Power Mapping Two Projects / Bureau d'études & They Rule Bureau d'études (Université Tangente) The French idiom bureau d’études is understood in English as a technical research organization, engineering firm, or design consultant. Embracing this meaning, the Paris-based team Bureau d’études officially formed in 2000, but in the late nineties began producing cartogrammes (their signature graphic diagrammatic charts that illustrate vast networks existing between international government agencies, corporate and financial firms, and industries). Engineering team designs 'living materials' Inspired by natural materials such as bone—a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells—MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. These "living materials" combine the advantages of live cells, which respond to their environment, produce complex biological molecules, and span multiple length scales, with the benefits of nonliving materials, which add functions such as conducting electricity or emitting light. The new materials represent a simple demonstration of the power of this approach, which could one day be used to design more complex devices such as solar cells, self-healing materials, or diagnostic sensors, says Timothy Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering. Lu is the senior author of a paper describing the living functional materials in the March 23 issue of Nature Materials. Self-assembling materials
In video, The Pentagon warns of megacities and their security challenges - Archpaper.com Dubbed Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity, this video (obtained by The Intercept) foresees a dark urban future that will challenge the U.S. military’s ability to target adversaries. The video also makes clear that these urban environments will be the new battlegrounds for global stability and security. According to The Intercept, the video was created by the U.S.
Engineers build first nonreciprocal acoustic circulator: A one-way sound device A team of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering has built the first-ever circulator for sound. The team's experiments successfully prove that the fundamental symmetry with which acoustic waves travel through air between two points in space ("if you can hear, you can also be heard") can be broken by a compact and simple device. "Using the proposed concept, we were able to create one-way communication for sound traveling through air," said Andrea Alù, who led the project and is an associate professor and David & Doris Lybarger Endowed Faculty Fellow in the Cockrell School's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "Imagine being able to listen without having to worry about being heard in return." This successful experiment is described in "Sound Isolation and Giant Linear Nonreciprocity in a Compact Acoustic Circulator," which will be featured on the cover of Science in the Jan. 31 issue.
Book review: The Map as Art, Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, by Katharine Harmon with essays by Gayle Clemans (available on Amazon UK and USA.) Princeton Architectural Press writes: Maps can be simple tools, comfortable in their familiar form. Or they can lead to different destinations: places turned upside down or inside out, territories riddled with marks understood only by their maker, realms connected more to the interior mind than to the exterior world. SubmaP: Sentimental Cartography Sentimental CartographySuely Rolnik "To encounter is to find, to capture, to steal, but there is no method for finding, only a long preparation. Stealing is the contrary to plagiarizing, copying, imitating or doing as. The capture is always a double-capture, the stealing, a double-stealing, and this is what makes not something mutual, but an asymmetrical block, an a-parallel evolution, marriages, always 'outside' or 'in-between'." -Gilles Deleuze and Claire Parnet, Dialogues Cartography: a provisional definitionTo geographers, cartography-distinct from maps which are representations of a static whole -is a drawing that accompanies and creates itself at the same time as the transformation movements of the landscape.
Experiment opens the door to multi-party quantum communication In the world of quantum science, Alice and Bob have been talking to one another for years. Charlie joined the conversation a few years ago, but now by enforcing the space-like separation of the three parties, scientists have demonstrated full quantum nonlocality with more than two entangled photons. For the first time, physicists at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo have demonstrated the distribution of three entangled photons at three different locations (Alice, Bob and Charlie) several hundreds of metres apart, proving quantum nonlocality for more than two entangled photons. The findings of the experiment, Experimental Three-Particle Quantum Nonlocality under Strict Locality Conditions, are published in Nature Photonics today. Once described by Einstein as "spooky action at a distance", this three-photon entanglement leads to interesting possibilities for multi-party quantum communication.
The 116 photos NASA picked to explain our world to aliens When Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 launched into space in 1977, their mission was to explore the outer solar system, and over the following decade, they did so admirably. With an 8-track tape memory system and onboard computers that are thousands of times weaker than the phone in your pocket, the two spacecraft sent back an immense amount of imagery and information about the four gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. But NASA knew that after the planetary tour was complete, the Voyagers would remain on a trajectory toward interstellar space, having gained enough velocity from Jupiter's gravity to eventually escape the grasp of the sun. Cyberattack traced to hacked refrigerator, researchers report Call it the attack of the zombie refrigerators. Computer security researchers said this week they discovered a large "botnet" which infected Internet-connected home appliances and then delivered more than 750,000 malicious emails. The California security firm Proofpoint, Inc., which announced its findings, said this may be the first proven "Internet of Things" based cyberattack involving "smart" appliances. Proofpoint said hackers managed to penetrate home-networking routers, connected multi-media centers, televisions and at least one refrigerator to create a botnet—or platform to deliver malicious spam or phishing emails from a device, usually without the owner's knowledge.
Rectangular subdivisions of the world Eric Fischer, who continues his string of mapping fun and doesn't even do it for his day job, maps the world in binary subdivisions. Each bounding box contains an equal number of geotagged tweets. The best part is that Fischer is actually doing some problem-solving, trying to figure something out, so it's not just a pretty picture. » Michel de Broin – Tracery Research 12 tons of asphalt, yellow paint, road sign / 40 meters long Permanent installation, Lachine canal, Montreal, 2001 On the perimeter of the bicycle path running alongside the Lachine Canal in Montréal, I drew an extension of the lane. The design of this path is a rupture in the rationality of urban landscaping. Michel de Broin – Tracery.
SkyJack: The drone that hijacks other drones in mid-air Amazon's Prime Air announcement last week brought concerns about the use of commercial drones to the fore, but one programmer may have just muddied the waters even more. Notable hacker Samy Kamkar recently modified a Parrot AR.Drone 2 with his custom software, called SkyJack, allowing it to seek out the wireless signals of other UAVs and take control of them, even while in flight. If his name sounds familiar, that's because Kamkar is the same hacker-turned-legit security researcher that released a worm that took down MySpace back in 2005 and later went on to expose security weaknesses in several major credit cards. For his latest project, Kamkar rigged a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 with a Raspberry Pi, a USB battery, and two wireless adapters, before uploading his custom programming.
RCA concept is island tax haven populated by extinct species Graduate shows 2015: Royal College of Art graduate Skye Yuxi Sun has imagined a dystopian future where London's Thames Estuary is transformed into a tax haven for the city's elite to resurrect extinct animals. Intended as a critique on the UK's relationship with offshore financial services, Sun has designed 100 islands that would function as giant safety deposit boxes, allowing 100 billionaires to keep different species separate from the rest of the world. She describes it as "an isolated territory where the rich remake their own world in the image of their investment". Visualisations show both extinct and fictional animals – including multi-coloured giraffes and woolly mammoths – roaming amongst tropical landscapes, ornate palaces and other monumental structures. Sun has also created a full-size model of a genetically modified de-extinct bird, with black feathers and an ivory tusk beak.
Superior Common Law Court of Republic (50 Union states) Superior Common Law Court of Republic (50 Union states) "The United States shall guaranty to every state in the Union a republican form of government." Because Common Law is the basis of the laws in America, Common Law is what is being referred to in almost every place where the word "Law" appears within the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. These documents were designed to eliminate the vicious Equity, Maritime or Admiralty Laws that we revolted against in Our Revolution against the totalitarianism of England. FACT - The Constitution does grant the Federal union the power to establish Courts of Equity and Maritime Courts.