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daily link  Monday, January 14, 2002

It is frighteningly easy to buy chemical weapons material through the mail. Only two months after the attack on the World Trade Center, Scientific American editor George Musser had delivered to the magazine's midtown Manhattan offices all the ingredients necessary to make sarin nerve gas.  11:49:25 PM  permalink  

First Complete Trans-Atlantic Robotic Surgery : "The first complete surgery performed by doctors on one continent controlling robotic instruments on another has gone off without a hitch. Surgeons in New York removed a 68-year-old womanís gall-bladder as she lay across the ocean in Strasbourg, Franceómore than 7,000 kilometers away." Latency was 155ms; animal tests had shown latency would have to be under 330ms.  11:42:08 PM  permalink  

Scientific American has a "channel" on nanotech. Recent stories include progress in the use of nanotubes in batteries, and a review of nanotube applications including displays and materials.  11:32:09 PM  permalink  

8 stories of Pong: "A group of German ethical hackers called the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) have turned the famous Haus des Lehrers in Berlin's Alexanderplatz into a vast interactive display dubbed Blinkenlights by CCC members. The group created it to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

The top eight floors of the building have been turned into a 144-pixel display by putting computer-controlled lamps behind the front windows. The windows have been painted white to make them more reflective. The lights can be turned on and off independently to create a monochrome display eight pixels high by 18 across.

By dialling the Blinkenlights computer with a mobile phone, passers-by can play the classic computer game Pong on the giant screen. When not being used to play pong, the display either shows love letter movies sent in by members of the public or movies created just for Blinkenlights. "  11:05:50 PM  permalink  

Mapping renewable energy: The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) is trying to identify the best sites for wind and solar energy in 13 developing countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Cuba, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka). It believes the scheme will prove renewable energy sources have far more potential than supposed. Unep hopes its findings will encourage investors to finance green energy schemes.  11:00:11 PM  permalink  

Mitsui to build carbon nanotube plant. Japan Today Dec 27 2001. Expected prices to reach 10,000 yen (about $80) per kilogram. In April, the plant will start producing 20-nanometre carbon nanotubes with an annual output of one tonne, increasing to a capacity of 120 tons in the future.  5:20:30 PM  permalink  


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