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Links for 2009-11-24

  • African conflicts spurred by warming – environment – 23 November 2009 – New Scientist
    "Africa is poised to experience a surge in civil wars, causing nearly 400,000 additional battle deaths by 2030 ? all as a direct result of rising temperatures."
    (tags:war pol eco )
  • Nicholas Szczepaniak ? A Defensive Architecture | Interactive Architecture dot Org
    "Set in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex, his allegorical and provocative defensive architectures envisage the construction of a set of austere coastal defence towers that perform multiple functions within this dystopian future. The militarised towers are alive ? breathing, creaking, groaning, sweating and crying when stressed. Airbags on the face of the towers expand and contract, while hundreds of tensile trunks are sporadically activated, casting water onto the heated facades producing steam…"
    (tags:architecture )
  • Motion Comics
    "one of comics' greatest strengths is the idea of closure, or how readers fill in the gaps between panels. Motion comics do this for the viewer with extra sound effects and time. An unfortunate side effect of this is that while traditional comics enable us to read at our own speed, motion comics lock us into fixed durations." Which is why motion comics aren't comics, if you were wondering.
    (tags:comicstheory )
  • New global map of Mars suggests Red Planet once had ocean
    "?All the evidence gathered by analyzing the valley network on the new map points to a particular climate scenario on early Mars,? said NIU Geography Professor Wei Luo. ?It would have included rainfall and the existence of an ocean covering most of the northern hemisphere, or about one-third of the planet?s surface""
    (tags:space )
  • I traced my dad… and discovered he is Charles Manson | The Sun |Features
    "He says: "I didn't want to believe it. I was frightened and angry. It's like finding out that Adolf Hitler is your father. I'm a peaceful person – trapped in the face of a monster.""
    (tags:crime )

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