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daily link  Friday, June 11, 2004

Eco glass cleans itself with Sun: "A revolutionary kind of glass that needs little cleaning could mean soap and chamois are binned for good.  The Pilkington Activ glass has a special nano-scale - extremely thin - coating of microcrystalline titanium oxide which reacts to daylight.  This reaction breaks down filth on the glass, with no need for detergent. When water hits it, a hydrophilic effect is created, so water and dirt slide off. ..

Dr Sanderson said it could potentially be used to break down E. coli or other bacterial infections on surfaces. It could also be used to naturally decompose pollutants in the air, like formaldehyde, and ground-level ozone. "

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True value labels: Interesting idea for camera cell phones as bar code readers.  "A label similar to the nutritional facts one on food items in the super market was proposed. It should list all raw material, labor, pollutants, air, miles of transport, ... that went into that product. I think it would be shocking for people to find out how many miles are driven for just a simple strawberry yogurt.  ..

There is a service where you can send your smart phone camera picture of a barcode and it sends you back the product number.   We don't need the label on the product, with these technologies we can bring the information into the hands of the interested consumer? "

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the electric sheep screen-saver: "This software owes its name to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It realizes the collective dream of sleeping computers from all over the internet.  When the screen-saver is activated, the screen goes black and an animated 'sheep' appears. Behind the scenes, the screen-saver contacts a server and joins the parallel computation of new sheep. Every fifteen minutes 24/7 a new sheep is born and distributed to all clients for display. "  11:15:15 PM  permalink  

digital be-in 13:  Bummer, I missed the 13th Digital Be-In, which was on May 29.  Gotta tune in next year...  10:03:04 PM  permalink  

UNOPS offers developing country satellite data: "Satellite Imagery Now Available to UN and NGOs:  UN agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in humanitarian assistance, peace-keeping, and post-conflict reconstruction now have round-the-clock global Internet access to satellite imagery as the result of an initiative led by an international consortium that includes UNOPS."

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Ron and Mikhail's Excellent Adventure - How Reagan won the Cold War. By Fred Kaplan:  A review of the now-declassified historical record, and how Reagan's loopy promotion of SDI reflected a sincere belief in the immorality of nukes.  "Gorbachev returned to Moscow persuaded that Reagan—who had earlier struck him as a "caveman"—honestly had no intention of launching a first strike against the Soviet Union, and he made this point clear to the Politburo. He could continue with perestroika, which involved not just economic reforms but—as a necessary precondition—massive defense cuts and a transformation of international relations. He needed assurances of external security in order to move forward with this domestic upheaval. Reagan gave him those reassurances. Subsequent conversations between his foreign minister, Edvard Shevardnadze, and Secretary of State George Shultz reinforced his confidence."  12:23:46 AM  permalink  

TIA now verifies flight of Saudis:  The story won't die.  The 911 commission had concluded there were no early flights back in March, and now has more data.  "Two days after the Sept. 11 attacks, with most of the nation's air traffic still grounded, a small jet landed at Tampa International Airport, picked up three young Saudi men and left. The men, one of them thought to be a member of the Saudi royal family, were accompanied by a former FBI agent and a former Tampa police officer on the flight to Lexington, Ky. The Saudis then took another flight out of the country. The two ex-officers returned to TIA a few hours later on the same plane.

For nearly three years, White House, aviation and law enforcement officials have insisted the flight never took place and have denied published reports and widespread Internet speculation about its purpose. But now, at the request of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, TIA officials have confirmed that the flight did take place and have supplied details."

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