Radiohead – In Rainbows available for download

Radiohead - In RainbowsOk, so I’m a day late and a dollar short (as usual) but Radiohead has just released their 7th studio album online, available now, for free. A boxed disc and special editions are expected later this year. Here is the tracklisting from WikiPedia.

  1. 15 Step” – 3:57
  2. Bodysnatchers” – 4:02
  3. Nude” – 4:15
  4. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” – 5:18
  5. All I Need” – 3:48
  6. Faust Arp” – 2:09
  7. Reckoner” – 4:50
  8. House of Cards” – 5:28
  9. Jigsaw Falling into Place” – 4:09
  10. Videotape” – 4:39

The discbox release of the album includes a bonus disc, which contains eight additional tracks, along with digital photographs and artwork:[17]

  1. “MK 1″
  2. “Down Is the New Up”
  3. “Go Slowly”
  4. “MK 2″
  5. “Last Flowers”
  6. Up on the Ladder
  7. “Bangers and Mash”
  8. “4 Minute Warning”

Windbelt Electricity Generator – Popular Mechanics Award


Working in Haiti, Shawn Frayne, a 28-year-old inventor based in Mountain View, Calif., saw the need for small-scale wind power to juice LED lamps and radios in the homes of the poor. Conventional wind turbines don’t scale down well—there’s too much friction in the gearbox and other components. “With rotary power, there’s nothing out there that generates under 50 watts,” Frayne says. So he took a new tack, studying the way vibrations caused by the wind led to the collapse in 1940 of Washington’s Tacoma Narrows Bridge (aka Galloping Gertie).

Frayne’s device, which he calls a Windbelt, is a taut membrane fitted with a pair of magnets that oscillate between metal coils. Prototypes have generated 40 milliwatts in 10-mph slivers of wind, making his device 10 to 30 times as efficient as the best microturbines. Frayne envisions the Windbelt costing a few dollars and replacing kerosene lamps in Haitian homes. “Kerosene is smoky and it’s a fire hazard,” says Peter Haas, founder of the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, which helps people in developing countries to get environmentally sound access to clean water, sanitation and energy. “If Shawn’s innovation breaks, locals can fix it. If a solar panel breaks, the family is out a panel.”

Frayne hopes to help fund third-world distribution of his Windbelt with revenue from first-world applications—such as replacing the batteries used to power temperature and humidity sensors in buildings. “There’s not a huge amount of innovation being done for people making $2 to $4 per day,” Haas says. “Shawn’s work is definitely needed.”

A New Scientific Resolve – Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf – The venerable grandfather of the Internet (who is now a Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google) writes a great article about the need for a focused, concerted effort to address man-made climate change with the same level of focused effort that was gathered and directed for the American Space Program in response to the successfull Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite.

BTW – There are some other great articles over at ScienceProgress.org that you should read as well. Here’s an excerpt.

Reflecting forward on our nation’s incredible ability to respond swiftly to complex scientific challenges one can’t help but begin with the shock of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik launch 50 years ago today. Suddenly, there was a new star in the firmament, its radio signal sounding like the ominous ticking of a clock towards Armageddon. If the Soviets could put a satellite in orbit then they could potentially launch nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles in the future.

Just over a decade later (see timeline) the United States mobilized the basic science, the requisite technologies and the financial and policymaking wherewithal to carry Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the Earth’s Moon. This stunning sequence of events and actions spell out in forceful and compelling terms the ability of the United States to marshal its resources to respond to national and international challenges. That we were able to do so is an inspiring lesson that should be applied to the challenges we now face in the 21st century.

Geek Alert: Sun’s Energy Efficient Datacenter Tour


from Sun.com

A Sun datacenter consolidation project is estimated to have slashed over $1 million in energy costs, cut power and space by more than half, and increased compute performance by over 450 percent. Find out how you can achieve similar results with these 10 steps to building an energy efficient datacenter. » Full story