I’ve fallen behind sharing neat stuff, so here’s the beginning of a multi-part datadump. Lots of cool stuff! The following items come from many sources, including the Arlington Institute and The Globalist and from Ray Kurzweil... plus members like you.
Newly Forming Solar System Has Planets Running Backwards -- (NASA -- February 13, 2006) Call it the biggest beltway ever seen. Astronomers have discovered a newly forming solar system with the inner part orbiting in one direction and the outer part orbiting the other way.
More of my extemporaneous blather is up in another interview that’s been posted at:
Go see a live and real-life example of how desperately we need tools of transparency: (thanks for sending this in Dave Mackie) This is why I wrote The Transparent Society. This kind of bullying takes place at all levels. We need accountability!
New Fund Aims Venture Capital at Emerging Public Health Risks -- (The Washington Post -- February 16, 2006) A Silicon Valley venture capital firm with a 30-year reputation for seeing the next new thing, said yesterday that it had raised a $200 million fund to invest in companies battling the next new virus. The pandemic fund calls attention to innovators who are needed to fight emerging health threats.
Let me surprise you with this one: “Influence for fashion has long been sought from the most remote corners of the world. But where might this process be leading us in the era of globalization?”
The End of the Internet? -- (The Nation -- February 1, 2006) The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online. Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and other communications giants are developing strategies that would track and store information on our every move in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency
Oxford Seeks PC Users to Help Map Climate Change -- (Reuters -- February 14, 2006)
Scientists have set out to harness the power of home computers to predict climate change more accurately than ever before. Using the reach of the mass media and the forecasting techniques of Britain's Meteorological Office, they hope to persuade thousands of people to take part. "If 10,000 people join in, you are already bigger than the world's biggest supercomputer," said one scientist.
Methane Release from Melting Permafrost -- (Magnetic Power Inc -- February 21, 2006)
Videogames Integral to U.S. Military -- (NewsDaily -- February 14, 2006)
Using videogames to train today's U.S. military recruits, who grew up with XBoxes and PlayStations, is necessary and natural says a new report. With videogame shooting experience before and after entering the military, today's recruits are expected to feel less inhibited pointing their weapons at somebody. That "provides a better foundation for us to work with," said Marine Lt. Col. Scott Sutton.
Future blogging software will focus on more select and filtered readership, allowing people to read certain posts, and making it easier for people to incorporate more media and mobile...
Huh! If only this would take us PAST the crazed opinion-fest that is blogging, to a true era of disputation arenas and other new tools, when “opinion-solving” will be credible phrase on peoples’ lips and ears. In a society that is free, open, accountable, diverse... and starting to grow up.