Chemical Signals of Human Cells Caught on Film

April 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, News, Technology, Video | No Comments »

Watch the incredible footage of a human cell reacting to a physical tug with chemical signals that ripple through the cell.

UCSD Press Release

via Biology News | Medgadget

BitTorrent Killed the TV Show

April 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Internet, News, Technology | 1 Comment »

There’s been a lot of hype around the accelerating popularity of BitTorrent to download large video files and it seems the next step in video distribution is coming soon. Participatory Culture is offering a freely distributed open source package which combines RSS and BitTorrent to watch selected shows and distribute video over the internet for free (based on Blog Torrent).

via FutureWire

High-Rise Cemeteries

April 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Future, News, Sustainability | 3 Comments »

Government officials in Hong Kong are looking for solutions to their growing need of spaces for the dead (which will run out in 2007). One solution is to build high-rise columbaria. Stacking the dead isn’t new (ex: stacked graves of Chile), but an acceptance of stacking the dead into a high-rise fashion would be a significant shift in our relationship to death and the dead.

via BBC | Thanks,JB.

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Google Maps Satellite

April 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, News, Technology | No Comments »

Check out the new satellite map feature on Google Maps. Oh Google, I knew you would do it.

One Minute Battery Charge by Toshiba

March 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Materials, News, Sustainability | 3 Comments »

Toshiba’s new Lithium-Ion Super Charge Battery boasts an 80% capacity charge in 60 seconds and just a few more minutes for a full charge lasting considerably longer than regular lithium-ion batteries.

via The Register

Orb : All Your Media Streamed Anywhere for Free

March 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, News, Technology | No Comments »

The ultimate personal media streaming tool, Orb is now free! Access all your movies, photos, and music from any internet enable device anywhere (by streaming it). Orb also replace Tivo functions, by recording and streaming the broadcasts you choose via your tv tuner card.

via Thomas Hawk

Banksy hits NYC

March 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Humor, News | No Comments »

Banksy becomes a part of the non-permanent collection in the museums of New York!
Wooster Collective

Thanks, Pete.

Mechanical Nostradamus : Tapping the 'Consciousness Field'

February 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mathematics, News, Technology | No Comments »

Dr. Roger Nelson of the Global Consciousness Project at Princeton claims his black box can tap into the stream of the precognitive global consciousness. The project is based on an unexplained phenomenon of people being able to sway the outcome of random number generators simply by concentrating on them. The Global Consciousness Project collects data from network of ‘eggs’ which streams what should be (but isn’t) a sequence of random numbers over the internet.

Watch the ‘eggs’ in near real-time.

via RedNova

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Moore's Law Continues

February 12th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Nanotech, News, Technology | No Comments »

This isn’t really breaking news in the sense that Moore’s Law has chugged along consistently since Gordon Moore predicted microprocessors would double in speed every 2 years, but sooner or later we’ll face the physical limitations of the current material’s ability to be packed onto a chip. Intel and Qinetiq have developed an indium antimonide transistor, providing faster performance with 1/10 the energy consumption. Implementation of this new transistor along with developments in nanotechnology will continue to ensure your PC will be obsolete months after your purchase.

via New Scientist

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Global Attention Profiles

February 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, News, Programming | 1 Comment »

Ethan Zuckerman’s GAP – Global Attention Profiles queries the attention of the current news media and displays the media coverage of nations worldwide by different new sources. They are quite revealing of how the media’s attention is divided (reload his webpage to see the maps of different news organizations). I think an animation of these maps over a century would be illuminating and beautiful, as it areas pulse in and out of media awareness.