Ecosystem found beneath collapsed Antarctic ice shelf

July 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Science | No Comments »

The chance discovery of a vast ecosystem beneath the collapsed Larsen Ice Shelf will allow scientists to explore the uncharted life below Antarctica’s floating ice shelves and further probe the origins of life in extreme environments. Researchers discovered the sunless habitat after a recent underwater video study examining a deep glacial trough in the northwestern Weddell Sea following the sudden Larsen B shelf collapse in 2002.

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Sonic Wire Sculptor

July 20th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Internet, Mapping, Programming | No Comments »

Amit Pitaru‘s impressive Sonic Wire Sculptor takes advantage of JSyn (Java software synth) to create a turntable that reads 3-dimensional wire compositions drawn in space.

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Interview With The Search Engine

July 20th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Humor, Internet, Programming | 1 Comment »

SatireWire interviews Jeeves from So not AI.

Semi-permanent 2005

July 20th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design | No Comments »

Semi-permanent New York is a design event run by the crew at Design is Kinky, and TheHappyCorp Global with the support Diesel. The event covers various fields within design ranging from graphic design, broadcast, illustration, photography, web, fashion, film, graffiti, animation, and more. Speakers include Charlie White, Chuck Anderson, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Fafi, Joshua Davis, Lobo, Paul Pope, The Orphanage, Threadless / Skinnycorp, and Visionaire, designers you already know or should know if you don’t! September 9th & 10th at Lincoln Center – Avery Fisher Hall

Timescope : ART+COM

July 20th, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Design, Mapping, Past, Photography, Urbanism, Virtual Reality | 1 Comment »

ART+COM‘s Timescope, re presents the past city-scapes of Berlin through a digitally augmented telescope. The “timescope” can be used for a wide range of purposes: it can be set up for use with tourist sites such as the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate or the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church for example, giving visitors the chance to get a closer view of how these locations looked in the past. The “timescope” can also be used for large-scale building projects. In such cases it can be used not only to show how a building project has progressed, but also to show how a building will look in the future. Additionally, it can be used at geological interesting sites, enabling viewers to perceive natural history visually.

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NEW-TIES : Counter Strike + The Ultimate Question of Life

July 18th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Internet, Programming, Social, Virtual Reality | No Comments »

The NEW TIES project, an acronym for New and Emergent World models Through Individual, Evolutionary and Social Learning, is a virtual society (graphics base on Counter Strike’s source engine) of about 1000 agents with complex behavioural programs that may, but probably won’t answer the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. The programming interface is planned to be available to the public, allowing reasearchers to conduct their own experiments on a virtual society. The project’s goal is to evolve an artificial society capable of exploring and understanding its environment through cooperation and interaction. The agents are sufficiently complex and their environment demanding, which enables them to develop a communication system to learn how to cooperate and to adapt.

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iSee : Getting Away with Murder

July 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 2 Comments »

Surveillance in public urban environments are unregulated and continue to proliferate as security concerns remain a priority. A small price to pay for more security? Keep in mind that video footage of your deathly embarrassing moment in public may be distributed freely without any disclosure. Now, finding the path of least surveillance is a click away with iSee, a website by the Institute for Applied Autonomy, which plots your path through Manhattan around areas that have the least amount of CCTV surveillance.

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Allen Brain Atlas

July 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Health, Mapping, Science | 3 Comments »

Paul G. Allen had a vision that recent advances in computer science, bioinformatics, image analysis and the sequencing of the human genome could be brought together to answer one of the most complex questions in human biology—what is the brain and how does it work? He brought this vision to a renowned group of neuroscientists and advisors, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science was born.
The Allen Brain Atlas is the institutes publicly accessible map of the brain. [launch]

Nanofactory Animation

July 15th, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Future, Nanotech, Video | 5 Comments »

The long anticipated Nanofactory animation, titled “Productive Nanosystems: from Molecules to Superproducts” by Lizard Fire Studios with the support of Nanorex, is now version 1.0. [animation] [slide show]

Thanks, John!


July 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Future, Internet, Programming, Technology | No Comments »

Datatiles , by Jun Rekimoto at Sony CSL, merges dynamic graphical information with digitally tagged physical tiles. The highly developed prototype looks promising.[video]

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