Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Fast track to a fine vintage

'Aging is the name of the game when it comes to fine wine. Top producers mature their brews in oak barrels; connoisseurs will keep a bottle in the cellar for years so they can savour the complex bouquet at its peak. For Hiroshi Tanaka, all that waiting is just a waste of time - and he says he's got the machinery to prove it...' More

All hail Lez Zep... Duh!

Lez Zep! A bunch of lesbian Led Zep clones. Just what the world needs in this twisted hour. They've been described as "electrifying". Go figure... More

Satellite catches hurricane transformation

'Hurricanes can completely re-structure themselves inside, and that presents forecasters with great uncertainty when predicting their effects on the general population...' More

New lakes found beneath Antarctic ice sheet

'The Earth Institute at Columbia University--Lying beneath more than two miles of Antarctic ice, Lake Vostok may be the best-known and largest subglacial lake in the world, but it is not alone down there. Scientists have identified more than 145 other lakes trapped under the ice. Until now, however, none have approached Vostok's size or depth...' More

So, whose fish is the smallest?

'The authors of a paper in this week's Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Section B, who say their 7.9 mm-long fish from a peat swamp in Southeast Asia is the smallest fish and vertebrate known, have failed to make note of work published last fall that describes sexually mature, male anglerfishes measuring 6.2 mm to 7.4 mm in length...' More

Monday, January 30, 2006

Critical flu virus replication genetic puzzle solved

' Like any other organism, an influenza virus's success in life is measured by its genetic track record, its ability to pass on genes from one generation to the next. But while much is known about the genes and inner workings of flu viruses, how the microbe organizes its genetic contents to seed future generations of viruses has remained an enduring mystery of biology...' More

Nature encourages diversity in tropical forests

'An analysis of seven tropical forests around the world has found that nature encourages species diversity by selecting for less common trees as the trees mature. The landmark study, which was conducted by 33 ecologists from 12 countries and published in this week's issue of the journal Science, conclusively demonstrates that diversity matters and has ecological importance to tropical forests...' More

Internet game helps scientists predict epidemics

'Using a popular internet game that traces the travels of dollar bills, scientists have unveiled statistical laws of human travel in the United States, and developed a mathematical description that can be used to model the spread of infectious disease in this country. This model is considered a breakthrough in the field...' More

ENV bike 'Best of What's New'

'Intelligent Energy's ENV bike - the world's first purpose-built fuel-cell motorbike - has received a prestigious 'Best of What's New' award in the General Innovations category of 2005's Popular Science 'Best of What's New Awards'. The awards are run by Popular Science magazine, first established in 1872 and now the world's largest science and technology magazine, with 6.5 million monthly readers...' More

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Making music in microgravity

'Astronauts who play musical instruments here on Earth take them into space to serenade the stars and heighten their morale...' More

Russian New Age music MP3s

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Wendy Carlos's electronic masterpiece

Wendy Carlos's brilliant 1986 work, Beauty in the Beast, now "meticulously fine-tuned, cleaned and optimized each track using Hi-D equipment", is arguably the most innovative and ground-breaking synthesizer album of the 20th century. Its eight tracks push the boundaries of electronic music in dizzyingly fascinating ways, offering compelling testament to the astounding power and expansive dynamism of digital synthesis in the right hands. It's the kind of cutting-edge, career-defining album every self-respecting electronic musician should aspire to make in his/her lifetime. Buy the album at Amazon and support the artist!

What does China want?

'The expansionist claims of Beijing are transparent and unique among today’s powerful nations. But the Beijing regime, while a dictatorship, is a rational dictatorship. It can count the numbers. It is often patient in fulfilling its goals. Equipped with a growing cadre of younger, well-trained officials, Beijing does not, like the Ming and Qing courts, deceive itself with beautiful fictions to hide the gap between reality and China’s preferred worldview. China, in sum, is an ambitious power that, if faced with countervailing power, will act prudently in its long-term strategy....' More

'Navahoax': The outing of another lying memoirist

'Did a struggling white writer of gay erotica become one of multicultural literature’s most celebrated memoirists — by passing himself off as Native American?...' More / Navajo life, or just pale-faced lie?

Feminist icon Naomi Wolf finds Jesus

'"I opened the door and there he was... I wasn’t myself in this visual experience. I was a 13-year-old boy sitting next to him [Jesus] and feeling feelings I’d never felt in my lifetime, of a 13-year-old boy being with an older male who he really loves and admires and loves to be in the presence of. It was probably the most profound experience of my life. I haven’t talked about it publicly..."' More

An astronaut's view of the Pacific Ocean

'Scenic lookouts like this one are the privilege of an elite few, including astronaut Mike Mullane, who was on board the shuttle Discovery in September 1984 when a crewmate snapped this photo 184 miles above Earth...' More

NAMM oddities 2006

Buchla's new controller for the 200e line uses technology from the company's Thunder MIDI controller. These pads generate gate signals and control voltages based on your finger position. More

9 ways to look rich but live cheap

'Rise above your measly income and worn-out shoes. You can live the Simply Fabulous lifestyle and enjoy cushy perks even without being adopted by the Rockefellers...' More

Friday, January 27, 2006

Rosanne Cash's 'Black Cadillac' at Download.com

3 'Brokeback Mountain' tunes at Download.com

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Next-generation spam

'Beware of instant messages that contain hyperlinks. In early January a virus spread via America Online's AIM. The message, which appeared to be from someone on the recipients' buddy list, contained an invitation to view photos at Myspace.com. People who clicked on the link unknowingly downloaded spyware...' More / Anti-spam tips

Free FuzzPlus2 plugin

'FuzzPlus2 is an update of Audio Damage's popular free download Fuzz+. The basis of the plug-in is a transform model of a famous vintage fuzz pedal. There are four controls:

Fuzz knob: This controls, as you might imagine, exactly how much fuzz is applied to the signal.

Tone knob: This controls the brightness of the distorted signal.

Output knob: This is the output volume of the device, when it is active.

Bypass button: This works just like the switch on a stomp box. When the blue light is lit, you're money. When it's not, the input is passed directly to the output. This can be automated for a slightly different vibe than automating the effect bypass of your host.' Download link

The R. A. Moog demo record

This 10" vinyl is a demo by Walter [now Wendy] Carlos for the Moog 900 Series: Listen or download /12.5MB, 10:00

Keeping Secrets

'...The big news for most Americans shouldn't be that the administration wants yet more confidential records. It should be the revelation that every single search you've ever conducted—ever—is stored on a database, somewhere. Forget e-mail and wiretaps—for many of us, there's probably nothing more embarrassing than the searches we've made over the last decade. Google's campus LCD sounds like it's just fun and games, but when a search can be linked to you (through the IP address recorded by Google), that's a lot less fun. And when, as we're seeing, it can all be demanded by the government, that's no fun at all...' More

World’s smallest fish

' Scientists have discovered a fish living in forest swamps on the Indonesian island of Sumatra that is only 7.9mm long. The species of fish belongs to the carp family and is called Paedocypris progenetica. It is the world's smallest vertebrate or backboned animal...' More

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Female NYC cabbie who blogs

'One time, a Hare Krishna passenger gave her a foil-wrapped ball of chocolate he said was infused with herbs and spices. Then there was the time a guy gave her $140 for a $4.10 fare. She once dropped off a stripper at a date to see the musical "Wicked." Welcome to the world of Melissa Plaut, a taxi driver who chronicles her chaotic, adventurous job in a blog called "New York Hack."' More

Down with catastrophism

'James Howard Kunstler's new book, The Long Emergency, depicts humans as parasites who might benefit from a mass die-off...' More

A full stop to the Satanic panic

'A BBC documentary reminds us how irrational were the fears of ritual abuse in the '80s and '90s. Yet the view that parents can't be trusted lives on...' More

The ultimate battery for power tools

'Companies are rolling out lithium-ion cells — old hat in mobile phones — with enough juice to feed amp-hungry power tools. Engineers have tweaked the li-ion recipe and added circuit boards that monitor cells to prevent batteries from exploding. Li-ion tools offer 40 percent more power per pound than those using nickel-based batteries...' More

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Seven ways to avoid your end

'Turns out His Grimness sometimes makes it quite clear when—and where—he prefers to collect his corpses. When we analyzed mortality stats and delved into databases about the various and untimely ways young men die, patterns emerged that tip the Reaper's hand. No, you can't live forever, but by knowing — and avoiding — some of the deadliest times and places in a man's life, you just might be late for your own funeral...' More

Cousteau's 'Calypso' left to rot in family feud

'In an obscure corner of the old trawler harbour of La Rochelle, hidden from view by the building-site that was once the city's fish-market and forgotten by all but a devoted few, lie the rotting remains of one of the most famous ships of the 20th century...' More

Google's Achilles Heel

'Wall Street loves it. Consumers are begging for more of it. Other companies want to be it. But Google has its vulnerabilities — excessive reliance on search advertising, lawsuits, eroding public trust, lack of focus and the competitive threat from Microsoft. How long can Google's run last?...' More

Free Recipher MP3s

Recipher is the code name of an electronica artist who "started producing about 4 years ago". His music "incorporates organic atmospheres and textures layered with electronic sounds from the Emu Modular and Waldorf XT... Emu Modular, K4, Prophet 5 and a whole bunch of filtering through the Emu and DP4". More'

Google should've been Googol!

'Google is the only multi-billion-dollar company in the world that is also a spelling mistake. Back in the palaeolithic era (that’s the palaeolithic era in the internet sense, i.e. autumn 1997) its co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, were graduate computer science students at Stanford. They were working on an insanely cool new search engine, wanted to incorporate it as a company, and needed to find a name. David Vise, in his breezy book The Google Story, tells how they came up with one...' More

Atheist challenges priest on Christ's existence

'LAWYERS for a parish priest in a small Italian town have been ordered to appear in court after he was accused of unlawfully asserting what many people take for granted: that Jesus Christ existed. Father Enrico Righi was named in a complaint filed by life-long atheist Luigi Cascioli, after the priest wrote in a parish bulletin that Jesus existed and that he was born of a couple named Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and lived in Nazareth...' More

Monday, January 23, 2006

Jimmy Greene's 'Brand New World'

'Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Jimmy Greene (who's 30) is emerging as a positive young presence in the creative music world. His solo recordings, s (Criss Cross), Brand New World (RCA Victor) and Introducing Jimmy Greene (Criss Cross) have been met with much critical acclaim, and his appearances worldwide with a host of artists have attracted much attention. In the midst of several new musical projects, the story of Jimmy Greene is continually unfolding.' Artist site

Jimmy Greene - Brave New World (RCA) Buy from Amazon

Free downloads:

* Humpty Dumpty.mp3
* Brand New World.mp3
* Arise!.mp3
* Renee.mp3
* Mr. McLean.mp3
* Never Let Me Go.mp3
* Godsend.mp3
* Dream, Little Boy, Dream.mp3
* Darn that Dream.mp3

Recorded at Sony Music Studios, NY, NY - August 13, 1999.

Tatar composer Masguda I. Shamsutdinova's music

Symphony No.3 - Genghis-Khan © Copyright 2004. Masguda Shamsutdinova. Performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan, conductor Fuat Mansurov.
Download: Masguda Shamstudinova, Genghis-Khan.mp3 (14,96 Mb)

Tatarsounds of Greenpeace : Marriage of Geese © Copyright 2001. Masguda Shamsutdinova.
Performed by the "Cantabile" choir of the Kazan Pedagogical University, Republic of Tatarstan, conductor Natalia Sokolova.
Download: Masguda Shamstudinova, marriage_of_geese.mp3 (3,77 Mb)

Amazons of Tartary © Copyright 2002. Masguda Shamsutdinova.
Download: Masguda Shamsutdinova, Amazons_of_Tartary.mp3 (5,96 Mb)

The Butterfly on the Snow © Copyright 2002. Masguda Shamsutdinova.
Download: Masguda Shamsutdinova, butterfly.mp3 (1,38 Mb)

Artist site

Spencer Bohren's 1991 classic

'Released on Virgin Records in France in 1991, these recordings and the attendant radio airply fueled a great demand for Spencer Bohren's music by French music lovers. The combination of an all original song list and many of New Orleans' finest musicians produced one of Spencer's best albums, yet it has never been available in the United States...' Download link

Stardust Webcam

Live view of the Stardust Cleanroom at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

The fabulous AMC free at Download.com

Get it HERE.

Osama sends book's sales soaring

William Blum's 'Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower' shoots up the bestseller lists after "plug" by Osama Bin Laden. More

Astrophysical mirrors of Kuiper Belt

'A survey by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of 22 nearby stars has turned up two with bright debris disks that appear to be the equivalent of our own solar system's Kuiper Belt, a ring of icy rocks outside the orbit of Neptune and the source of short-period comets...' More

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Whale stranded in River Thames dies

'The lost and distressed whale stranded in the River Thames died Saturday as rescue workers ferried it on a rusting salvage barge in an effort to release it in the open sea, an animal rights group said...' More

Saturday, January 21, 2006

What's with all the blind clerics?

'The Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri denied preaching racial hatred in a British courtroom on Thursday. Al-Masri has been linked to the would-be shoe-bomber Richard Reid and stands accused of starting a terrorist training camp in Oregon. Most news reports also mention that al-Masri has only one eye and no hands. It seems like we're always hearing about blind or half-blind Muslim clerics—what's the deal?' More

Arctic Monkeys demos

Free downloads / Slate on their "perfect" 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' album.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Whale swims up the River Thames

' A lost and likely sick whale swam up the River Thames past Parliament and Big Ben in central London on Friday, attracting huge crowds and a police boat escort before nearly beaching itself on the shallow riverbank. The Northern bottlenose whale appeared to be about 20 feet long, witnesses said. The whale, which usually is found in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, was about 40 miles from the mouth of the Thames on the North Sea...' More

Google gives Bush the (virtual) finger

'Google Inc. is rebuffing the Bush administration's demand for a peek at what millions of people have been looking up on the Internet's leading search engine - a request that underscores the potential for online databases to become tools for government surveillance.' More

New findings on star formation

' New findings from a large survey of galaxies suggest that star formation is largely driven by the supply of raw materials, rather than by galactic mergers that trigger sudden bursts of star formation. Stars form when clouds of gas and dust collapse under the force of gravity, and the study supports a scenario in which exhaustion of a galaxy's gas supply leads to a gradual decline in the star-formation rate.' More