Friday, June 29, 2007

Mysterious Clouds Creeping Out of the Arctic

"A new NASA satellite has recorded the first detailed images from space of a mysterious type of cloud called “night-shining” or “noctilucent.'

The clouds are on the move, brightening and creeping out of polar regions, and researchers don't know why.

'It is clear that these clouds are changing, a sign that a part of our atmosphere is changing and we do not understand how, why or what it means,' said atmospheric scientists James Russell III of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia"

More information: Strange Clouds at NASA, AIM mission webpage

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Astronomers look to quark stars for a fifth dimension

"Since 1981, underground detectors on Earth have recorded sporadic showers of muon particles coming from the direction of Cygnus X-3. The cygnets are a puzzle because no known particles could last the 37,000-light-year journey from Cygnus X-3 to Earth without decaying."

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Mastercard PayPass trials new mobile Tap N Go system in NYC

"Mastercard is rolling out their trial of a new 'Tap N Go' mobile payment system through their Mastercard PayPass infrastructure in New York City."

Digital Credit Card Tested

"Cellular South in Jackson, Miss., joined USA Technologies in Malvern, Pa., this week to announce a two-city consumer trial of WirelessWallet, a service that will let consumers make purchases and payments from a cell phone.

The trial involves 75 customers who will test the concept at 50 retail locations in Memphis and Jackson, according to a statement from the Cellular South. They will use handsets from Kyocera Wireless Corp. that will act as a digital credit card. A customer will be able to tap a phone against a Near Field Communication-enabled wireless reader."

The Mobile Phone Charger Powered by Wind

"Orange is presenting an interesting mobile phone charger at Glastonbury festival in UK. developed at the University of Texas at Arlington, the charger can fit on your tent easily so that you have no worry on your mobile phone battery life when you go camping."

And if you can't make it in person check out the BBC Glastonbury website where you can watch the live sets.


Update: Sucia is the company that is providing the NFC posters at JR Shinjuku Station

Mobiles to get a taste of Oyster

Mobile phone companies Orange, O2 and Nokia are in talks with Transport for London about using phones instead of Oyster Cards to pay for tube tickets.

Handsets loaded with bank account details would be swiped over a reader to buy tickets from Oyster Card machines, and swiped again at the barriers to pay for journeys.

The handsets use 'near field communication' technology, which involves a short-wave radio activated when phones are touched against a screen or reader. They will be available at commercial levels from next year, and are already compatible with London Underground ticket machines.

mobile suica2

from RFID in Japan

NFC wristband

"Mobile telecoms firm O2 is launching a trial of near field communications (NFC) technology at a music festival later this month that will see select guests given a crystal-studded wristband embeded with the contactless technology."

Building blocks for the identity utility

"Neil McEvoy calls for the creation of an identity utility, to be used by government, business and individuals alike. Neil mentions that the NFC-equipped mobile phone could be the critical device to make this a reality, because the mobile phone can act as both the identity provider and the identity consumer. So will there be enough mobile phones, and will enough of them have NFC, to make this a realistic vision?"

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Dramatic Look

Second Earth

"The World Wide Web will soon be absorbed into the World Wide Sim: an immersive environment combining Second Life and Google Earth."

A thunderhead towers at knee level, throwing tiny lightning bolts at my shoes. I'm standing--rather, my avatar is standing--astride a giant map of the continental United States, and southern Illinois, at my feet, is evidently getting a good April shower.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Rain at Le Mans

"After lying in second place since the first Audi crashed out at 7:45 this morning, the Peugeot No 7 came into the pit at 12:39 with an apparent engine problem. At this time the car is still in for fixing and the second Peugeot will take second place from Gene/Villeneuve/Minassian."

Le Mans 24 Hour offical site

Le Mans on wikipedia

Motorola Joins GSMA “Pay-Buy-Mobile” Initiative

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced its intention to participate in the GSMA Pay-Buy-Mobile Initiative. The Company will potentially participate in all trials facilitated by the GSMA which will drive forward developments on mobile payments.

Motorola will also provide feedback to GSMA Near Field Communications Technical Guidelines white papers, and work with standardisation bodies such as ETSI and the NFC Forum to further provide input to the development process.

Near Field Communications and the associated applications, including payment, are a strategic focus area for Motorola. Motorola is committed to working with the GSMA Pay-Buy-Mobile Initiative and the broader industry to facilitate the development and implementation of a NFC ecosystem.

A map of Learning to Think Spatially

"final project presentation for MAT 259: visualizing information, Professor George Legrady"

Optical illusion house

Saturday, June 16, 2007

His Holiness Pope Gregory XVII

His Holiness Pope Gregory XVII:
"No one shall be able to slow down his pace, for he has been chosen by God as His active instrument, violent and destructive towards the enemies of the Church."

Don't ask, I just like his hat, turns out this bunny was held as the anti-pope just can't make this stuff up

The Spanish entry on wikipedia mentions that anyone who has seen Jesus Christ Superstar is excommunicated, given that Christopher Biggins was in it, makes sense

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Public donates to UW scientist to fund backward-in-time research

Here we go again:

"The most creative branch of the military-science-industrial complex (known as DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) also rejected Cramer's proposal. Officials at DARPA told the UW physicist his experiment is 'too weird' -- even though they recently gave money in support of a project aimed at creating Terminatorlike liquid robots."

sorry about the writing at the other end

EveryScape - Better than Google Street View (?)

The folks at Digital Urban have posted about a new contender to Google Street View called EveryScape

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Stanford Prison Experiment

What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University.

Hacking Google Maps Street View

"Google Map's recent 'street view' development has led to a new trend of 'street view' spotting. A number of sites have sprung up to track the interesting and sometimes weird images that Google have captured."

Virtual Tourism has gone a step further and hacked the actual 'street view' images and produced a fully interactive 'street view' Google Gadget. The gadget shows a different image from street view every day and can be added to your iGoogle page by clicking on the Google button."

Weird Converter

The weight of 1 blue whale = 353.5353535353 polar bears and the length of the world's longest snake is 8.35208 giraffe's necks.

World Monuments Fund

100 most endangered sites, 2008

A Wirelessly Powered Lightbulb

"Researchers at MIT have shown that it's possible to wirelessly power a 60-watt lightbulb sitting about two meters away from a power source. Using a remarkably simple setup--basically consisting of two metal coils--they have demonstrated, for the first time, that it is feasible to efficiently send that much power over such a distance. "

Strong impression

Playing around with a virtual car in the real environment. What you see is the mixed image shown on displays around the stage. The technology making this possible is called augmented reality. The music is by "My Fearless Friend". Source: Augmented Blog

Barcode, RFID and NFC technologies explained

Sirit Signs NFC Contract With BenQ

"Sirit Inc., one of the leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, announced recently that it has secured a Near Field Communications (NFC) contract with BenQ Corporation ('BenQ'), one of the largest consumer electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEM)."

NFC technology takes main stage at O2 Wireless Festival

"This year's O2 Wireless Festival will be the first in the UK to use Near Field Communication, a new technology that brings Oyster card-functionality to mobile phones, making it possible for people to swipe their handset to pay for purchases, download content or even share information. O2 will be using the trial to examine its potential as a future solution for mobile ticketing."

NFC Developers Announce Licensing Fees

"Makers of mobile phones and other consumers devices supporting Near Field Communication technology would have to pay up to $.49 per device they ship under a licensing-fee program announced today.

Three companies that claim “essential” patents on NFC launched the licensing scheme, which other developers of the short-range wireless technology may join later."

Reveal Me

via ogle earth and Pruned

A book will never let you down