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daily link  Monday, April 29, 2002


Inventing the Future [Apr. 09, 2002]: The future is here. It's just not evenly distributed yet.  Tim O'Reilly offers a review of where the net is going, and how web services fit.  10:33:29 PM  permalink  

Business pros flock to Weblogs: "Journalists use weblogs to build and maintain an audience. Lawyers use them to discuss cases in the news. Educators use them to encourage class participation and offer resources to students"  10:24:52 PM  permalink  

Funding Denied for Nuclear Security:  Rep Markey is pressing for release of funds for improved security at US facilities: "The biggest concern could be a combination attack in which an armed group could take over a nuclear laboratory, build a bomb, and blow up the facility.  At least 10 DOE sites, including national laboratories in Denver, Colorado and the San Francisco Bay Area in California, may contain enough weapons grade plutonium or uranium to construct a crude atomic bomb ..  a study released by POGO last fall found that exercises in which federal agents posing as terrorists attacked DOE facilities found that the "terrorists" were able to breach security more than half the time. "  9:13:20 PM  permalink  

Mirror Fibers Could Create Photonic Fabrics: "MITís mirror can reflect light from all angles and polarizations, just like metallic mirrors, but unlike its metal counterpart can also be "tuned" to reflect certain wavelength ranges while transmitting others.   As a result, an array of mirror fibers or even a single fiber can be "tuned" to reflect light at different wavelengths to create a kind of optical bar code ..  Fibers could also be designed to reflect thermal radiation over various ranges. The resulting fabric could then be cut into a protective suit. .  [Material] was drawn into hundreds of meters of thread-like fiber with 21 microscopic layers. Each layer is only a few hundred nanometers thick, thus spanning 9 orders of dimensional magnitude in a single processing step."  9:09:42 PM  permalink  

Carbon Nanotubes Ignite When Exposed to Flash:  "While the initial surprise is that the nanotubes will ignite upon exposure to a camera flash, perhaps most exciting is that fact that the nanotubes are transformed into new carbon structures in the absence of oxygen. It is an illustration of how new behavior is observed at the nanometer scale"  9:02:12 PM  permalink  

China Approves Preferential Tax Policy to Encourage Wind Power: "China announced Monday that it will reduce by half the value-added tax levied on wind-generated electricity to encourage development of the industry"  8:33:10 PM  permalink  

 

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