April 18, 2002

Twin Articles on TMS -Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Here's a pair of Wired News articles by Daithí Ó hAnluain on TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).

TMS: Twilight Zone Science?

Thinking Cap or Dunce's Hat? .

What Do We Learn From The Swing Patent, Boys and Girls?

Here are more details about the Method of swinging on a swing that I mentioned earlier this week -- which turns out to belong to a 7 year-old boy (courtesy of his savvy IP dad).

Patent turns playtime into pay time.

Let's hope the little boy who took out this patent isn't the only one that will learn from this experience.

April 17, 2002

It IS Better To See The World Through Rose Colored Glasses

Israel getting cyber-attacked

Israel's getting cyber-bullied while its busy bullying Palestine:
Israel under hack attack.

Ant Wars Emerging In Europe

A new breed of Ant is bullying its way across Europe.

See the BBC's:
Ant supercolony dominates Europe.

Mind Mapping For The Masses

The BBC has a great story on how the visual memory technique of mind mapping is now being used as a treatment for dyslexics.
(wow I had to cut and paste that "dyslexics" word to get it right :-)

Check out:
Mind mapping can help dyslexics.

April 16, 2002

More Blogger Hassles

Several unedited ponderings that were supposed to be "posted" and not "published" today were indeed published prematurely. I grumpily add this incident to the list of reasons that I'll be switching to Moveable Type soon....

HP Mutiny Under Scrutiny

Here's CNET's take on it:
Government examining HP vote.

Bush Backs Constitutional Amendment

Huh? Seems like we could set up this kind of a system (notifying victims of their attacker's parole hearings) without amending the constitution over it. Actually, I'm a little surprised that such systems aren't already in place.

And what else might get ushered into the Amendment in the process??

Here's CNN's piece on the crime victims amendment issue:
Bush backs constitutional amendment for crime victims.

Miscellaneous Fodder

Here are some cool articles I ran across that I wish I had more time to say something witty about:
Grandads complete space mission

Magnetic fluid 'could save sight'

Web pirates pillage Hollywood
(which sounds like the usual anti-technology propaganda but turns out to be a fairly objective CS Monitor piece)

Bacteria: The Next Wireless Communication Infrastructure?

Or should I say "The First Wireless Communication Infrastructure?"

Looks like we could learn a thing or two about messaging from our bacterial friends (and presumably our viral friends).

See the BBC News article:
Bacteria 'message' to each other.

It is known that bacteria exchange messages by releasing substances into the fluid in which they are growing, but new research suggests they can send signals through the air.

It is the first time airborne communication has been identified, say the team who carried out the study.

The messages sent by bacteria are a wake-up call to other roaming bugs to head towards the bacterial colonies called biofilms.

IEEE Takes A Stand Against the DMCA

It made me proud to write for the IEEE's Internet Computing Magazine when I read this arstechnica piece:
IEEE just says NO to the DMCA.

Here's the New Scientist article that explains more of the details:
Controversial copyright clause abandoned.

The excerpt below is from the New Scientist article:

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which publishes 30 per cent of all computer science journals worldwide, is to stop requiring authors to comply with a controversial US digital copyright law.

The IEEE produced a new set of conditions for publication at the beginning of 2002. These required that authors' work must not contravene the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Many academics believe the DMCA discourages scientists from publishing valuable research through fear of legal action. The DMCA prohibits "any technology, product, service, device, component or part" that circumvents digital copy protection systems. This includes the software encryption designed to stop people making copies of music or video files, for example. Scientists say the Act means that just producing research on a copy protection system could land them in legal trouble.

The Webcasting Compulsory License Fee Plot Thickens

Here's a little update on the webcasting compulsory licensing fee situation going on over at the U.S. Copyright Office.

The latest word is that the U.S. Copyright Office is calling for a "public roundtable discussion" on May 10th (more on this later...):
Check out John Borland's story for ZD Net:
Feds want to thrash out Webcasting.

April 14, 2002

NASA Plans Its Next Civilian Sacrifice

It seems to me like we should have several more years' worth of successful missions under our belt before we start sending non-superpeople "up there"...(but nobody asked me :-)

See the AP story:
NASA plans to send teacher into space.

New Cancer Biomarkers

A breakthrough in biomarkers was revealed at an oncology conference last week in San Francisco. See:
New biomarkers for ovarian, breast, and head and neck cancers identified.

Researchers have identified new biomarkers for ovarian, breast, and head and neck cancers that could lead to earlier detection of these malignancies and improved treatment outcomes, according to study findings presented this week at a major oncology meeting in San Francisco.