Taikonauts prepare for liftoff!

The countdown has begun for tonight’s scheduled liftoff of the Shenzhou 7 mission, which includes the first EVA space-walk by Chinese Taikonauts.  The intrepid crew will be wearing Chinese made “Feitian” spacesuits, appropriately named for the flying genii figures that are one of the most pervasive art motifs in China since their introduction from Central […]

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From Space Travelers to Scavengers

Although it is exciting to think about water and soil on Mars, and new horizons for human exploration of space, still we should bring our heads back out of the clouds and face facts: human civilization is a bloody mess! While people in the so-called “advanced” economies continue to suck energy likes pigs at the […]

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Technology for Paranormal Research

Reading the latest news about the haunted city hall of Middleborough, Massachusetts got me wondering about the state of the art for ghost busting. What self-respecting paranormal commando would be caught without and Electromagnetic Field detector, a decent digital recorder for Electronic Voice Phenomena, a camera for snapping Paranormal Orbs, a hand-held Infrared Thermometer, Geiger […]

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Oh my, robotic fly!

As if the mere thought of an annoying robot fly isn’t enough, we now have the real thing, thanks to Dr. Robert Wood at Harvard’s Microrobotics Laboratory. Check out the interesting video on how the bug actually works. Now where did I put that can of Ubik?

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Diamond Bay Radio is On the Air

After lengthy consideration, I finally shelled out for some recording gear, so that I could produce audio content. You can see the complete set up for Diamond Bay Radio in the photo above. The basic necessities are the digital audio interface (an M-Audio Mobile Pre, which I got on Ebay for $80) and a decent […]

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Race to the Moon

For some reason September 2007 is Moon month, or is that an oxymoron? At MIT, the film In the Shadow of the Moon was launched with a free reception and discussion. Ten years in the making, this film promises some amazing high-resolution footage of the Apollo missions that we have never seen before! Halfway through […]

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Art-o-mat Machines

When you really need some original art, but don’t have time to browse at galleries and zine-fairs, why not get your fix at the nearest Art-0-mat? Made from reconditioned cigaret machines, Art-o-mats (and kindred bots) are serving up some fine eye-candy and poetry relief. Cool and refreshing, with no doormat-mouth aftertaste!For the info-trail curious (or […]

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