News of the Ultranet
With this issue, Ubiquity
Magazine is celebrating its first birthday. It seems fitting in this anniversary
edition of Ubiquity to follow up on last year's "News of the Ultranet".
Here are some reviews of the year's developments.
and the Life Sciences
Among the year's developments are
(1) the Second Coming Project's
plan to clone Jesus;
(2) the gestation of an endangered
species (a gaur) using a cow as a surrogate mother;
(3) a program to employ a network
of home computers to help calculate protein folding outcomes; and
(4) an organized plan to overthrow
evolution with church-based creationism.
Four subsections are as follows:
A stunning breakthrough may have occurred this year in longevity research.
studies are closing in on the causes and hopefully, on cures for
Alzheimer's Disease, and are also stimulating the development of "smart
drugs", such as galantamine, that could have revolutionary
consequences for the boosting of human intelligence. The boosting of human
intelligence could, perhaps, be an "enabling technology" that puts progress
in "fast forward".
are making rapid progress toward understanding the brain. Among key developments
are the discovery that new stem cells stimulated by natural growth factor
can mature into neurons, that stem cells have restored movement in paralyzed
mice, and that a protein that stimulates nerve cells may target mental
retardation and nerve regeneration.
revealing their secrets include Parkinson's Disease, diabetes, lupus, and
pancreatic cancer (for which a vaccine is under development). Drugs are
reported that act against rhuematoid arthritis and Lou Gehrig's disease,
as well as a vaccine the might prevent certain types of childhood leukemia.
The big computer technology
news is that Intel has announced its capability to maintain the present
rate of computer technology improvements through at least 2010, and possibly,
through 2020. News releases throughout the year at "Computers
and the Internet" describe immersive 3-D for the Internet, wraparound
displays, the "bold new world of telecommuting", the approaching era of
tele-immersion, 3-D movies on your PC, buckyball transistors, IBM's 9-
megapixel, 200-dpi, "printed page" displays, free computer help, clothes
that think, and the printing of 3-D structures and of low-cost semiconductors
on plastic substrates.
reviews development in alternative energy sources, including thermonuclear
progress, automotive fuel cells, biomass, and solar energy. One pundit
suggests that we'll be generating our own power from natural gas within
and Global Warming
young did eagerly frequent
Doctor and saint and heard great argument
and about, and evermore,
Came out by the same door where in I went."
Climate and global
warming are discussed on the hyperlinked page.
Gadgets and Software
Among the gadgets described
in the June issue of "Ubiquity" are a $600 folding electric scooter, a
$237 full-featured dgital camera (the Kodak 215), cheap digital cameras
for less than $100.
Anthropology, and Archeology
reports on a meteorite that may be older than the earth, upon the revivification
of 250,000,000-year-old bacteria (which supports Svante Arrhenius'
panspermia hypothesis of the origin of terrestial life), the first European
male, and a find that pushes the human fossil record back another 1.600.000
Present and Projected
This section reviews and updates free Internet service providers, while
forecasting some Internet technology developments.
reviews the major events of 2000, and the anticipated developments in 2001.
It discusses a cast taken of Bigfoot's backside, tests how far you can
push the U. S. postal service, and observes that even the Queen no longer
speaks the Queen's English. It deals with mental decline and the "high
flying obsessives". It reviews the best science books of the year 2000,
explains that rather than "dumbing down", we're "clevering up", and notes
that Australian humpback whales are suddenly singing a different song.
It introduces you to an electric scooter, a digital camera, and an Internet
and Astronomy describes
giant telescopes in the works, the search for the Higgs boson, entangled
photons, splitting the electron, faster-than-light transmissions, dark
matter, carbon nanotubes (that might some day permit an elevator to orbit),
water flows on Mars, the weighing of the universe, and "dark energy".
The Gathering Wave
This section provides links
to some key sources of robotics developments. Mobile household robotics
devices are coming steadily closer, including a few that are already available.
reports the discovery of extra-solar planets as small as Saturn, and mentions
the Fermi Paradox, new evidence of extraterrestial life in meteorites,
the discovery of liquid water on three moons, mounting evidence of recent
liquid water on Mars, and other fascinating links.
revisits aircars, describes a supersonic business jet that may eliminate
sonic booms, and includes discussions of 3-D printing, the next 10 years
in intelligent automotive transportation systems, thermoacoustic refrigerators
and engines, a new approach to magnetically levitated vehicles, self-powered
glowing plastic, nanotechnology, and Arthur C. Clarke.