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The following PDF Newsletters are excellent resources for some of the latest science, technology, and economic insights.

News Link - Published by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer

A World of Science - Published by UNESCO

The Davos Report - Published by the World Economic Forum


Tsunami Early Warning Systems for the Indian Ocean

Early warning systems for earthquakes and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean will be coming online soon and then the world will be a little safer. The technologies used for these warning systems will include pressure recording systems laid on the ocean floor and linked to surface data buoys to regional emergency management agencies and then broadcast over an Emergency Broadcasting System. Development of all of this will unify many nations as they make improvements to the communications infrastructure and create a truly robust and effective system.

Makers of ocean observation systems include Sound Ocean Systems and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Sources for emergency broadcasting systems include Information Station Specialists and US Federal Communications Commission.

Picture Source: Picture Source: International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific

Geologists’ periodic table designed

[WASHINGTON] A new periodic table could soon be gracing the walls of geology classrooms. The table shows how chemical elements are distributed in nature, by sorting them according to their electrical charge rather than their weight. Geologists' periodic table designed


NASA TV – Great Example of Internet Television

Click the link below to watch...

Source: NASA TV

Gravity Map Gets to Grips with Planet’s Pull

[WASHINGTON] The most accurate map yet of Earth's gravitational field has been released - the first result of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), run jointly by NASA and the DLR, Germany's aerospace research centre. Oceanographers hope to use the map to model deep oceanic currents and heat fluxes, and so better understand their effects on global climate.

"It's an order of magnitude better than anything that's gone before," says Byron Tapley, the project's principal investigator and director of the Center for Space Research (CSR) at the University of Texas at Austin. The map, called GRACE Gravity Model 01, was based on a preliminary analysis of 111 days of mission data. It was published on the CSR website on 21 July, a few months ahead of the main phase of the mission.

The GRACE mission comprises two identical satellites, one 220 kilometres ahead of the other. The lead satellite encounters local variations in the gravity field first, and so temporarily pulls away from its partner (see Nature 416, 10-11; 2002). The map was created by following these minute changes in separation, which are measured to the nearest micrometre by onboard sensors.

Use the force: the raised, red areas in GRACE's gravity map show where Earth's pull is strongest.


This may explain why Atlantis sank.


A Parallel Universe Where Science Profiles is #1

If the universe is infinite, then there are an infinite number of possibilities. If only this was taught in kindergarten... Oh well, we can't have everyone being happy and fulfilled. Scientific American brings home the goods with this bit of scientific exploration (i.e. what shamen have always known).


Scientists Discover Electrostatic Rotation

Researchers have identified a new physical phenomenon -- electrostatic rotation -- that in the absence of friction can lead to spin. This adds to the understanding of how the smallest building blocks in nature react to form solids, liquids and gases. University of California, Riverside, researchers first observed the electrostatic rotation in static experiments using three metal spheres suspended by thin metal wires. When a DC voltage was applied to the spheres they began to rotate until the stiffness of the suspending wires prevented further rotation. The researchers said experimental and theoretical work suggested the cumulative effect of electric charges would be an asymmetric force if the charges sitting on the surface of spheres were asymmetrically distributed but the experiments showed they could control the charge distribution by controlling the relative position of the spheres. Spin is used in quantum mechanics to explain phenomena at the nuclear, atomic and molecular domains for which there is no concrete physical picture.

Source: United Press International

Amplified Instabilities Key to Anti-Gravity?

Now here's a potentially usefull phenomenon... Wobbling wire defies gravity


Movie ‘The Core’ Based Upon Solid Science?

Earth, says geophysicist J. Marvin Herndon, is a gigantic natural nuclear power plant. Nuclear Planet The science community is hesitant to embrace this new theory due to the Galilean implications of having to rewrite the books. Leave it to Hollywood, however, to advance new ideas and bring us all up to speed so that we can tackle these tough questions. The Core