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Bookmarks for 2011-01-19

  • BLDGBLOG: Project Iceworm
    "Camp Century—aka "Project Iceworm"—was a "city under ice," according to the U.S. Army, a "nuclear-powered research center built by the Army Corps of Engineers under the icy surface of Greenland," as Frank J. Leskovitz more specifically explains. A fully-functioning "underground city," Camp Century even had its own mobile nuclear reactor—an "Alco PM-2A"—that kept the whole thing lit up and running during the Cold War…"
    (tags:architecture history )
  • Why A Music Social Network Won’t Succeed – Less Fan Interest Than We Imagine [INTERVIEW] – hypebot
    "…shorter fame cycles don't allow for social cohesion to occur around the artist/brand. The nascent interactions around the briefly famous don't coalesce into anything enduring. The potential community member just moves on to the next titillation."
    (tags:culture )
  • Review: Nonobject | ICON MAGAZINE ONLINE
    "Nonobject is a collection of fantastical, impossible designs created by former IDEO member Branko Lukic. There are all-bristle toilet brushes, forks bent into right angles and crystal toilet bowls. It’s a fun sort of book – think of an updated Heath Robinson, or perhaps a monograph on industrial design by The Onion."
    (tags:design+fiction )
  • Found Objects: The Number Lady
    "Title sequence to never-broadcast TV series. Filmed by Southern TV in 1975, and abandoned for reasons that have never been fully explained (though all sorts of rumours abound). Even the subject of the series is unclear, some claiming it is a straightforward drama about shortwave number stations, and others that it's a supernatural story about a a boy who can communicate with ghosts that have been trapped by pylons in a field near his home…"
    (tags:fake video hauntology )
  • Predicting political hotspots: Professors’ global model forecasts civil unrest against governments
    "The model, named the Predictive Societal Indicators of Radicalism Model of Domestic Political Violence Forecast, is currently five for five in predicting which countries will likely experience an escalation in domestic political violence against their governments within the next five years…"
    (tags:pol war comp )
  • The Art & Comics of Romantic Mr. Sheldon Vella
    Nick Lowe at Marvel sent me a bunch of his pages AT EXACTLY THE SAME TIME that I'd clicked through to his website from a Brandon Graham link. SPACE GODS REWIRING MY BRAIN
    (tags:comics )
  • New reactor paves the way for efficiently producing fuel from sunlight
    "Using a common metal most famously found in self-cleaning ovens, Sossina Haile hopes to change our energy future. The metal is cerium oxide—or ceria—and it is the centerpiece of a promising new technology developed by Haile and her colleagues that concentrates solar energy and uses it to efficiently convert carbon dioxide and water into fuels."
    (tags:sci tech eco energy )
  • ancient robots (19 Jan., 2011, at Interconnected)
    "Around 450 BC, the ancient Greek island of Rhodes was so well known for its robots that the poet Pindar wrote…"
    (tags:history tech robots )
  • Study claims 100 percent renewable energy possible by 2030
    New research has shown that it is possible and affordable for the world to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, if there is the political will to strive for this goal.
    (tags:sci eco pol energy )

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