjBB8

Pretty cool advancement in robotics. Even though it's a robot and even though they do it to show how it can handle such things I really felt sorry for it when they kicked it. :(

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Eintein robot [27 Feb 2006|01:43pm]

celticblissy
[ mood | impressed ]

http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/einstein-robot

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Quantum Computer Works Best Switched Off - [23 Feb 2006|11:26pm]

ankh_f_n_khonsu
[ mood | tired ]

Even for the crazy world of quantum mechanics, this one is twisted. A quantum computer program has produced an answer without actually running.

The idea behind the feat, first proposed in 1998, is to put a quantum computer into a “superposition”, a state in which it is both running and not running. It is as if you asked Schrödinger's cat to hit "Run".

With the right set-up, the theory suggested, the computer would sometimes get an answer out of the computer even though the program did not run. And now researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have improved on the original design and built a non-running quantum computer that really works.

They send a photon into a system of mirrors and other optical devices, which included a set of components that run a simple database search by changing the properties of the photon.

The new design includes a quantum trick called the Zeno effect. Repeated measurements stop the photon from entering the actual program, but allow its quantum nature to flirt with the program's components - so it can become gradually altered even though it never actually passes through.

"It is very bizarre that you know your computer has not run but you also know what the answer is," says team member Onur Hosten.

This scheme could have an advantage over straightforward quantum computing. "A non-running computer produces fewer errors," says Hosten. That sentiment should have technophobes nodding enthusiastically.

Journal reference: Nature (vol 439, p 949)

New Scientist

Cross-posted various places.
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Blimp 2.0 [20 Feb 2006|11:56pm]

cybercerberus
[ mood | impressed ]

Awesome!

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/02/16/aeroscraft/index.html

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Multi-Touch Screen Demo Movie [08 Feb 2006|09:59am]

cybercerberus
[ mood | impressed ]

This is awesome.  That's all I can say.

http://mrl.nyu.edu/~jhan/ftirtouch/

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More Specifics on Cool Shades [25 Jan 2006|03:41pm]

cybercerberus
Here's some more specific information on those cool media shades I posted about before:

http://playlistmag.com/news/2006/01/13/myvu/index.php
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MyVu Personal Media Viewer [23 Jan 2006|12:35am]

cybercerberus
I'd like a pair of these puppies:

http://myvu.mmcis.com/
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Fuel Cells To Become A Reality? [21 Jan 2006|06:05pm]

ultraforge
Dr. Nasr is often asked how long it will take for fuel cells to become a regular part of American life. He said it would depend on how much investment we make in the technology.

Video

Keep your fingers crossed!
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Futuristic Sci-Fi [18 Dec 2005|08:49am]

alamalmithral
[ mood | working ]

Howdy all!

I'm currently writing a futuristic sci-fi mecha story -- and I need some ideas! I'm looking to keep the technology based on current / near-future / rooted-in-science technology, and was wondering if anyone had ideas or links regarding futuristic military technology; you know, the standard: lasers, cool futuristic weapons, communications -- pretty much any branch of technology!

Any ideas? =D

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partnerships for uber efficient OLEDs! [03 Dec 2005|10:39am]

scalarparty
do i only like OLEDs because they use the word 'organic'?
gzmdcool
....or maybe it's cause they're so darn efficient and cute!
thinurchins
...either way, OLEDs are HOT! Multi configurational, they use way less electricity than even a plasma or (traditional) LCD as they have no backlighting (they make pictures by sending electricity through an organic matter (which would suck, if it was being passed through say, a walrus, but since it's something cooked up in a petri dish, it's all-right with me!

so the story out of Electronic Engineering Times yesterday, is that Sony and a company called Idemitsu (I'm taking a guess here, that they're in Japan too) joined forced regarding their OLED development! They're going to share all intellectual property, and patents ( wow! a nice story about sharing and co-operation in business! what a bonus!)
gadgety
so that's what we're going to get, cheaper more efficient better pictures, and they get to share and play nice!

Incidentally, if you wanted to get in on the OLED racket, but fear that you aren't nearly as bug as a Sony or a Phillips, so how could you possibly compete? Well here's your solution! Anders Electronics just released a kit for any young aspiring OLED practitioners...the kit contains a value-for-money development kit that also contains source code for firmware as well as extensive application notes. The new kit reduces the cost of entry to OLED technology, and aids rapid integration of OLEDs into a wide range of electronic displays. Oh, did I mention it's free, too? go get 'em!

[for more OLED info click here]
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First Face Transplant [30 Nov 2005|10:02pm]

celticblissy
[ mood | impressed ]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4484728.stm

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gizmag emerging technology magazine [21 Nov 2005|10:35pm]

t3dy
http://www.gizmag.com/home/
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SpaceTech: rays of light cracking through the sogsi-muck!! [12 Nov 2005|11:02am]

scalarparty
Hey, You Wanna Be 500X More Efficient? Try the space solar cells...
spaceyman
What's the news in the Photovoltaic world? Well, the old news (already) is that there is not enough Solar Grade Silicon (SoG-Si) around. Anywhere.... So what's new then? Well, it seems that some people have been doing what plants in the rainforest know best; find a niche and then maximize what you can get from the minimal resources available. Two companies in particular, Australia's Green & Gold Energy, and Spain's Sol3G. These two camps have created novel solar PV systems, that I think you will find quite exciting!!

And it's funny that these two techs are coming out at the same time-- developed on different sides of the planet (as if there's some kind of intelligent or cognitive field that they are both tuned into), there's an eerie similarity in the way they work. So let's get to it: This is the spanish GiraSol
Gira Sol,
and while we're at it, take a gander at the Australian SunBall.
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While they look different, both the GiraSol and the SunBall have pretty much the same things happening inside: They use space-module style solar panels instead of the traditional, you know, BSPolar kind. They are radically more efficient than regular PV panels. So much more efficient, that instead of blanketing the roof with the panels, they only need to use very small pieces. Read more...Collapse )
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was 1% then 1.5% then 3%, but now....... [09 Nov 2005|09:10am]

scalarparty
...next step's a doooozie!
nanogoogspanelOK, so a little while ago the Princeton ivy-guys were gushing about, because they got nano solar efficiency up to 3% and they were stoked. That was a milestone on the way to the holy 10% grail (when it all gets "commercial")

then along comes david carroll and his pals @ Wake Forest University, and they go and announce this: they jumped to 6%!! we're almost there!!
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