Taking Spying To Higher Level

February 28, 2006

A small group of National Security Agency officials slipped into Silicon Valley on one of the agency’s periodic technology shopping expeditions this month.   On the wish list, according to several venture capitalists who met with the officials, were an array of technologies that underlie the fierce debate over the Bush administration’s anti-terrorist eavesdropping program: computerized systems that reveal connections between seemingly innocuous and unrelated pieces of information.

Site – http://www.nytimes.com

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China Prepares To Launch Alternate Internet

February 28, 2006

The Chinese government has announced plans to launch an alternate Internet root system with new Chinese character domains for dot-com and dot-net. This may mean that Chinese Internet users will no longer rely on ICANN, the U.S.-backed domain name administrator, and, as one commentator notes, could be the beginning of the end of the globally interoperable Internet.

Site – http://politics.slashdot.org


How To Digitize A Million Books

February 28, 2006

Fifteen months after Google announced a book-scanning project of biblical proportions -– an effort to digitize the entire book collections of the New York Public Library and Harvard University libraries, among others — the company is still secretive about how they are solving key technical problems and won’t say how much they’ve accomplished so far.

Site – http://www.technologyreview.com


Quantum Physics Double Slit Experiment

February 28, 2006

Taken from the ‘What the Bleep’ movie.

Site – http://video.google.com


You Will Remember This

February 27, 2006

Scientists can now predict memory of an event before it even happens. A team at UCL (University College London) can now tell how well memory will serve us before we have seen what we will remember.

Site – http://www.eurekalert.org


Google Puts National Archives Video Online

February 26, 2006

A marching band begins to play. The United Newsreel logo, an eagle in a martial pose, flickers onto the black-and-white screen. Bold letters proclaim: “Nazi War Plants Blasted by R.A.F. in Night Raids.”  This is a World War II era newsreel, one of 100 historic videos retrieved from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and posted Friday on Google Video. The content represents the first fruits of a joint project aimed at putting as much of the National Archives’ video content as possible online.

Site – http://news.com.com


Enormous Laser Beam Produces Artificial Star

February 24, 2006

A powerful new laser that shoots 90 kilometres into the atmosphere to produce an “artificial star” has been tested for the first time by the Very Large Telescope in Chile.  Astronomers will use the observations of the laser to correct the blurring in telescope images caused by turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere. This will allow them to image celestial objects with the VLT at a resolution 10 times finer than currently possible.

Site – http://www.newscientistspace.com