BBC News - Food prices 'will double by 2030', Oxfam warns
"The prices of staple foods will more than double in 20 years unless world leaders take action to reform the global food system, Oxfam has warned."
eco  dooooom  money 
may 2011
Why Instagram Can Become The Mobile Social Hub Tech News and Analysis
"100 Cameras in 1 iPhone/iPad photo app can now export photos manipulated by his app directly to Instagram. 100 Cameras and 1 is a photo filter software that allows you to add more effects to your photos. This makes 100 Cameras in 1 the first app ever to be integrated with Instagram."
phone  apps 
may 2011
Tunnel found under temple in Mexico
"Researchers found a tunnel under the Temple of the Snake in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, about 28 miles northeast of Mexico City."
history 
may 2011
Terrorist 'pre-crime' detector field tested in United States : Nature News
"Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programme designed to spot people who are intending to commit a terrorist act, has in the past few months completed its first round of field tests at an undisclosed location in the northeast, Nature has learned."
tech  war 
may 2011
Incompatible Browser | Facebook
tagged in Facebook, god help me:
fb-photos 
may 2011
Scientists turn human skin cells directly into neurons, skipping IPS stage
"Human skin cells can be converted directly into functional neurons in a period of four to five weeks with the addition of just four proteins, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The finding is significant because it bypasses the need to first create induced pluripotent stem cells, and may make it much easier to generate patient- or disease-specific neurons for study in a laboratory dish."
med 
may 2011
UK and European space agencies give a go for Skylon spaceplane
AFTER THIRTY YEARS! "The Skylon, which is being developed at the Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines in the UK, is an unpiloted and reusable spacecraft that can launch into Low Earth Orbit after taking off from a conventional runway."
space 
may 2011
New biomaterial more closely mimics human tissue
A new biomaterial designed for repairing damaged human tissue doesn’t wrinkle up when it is stretched. The invention from nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego marks a significant breakthrough in tissue engineering because it more closely mimics the properties of native human tissue.
med  tech 
may 2011
Europe honours Einstein with space freighter
"The fourth of Europe's robot freighters, due to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2013, has been named after Albert Einstein, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday."
space 
may 2011
mark fell | DawnOfMan
"this series of six mixes traces my musical interests from 1981 to 1996. it came about after an invitation from british anthropologist georgina born to list some key pieces of music - a kind of musical genealogy."
mixes 
may 2011
From John Cage to Liars via Nurse With Wound - A Brief History of Post-Industrial / In Depth // Drowned In Sound
"..let's take a walk through a small cross section of 20th century leftfield / outsider / industrial music from the early pioneers through to the isolated humans of post 60's liberation leading on to more recent popular outfits inspired by this world such as Stereolab, Liars and Cold Cave. The precursors, the inspiration, the peers and the aftermath. Like any scene, the field of industrial music has many trees with many branches. As a result by no means look at this as a complete list, do not even look at it as a beginners guide, just crawl around and explore some of the mangled marvels created throughout the 20th Century and beyond."
music  writing 
may 2011
Sailing the Titan seas
"The Titan Mare Explorer, or TiME, would perform the first direct inspection of an ocean environment beyond Earth by landing in, and floating on, a large methane-ethane sea on the cloudy, complex moon."
space 
may 2011
Light Touch - instantly turns any flat surface into a touch screen | Light Blue Optics
"an interactive projector that instantly transforms any flat surface into a touch screen. It frees multimedia content from the confines of the small screen, allowing users to interact with that content just as they do on their hand held devices – using multi-touch technology."
tech 
may 2011
Forecast calls for nanoflowers to help return eyesight
"University of Oregon researcher Richard Taylor is on a quest to grow flowers that will help people who've lost their sight, such as those suffering from macular degeneration, to see again."
tech  med  nano 
may 2011
25 years after Rajneeshee commune collapsed, truth spills out -- Part 1 of 5 | OregonLive.com
"In a nearly unbelievable chapter of Oregon history, a guru from India gathered 2,000 followers to live on a remote eastern Oregon ranch. The dream collapsed 25 years ago amid attempted murders, criminal charges and deportations. But the whole story was never made public. With first-ever access to government files, and some participants willing to talk for the first time, it's clear things were far worse than we realized..."
crime  cult 
may 2011
Welcome to the future of drug use
"Ever heard of dimethocaine, methoxetamine or JWH-18? They are ‘research chemicals’ similar to cocaine, ketamine and cannabis respectively. They were all first synthesized in the last few years and are being produced in large quantities in Chinese factories. They are quasi-legal and readily available over the internet. As a consequence, they are already widely taken. Like mephedrone before them, it probably won’t be long before they are banned. And, like mephedrone, no-one really knows if they are safe or not. People haven’t been taking these new drugs for long enough for us to know..."
drugs 
may 2011
A water ocean on Titan?
"Oddities in the rotation of Saturn's largest moon Titan might add to growing evidence that it harbors an underground ocean, researchers suggest."
space 
may 2011
High-tech guardian angels
"The ’guardian angels’ will be inconspicuous, intelligent and self-sufficient devices designed to help people in daily life. They include sensors that help small children or people in need of care in complicated life situations. Sensors on and in the body measure different bodily functions, process the data and transfer it to mobile devices via corresponding communication channels. These tiny electronic guardian angels should help elderly or handicapped people retain their independence – even if their mental or physical faculties are in decline. However, the guardian angels are also to act as sensors for the environment, to recognise environmental hazards at an early stage, for instance..."
tech  social 
may 2011
Stealth unmanned combat vehicle makes first flight
"Looking like something straight from a 1950’s science fiction magazine, the stealthy Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system (UAS) successfully completed its first flight on April 27, 2011 at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California."
tech  war 
may 2011
Magazine Launches Double in Q1 2011 - Editorial @ FolioMag.com
US numbers: "During 2011’s first quarter, 54 new magazine titles were launched, more than double the number (25) of publications that debuted in first quarter 2010."
magazine  publishing 
may 2011
Negative_Equity_4.1 | A Negative Narrative
"Their music is ethereal and dreamy; the sound of a sleek stealth spacecraft watching over an all night trance party in Goa. Perfect then you’d imagine, for us to invite them to compile a mix for us."
mixes  music 
may 2011
Paper Bits
I was showing off some of my designs at a recent Makerbot user group meeting, and I wished I had tags for them with QR codes and some other relevant data. This bookmarklet will generate such tags.
web  qr  papernet 
may 2011
FP Explainer: How Do You Hire Mercenaries? - By Joshua E. Keating | Foreign Policy
"It helps to have friends in the right places. Al Jazeera has reported that advertisements have been appearing in Guinea and Nigeria offering would-be mercenaries up to $2,000 to come to Qaddafi's aid. The reports are vague so far, but if the Libyan strongman has indeed been shopping for mercenaries, West Africa would be a good place to start. Recent conflicts in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast have generated a steady supply of unemployed ex-fighters willing to move from conflict to conflict for the right price. Foreign mercenaries, often paid in diamonds, kept Sierra Leone's brutal civil war going for years..."
war 
may 2011
McConnell Art, A Gallery of Contemporary Cartoonists
selling original art by Brandon Graham James Stokoe Marian Churchland Marley Zarcone
art  comics 
may 2011
CONSTANT SIEGE - New Statesman - No limits to the law in New Orleans
"...Paul Craig Roberts, a former editor of the Wall Street Journal and former assistant secretary to the treasury under Ronald Reagan, wrote recently: “Police in the US now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists as the greatest threat to the American public.”..."
crime 
may 2011
Kemper Norton » Libraries Act e.p - coastal slurtronic folk
"Four tracks classified under the mighty Dewey decimal system used in libraries for the organisation of resources. To find out the precise subject of each track , ask a librarian." The mighty Kemper Norton.
music 
may 2011
Full 3-D invisibility cloak in visible light
In his talk at this year's Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO: 2011, May 1 - 6 in Baltimore), Fischer will describe the first-ever demonstration of a three-dimensional invisibility cloak that works for visible light—red light at a wavelength of 700 nm—independent of its polarization (orientation). Previous cloaks required longer wavelength light, such as microwaves or infrared, or required the light to have a single, specific polarization.
tech  sci 
may 2011
BLDGBLOG: Spacesuit: An Interview with Nicholas de Monchaux
"From the fashionable worlds of Christian Dior and Playtex to the military-industrial complex working overtime on efforts to create a protective suit for U.S. exploration of the moon, and from early computerized analyses of urban management to an "android" history of the French court, all by way of long chapters on the experimental high-flyers and military theorists who collaborated to push human beings further and further above the weather—and eventually off the planet itself—de Monchaux's book shows the often shocking juxtapositions that give such rich texture and detail to the invention of the spacesuit: pressurized clothing for human survival in space."
fashion  space 
may 2011
Measuring the distant universe in 3-D: BOSS proves it can do the job with quasars
"The biggest 3-D map of the distant universe ever made, using light from 14,000 quasars – supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies billions of light years away – has been constructed by scientists with the third Sloan Digital Sky Survey"
space  maps 
may 2011
Ian Holloway – Passing Through Occasionally
"Ian Holloway’s Passing Through Occasionally is 37 minutes of sensitively constructed soundscapes, made up of natural and electronically-sourced material. Now, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but despite having the attention span of a gerbil on Miracle-Gro, this reviewer really rates it. Gradual crescendos to textural climaxes provide great dynamic structure, whilst subtle, sparse guitar strums establish thematic movement..."
music 
may 2011
BBC News - Scots windfarms paid cash to stop producing energy
"Six Scottish windfarms were paid up to £300,000 to stop producing energy, it has emerged."
eco  pol 
may 2011
Voyager Set to Enter Interstellar Space - NASA Science
"The heliosheath is a very strange place, filled with a magnetic froth no spacecraft has ever encountered before, echoing with low-frequency radio bursts heard only in the outer reaches of the solar system, so far from home that the sun is a mere pinprick of light..."
space 
may 2011
The Cloud Has Us All In A Fog
"...every connected computer, phone, and game console already serves as a computing cloud’s eye, ear, and tentacle."
tech 
april 2011
gentle ways
"a new channel being explored by sean conrad, previous explorer of gkfoes vjgoaf"
music 
april 2011
Help fund Dorian Wood's epic new album, Rattle Rattle! -- IndieGoGo
"Howdy! I'm Dorian Wood. I am an independent artist in Los Angeles, and I am currently immersed in the recording of my second full-length studio album, Rattle Rattle, which is due for release this summer. Over 100 musicians are appearing on Rattle Rattle (aaah!). This is the biggest and loudest one so far. Think Tom Waits and Scott Walker re-working Brian Wilson's "Smile"(!)."
music 
april 2011
Publishing, Power, and Print Purgatory: Inside the Tokyopop Rights Situation | The Comics Journal
"Tokyopop will not be reverting rights back to their creators of original content, and is in discussion with certain creators regarding contract buyouts, a source told the Comics Journal this week."
comics 
april 2011
Review: Carson · Magtastic Blogsplosion
"Ultimately, however, the biggest problem of the magazine doesn’t come from its big-name designer, but its overall concept. I just don’t understand what it’s about, who it’s for, or why it exists."
magazine 
april 2011
Next-generation US space racers outline plans
"A handful of companies competing to make the spaceship to replace the iconic US shuttle said Thursday they are racing to shrink what will be a long gap in flying Americans into space aboard US craft."
space 
april 2011
50 Watts
"...the late 60s–early 70s French magazine Plexus, a sexy offshoot of Planète. (John found it through DRTENGE.) It's an intriguing mix of surreal-fantastic-psychedelic art, interviews with writers (Jacques Sternberg was the literary editor), Playboy-style comics and the occasional Popeye comic, science fiction stories, Gilles de Rais profiles, philosophy, and—though there are few traditional photo spreads—lots and lots of boobs. Each early issue features a full-color "pin up": an erotic work by an artist like Leonor Fini."
covers 
april 2011
‘If London Were Like New York’ c.1902 | HOW TO BE A RETRONAUT
‘If London Were Like New York: A Peek At The Metropolis After The American Invasion’ From Harmsworth’s Magazine (The London Magazine), February 1902
sf 
april 2011
A Prologue to Ellen Rogers' Sepulchral Series in News in Magazine - Lomography
"If you adored our recent feature interview with Ellen Rogers, you will definitely be enamored with her upcoming monthly contribution for the Lomographic community..."
photography  peopleIknow 
april 2011
Keepsy Taps Instagram For Fast, Easy, Awesome Photo Books
"“Instant Albums” hooks into your Instagram pictures via their API and in seconds build you a complete photo album. Once you give them your Instagram credentials, Keepsy pulls in what it considers to be your 35 (or so) best pictures and organizes them for you into this book."
web  pod 
april 2011
Giant black holes revealed in the nuclei of merging galaxies
"Subaru Telescope research team led by Dr. Masatoshi Imanishi at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan sampled many infrared bright, merging galaxies and determined the presence of active supermassive black holes (SMBH) deeply buried in their centers."
space 
april 2011
Scientists create stable, self-renewing neural stem cells
"...a game-changing advance in stem cell science: the creation of long-term, self-renewing, primitive neural precursor cells from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) that can be directed to become many types of neuron without increased risk of tumor formation."
med 
april 2011
How Bacteria Could Generate Radio waves - Technology Review
"It is well known that bacterial and other types of cells use electromagnetic waves at higher frequencies to communicate as well as to send and store energy. If cells can also generate radio waves, there's no reason to think they wouldn't exploit this avenue too."
sci 
april 2011
Chemists fabricate 'impossible' material
"When atoms combine to form compounds, they must follow certain bonding and valence rules. For this reason, many compounds simply cannot exist. But there are some compounds that, although they follow the bonding and valence rules, still are thought to not exist because they have unstable structures. Scientists call these compounds "impossible compounds." Nevertheless, some of these impossible compounds have actually been fabricated..."
sci 
april 2011
Primordial weirdness: Did the early universe have 1 dimension?
"They suggested that the early universe -- which exploded from a single point and was very, very small at first -- was one-dimensional (like a straight line) before expanding to include two dimensions (like a plane) and then three (like the world in which we live today)."
sci 
april 2011
Saturn is linked to Enceladus by an electron beam (Wired UK)
"Enceladus is linked to Saturn with a giant beam of electrons that flow back and fourth between the planet and moon."
space 
april 2011
Could black trees blossom in a world with two suns?
"Jack O'Malley-James of the University of St Andrews has studied what plants might be like on an Earth-like planet with two or three suns and found that they may appear black or grey.  He will be presenting results at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno on Tuesday 19th April"
space  eco  possibly+too+much+time+on+hands 
april 2011
Canada prepares to introduce plastic money
"Canada will soon join a growing list of countries that use a polymer-based plastic instead of paper for its cash. The new plastic money will be rolled out in phases with the $100 bill scheduled for introduction in November. In March 2012, a $50 bill will be added to the mix and the rest of the smaller bills will be introduced by the end of 2013."
money 
april 2011
The Many Worlds of Molly Crabapple - Comic Book Resources
"Someday I hope to be able to work on "The Puppet Makers" again, but for the next few years DC has the rights the story, and they've given no indication they want to do anything with it. I was really looking forward to working with DC Digital, and I'm sad that they seem not to want to exercise their publishing rights on the story they paid for. But those are the breaks."
comics  peopleIknow 
april 2011
BBC News - Gazelles caught in ancient Syrian 'killing zones'
"It has long been suspected that the enigmatic stone structures that dot the Syrian landscape were involved in harvesting gazelles."
history 
april 2011
The Internet of Elsewhere » Blog Archive » Iran announces ‘halal Internet,’ new cyberdefense study programs
"“Iran will soon create an internet that conforms to Islamic principles, to improve its communication and trade links with the world,” he said, apparently explaining that the new network would operate in parallel to the regular Internet and would possibly eventually replace the open Internet in Muslim countries in the regions."
net  war  pol 
april 2011
Atomic Deserts: A Survey of the World's Radioactive No-Go Zones - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"Everyone knows about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and, now, Fukushima. But what about Semipalatinsk, Palomares and Kyshtym? The world is full of nuclear disaster zones.."
history  eco  zones 
april 2011
Filthy Gorgeous Things | Commerce | Introduction/Boston: An excerpt from w4m
"Prostitution is not your wife in her Christmas scarf announcing that she’s going to the bathroom and will you stay behind and keep an eye on things. It is not the food court. It is not your kid’s high school graduation in the same town you grew up in and your son’s new girlfriend just looking at you, waiting. Prostitution is not obligation. It is not being alone. It is the same hotel, over and over. It’s the virtue and luck and money that brings you to its doors, holds you within rooms without end. It is this patch of carpet without any blood on it, where they found her, where I stand."
peopleIknow  writing 
april 2011
Making temporary changes to brain could speed up learning, study reports
"In a breakthrough that may aid treatment of learning impairments, strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain, UT Dallas researchers have found that brain nerve stimulation accelerates learning in laboratory tests."
med  neuro 
april 2011
Planets Could Orbit Singularities Inside Black Holes - Technology Review
"The discovery of stable orbits inside certain kinds of black hole implies that planets and perhaps even life could survive inside these weird objects, says one cosmologist"
space 
april 2011
3quarksdaily: A Modest Proposal for an Interstellar Communications Network
"...powerful beams of neutrinos could be used to turn entire stars into flashing beacons, broadcasting information across the galaxy. Outlandish as this sounds, it is an idea that can easily be checked, for astronomers are already sitting on the data that might contain these extraterrestrial messages. They just need to analyse those data from a new perspective."
space 
april 2011
Physicists discover new way to visualize warped space and time
"When black holes slam into each other, the surrounding space and time surge and undulate like a heaving sea during a storm. This warping of space and time is so complicated that physicists haven't been able to understand the details of what goes on -- until now."
space 
april 2011
Jiz Lee » What is Genderqueer?
"For the last year I’ve been more visible about being genderqueer. It’s an identity I feel is very important to put forward, especially as I find myself receiving more mainstream attention, though I could just as easily identify with any number of other identities I hold to my being. Despite the fact that I’ve used the word “genderqueer”, I realized I haven’t shared much on my site about what the term means to me."
social 
april 2011
Gendercide in India: Add sugar and spice | The Economist
"If sex ratios stay the same, 600,000 missing girls this year will become, in 18 years’ time, over 10m missing future brides. Robbery, rape and bride-trafficking tend to increase in any society with large groups of young single men. And because in China and India men higher up the social ladder find wives more easily than those lower down, the social problems of bachelorhood tend to accumulate like silt among the poorest people and (in India) the lowest castes."
social 
april 2011
Man stranded in empty Japanese town since tsunami - Yahoo! News
"The farmhouse sits at the end of a mud-caked, one-lane road strewn with toppled trees, the decaying carcasses of dead pigs and large debris deposited by the March 11 tsunami. Stranded alone inside the unheated, dark home is 75-year-old Kunio Shiga. He cannot walk very far and doesn't know what happened to his wife. His neighbors have all left because the area is 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant — just within the zone where authorities have told everyone to get out because of concerns about leaking radiation. No rescuer ever came for him."
bloody+hell 
april 2011
Portal 2: Lab Rat - Part 1 - Comics Preview at IGN
Valve's Portal tie-in comic by Mike Avon Oeming
comics 
april 2011
BBC News - Kepler star trio find is mystery to astroseismologists
"The graceful dance between three stars seen by the Kepler telescope has drawn the attention of astronomers because it is not accompanied by a song."
space 
april 2011
Common nanoparticles found to be highly toxic to Arctic ecosystem
"Queen's researchers have discovered that nanoparticles, which are now present in everything from socks to salad dressing and suntan lotion, may have irreparably damaging effects on soil systems and the environment."
nano  eco 
april 2011
Manipulating morals: scientists target drugs that improve behaviour | Science | The Guardian
"A pill to enhance moral behaviour, a treatment for racist thoughts, a therapy to increase your empathy for people in other countries - these may sound like the stuff of science fiction but with medicine getting closer to altering our moral state, society should be preparing for the consequences, according to a book that reviews scientific developments in the field."
med  neuro 
april 2011
Emphas Home page
"Photojournalists pitch their projects directly to the public. You get to decide whether a story is worth doing. By agreeing to back a story, for a minimum contribution of $10, you are making sure that the issues that you care about receive the in-depth coverage they deserve. In return you are invited along on the journey. Photojournalists on Emphas.is agree to enter into a direct dialogue with their backers, sharing their experiences and insights as the creative process unfolds."
journalism  net 
april 2011
The first non-trivial atom circuit: Progress towards an atom SQUID
"Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland have created the first nontrivial "atom circuit," a donut-shaped loop of ultracold gas atoms circulating in a current analogous to a ring of electrons in a superconducting wire. The circuit is "nontrivial" because it includes a circuit element—an adjustable barrier that controls the flow of atom current to specific allowed values."
sci 
march 2011
Roastbusters! Firefighters of the future to zap flames with electric charge? | Blog | Futurismic
"...they connected a powerful electrical amplifier to a wand-like probe and used the device to shoot beams of electricity at an open flame more than a foot high. Almost instantly, the flame was snuffed out. Much to their fascination, it worked time and again."
sci  tech 
march 2011
Creative Review - The White Review
"TWR combines an austere design attitude with a very contemporary feel; reflected, too, in the journal's well-honed online presence."
magazine  design 
march 2011
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