Nifty Science & Technology Links
November 13, 2008, 7:20 am
Filed under: interesting, Miscellaneous, physics, random, science, technology, Uncategorized

“God runs electromagnetics by wave theory on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the Devil runs them by quantum theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.”  – Sir William Bragg

The New Technology of Repression – Consortium News 10/30/08

Seven Close Calls in the Nuclear Age – Mental Floss 10/24/08

US Army’s plans for Future Combat Systems

MP3 headphones can deactivate pacemakers, study shows – Guardian, UK 11/9/08

How Digital Technology Has Changed the Brain – Business Week 11/9/08

Scientists hope to clone extinct species – CNN 11/4/08

Japanese scientists have produced clones of mice that have been dead and frozen for 16 years — a feat that could lead researchers to one day resurrect long-extinct species, such as the mammoth.

UAVs over Sadr City – Metafilter 11/9/08

A sanitized look at the use of UAVs 1.9 miles above Sadr City, Iraq. [print version] 60 Minutes is granted access to information about the use of Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) over Sadr City

Light fantastic – German team find illuminated sea sponge secret – BBC 11/10/08

Sea sponges can beam light deep inside their bodies, and do so using the natural equivalent of fibre optic cables, scientists find.

US issues deadly robot choppers – Raw Story 11/11/08

The Army’s Totally Serious Mind-Control Project  – Time 9/14/08

Action urged over nanomaterials – BBC 11/11/08

An independent commission finds no evidence nanomaterials cause harm, but warns of serious gaps in knowledge about its risks.

Unknown “Structures” Tugging at Universe, Study Says – National Geographic 11/4/08

Our Fractal Universe: A Sneak Peek at the New Cosmology – Brainsturbator 9/21/08

Hunting the Hidden Dimension. You may be familiar with fractals, but in this PBS Nova episode, divided online into 5 parts, fractals go beyond the impossible zoom of the Mandelbrot set. Scientists are using fractals to describe complex natural occurrences, like lava, capillaries, and rain forests. In part 5, scientists measure one tree in the rain forests, and the distribution of small and large branches mirror the distribution of small and large trees. Fractals, it seems, are nature.  – Metafilter 11/2/08

DARPA Engineering New “Home Invasion” Technologies  – AntiFascist Calling 10/26/08

Packs of robots will hunt down uncooperative humans  – New Scientist 10/21/08

Given that iRobot last year struck a deal with Taser International to mount stun weapons on its military robots, how long before we see packs of droids hunting down pesky demonstrators with paralysing weapons? Or could the packs even be lethally armed? I asked two experts on automated weapons what they thought – click the continue reading link to read what they said. Both were concerned that packs of robots would be entrusted with tasks – and weapons – they were not up to handling without making wrong decisions.

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