Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #146
January 21st, 2007

Chinese missile strikes satellite

Beijing’s recent test raises alarms about the militarization of space.
The Chinese military shot down one of its own aging satellites with a ground-based ballistic missile last week, demonstrating a new technological capability at a time of growing Bush administration concern over Beijing’s military modernization and its intentions in space.
Source: Peter Spiegel and James Gerstenzang, The Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2007 (Free registration)

Conceptualizing a Cyborg

Investigators at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine describe the basis for developing a biological interface that could link a patient’s nervous system to a thought-driven artificial limb. Their conceptual framework — which brings together years of spinal-cord injury research — is published in the January issue of Neurosurgery.
Source: PENN Medicine News, January 17, 2007

World’s Oldest Blogger Tells All

Maria Amelia, the lively 95-year-old Spanish grandmother who has achieved global fame as the oldest of the world’s 63.2 million bloggers, has given an exclusive interview to OhmyNews International.
Q: Would you like to send a message to the world’s 63.2 million bloggers, all of them younger than you?
A: I’d like to send them all greetings and hugs and wish them happiness. And may the Peace of the Lord be with us all — that is the greatest happiness possible. Peace, harmony and good sense.
Source: Eric Shackle, OhmyNews International, January 20, 2007

Solar home attains energy independence

Michael Strizki heats and cools his house year-round and runs a full range of appliances–including such power-guzzlers as a hot tub and a wide-screen TV–without paying a penny in utility bills.
His conventional-looking family home in the pinewoods of western New Jersey is the first in the United States to show that a combination of solar and hydrogen power can generate all the electricity needed for a home.
Source: Reuters, via CNET, January 20, 2007

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