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IARPA Twitter Trending

Posted: October 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Buster Cookson, Cankler, Engineered Life, Favorite New Thought, No Sh_t Sherlock, Outside the Box, Science, Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on IARPA Twitter Trending

It’s every government’s dream, a system that can predict future events such as riots, political upheaval and the outbreak of war.

With social media playing such a prevalent role in the organisation of events like The Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, there’s surely a way to trend upcoming events through social media, the U.S intelligence community believes this to be the case.

Research aimed at predicting future social upheaval isn’t a new thought, automating the way data is collected and analysed is a little more complicated though. Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition – FUSE – has been commissioned to do just that by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence – ODNI

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Caltech’s Nonreciprocal Light Propagation . . .

Posted: September 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Buster Cookson, Engineered Life, Physics, Science | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Caltech’s Nonreciprocal Light Propagation . . .

Optical fiber cable wiggles it’s way between continents, beneath oceans, under streets, hundreds of thousand of kilometers of the acrylate polymer or polyimide clad silica cable, allowing for almost loss-less communication. With less data loss and higher bandwidth, optical-fiber technology allows information to freely bound about the the globe, bringing pictures, video, and other data from every corner of the globe to your computer in a split second. Although optical-fibers and their clever photonic relay of information are increasingly replacing copper wire and it’s inefficient electron based data processing in the communication world, today’s computer technology still relies entirely on electron based – CPU -micro-processing. Read the full article »»»»

Dirty Pictures Pretty Please

Posted: July 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Blipvert, Buster Cookson, Cankler, Favorite New Thought, Kiss My . . ., Love and Other Drugs | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Dirty Pictures Pretty Please

WE Want Your Trashy Pix . . .

Garbage, Litter, Trash! Pictures of it that is. We need photos of incidental garbage, trash, litter. The pix will be used in a study of litter.
What we’re looking for: any quality pictures taken by you of curbside litter, trash, garbage, if you want credit for you pix you need to send details.

email pix + country + postcode/zip (where the picture was taken) to info@highpants.com

2011 MD, An Asteroids Near Miss

Posted: June 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Astronomy, Blip, Buster Cookson, Science | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 2011 MD, An Asteroids Near Miss

Just in case you haven’t been paying attention to the news – There’s an asteroid hurtling toward Earth – astronomers clocked its top speed at around 63,000 mph / 101,000 kph. Ooops, you missed it!? An asteroid – named 2011 MD – with an estimated girth as large as a garbage truck has soared within 12,000 km of the Earth, passing harmlessly over the Atlantic Ocean.  The space rock, measuring 5 to 20 metres in diameter, followed the same near-Earth path that scientists had earlier predicted, looping around the planet in a boomerang-shaped trajectory, said DC Agle from NASA’s – JPL – Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Its nearest approach to Earth, about 12,000 km, was 30 times farther away than the International Space Station, which orbits the planet at a distance of 400 km. On a more celestial scale, the asteroid’s closest distance to Earth was just 3 per cent of the 400,000 kilometres separating the Earth from the moon.  If the asteroid had been on a collision course with Earth, the space rock would have been large enough and fast enough that it would have made it to the ground, said MIT planetary scientist Ben Weiss. “You’d end up with some sort of explosion and a decent-size crater,” he said. “You wouldn’t have wanted something like this to land in Manhattan.” Researchers with MIT’s Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research LINEAR program discovered the asteroid on June 22 and pegged its size between 20 feet (6.3 meters) and 46 feet (14 meters) wide. Although small by asteroid standards, 2011 MD was close enough for amateur astronomers to spot it with modest telescopes.

Asteroid 2011 MD is considered an Apollo-type asteroid, because its orbit is very similar to Earth’s yet longer in duration and more oval-shaped. Astronomers expect the space rock to swing by again in the future, perhaps more closely the next time around. Australian Astronomical Observatory’s Fred Watson says the closeness of 2011 MD is a reminder to people that events on Earth have the potential to be shaped by asteroids – “like the annihilation of the dinosaurs, t reminds people we live in an environment littered with debris of this kind, which is actually the leftovers of the solar system’s formation about 4.6 billion years ago”

“It alerts people to the fact we live in a dynamic environment and space is worth watching,  astronomers are keeping a close eye on an asteroid called Apophis, which will come very close to the Earth in 2029.

“It’s not impossible that something will collide with the Earth in the future, there are objects that we know will present a potential threat. In 2029 there is one that will pass very close to the Earth but probably won’t hit the Earth. But depending on how near the Earth it goes, it might be deflected into an orbit that will take it onto a collision course, probably in the 2030s.” said Watson.

Eyes to the sky people!?


Chameleon Magnets aka Electrically Induced Ferromagnetism at Room Temperature in Cobalt-Doped Titanium Dioxide

Posted: June 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Blip, Buster Cookson, Cankler, Engineered Life, Naked Fact, Physics, Pprotoscienc, Protoscience, Quantum Physics, Technoid | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Chameleon Magnets aka Electrically Induced Ferromagnetism at Room Temperature in Cobalt-Doped Titanium Dioxide

Magnetism is more than just a fun property to experiment with in Science 101, not just a scientific curiosity. Scientists have discovered the Chameleon Magnet, a perminant magnet that can be switched on and off at will. Magnetism is the glue that holds every atom and molecule together.

The very small world of nano magnetism – magnatism of atom’s nd molecules –  is very a different beast, not high school magnetism. In this world free electrons can be used to pass spin information on to other electrons, large groups of electrons spinning in sync can set up a magnetic field. All of these bizarre effects are being studied and applied to Chameleon Magnets and Spintronics, the science of using the spin of electrons to do work in electronics gadgets :: Read the full article »»»»