Links for 2nd November 2008

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth

    "During the time it takes you to read this article, something will happen high overhead that until recently many scientists didn't believe in. A magnetic portal will open, linking Earth to the sun 93 million miles away. Tons of high-energy particles may flow through the opening before it closes again, around the time you reach the end of the page." Science still scores high for sensawunda.

    Tagged with: spacescienceastrophysicssolarmagnetism

  2. Hot nanotube sheets produce music on demand

    "Sheets made of carbon nanotubes behave like a loudspeaker when zapped with a varying electric current, say Chinese researchers. The discovery could lead to new generation of cheap, flat speakers."

    Tagged with: nanotubesbuckpapersoundloudspeakeraudiomaterials

  3. Is cannabis being doped with Viagra?

    "De Kaste does not know why HS and THS are being added to cannabis, but speculates that it could be to enhance the uptake of its psychoactive constituents, or to exploit a perception that marijuana use affects libido."

    Tagged with: marijuanacannabisdrugsdopingweird

  4. ARGitrage #2

    "… my concern is that this is not sustainable. ARGs are still new and interesting enough so that the simple fact of their existence is sufficient to garner publicity. However as even this list demonstrates there must be a saturation point on the horizon where this is no longer the case. What happens to the business model then? I made the point that if one looks at the genesis and early years of the form then it coincides with a boom. As marketing budgets are slashed in the bust, what happens to ARGs?"

    Tagged with: ARGmarketingpromotionwebalternate-reality

  5. The rise of the ray gun | Fighting with photons

    "The deployed ray gun (or “directed-energy weapon”, in the tedious jargon that military men seem compelled to use to describe technology) is known as Zeus. It is not designed to kill. Rather, its purpose is to allow you to remain at a safe distance when you detonate unexploded ordnance, such as the homemade roadside bombs that plague foreign troops in Iraq."

    Tagged with: lasermilitaryhardwareweapons

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